The New North Collective (NNC) is an ensemble of Northern Canadian performing artists from Yukon and Northwest Territories including spoken word artist/bassist Pat Braden and composer/performer Carmen Braden from the NWT; singer/songwriter Diyet from the Kluane First Nation, guitarist/songwriter Graeme Peters, and percussionist Robert Van Lieshout from the Yukon; with multi-instrumentalist/ producer Jan de Vroede from Greenland bringing a circumpolar element.
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. Each of the members have successful individual music careers and bring a diversity of styles, language and experience to the collective.
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 geography and community on the music they create collaboratively. The music is diverse and skillful, representative of a multitude of genres include jazz, folk, new music, spoken word, and rock.
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. This is a music and media arts event that is current, traditional, and thought provoking for diverse audiences.