Ian Wallace brings new life to Gordon Lightfoot's Canadian Railroad Trilogy

In 1967, Canada celebrated the 100th anniversary of Confederation. The CBC commissioned Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot to write a song honouring this historic event. The result, Canadian Railway Trilogy, described the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway and quickly became a Canadian classic.


It's now 2010, the 125th anniversary of the completion of the Canadian railroad — and so to Canadian artist Ian Wallace it seemed the perfect time to bring Gordon Lightfoot's song to life in a new and dynamic way. In his dazzling picture book Canadian Road Trilogy, Wallace renders Gordon Lightfoot's powerful song in 29 separate images that depict those who built the railroad and the struggles they faced.

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The original artwork is currently on display in the atrium of the CBC's Broadcast Centre in Toronto. The exhibit will be open until October 6, 2010. On September 30, the CBC will host a reception to celebrate this beautiful achievement and important period in Canadian history. CBC Radio 2's Bob Mackowycz will host and Canadian folk singer Jory Nash will perform.

CBC Radio 2 has put together a lovely slideshow featuring the book images as well as notes from Ian Wallace about the illustrations.
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