Singer-songwriter David Newland is an expedition host and Zodiac driver who has made multiple trips to the Canadian Arctic, Labrador and Greenland. These journeys have inspired a deep love for the North and his latest show, The Northwest Passage in Story and Song, offers his interpretation of what it is to connect with the North.
Along with his backing band, Uncharted Waters (Sam Allison, Steafan Hannigan) he looks forward to presenting a stirring, evocative musical vision of the mythic Arctic at the Village Playhouse on Oct. 19.
The Northwest Passage in Story and Song is a musical and spoken-word performance inspired by the sights and sounds of the Canadian Arctic, its history and its contemporary realities. Touching on the history of Arctic exploration, including the story of Franklin’s lost expedition, the performance goes on to introduce Inuit ideas of territory, community, and creative culture. Combining photography, storytelling, and live original songs, this performance conveys the emotional and spiritual impact of Arctic travel.
“The sound component of the show combines the lyric storytelling of Gordon Lightfoot with the feel and intensity of Maritime folk,” David Newland explains. “There’s a good measure of global-roots instrumentation which keeps the music very lively.”
Newland’s poignant collection of songs helps to dispel myths and while celebrating Canada’s real North in a way that educates and inspires audiences.
“The audience for this show has always been Canadians, especially rural Canadians, who are passionate about Canadian history and geography, interested in the idea of North, but looking to reexamine the stories of our history in light of reconciliation with First Peoples,” Newland says.
This family-friendly show will be in Bancroft, at the Village Playhouse, for one night on October 19. Doors open at 6 and the show starts at 7pm. Tickets are $25 and are on sale now at Harvest Moon, Posie’s, Vintage on Hastings, Hospice House and online at bancroftvillageplayhouse.ca. with proceeds to Hospice North Hastings.
The Northwest Passage in Story and Song is proudly offered by Hospice North Hastings as part of their Caring through Culture initiative.