The New North Collective (NNC) is an ensemble of Northern Canadian performing artists from Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut including throat singer/drum dancer Sylvia Cloutier from Nunavut/Nunavik; spoken word artist/bassist Pat Braden and composer Carmen Braden from the NWT; singer/songwriter Diyet, guitarist/songwriter Graeme Peters, and percussionist Robert Van Lieshout from the Yukon; with multi-instrumentalist/producer Jan de Vroede the newest addition.
The New North Collective came together in 2015 after the individual artists had performed together in various configurations at events and festivals over the years, from A Circumpolar Soundscape to performances at PEI2014 in Charlottetown. Each of the members of the ensemble have successful music careers as solo performers or as part of other groups, and bring a diversity of styles and experience to the collective. New music, folk, traditional, jazz and rock inform what the New North Collective creates.
Together, they explore their ideas of north - from the land to the people; from the traditional to the contemporary. Their shared music focuses on an in-depth look at being a northern person and a northern artist with the impact of north on the music all are creating. The expansive imagery of northern Canada also comes to light in songs co-written and performed by the group.
Following two weeks of writing and rehearsing in spring 2015, the New North Collective premiered the new work regionally at the Adäka Cultural Festival in Whitehorse and nationally at Panamania 2015 in Toronto. They showcased at the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) in fall.
The New North Collective: northern originals… and so is their music.