In 1984, Bruce Cockburn and violinist Hugh Marsh composed the music for a movie by and about Canadian artist and avid canoeist Bill Mason.  It’s a beautiful film, as the viewer accompanies Mason on some solo canoe voyages, mostly in the Lake Superior wilderness. Along the way, Mason paints what he sees in contemplative, impressionist washes of color.  The accompanying soundtrack, never released on it’s own, is full of lovely guitar/violin duets – contemplative and impressionistic, like the paintings.

The film inspired an annual film festival, called (what else?) The Waterwalker Film Festival.

The film is also available on dvd through the National Film Board of Canada – but, even better, you can watch the whole thing right from their website, or on Youtube!

Title song:

A few extracts from the soundtrack:

4 Comments Add yours

  1. benson says:

    The song made by Bruce Cockburn is one of mystic imagination.

  2. Jeff says:

    This song, Waterwalker, just makes you want to go canoeing up north.

  3. reidbswetland says:

    Thank you for posting this. Really takes me back to when I saw this in the theater in the late 80’s. Is there a way to purchase or download this song?

    1. Rob says:

      Unfortunately, the soundtrack has never been released – though the title song was on the Bruce Cockburn box set from a few years ago: http://brucecockburn.com/discography/rumours-of-glory-box-set/

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