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Kevin Closs

Expedition Guide

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 and country music legend 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.

Since 2015 Kevin has worked as a presenter and guide with expedition cruise ships. He has travelled to Greenland, Nunavut, Svalbard, Antarctica and South Georgia. His new album, In Deep, features songs written about his travels.

What is your most memorable Antarctic experience?

“Once, on a calm afternoon at Base Brown, as I sat in my Zodiac with the engine off, a Humpback spy-hopped no more than ten feet from my boat. Looking at that enormous animal directly in the eye changed how I thought about the natural world. It made me realize how utterly foreign a place the ocean is and how insignificant I am in its vastness.”