Jason Collett on making The Al Purdy Songbook

December 30 marks the late Al Purdy's centenary birthday and a group of Canadian artists have decided to celebrate with an album called The Al Purdy Songbook. Co-producer Jason Collett tells us more about it.
The Al Purdy Songbook is an album of music inspired by the life, words and landscapes of legendary Canadian poet Al Purdy. (Universal Music)

When Al Purdy was 13 years old, he sold his first poem to his local newspaper for one dollar. It was a small but significant step on a very long journey.

By the time he passed away in 2000, nearly 60 years later, Purdy had written 33 books of poetry and won two Governor General Awards. Even after his death, his reputation as Canada's unofficial poet laureate lives on.

December 30 marks Purdy's centenary birthday and a group of Canadian artists have decided to celebrate with an album called The Al Purdy Songbook, which is out now. It's full of readings and musical adaptations of Purdy's poems.

Jason Collett co-produced the album and contributed a song to it. He joins guest host Laurie Brown in the q studio to tell us more about the album.

Produced by ​Cora Nijhawan​

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