You’ve heard his work in symphony orchestras, musical theatre/dance works, film scores, and on CBC radio as songwriter-in-residence for ‘Basic Black’ and ‘Ontario Morning’. His songs are recorded and performed by The Cowboy Junkies, Melanie Doane, Al Simmons, Miranda Mulholland, and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. “Mining For Gold” was featured in the John Sayles film “Silver City”–“Frobisher Bay”, recorded by 100+ acts world-wide, is now a beloved standard for campfires and choirs.
James Gordon has written, produced and directed four full-length musicals, with a fifth on the way, including his popular political commentary work “Stephen Harper: The Musical”. (It worked. You’re welcome. ) He produces CDs for Canadian folk artists, and his popular “Rhyme Capsules” songwriting-in-the-schools project resulted in over two dozen CDs created by young composers.
His works deal with themes like social justice, the environment, heritage and community: he decided to ‘walk the walk’ and is now in his second term as a city councillor in his home town of Guelph Ontario. Come see him wearing his ‘folk hat’ to reprise old favourites and try out new material at the Zen Waffle Inn this May!