Gordon Lightfoot Canadian Railroad Trilogy

September 22 - October 6, 2010

"Canadian Railroad Trilogy," Gordon Lightfoot's iconic song, was commissioned by the CBC to celebrate Canada's centennial year in 1967. In twelve verses, Lightfoot echoes the optimism of the railroad age, but also chronicles the cost in sweat and blood of building "an iron road runnin' from the sea to the sea." An instantly recognizable classic of Canadian folk music, the song vividly describes the efforts and sorrows of the nameless and forgotten whose manual labor built our railway.

This is the first time that Lightfoot's song has been illustrated. Ian Wallace, a Canadian author and illustrator, has brought "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" to life in twenty-nine vibrant pastel drawings. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, Wallace has had a long and distinguished career creating award-winning picture-book classics, including Chin Chiang and the Dragon's Dance, Very Last First Time, Boy of the Deeps and The Huron Carol. Wallace's visual interpretation of the "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" captures the essence of each specific line of Lightfoot's song.

When: Exhibit will run from September 22 - October 6, 2010
Where: CBC 250 Front St. W., Toronto
Admission: Free

Opening Reception: September 30 5:00 - 7:00 pm
With special performance by Jory Nash
No RSVP required

Questions? 416- 532-1432

The following exhibit is brought to you by Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press and CBC Radio 2.


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