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The Al Purdy Songbook

The poems of Al Purdy and the music of Canada's finest musicians together on one album.

Great artists come together to celebrate a great Canadian poet and his A-frame legacy. The songbook is a collection of both original compositions and Al Purdy’s work, featuring talent such as Leonard Cohen, Bruce Cockburn, Gord Downie, Margaret Atwood, Jason Collett, Sarah Harmer, Jann Arden and more.

We need YOUR help to make this project happen. You can help fund the recording and release of this album by pledging to preorder the album here at PledgeMusic. Your pledge to preorder any of the exclusives we’ve made available to you below will get you a digital download of the album, before it is available anywhere else in the world, PLUS access to behind-the-scenes updates on the album as we’re creating it!

With your preorder, you’re not only going to be helping to make this album possible, but you’ll also be contributing to the A Frame Association, which helps to restore and preserve Al Purdy’s A Frame, a mecca for writers and songwriters alike.

The Songbook idea was born out of the film, Al Purdy Was Here, documenting the life of the late poet, Al Purdy, whose work influenced talent across the world. The film was produced and directed by prominent film critic, writer and President of the Toronto Film Critics Association, Brian D. Johnson.

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AccessPass: The Al Purdy Songbook - Digital Album

The Al Purdy Songbook - Digital Album
CA$10
10.00
Available

The finished compilation album as a digital download, delivered right to your inbox. Get The Songbook before anyone else in the world! PLUS access to behind-the-scenes content along the way!

The Songbook - CD

The Songbook - CD
CA$27
27.00
Available

Your very own copy of The Al Purdy Songbook on CD, plus, you’ll receive the digital copy as soon as it’s available.

Digital Copy of Film

Digital Copy of Film
CA$25
25.00
Available

Get a digital copy of the film, Al Purdy Was Here and the digital copy of The Songbook, as soon as it’s available.
Release date for the film still to be determined

Al Purdy Was Here - DVD

Al Purdy Was Here - DVD
CA$42
42.00
Available

You’ll get a DVD copy of Al Purdy Was Here sent to your doorstep plus a digital copy of The Songbook sent to your inbox.
Release Date & Shipping of the DVD still to be determined.
This disc is compatible with NTSC players’ for North America

CD + Digital Copy of Film

CD + Digital Copy of Film
CA$47
47.00
Available

Get The Al Purdy Songbook on CD plus get a digital copy of Al Purdy Was Here sent to your inbox. This package also includes a digital copy of the album.
Release date of the film still to be determined.

Yours, Al: The Collected Letters of Al Purdy Bundle

Yours, Al: The Collected Letters of Al Purdy Bundle
CA$111
111.00
281 left

Along with The Al Purdy Songbook on CD and a digital copy of the film, Al Purdy Was Here, you’ll also receive a physical copy of Yours, Al: The Collected Letters of Al Purdy.

Beyond Remembering: The Collected Poems of Al Purdy Bundle

Beyond Remembering: The Collected Poems of Al Purdy Bundle
CA$259
259.00
297 left

The Al Purdy Songbook on CD + a DVD copy of Al Purdy Was Here (signed by the director) + a hardcopy of Beyond Remembering: The Collected Poems of Al Purdy. A portion of your donation will benefit the Al Purdy A-Frame Association.

The Autobiography Bundle

The Autobiography Bundle
CA$320
320.00
300 left

Reaching for the Beaufort Sea: Autobiography + The Al Purdy A-frame Anthology + CD + DVD (signed by director). A portion of your donation will benefit the Al Purdy A-Frame Association.

First Edition: Sex & Death - Signed Hard Cover

First Edition: Sex & Death - Signed Hard Cover
CA$520
520.00
24 left

Sex & Death, signed hard cover, first edition + CD + DVD (signed by director) + Personal Thank you video + Album thank you + name on donor guestbook at the A frame. A portion of your donation will benefit the Al Purdy A-Frame Association.

The Big One

The Big One
CA$775
775.00
24 left

Sex & Death, signed hard cover, first edition + CD + DVD (signed by director) + The Al Purdy A-frame Anthology + A Personal Thank you video + Album thank you + name on donor guestbook at the A frame. A portion of your donation will benefit the Al Purdy A-Frame Association.

The Really Big One

The Really Big One
CA$1,025
1025.00
10 left

CD + DVD (signed by director) + Poems for All the Annettes, signed first edition Anansi hard cover, Allan Stein broadside Print of A frame, album thank you + name on A – frame donor guestbook + associate producer credit. A portion of your donation will benefit the Al Purdy A-Frame Association.

The Super Big One

The Super Big One
CA$2,025
2025.00
5 left

CD + DVD (signed by director) + Book of Poetry, In Search of
Owen Roblin + The Al Purdy A-frame Anthology
Allen Stein broadside Print of A frame, album thank you + name on A – frame donor guestbook + associate producer credit + tour of the A – frame with Eurithe Purdy. A portion of your donation will benefit the Al Purdy A-Frame Association.
Note: Travel not covered.

Bronze Donor Package

Bronze Donor Package
CA$2,525
2525.00
3 left

Everything from the Super Big package plus lunch with
the director. A portion of your donation will benefit the Al Purdy A-Frame Association.
Note: Travel to lunch not covered. Lunch will be within the Greater Toronto Area.

Silver Donor Package

Silver Donor Package
CA$5,025
5025.00
2 left

Everything from the Super Big package plus lunch with the
director, name added to plaque inside the A-frame + 25
copies of the CD + plaque on bench. A portion of your donation will benefit the Al Purdy A-Frame Association.
Note: Travel to lunch not covered. Lunch will be within the Greater Toronto Area.

Gold Donor Package

Gold Donor Package
CA$10,030
10030.00
1 left

Everything from the Super Big Package plus name added to plaque inside the A-frame + 50 copies of the CD + dinner party in your name at the A-frame with film director, album producer and many more who worked on the album + plaque on lakeside deck. A portion of your donation will benefit the Al Purdy A-Frame Association.
Note: Travel not covered.

Platinum Donor Package

Platinum Donor Package
CA$25,030
25030.00
1 left

Everything from the Super Big Package plus your name above the desk in Al’s writing shed. A portion of your donation will benefit the Al Purdy A-Frame Association.
Note: Travel not covered.

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