David Newland is a writer, musician and host with a passion for the Canadian experience.
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. By turns a tree planter, housepainter, factory worker, and record store owner, David built and lived in his own cabin near the Fundy Shore in Nova Scotia, then established a career as an online media producer while restoring his father’s childhood home in Toronto. All the while, he toiled at his art – building momentum as a writer, performer and host.
As a singer, story-teller and poet, David Newland is whimsical and poignant. His songwriting constantly returns to nature, to small towns and old ways, but with a contemporary, up-beat delivery on ukulele or guitar. His stage patter is unique: random, funny, and profound — sometimes in a single spontaneous sentence. He frequently performs selections of ‘Zen Canadiana’ poetry as spoken word pieces.
His new album ‘Give it a Whirl‘, produced by Gregg Lawless, showcases David Newland’s warm, welcoming voice and distinctive songwriting. The CD features the talents of John Sheard, George Koller, Dala, Kirsten Jones, and members of Quartette, The Good Lovelies and The Bebop Cowboys.
David has released two live CDs, Evergreen, in 2003 and Roll Away in 2005.
David Newland’s success as a songwriter includes Riding on the Railway, the theme song for the CTV feature Canada’s Greatest Ride, in which David also appears and performs on a train crossing Canada. David’s canoe anthem Faster Than You Know won “Best Music” at the Waterwalker Film Festival, and ukulele favourite That’s the Miracle was featured prominently in CBC’s The Gospel According to Uke.
Widely appreciated as a stage host, David Newland has been the MC for numerous festivals, including Summerfolk, Mariposa, and Lunenburg Folk Harbour, as well as the Gordon Lightfoot tribute concert The Way We Feel and Johnny Cash tribute Till Things Are Brighter.
David Newland was the founding editor of Roots Music Canada. He has published nearly a thousand blog posts and his articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers. David Newland contributed to 2 Gold Medals for Macleans.ca in the 2012 Canadian Online Publishing awards.