Having no less a luminary than multiple GRAMMY-Award winning superstar producer David Foster publicly declare “she’s going places” during a star-studded concert in which she shared the stage with Lionel Richie and Natalie Cole, Eleanor McCain has dazzled audiences for more than a decade with a voice the Halifax Chronicle-Herald declared “lovely…full and expressive.”
Hailing from Florenceville, New Brunswick, this triple ECMA-nominated classical crossover specialist has recorded six albums, toured with noted JUNO-nominated jazz singer Matt Dusk, and accompanied symphonies across Canada. She’s also had the honor of collaborating with artists such as Natalie MacMaster, Liona Boyd, John McDermott, Chantal Kreviazuk, the Elmer Iseler Singers, and Carlos Nunez.
McCain’s music has been critically acclaimed from the love songs of Runaway to classical crossover favourite Intimate; ECMA-nominated children’s recording Bundle Of Joy; ECMA-nominated Green Hills Of Home, an album of Celtic balladry to her ECMA-nominated double CD of Christmas music entitled Holiday.
Her latest project released in May 2017, True North: The Canadian Songbook, is a celebration of Canadian pop and folk songs set to orchestra honouring Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation. Emmy Award winning composer Don Breithaupt produces this double album of 32 iconic songs reimagined by 14 arrangers from coast to coast and recorded with 10 of the country’s foremost orchestras, including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Symphony New Brunswick, Symphony Nova Scotia, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In addition, the performances of 28 Canadian guest artists are also featured.
Along with the album, True North: The Canadian Songbook will be released as a double CD set along with a bilingual coffee table book capturing many of Canada’s most iconic landscapes by 22 of the country’s most prominent photographers, co-curated by renowned portrait photographer V. Tony Hauser. The book includes behind-the scenes images by Greg Locke as well as other photographers, song lyrics, commentary from songwriters and portraits by V. Tony Hauser in select Canadian landscapes featuring original Canadian fashion designs.
Based in Toronto, Eleanor McCain is an active philanthropist. The launch of True North: The Canadian Songbook will include a fundraising effort to support five $20,000 Commemorative BandAid Grants honoring the 20th Anniversary of MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity. She is also a dedicated mother to her 14 year old daughter, Laura.