Press Release, July 2, 2019
Kevin Closs Releases Album Inspired by Polar Adventures
Northern Ontario singer-songwriter Kevin Closs has released his 12th independent album, In Deep. The record chronicles his five years working as a musician and guide in the Arctic and Antarctic. From Nunavut to Greenland, Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic, to Antarctica and South Georgia, Closs has been travelling to the most remote parts of our planet. The history and natural beauty of the polar regions inspired Kevin to begin a song-writing project initially supported by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council.
In the winter of 2019, Closs created a Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording of the new songs. The campaign exceeded its goal and the recording was completed in June. Kevin will debut the new album with a mainstage appearance at Northern Lights Festival Boreal in Sudbury. Several smaller Ontario concerts will follow before Kevin continues his travels in the fall, visiting Greenland and Iceland.
Song of Svalbard
The album, including its first single, "Song of Svalbard" can be streamed or downloaded (high resolution audio) at: kevincloss.bandcamp.com/album/in-deep
Kevin Closs is a singer-songwriter from Manitoulin Island. Since 1990 he has worked as a recording and performing artist releasing twelve independent albums, playing concerts, festivals and clubs across the country. Kevin's third album, Surrender, featured two hit singles, "Erica" and "Home". He has also toured with multiple Juno Award winner Charlie Major. His contributions to the northern Ontario arts community won him the Jackie Washington Award in 2002 and the Mayor's Celebration of the Arts Exceptional Achievement Award in 2016.
In 2015, Kevin was given the opportunity to travel through the Northwest Passage with Adventure Canada, as a resident musician and songwriter. The following year he joined G Adventures for ten weeks exploring Svalbard, a small group of islands in the Arctic Ocean midway between Norway and the North Pole. He was trained as an Arctic guide which included Zodiac driving and firearms handling. In 2017-18 he continued with G Adventures playing music and guiding in Antarctica and South Georgia. He has spent over twelve months in the polar regions.