Photo courtesy Scott Forsyth
Photo courtesy Scott Forsyth

David Newland is a writer, musician and adventurer. His current project is NorthboundThe Northwest Passage in Story and Song, a presentation & performance based on his travels to the Arctic.

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. 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 board of the Shelter Valley Folk Festival and Folk Music Ontario. Currently sits on the board of the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and is a member of the Northumberland Learning Connection programming committee.

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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