"I am 3/4ths Canadian, and one 4th New Englander - I had ancestors on both sides in the Revolutionary war." - Elizabeth Bishop

Thursday, August 2, 2012


The EBSNS and Suzie LeBlanc officially launched the “crowd source” fund-raising campaign for the Elizabeth Bishop Legacy Recording on Monday, 30 July 2012. We were thrilled to have a feature about Suzie and the campaign, written by John Allemang, appear in the Arts Section of that day’s Globe & Mail (a link to that feature is found in the News Links section of this blog). Above is the wonderful video Suzie did to tell you about the campaign. We have set up a separate site for the campaign -- please visit to find out more:

One of our first contributors – Rose Morley wrote: “I read of this wonderful initiative in yesterday’s Globe & Mail; as I love hearing of epiphanies on any scale or in any area, I thought it quite wonderful that Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry could have such an affect on as glorious and established a singer as Suzie LeBlanc. The article also sent me to my shelves to re-acquaint myself with Bishop’s words once more. I am so glad to contribute to the recording and am looking forward to hearing it. Suzie LeBlanc is without doubt my favourite soprano.”

On Thursday morning, 8:15 Atlantic time, Suzie LeBlanc and Sandra Barry will be interviewed on CTV Morning Live with Heidi Petracek!!!


Little Miss Elizabeth Bishop, circa 1916.
This photo was taken by Truro, N.S. photographer
J.E. Sponagle

My dream six years ago was to have A Canadian composer set A Bishop poem to music. What actually happened during EB100 in 2011 was beyond my wildest dreams – and it was all because of Suzie LeBlanc’s vision. All the events of EB100 were wonderful and brought lively experiences to and created vivid memories for hundreds of people. I am grateful for it all. But I am proudest of the music that was inspired by Bishop’s art and deeply grateful to Suzie, the composers and all the musicians for all they did to bring it into being and for all they are doing now to make this recording a reality.

The settings of Bishop’s poems that were composed by Christos Hatzis, Alasdair MacLean, Emily Doolittle and John Plant are beautiful, powerful, and remarkably different – the range is astonishing – and with Suzie’s voice and the playing by a group wonderful musicians, the results will be, in a word: magical!

We need your help to make this cd a reality. Help us make history. Be a part of this lasting legacy. We are deeply grateful for all contributions – every amount helps. Visit the campaign site and find our more about this project and how to contribute.

We will be posting progress reports on the campaign site. And we will also be posting updates about the campaign on this blog – additional videos, comments from the composers. Stay tuned!!!!

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