David Newland: artist in action

David Newland is a writer, musician, and speaker. His new album NorthboundThe Northwest Passage in Story and Song, based on his travels to the Arctic was released in 2019.
Photo courtesy Laurie Zabolotny
Photo courtesy Laurie Zabolotny

Photo courtesy Scott Forsyth
Photo courtesy Scott Forsyth


David Newland Northwest passage in Story and Song
Photo by Dan Roy Photograph

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, public speaking and web production. (More about David’s writing here.)

Photo by David Goodfellow

David spends summers travelling with Adventure Canada as a Zodiac driver, performer and host. He travels as a performer and speaker from coast to coast throughout the year. His musical presentation, Northbound: The Northwest Passage in Story and Song has been selling out venues across Canada throughout 2016, 2017, and 2018. David Newland gave the keynote for the 2017 Prime Minister John Turner Water and Environmental Leadership Award Gala. With his collaborators, Siqiniup Qilautu, in January 2018 he performed the opening night of the Polar Film Festival at the Explorer’s Club in New York City.

David Newland’s latest album, Give It A Whirl, has been played on CBC and on roots radio shows from coast to coast. A new album, Northbound! based on David’s Arctic adventures is set for release in 2019. David has been featured in the television programs Canada’s Greatest Ride (for which he also wrote the theme song), and Mighty Cruise Ships and has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows.

David Newland is an active supporter of ArtsCan Circle, Lester B. Pearson United World College, Green Wood Coalition, and many other causes. David served on the boards of the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, Folk Music Ontario, and the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance. David volunteers with the Northumberland Learning Connection programming committee and Supporting Performing Arts in Rural and Remote Communities.

David Newland by Michelle Valberg
Photo by Michelle Valberg


David Newland
178 University Avenue West
Cobourg Ontario K9A 2H2
david DOT newland AT gmail DOT com

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