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The Al Purdy Songbook (feat. Leonard among others)

Postby MarieM » Sat Nov 29, 2014 12:35 am

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thealpurdysongbook

The Al Purdy Songbook
The poems of Al Purdy and the music of Canada's finest musicians together on one album.

Great artists come together to celebrate a great Canadian poet and his A-frame legacy. The songbook is a collection of both original compositions and Al Purdy’s work, featuring talent such as Leonard Cohen, Gord Downie, Margaret Atwood, Jason Collett, Sarah Harmer, Jann Arden and more.

We need YOUR help to make this project happen. You can help fund the recording and release of this album by pledging to preorder the album here at PledgeMusic. Your pledge to preorder any of the exclusives we’ve made available to you below will get you a digital download of the album, before it is available anywhere else in the world, PLUS access to behind-the-scenes updates on the album as we’re creating it!

With your preorder, you’re not only going to be helping to make this album possible, but you’ll also be contributing to the A Frame Association, which helps to restore and preserve Al Purdy’s A Frame, a mecca for writers and songwriters alike.

The Songbook idea was born out of the film, Al Purdy Was Here, documenting the life of the late poet, Al Purdy, whose work influenced talent across the world. The film was produced and directed by prominent film critic, writer and President of the Toronto Film Critics Association, Brian D. Johnson.
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Re: The Al Purdy Songbook (feat. Leonard among others)

Postby sturgess66 » Fri Aug 14, 2015 3:40 pm

http://www.filmswelike.com/latest-news/ ... cs-program

Woven through the film are live performances recorded for The Al Purdy Songbook, original music inspired by Purdy’s life and work. Performers include Atwood, Ondaatje, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Cockburn, Gord Downie, Gordon Pinsent, Sarah Harmer, Felicity Williams, Doug Paisley, Snowblink, Greg Keelor, Tanya Tagaq, Jesse Zubot and Joseph Boyden.
AL PURDY WAS HERE: World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2015 TIFF Docs Program

August 5, 2015
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AL PURDY WAS HERE
A film by Brian D Johnson

Featuring Margaret Atwood, Dennis Lee, Eurithe Purdy, George Bowering, Jean Baird, Steven Heighton

Performances by Bruce Cockburn, Sarah Harmer, Tanya Tagaq, Gord Downie, Leonard Cohen
Gordon Pinsent, Joseph Boyden, Doug Paisley, Michael Ondaatje

World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2015 TIFF Docs program

“Underneath the shambolic Al was the serious Al. And you could get to it after a while, once you got through the part where he was poking and teasing, and fooling around, and growling, and peeing on your car.” – Margaret Atwood in “Al Purdy Was Here”.

"I don't know of any good living poets. But there's this tough son of a bitch up in Canada that walks the line."
- Charles Bukowski

In Al Purdy Was Here, director Brian D Johnson has crafted a cinematic and musical portrait of an artist driven to become a great Canadian poet at a time when the category barely existed.

Johnson’s debut feature documentary also captures a Purdy revival as a grassroots movement rallies to preserve his legendary A-Frame cabin as a writing retreat. Built by Purdy and his wife Eurithe in 1957 in Ontario’s Prince Edward County, the A-frame was a hangout for the pioneers of CanLit, including Margaret Lawrence, Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje. In this rustic salon, nourished by Al's wild grape wine, a cultural community took root. Now, 15 years after the poet’s death, the cabin becomes an unlikely beacon for a creative renaissance.

“I owe this film to my my wife and co-writer, Marni Jackson,” says producer-director Brian D. Johnson. Jackson was working on a play about Purdy when she was drawn into scripting a fundraising show for the A-Frame at Toronto’s Koerner Hall, in February, 2013. Johnson cut an archival montage for the show and arranged to shoot it. “The film grew organically from there,” he says. “Purdy fans came out of the woodwork at every turn. Ron Mann, and Bruce Cowley of CBC’s Documentary Channel got the ball rolling. It was inspiring to see so many people come forward and donate their work to us—including writers, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, animators and graphic artists.”

