Northern Canadian musicians to premiere new song in Camrose
The members of the New North Collective (NNC) are ready to reveal their new song on the topic of Reconciliation. Camrose will be the first stop on their tour premiering this collaborative work entitled “Add Your Voice”, commissioned by the U of A Augustana Campus and U of A North Office.
This new work brings a variety of perspectives from the members of NNC to address topics of life in the North, Indigenous peoples, and residential school history.
The lyrics of the song were shaped from their collective memories, beliefs, and questions as they shared during a June writing retreat on the shores of Kluane Lake, at Diyet’s in Burwash Landing, Yukon.
“It was important to the NNC to hear and acknowledge the darker histories that are part of Canada, and then to look to the future with strength, understanding and inclusion.” According to NNC’s manager, Debbie Peters, “The lyric ‘Add your voice to the song’ became the title, and is intended to give the audience and the performers courage and empowerment to join the collective story that is this land and the people who live here.”
“The writing of this song and the performing of it for audiences across Canada are actions of respect, reconciliation, and artistic courage.” Says Peters, “The NNC hopes that audiences hear the song and are inspired to take positive action themselves.”
Formed in 2015, the New North Collective is composed of individual artists from diverse backgrounds. After performing together in a variety of arrangements at different events and festivals over the years the group eventually took shape as the NNC.
“Together, they explore their ideas of North – from the land to the people; from the traditional to the contemporary.” Says to Peters, “Their shared music focuses on an in-depth look at being a northern person and a northern artist with the impact of geography and community on the music they create collaboratively.”
Their music evokes classic imagery of the Canadian North and includes elements of jazz, folk, new music, spoken word, throat singing and rock. A variety of languages are represented including English, Southern Tutchone, Inuktitut, and French.
“While exploring and pushing musical boundaries, there is a common goal to discard the stereotypes of the region and the people who live in rural and remote northern communities.” According to Peters.
New North Collective will be performing at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre on Friday Jan. 27.