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

Monday, October 7, 2013

I AM IN NEED OF MUSIC -- Wonderful launch in Halifax on 6 October 2013

What a wonderful gathering it was on Sunday afternoon, 6 October 2013, at PIPA Restaurant in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the launch of "I am in need of music," the Elizabeth Bishop Legacy Recording presented by Suzie LeBlanc, and "Walking With EB," the documentary film by Linda Rae Dornan. It was truly inspiring and deeply moving to bring together so many of the artists and supporters of this wonderful project, a homecoming for all who gathered. I have still not fully processed all that happened, but I wanted to share some photographs of the event, taken by Susan Kerslake. Before I do that, I want to remind you that you can order the CD/DVD set from CentreDiscs: http://www.musiccentre.ca/node/77772.

The CD has also received a wonderful review in the online music magazine, "I Care If You Listen" (http://www.icareifyoulisten.com/magazine/) -- one needs to subscribe to this magazine to see the review.

And now for some photos from this wonderful celebration of the completion of an extraordinary work of art:

The attentive audience.
Our blog master John Barnstead.

Left to Right: Alexander MacLeod (our amazing reader of Bishop's poems), Suzie LeBlanc (our incomparable singer), John Barnstead, Sandra Barry, Alasdair MacLean (one of our amazing composers), Linda Rae Dornan (our inspiring filmmaker), and John Plant (another of our amazing composers).

Thank you to all those won attended -- it felt like a family gathering. Thank you to the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia for sponsoring this wonderful event. Thank you to the amazing artists who worked on this project. Thank you to Suzie LeBlanc and Linda for their creative visions. Thank you to Elizabeth Bishop for her transformative art.

The Atrium at PIPA -- we aspire to great heights.

The next launch is in Toronto on 22 October at Massey College. We'll be sure to post some photos of that event. There will also be a launch in Ottawa on 12 November. Stay tuned for more updates.

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