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Canadian Railroad Trilogy

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Canadian Railroad Trilogy

by Gordon Lightfoot


Quick Overview

"Canadian Railroad Trilogy," a song by acclaimed singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, describes the construction of Canada's transcontinental railroad back in the late 1800s. The song was commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Commission for a special broadcast in 1967 commemorating Canada's centennial anniversary. This book uses the lyrics to inspire an artistic display, created with handmade chalk pastels and gray pastel paper, of the motivation behind the railroad, the hard manual labor of the "navvies" who built the track, and the displacement of the Métis and First Nations people from their land.


This lavishly illustrated book brings Gordon Lightfoot’s heart-stirring song to readers young and old. Commissioned by the CBC in 1967 to mark Canada’s centennial year it eloquently describes the construction of the transcontinental railway — “an iron road runnin’ from the sea to the sea” — a great feat of nation building that changed Canada forever. Award-winning illustrator Ian Wallace brings the song to visual life with his sweeping landscapes and evocative portrayals of the people who lived the building of the railroad. The book includes Gordon Lightfoot’s music and lyrics, a brief history of the railroad and notes on the illustrations. 56 pages

Additional Information

ISBN 9780888999535
Author Gordon Lightfoot
Age Group 4+
Book Type hardcover

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