Bruce Cockburn in concert at the Mateel

On Wednesday, April 16 the Mateel Community Center will host none other than the legendary Bruce Cockburn, one of the most prolific and respected folk/rock artists of our time.

With a musical career spanning over 40 years, Cockburn's songs range from folk, to jazz-influenced rock, to flat out rock and roll, and just as his musical style has varied through the years, his song lyrics have dealt with a broad range of topics as well. With a dedicated global fan base and 31 albums (16 Canadian Gold) to his credit including numerous awards from around the world, Cockburn and his music continue to reveal an unyielding passion for human rights and political issues that few musicians embrace with as much fervor and artistic aplomb.

Being a humanitarian with a restless and adventurous spirit, the celebrated Canadian artist has traveled the far corners of the earth, often to trouble spots, experiencing events that have led to some of his most memorable songs. Cockburn believes that going up against chaos, even if it involves grave risks, can be necessary to get closer to the truth. On Small Source of Comfort, his latest album, two pieces, Each One Lost and Comets of Kandahar, stem from a trip Cockburn made to war-torn Afghanistan in 2009.

In contrast, his light-hearted song Called Me Back, a comic reflection on the frustrations of waiting for a return phone call that never comes, reveals Cockburn's sardonic sense of humor. While his songs reflect the depth and breadth of both his keen observations of the world around and within him, Cockburn's solid musicianship is spot on and will be an exquisite treat in the intimate smaller venue setting of the Mateel.

The doors open at 7:30, show at 8 p.m. Admission: main floor seats: $32 advanced / $35 at the door / $2 discount for Mateel members. Mezzanine: mostly standing: $22 advanced / $25 at the door / $2 discount for Mateel members.

Food, beer, wine, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Advanced ticket purchase is strongly advised for this concert.

PHOTO COURTESY OF KEVIN KELLY

Bruce Cockburn

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