Cockburn Plans Break After Hall Induction

Bruce Cockburn will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the 30th Anniversary Juno Awards ceremonies Sunday (March 4) at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario. Cockburn joins such

Bruce Cockburn will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the 30th Anniversary Juno Awards ceremonies Sunday (March 4) at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario. Cockburn joins such notable Canadian musicians as Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, the Guess Who, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Hank Snow, and Paul Anka in the Hall of Fame.

While he considers it a great honor to receive the award from the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), Cockburn tells Billboard.com, "It was scary at first ... I went through a period where I felt that somehow this could be signaling the end of my creative life. 'I'm in the Hall Of Fame so I'm not supposed to do any more; I'm supposed to stop.' But I don't feel like stopping. So, it was kind of disconcerting. Then I got over that."

That said, Cockburn is planning to take a break from the business of music. "I've declared myself on sabbatical," he says. "I'm trying to let the batteries recharge and step away from the whole thing for a while. It's been 10 years since I've had a real break. The intention is that there will be another album and more touring, but I need to step off the well for a while."

Through his 30-year career Cockburn has received 11 Junos, the most recent being the best roots & traditional album - solo award for "Breakfast In New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu" (Rykodisc). The album debuted last February at No. 39 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart, and has sold 75,000 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan.

A musical tribute to Cockburn, which will include a satellite performance by Barenaked Ladies from Prince George, B.C., will be part of the ceremony. Others slated to perform include Nelly Furtado, the reunited Guess Who, Treble Charger, and soulDecision.

The 2001 Juno Awards will air live on CBC-TV. As previously reported, Furtado and Barenaked Ladies are tied with five nominations each. Other notable nominees include the Tragically Hip, Matthew Good Band, soulDecision, Jesse Cook, and Isabelle Boulay, with three each.