Illustrations on display in Ottawa inspired by Gordon Lightfoot's railroad song
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:53
The name Gordon Lightfoot is synonymous with Canadian folk history, as this artist has received many accolades and fans for his musical talents. Travellers talking tours of Ottawa this summer can see one of Lightfoot's songs come to life at the Canada Science and Technology Museum (CSTM) at a special exhibit.
The exhibit "Canadian Railroad Trilogy: Iconic Song Celebrated in Book" will bring to life the tune of the same name recorded in 1966 by Lightfoot. Nearly 30 original pastel drawings will be included in the temporary collection, made by the author and illustrator Ian Wallace for a published book.
Gordon Lightfoot's legacy
Lightfoot has been a part of the folk music scene for decades, who had several hit singles on the U.S. and Canadian charts with many of his records reaching platinum and gold status. Originally from Ontario, many credit Lightfoot in playing a defining role in the Canadian music scene throughout the 60s, 70s and beyond. Throughout his career, he has earned 16 Juno Awards and was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
How a tune becomes a book
Ian Wallace, who has breathed new life into Lightfoot's memorable song, created a 56-page book illustrating the bravery and determination of many railroad workers who helped pave the way for future industry and growth nationwide. Several of the original drawings are included in the exhibit at the CSTM from March 4 to September 9.
"I’ve always believed that the illustrator is only as good as the words a writer lays down, and so in that sense, I was dealing with a master," Wallace, on collaborating with Lightfoot's lyrics to make a book, told the National Post. "The building of the railroad is one thrilling saga, full of fascinating characters: entrepreneurs and capitalists and politicians and ordinary men, navvies and ladies of the evening - a great cast of characters that an illustrator can certainly sink his teeth into and find visual stimulus."
Travellers can see the Canadian Railroad display at the CSTM and the nearby Locomotive Hall exhibit with regular admission price when they head to Canada's capital on their summer holiday.