Genre: Singer Songwriter, Storyteller
David Newland is a writer, musician and storyteller with a passion for the Canadian experience. His current project is The Northwest Passage in Story and Song, a presentation & performance based on his travels to the Arctic as a Zodiac driver with Adventure Canada.
In November of 2015, David was named a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, a distinction that reflects a lifelong engagement with landscape and story.
Born in Ottawa, raised on the shores of Georgian Bay near Parry Sound, David crisscrossed Canada and travelled the world before settling in Cobourg, Ontario.
Awarded a scholarship to Lester B. Pearson United World College at seventeen, David went on to study literature at McGill and graduated with distinction from Concordia University’s Fine Arts program, majoring in photography. He then forged a unique career in the arts and media, combining writing, music, photography, and public speaking.
David spends summers travelling with Adventure Canada as a Zodiac driver, performer and host, and travels as a performer and speaker from coast to coast throughout the year. His musical presentation, The Northwest Passage in Story and Song has been selling out venues across Ontario throughout 2016.
David is a frequent performer on the Ontario folk scene, including festivals like Mariposa, Summerfolk, Shelter Valley Folk Fest, Sound of Music, Live From the Rock, Eaglewood Folk Festival, Blue Skies, and more.
David Newland’s latest album, Give It A Whirl, has been played on CBC and on roots radio shows from coast to coast. In 2014 he toured homes and small venues across Northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan with Home Routes; his upcoming Home Routes tour includes stops throughout Southern BC in January and February 2017.
A new album, Northbound! featuring material based on David’s Arctic adventures is set for release in 2017.