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Nick Sherman

Nick Sherman gives new meaning to “the voice in the wilderness,” or rather,the voice from the wilderness. While he still calls his rural birthplace of Sioux Lookout home,Sherman spent much of his youth out on the land, moving between his hometown, the small First Nation community of Weagamow Lake, and his family’s trapline on North Caribou Lake. Nick is not only inspired by his memories of those early trapline sounds—the timeless hymns ofcelebration and lamentation on his reserve—but by great songwriters including William Elliott Whitmore, Ray LaMontagne and Sam Cooke. His gentle voice is rich with honesty and the vitality of youth, but tempered with world weariness, atop his strong, simple guitar. Nick's most current album, Knives & Wild rice, is inspired by the lives of people in his community, his own up bringing, and life experiences as he now raises his own family in Canada's north. His Indigenous heritage resonates with soul-brushing candour as he sings the boreal forest blues.