About David Newland


David Newland is a radio host, writer, musician, and speaker, currently working on a Phd in Canadian Studies at Trent University. David has a BFA in Photography from Concordia University, and an MA in English (Public Texts) from Trent University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. In 2022, he was awarded a Cobourg Civic Award for Distinguished Arts and Culture. He holds the John Wadland Scholarship in Canadian Studies and is a past recipient of the Bagnani Graduate Award.

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.

David can be heard on Spirit of the Song on Thursdays from 7-8 PM ET on Northumberland 89.7 in Cobourg, Ontario. David’s latest album NORTHBOUND, based on his adventures in the Arctic was released in 2019. NORTHBOUND was nominated for Album of the Year by BluesAndRootsRadio.com.

As host of The Morning Show on Northumberland 89.7 he initiated and hosted a Black History Month focus; co-created a Sustainable Cobourg segment; collaborated to feature all six artists of the Art Gallery of Northumberland Spotlight Series; and conducted more than 75 on-air interviews with notable musicians, artists, authors and community leaders.

David was the host of the televised 2021 Northumberland Diversity Festival. He hosted 12 episodes of the Summer Music Series on Northumberland 89.7 in 2021.

David’s most recent performance project was a highly successful tour of BC and Alberta with Wild Coasts of Canada, a collaborative performance with photographer Scott Forsyth. Along with Inuit cultural performers Siqiniup Qilauta (Sunsdrum) David was a showcase artist at the 2019 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference (NERFA). David and his band, Uncharted Waters have sold out venues across Ontario with his themed performance, The Northwest Passage in Story and Song.

David spent seven years 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.

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 programs as a guest, featured artist, performer, programmer and host. He has received grants from the Ontario Arts Council for both writing, and music.


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