The Songbook

THE AL PURDY SONGBOOK is a benefit album of music inspired by the life, words and landscapes of poet Al Purdy, composed of tracks composed and recorded by Canadian songwriters and musicians. Some, but not all, of the tracks became part of the soundtrack to Al Purdy Was Here. The Songbook was released on CD and online by Borealis Records, in November, 2017 as part of a three-disc package that includes a DVD and Blu-Ray of Al Purdy Was Here. A share of proceeds from the Songbook will go to support the Al Purdy A-Frame Association’s ongoing program to restore and maintain Al’s historic home in Ontario’s Prince Edward County as a writers’ residency. The Songbook’s artists are Leonard Cohen, Bruce Cockburn, Sarah Harmer, Gord Downie, Greg Keelor, Snowblink, Felicity Williams, Doug Paisley, Jason Collett, Margaret Atwood, Dave Bidini, and Casey Johnson.