Purdy has been variously called the last, best and most Canadian poet. In Al Purdy Was Here, we learn how this Trenton high-school dropout, who hopped freights during the Depression and worked at mattress factories, struggled to become a poet—writing bad verse for two decades before finding his voice at the A-Frame and leaving a legacy of 39 books of poetry, a novel, 2 volumes of memoirs, 4 books of correspondence, radio and tv plays, an Order of Canada and two Governer General’s Awards. Weeks before his death in April 2000, the League of Canadian Poets proclaimed Purdy “The Voice of the Land, ” the phrase engraved on his gravestone and on a bronze statue in Queens Park unveiled in 2008.

Al Purdy Was Here is brimming with archival materials and first-hand accounts including interviews with those close to the poet—publisher Howard White, editor Sam Solecki, writers Margaret Atwood, Dennis Lee, Steven Heighton, George Bowering, and Bowering’s wife Jean Baird, the powerhouse behind the A-Frame campaign. Footage of interviews with Canadian TV personalities of the day – Adrienne Clarkson, Pamela Wallin, Pierre Berton, Daniel Richler – show Purdy as a charmer, a provocateur, and an outspoken cultural nationalist. Eurithe Purdy, his 90-year-old widow, reflects on their turbulent marriage while overseeing the cabin’s restoration as a writing retreat. And Katherine Leyton, the A-Frame’s first resident poet and a vivacious young feminist, finds herself conversing with Purdy’s ghost.
Woven through the film are live performances recorded for The Al Purdy Songbook, original music inspired by Purdy’s life and work. Performers include Atwood, Ondaatje, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Cockburn, Gord Downie, Gordon Pinsent, Sarah Harmer, Felicity Williams, Doug Paisley, Snowblink, Greg Keelor, Tanya Tagaq, Jesse Zubot and Joseph Boyden.

The narrative is also punctuated by Zen-like musings from @StatueofAlPurdy, the Twitter account set up anonymously for the statue of Purdy in Queens Park.

Director-Producer Brian D. Johnson
Brian D. Johnson is one Canada’s leading film critics and cultural commentators. He is also an author, filmmaker, musician and broadcaster. He is president of the Toronto Film Critics Association, where he created the annual TFCA Awards gala in 2008, now home to the $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award. An award-winning journalist, Johnson was a Senior Writer with Maclean’s magazine from 1985 to 2014. He is the author of three non-fiction books, including the TIFF history Brave Films, Wild Nights: 25 Years of Festival Fever (2000)—as well as a book of poetry, Marzipan Lies (1974), and a novel, Volcano Days (1994). He has directed two Bravo!FACT short fllms, Tell Me Everything and Yesno.

Al Purdy Was Here is produced by Purdy Pictures Inc. in association with the Rogers Documentary Fund, the Rogers Cable Network Fund, the CBC Documentary Channel, and the Canada Media Fund (CMF). Executive-produced by Ron Mann and co-produced by Jake Yanowski, Al Purdy Was Here is directed and produced by Brian D. Johnson, written by Marni Jackson with the director, and edited by Nick Taylor. Nicholas de Pencier is the DOP, the composer is Casey Johnson. Films We Like will distribute the film theatrically in Canada.

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Running time: 90 min.
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An article dated January 24, 2014 about the restoration of the Al Purdy A-Frame mentioned Leonard Cohen -
http://www.descant.ca/blog/2014/01/24/t ... e-forever/

Leonard Cohen has donated, although it’s not clear what he would like his name on. I’m guessing something close to the lake, where you can hear the boats go by.
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Re: The Al Purdy Songbook (feat. Leonard among others)

Postby Cate » Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:59 pm

Thank you Sturgess and Marie, I will definitely pre-order and try to get tickets to a showing of 'Al Purdy was here'.

Leonard, as I suspect is his nature, has been very generous to this project/community. Years ago he made a substantial donation to the A frame to prevent it from being seized (or sold ... something), he also donated (I'm assuming it was a him) a couple of books to a silent auction that was being held at Koerner Hall here in Toronto.
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Re: The Al Purdy Songbook (feat. Leonard among others)

Postby sturgess66 » Thu Dec 03, 2015 6:29 am

Trailer for "Al Purdy Was Here"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=An9Z53bsRq8
Published on Nov 30, 2015

The official trailer for documentary Al Purdy Was Here, about Canada's wilderness poet. Directed by Brian D. Johnson and featuring Leonard Cohen, Margaret Atwood, Sarah Harmer, Michael Ondaatje, Gordon Pinsent, Bruce Cockburn, Tanya Tagaq and Gord Downie.

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