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.
This journey, Our Home On Native Land, explored narratives of decolonisation and celebrated the diverse voices found across this land.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watch this film to experience the Sound Journey, Shield To Shore
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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.
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.
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.
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.