James Gordon (Canadian musician)
James Gordon performing at the Hillside Festival, which he co-founded in 1984.
|Known for||Tamarack, "Frobisher Bay", Hillside Festival|
|Children||Evan Gordon, Geordie Gordon|
James Gordon is a Canadian singer-songwriter, known as a founding member of Tamarack. He has also released more than 20 solo albums. As a prolific songwriter, he is known for such diverse songs as "Sweaters for Penguins" and "Frobisher Bay". He wrote the weekly song for the CBC Radio program Basic Black. He is proficient on a variety of instruments including guitar, piano, banjo and mandola.
He is a co-founder of Guelph's annual Hillside Festival and was its first creative director, from 1985 to 1988. He also founded (and was the artistic director of) the Canadian Songwriters' Festival, and was a board member of the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals. Gordon is active in arts-, civics-, and environment-related causes in the Guelph region, for which he was given the Guelph Mayor's Award in 2008.
He was the candidate for the Ontario New Democratic Party in the riding of Guelph in the 2011 Ontario provincial election but lost to incumbent Liz Sandals. He ran again in 2014 but once again lost to Liz Sandals.
- Au Canada (1980)
- Wind River
- Spirit & Stone
- Fields of Rock and Snow (1993)
- Frobisher Bay (1993)
- Leaving Inverarden (1995)
- Blankets of Snow (1998)
- Looking for Livingstone (1987)
- Farther Along (1991)
- Hometown Tunes (1994)
- Dim Lights, Small City (1995)
- More Hometown Tunes (1997)
- Pipe Street Dreams (1999)
- Mining for Gold: Twenty Years of Songwriting (2002)
- Tune Cooties (2002)
- Endomusia (2004), includes "Weapons of Mass Instruction"
- Nine Green Bottles (2007), includes "Casey Sheehan Didn't Die for Nothing"
Folk operas (musicals)
James Gordon used to perform with David Archibald as "Jane & Dave", producing family-oriented musicals.
- Jane & Dave's Awesome Environmental Adventure (1990)
- Jane & Dave's Awesome Search for the Golden Toad (1992)
- Jane & Dave's Awesome Supernatural Camping Adventure (1993)
More recently, his work includes:
- Hardscrabble Road (2003)
- Two Steps and a Glass of Water (2005), which deals with mental illness and health, also a film by Glenn Curtis 
- Tryst and Snout (2007)
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- "Mining for Gold" on the soundtrack of the film Silver City (2004)
- Two Steps and a Glass of Water
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