Win Tickets ($70): Bruce Cockburn @ Aladdin Theater | Folk, Jazz, Rock

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Bruce Cockburn @ Aladdin Theater on December 16. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed December 13.


From our sponsors:
Bruce Cockburn
December 16 & 17, 2021
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM | $35 | All Ages
Thursday Show:
Friday Show:

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

For 50 years, this Canadian musical legend has been capturing in song the essence of human experience – while fiercely striving to make it better.

One of Canada’s finest artists, Bruce Cockburn has enjoyed an illustrious career shaped by politics, spirituality, and musical diversity. His remarkable journey has seen him embrace folk, jazz, rock, and worldbeat styles while traveling to such far-flung places as Guatemala, Mali, Mozambique, and Nepal, and writing memorable songs about his ever-expanding world of wonders. “My job,” he explains, “is to try and trap the spirit of things in the scratches of pen on paper and the pulling of notes out of metal.”

That scratching and pulling has earned Cockburn high praise as an exceptional songwriter and a revered guitarist. His songs of romance, protest, and spiritual discovery are among the best to have emerged from Canada over the last 50 years. His guitar playing, both acoustic and electric, has placed him in the company of the world’s top instrumentalists. And he remains deeply respected for his activism on issues from native rights and land mines to the environment and Third World debt, working for organizations such as Oxfam, Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, and Friends of the Earth.

Throughout his career, Cockburn has deftly captured the joy, pain, fear, and faith of human experience in song. Whether singing about retreating to the country or going up against chaos, tackling imperialist lies or embracing ecclesiastical truths, he has always expressed a tough yet hopeful stance: to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight. “We can’t settle for things as they are,” he once warned. “If you don’t tackle the problems, they’re going to get worse.”

For his many achievements, the Ottawa-born artist has been honoured with 13 Juno Awards, an induction into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, as well as the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and has been made an Officer of the Order of Canada. But he never rests on his laurels. “I’d rather think about what I’m going to do next,” says Cockburn. “My models for graceful aging are guys like John Lee Hooker and Mississippi John Hurt, who never stop working till they drop, as I fully expect to be doing, and just getting better as musicians and as human beings.”

His commitment to growth has made Bruce Cockburn both an exemplary citizen and a legendary artist whose prized songbook will be celebrated for many years to come.




  1. Carol Trekas on November 23, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    I want to hear some really good jazz please.

  2. jeanne zuelke on November 24, 2021 at 7:23 am

    Would love to have Bruce C. be my first concert since the pandemic started. I miss live music so much.

  3. JAC on November 24, 2021 at 10:29 am

    it has almost been 50 years since i saw him at the Quiet Night in Chicago before he was big the the USA… GO CANADA! 1974 maybe?

  4. Pam on November 24, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    Oh oh yes would love to see Bruce live!!!

  5. Jonas Trekas on November 24, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    Let’s celebrate the 50th.

  6. Heather Roberts on November 24, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    You said “Cock”-burn, lol!

  7. Kelly Gregersen on November 24, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    What a thrill to see a legend of this caliber

  8. Lisa Kendall on November 25, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    “The essence of human experience…” Wonderful.
    Great music and lyrics, count me in.

  9. Dave G. on November 25, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    If I win these, my wife will love me forever! Or at least until the next day!

  10. Sarah Knauss on November 26, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    If I win these tickets, my husband will love me forever but will take someone else.

  11. YB on November 29, 2021 at 10:59 am

    HUUUUUUUGE! FAN! Love his music!

  12. Jason on November 30, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    Such an underrated songwriter!

  13. Pamela on November 30, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Really really want to see Bruce!!!

  14. mia on November 30, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Pick me!

  15. Saniti on November 30, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    Would love to see him live

  16. CHRIS MILLER on November 30, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    I would live to see Bruce 50th concert, how exciting

  17. David on November 30, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    The OTHER white Bruce…

  18. Lee Widener on December 2, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    HUGE Bruce C. fan! This would be a wonderful Christmas present for my wife & I!

  19. Carol Trekas on December 2, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    When did he play in Nepal? Would like to hear him talk about this.

  20. Randy Fix on December 2, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Make my year, select me.

  21. Chelsea S on December 6, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    Wondering Where the Lions Are is my all-time favorite song. It reminds me of my dad and his stories of living in Kenya. I went there myself, and now the song reminds me of him and my travels. Would LOVE to go see him – it would be my first time.

  22. Bob on December 8, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    Can’t believe I’ve never had the chance to see him live, would be epic!

  23. Marieelise Anne Herman on December 9, 2021 at 3:16 am

    As a Christmas gift, I want to show my sister a good time in Portland with some amazing music from the incredible Bruce Cockburn!

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