David Newland’s latest album is NORTHBOUND, a live album of original songs based on his travels in the Northwest Passage with Adventure Canada. Click here for LYRICS. NORTHBOUND is currently available in CD format at $20 plus shipping. CLICK TO ORDER NORTHBOUND BY EMAIL.

NORTHBOUND was nominated for Blues and Roots Radio’s 2019 Album of the Year, and reviewed by Penguin Eggs Magazine and Toronto Music Review.

Check out David’s first video single from NORTHBOUND, “Musk Ox Stew”.

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David’s band, Uncharted Waters (Sam Allison, Saskia Tomkins, Steafan Hannigan and Oisin Hannigan) are joined by Inuit throatsingers Siqiniup Qilauta Sunsdrum and jawharpist Lois Suluk, as well as musical guests Drew Gonsalves, Annie Sumi, Tannis Slimmon, Alex Cheung and a ten-voice choir.

Supported by an Ontario Arts Council Grant, NORTHBOUND was released at Hugh’s Room Live in Toronto on April 26, 2019 and Victoria Hall in Cobourg on June 7, 2019.

NORTHBOUND was the Album of the Week on Blues & Roots Radio. NORTHBOUND has been featured on Folk Routes on CKUA; In The Studio on Newstalk 1010; Moment of Truth on ELMNT FM; Corby’s Orbit on Regent Radio; the Drive Show, Nothing Exists Radio Hour, and the Morning Show on Northumberland 89.7; Just Us Folk on CKPC; Freewheelin’ Folk on CFMU; For the Folk on Folk Roots Radio. Spins include CBC Radio Up North; Sunday Street Program on WUSB-FM; Canadian Spaces on CKCU and more.


As a singer, story-teller and poet, David Newland is whimsical and poignant. His songwriting constantly returns to nature, and is infused with a deep appreciation for Canada’s natural beauty. 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 songwriting—which celebrates the basic, small-town, homey pleasures of things like bare feet on a gravel road, strawberry season, and autumn leaves—while universal, is precise and beautifully integrated into the music in a way that seems inevitable.” – Barry Hammond, Penguin Eggs

Give it a Whirl - David Newland

Give It A Whirl (2012), David Newland’s first studio album, was produced by two-time Juno nominee Gregg Lawless. The album features the likes of John Sheard, George Koller, Dala, Kirsten Jones, and members of Quartette, The Good Lovelies and The Bebop CowboysHear tracks from Give it a Whirl on demand at CBC Music.

David has released two live CDs, Evergreen, in 2003 and Roll Away in 2005, and an independent cassette, Of Moose and Men in 1995.

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.

Aengus Finnan has been a strong supporter of David’s work, frequently performing his songs in his concerts. David’s song When the Whistle Blows appears on Aengus Finnan’s 2013 live album, Once Upon A Time.

Give It A Whirl hit the folk chart at CFRC Kingston. Songs from Give It A Whirl have been heard on Galaxie Folk Roots, the Canadian Roots stream at CBC Music,, Northumberland 89.7Radio That Doesn’t Suck and many radio shows, including CBC Radio’s ‘Fresh Air‘, Sunday Street on WUSB, Folk Plus, Roots Music Canada radio on The Grand 92.9Folk Roots RadioFolk Music and Other Stuff on WIOX, Woody’s Children on WFUV, Mariposa Music on Sunshine 89.1 Orillia, Just Us Folk on Country 1380 in Brantford, Acoustic Workshop on CIUT, In the Studio on Newstalk 1010 in Toronto, Jen’s Bent on LUradio Thunder Bay, Border City Roots on CJAM 99.1 Windsor/Detroit, Songs from the Wood on CKWR Waterloo, Acoustic Planet on Main Street Radio 88.1 from Erin, ON, Back to the Sugar Camp on CIUT, and more.

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