Mark Turner - Historian, Musician

Mark Turner

Historian, Musician

Mark David Turner is devoted to his home province of Newfoundland & Labrador. He is an archivist, scholar, musician, and cultural enabler.

Mark’s work crosses archival practice, media, and performing arts in Newfoundland & Labrador. He is the Manager of Archives & Media Literacy for the Tradition & Transition Among the Labrador Inuit Research Partnership. There, he works to make the rich archival record about and by Labrador Inuit work for Labrador Inuit.

Mark came to this work naturally. After years of splitting his time as a professional musician and student of performing arts, he received his PhD from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies. His dissertation on film production in his home province brought him to Labrador where he established the region’s first publicly accessible film collection at the Labrador Institute. That experience opened the door to Nunatsiavut.

Since appearing in the 2011 film, Till We Meet Again, Mark has worked closely with the Moravian brass bands of Nunatsiavut. From 2013 to 2015, he served as an instructor and leader for Tittulautet Nunatsiavuttini/Nunatsiavut Brass Bands workshop. More recently he has served as a coach for the Nain Brass Band. He performs on Imgiguset (2016), an album of trumpet hymns with Nain tenor Karrie Obed and co-produced the Nain Brass Band’s self-titled album (2017).

Mark is currently working on two books. Positions in Contemporary Inuit Cinema is a collection of interviews with Inuit film artists. Labrador Cinema is a visual retrospective of filmmaking in the Big Land. He also holds the position of Adjunct Professor of Music and Memorial University of Newfoundland.