Nadjiwan’s latest album, The Great Sea, was inspired by his rediscovery of the landscapes of his hometown of Thunder Bay and the North Shore of Lake Superior. The main musical pieces of the album were also assembled at the Chippewa Park Pavilion before being taken back to Toronto, where he now lives, for its final polish. A follow up to his 2022 EP Resurgence, The Great Sea is a truly personal glimpse into the spirit of Nadjiwan’s music as he shares his love of the region through organ-infused folk-rock as well as more traditional sounds (Nadjiwan is a member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation and has family in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, near Sudbury). “Land of Skoden” and “North of Superior” are sure to be favourites, along with the title track, but the entire work is rich with the spirit of the northern shores of Lake Superior.

-Jamie Varga

4.5 out of 5