Dave Borins, Superior player and paddler

Singer-songwriter Dave Borins —who’s sitting on an exciting new album, by the way— travelled along the Lake Superior shore from Rossport, to Live From the Rock Festival in Red Rock, Ontario this past summer.

But unlike many who make that trip along the Trans-Canada Highway, Dave travelled the old fashioned way: in a 36 foot freighter canoe with a crew of enthusiastic fans and friends!

Dave Borins is an ambitious guy, and never does anything by half-measures. So he didn’t just paddle and play his way along; he also documented his trip for Roots Music Canada as he went. The video above features highlights from the trip, including the remote islands along the Superior shore and the buzz at Live From the Rock.

The video is set to Dave’s own compositions – with guest appearances from Jaron Freeman-Fox, Allison Brown, Kevin Breit, Dan Henshall and more!

Dave’s notes on his trip:

Strangers bond at breakneck speed while taking the time to enjoy the vastness of it all

Music bonds strangers at breakneck speed while occupying said vastness

Combine them and you’ll find something approximate to the folk cinema displayed here.

I extend a sincere appreciation for the talent and cheer of the people I travelled and played with along the journey!

Roots Music Canada’s David Newland will be the musical guest of next year’s Rossport Folk Tour. Why not join him on the trip?

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  1. avatar
    Louie Cupello 16 September, 2011 at 08:56

    Hi Dave

    I thouroughly enjoyed your performance at “Live From The Rock Folk Fest”, this was my second time attending the festival. I drove into Thunder Bay from Cranbrook, BC in June. Being in Red Rock is like attending a Family Reunion, I just love the atmosphere. I will be back again next year, Thank You so much for documneting your esperience and sharing. You must have had a great time paddling on lake Superior.

    Take care


  2. avatar
    Richard Flohil 19 September, 2011 at 14:02

    When I was six, I had a traumatic camping trip with my parents, and I have made a solemn pledge that I will never go camping again, unless accompanied by three amiable women, one of whom knows how to put the tent up. This is unlikely to happen. But good ol’ Dave – he can pull this sort of nonsense off and have a good time. Me? No way, especially if I have to skin a moose…

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    Willy Blizzard 23 September, 2011 at 19:55

    Paddling is such a quintessentially iconic piece of Canadiana. Oddly, while walking down Vancouver’s Robson Street this afternoon, there was a Beaver Canoe paddle in the window display of the Roots Canada store. Keep on paddling.

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    Kathy Chappell 11 March, 2012 at 20:18

    Love the video! Red Rock is my home and I am so proud of it. Hi to Dave Borins who is a very talented muscian. It was so great to have you at the festival and I am enjoying your CD. When is the new one out?

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