"I am 3/4ths Canadian, and one 4th New Englander - I had ancestors on both sides in the Revolutionary war." - Elizabeth Bishop


"I Am In Need of Music" is Now Available!


New settings of Elizabeth Bishop poems, created for her one hundredth birthday by a stellar band of Canadian composers!

CD purchase: CentreDisc, ArkivMusic
mp3 album: Amazon

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Elizabeth Bishop in Maine

A quick alert to a nice essay about Elizabeth Bishop's connection to Maine, by Stephanie Bernhard, posted online (13 April 2014) at the Los Angeles Review of Books: http://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/visiting-elizabeth-bishops-maine. Check it out.

It is nice to note, as well, that after a few years without ferry service between Maine and Nova Scotia, a new ferry, the Nova Star, arrived the other day and will begin plying the waters of the Gulf of Maine once again: http://o.canada.com/travel/new-ferry-for-trips-between-nova-scotia-and-maine-arrives-in-yarmouth/. More than once Elizabeth Bishop took the ferry between these regions -- as a child she arrived on the North Star and in the 1970s she travelled on the Prince of Fundy.

People can tour the 161-metre ferry on Wednesday. (ANDREW VAUGHAN / The Canadian Press)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

"I am in need of music" WINS ECMA AWARD!!

The Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia is THRILLED to announce that "I am in need of music," the Elizabeth Bishop legacy recording spearheaded by our own renowned soprano Suzie LeBlanc has won the East Coast Music Award for best classical album. CONGRATULATIONS Suzie, and all the wonderful composers, musicians, technicians and Centrediscs who made this amazing music a reality. Thank you to all the donors who contributed to the crowdfunding campaign. Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts for its generous funding. And ESPECIALLY, thank you to Suzie LeBlanc for her unwavering commitment to this project, her dedication and contribution ensured its success. Her glorious voice will always be connected to these wonderful songs. We are so proud of all the magnificent artists, who have honoured Elizabeth Bishop and her brilliant poems in a truly memorable way. BRAVO!! BRAVO!! (You can find out how to buy the CD on Suzie's website or go to Centredisc's website).

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Suzie LeBlanc's most recent newsletter -- check it out

Just a head's up about Suzie LeBlanc's most recent newsletter, with more information about "I am in need of music" and the ECMAs. Check it out at: http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=fbfb5ddb45212bdddbcd30722&id=9503b091ce&e=cb84cf9d8c

Suzie and friends launching "I am in need of music" in Halifax, October 2013

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Emma Fitzgerald art exhibition

Emma Fitzgerald is a Halifax artist who has spent time at the Elizabeth Bishop House in Great Village, Nova Scotia. She is having an exhibition of her work in Halifax in April.

Though this exhibition focuses on her love of the North End of Halifax, some of Emma's delightful drawings are also from her time in Great Village. The opening is later this week.

The Great Village Post Office
Learn more about Emma here: http://globalnews.ca/video/1231497/illustrators-finds-inspiration-in-halifax-buildings

Friday, February 21, 2014

Suzie LeBlanc sings “I am in need of music” in Winnipeg

On 18 February 2014, Suzie LeBlanc (http://suzieleblanc.com/) performed works from her new CD “I am in need of music,” the Elizabeth Bishop legacy recording, with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (http://www.themco.ca/), conducted by Maestro Anne Mason. On 16 February, the MCO and the McNally Bookstore (https://www.facebook.com/McNallyRobinsonBooksellersWinnipeg), Winnipeg’s famous literary haunt, hosted an interview between Maestro Mason and Suzie. The idea was to introduce people to the centenary CD project. Thanks to MCO for helping us spread the word about the CD and Bishop.

Suzie LeBlanc and Anne Mason talking Elizabeth Bishop
and "I am in need of music," Winnipeg, 16 February 2014.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


"I am in need of music," the Elizabeth Bishop Legacy Recording, has been nominated for 2014 East Coast Music Awards. See the nominations below or check out the ECMA site (http://www.ecma.com/ecmw/2014/awards). The ECMAs are part of East Coast Music Week, 2-4 April 2014, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
Left to right: Suzie LeBlanc, John Barnstead, Sandra Barry, Aladsair MacLean, 
Linda Rae Dornan, John Plant, 6 October 2013
Congratulations to Suzie LeBlanc, the heart and soul behind this project; to Emily Doolittle, Alasdair MacLean and John Plant; and to all the amazing musicians who helped make this CD a reality. We are so proud of you.
You can buy copies of “I am in need of music” at:

Classical Composition of the Year / Composition classique de l’année
Alasdair MacLean – “Silken Water: The Elizabeth Bishop Suite”
Clark Winslow Ross – “Lamentations”
Emily Doolittle – “A Short, Slow Life”
Jerome Blais – “Rafales”
John Plant – “Sandpiper”
 Classical Recording of the Year / Enregistrement de l’année – Classique
Barbara Pritchard – Toccata
Duo Concertante – Beethoven Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano: Duo Concertante
La Tour Baroque Duo – The Last Time I Came O’er the Moor
Lady Cove Women’s Choir – Heart’s Delight
Suzie LeBlanc – I Am in Need of Music
I would also like to note that Emily Doolittle is back in Nova Scotia for the premiere of her composition"Seal Songs," which will be presented at the Spatz Theatre in Halifax this evening. Congratulations, again, Emily.

Sunday, February 9, 2014


When I saw this photograph I was irresistibly reminded of a fragment of EB's poetry first cited, I think, by Elizabeth Spires in her article "Elizabeth Bishop: 'The Things I'd Like to Write'", in The Gettysburg Review 5.1 (Winter, 1992), p. 67:

"The snow had a crust, they said, like bread --
only white -- it held me up but it would not hold her
she fell through it
and said she'd go home again for the snow-shoes --
and I could slide in shine and glare while she
stepped wide
on the [...]"