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Sound Journeys

6 musicians
3 visual artists
3 journeys from coast to coast

A group of musicians and visual artists came together in 2017 to explore Canada's contemporary cultural landscape.

In three distinct journeys, they covered the breadth of the country, from the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia to the Atlantic Ocean of the East Coast.

While the musicians and artists took inspiration from each other, the moving landscape and resonating sounds accompanied them along the train tracks.

This is the story of their Sound Journeys.

Our Home On Native Land

Vancouver - Jasper - Toronto

As Canada marked its 150th year since Confederation, Sound Journeys sought to give a voice to the stories and peoples that have often been excluded from expressions of what it means to be Canadian.

Aboard a train from Vancouver, through Jasper, to Toronto, three artists travelled through breathtaking landscapes dense with history.

Aboard a train from Vancouver, through Jasper, to Toronto, three artists travelled through breathtaking landscapes dense with history.


This journey, Our Home On Native Land, explored narratives of decolonisation and celebrated the diverse voices found across this land.

"The combination of where we were and the music that came out was very special" - Sarathy Korwar

"The combination of where we were and the music that came out was very special" - Sarathy Korwar

London-based percussionist and composer Sarathy Korwar was joined by neo-soul singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist of Métis Native American descent, David Morin.

By taking inspiration from the lakes and mountains surrounding them, David and Sarathy jumped at opportunities for impromptu performances to discover new, collaborative sounds.

Sophia Burke, a Vancouver-born and Toronto-based visual artist, captured their experiences as they travelled from her birthplace to her current home city.

Sophia Burke also created all three Sound Journey posters, seen below.

Sophia Burke also created all three Sound Journey posters, seen below.

The Our Home On Native Land Sound Journey took the two musicians and Sophia through beautiful landscapes and expansive spaces perfect for developing new melody, lyrics and images.

“By being actively creative in that sublime, overwhelming space I felt like I was able to relate to [the music] in a new and interesting way” - Sophia Burke


“By being actively creative in that sublime, overwhelming space I felt like I was able to relate to [the music] in a new and interesting way” - Sophia Burke

In the echoing silence of Medicine Lake in Jasper National Park, David and Sarathy collaborated to expand upon one of David’s unfinished works; a transient song that he'd begun developing with a close friend and fellow musician from Vancouver who’d recently passed.

Watch this film to experience the Sound Journey, Our Home On Native Land

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Shield to Shore

Halifax - Montréal - Toronto

From the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Halifax all the way to Toronto, this Sound Journey showcased a multitude of contemporary musical currents of Canada's East Coast.

The Shield and St. Lawrence River region has long been rich with music and art, showcasing a mixture of contemporary and traditional genres from many cultures and generations. 

The Shield and St. Lawrence River region has long been rich with music and art, showcasing a mixture of contemporary and traditional genres from many cultures and generations. 

On-board the Shield to Shore journey, English folk and roots singer, Luke Jackson, was joined by the Brazilian-born musician, Flavia Nascimento. Documenting the intertwining of culture and heritage was Jenni Welsh, a Cape Breton Island videographer and photographer.

"One thing that really touched me was that music unites people from everywhere... We have to be open to enter into the universe outside of words." - Flavia Nascimento


"One thing that really touched me was that music unites people from everywhere... We have to be open to enter into the universe outside of words." - Flavia Nascimento

Shield to Shore brought together two musicians without a common language to communicate.

However, the universality of music and their unique approaches to collaboration provided the perfect medium for them to overcome this barrier and perform together.

Documenting Shield to Shore provided Jenni Welsh with the opportunity to reflect upon her motivation to create art, to get back to her artistic roots, and to rely on pure intuition to capture the essence of a journey.

Documenting Shield to Shore provided Jenni Welsh with the opportunity to reflect upon her motivation to create art, to get back to her artistic roots, and to rely on pure intuition to capture the essence of a journey.

"[Luke and Flavia's differences] actually propelled them further into one another while collaborating musically and emphasised their unique talents and abilities." Jenni Welsh

"[Luke and Flavia's differences] actually propelled them further into one another while collaborating musically and emphasised their unique talents and abilities." Jenni Welsh

Watch this film to experience the Sound Journey, Shield To Shore

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Northern Passages

Winnipeg - Toronto

For many centuries and to this day, storytelling has been an art form used to reinforce values and beliefs shared across many cultures and communities in Canada and around the world.

For Northern Passages, musicians Nick Sherman and Jess Morgan, as well as artist KC Adams travelled together from Winnipeg to Toronto.

They found themselves surrounded by the winds and landscapes which have carried the voices of countless generations of storytellers.

An Ojibwe singer and guitarist, Nick Sherman’s songs are inspired by his memories and the lives of people in his community.

An Ojibwe singer and guitarist, Nick Sherman’s songs are inspired by his memories and the lives of people in his community.

Accompanying Jess and Nick was KC Adams, an Indigenous Winnipeg-based visual artist who fearlessly follows her instincts and addresses the relationship between nature and technology in her work.

Accompanying Jess and Nick was KC Adams, an Indigenous Winnipeg-based visual artist who fearlessly follows her instincts and addresses the relationship between nature and technology in her work.

Northern Passages gave Nick, Jess and KC the opportunity to be still, to be vulnerable and introspective, and to reconnect with what home means to them.

This Sound Journey was a refreshing experience for the musicians to write and collaborate. Given that storytelling is central to their music, Nick and Jess immediately bonded over their shared approach to creating lyrics.

"I think meeting a like-minded songwriter is a big deal [and] the thing that keeps me doing this job more than anything else is the people I get to meet along the way." - Jess Morgan

"I think meeting a like-minded songwriter is a big deal [and] the thing that keeps me doing this job more than anything else is the people I get to meet along the way." - Jess Morgan

The train rolled through beautiful scenery as Nick and KC reflected on their past, sharing stories of their own spiritual experiences, and the Indigenous peoples' stories that have been passed through generations.

“Being away from my family and the land that my ancestors came from, made me appreciate my home. Connections are important to me and my practice.” - KC Adams

“Being away from my family and the land that my ancestors came from, made me appreciate my home. Connections are important to me and my practice.” - KC Adams

Travelling through familiar landscapes and his home town Sioux Lookout, Nick found parts of the journey bittersweet, almost as though he were looking through a window into his past.

"As a touring artist you spend a lot of time travelling [and] I don’t think you have a lot of time to process what it is you’re doing... being in  the train gave me a lot of time to just reflect"  - Nick Sherman

"As a touring artist you spend a lot of time travelling [and] I don’t think you have a lot of time to process what it is you’re doing... being in the train gave me a lot of time to just reflect"  - Nick Sherman

Watch this film to experience the Sound Journey, Northern Passages.

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