“A rarity - a pop composer who isn’t afraid to use his wit or to wear his heart for all to hear.”
— CBC Radio
The joyous spirit of Canadian piano-pop songwriter Mike Evin pulses through his music, uplifting and soulful. Drawing from influences as varied as Ben Folds and Michael Jackson, Evin weaves hook-laden melodies, playful vocals, and driving grooves to create danceable pop gems and hopeful musings on life and love. His sense of wistful wonderment and desire to let loose have earned him a devoted following throughout North America, and among some of Canada’s most renowned musicians - like Barenaked Ladies and Ron Sexsmith.
The songs shine through the speakers on Evin’s fifth full-length album, Life As A Lover (due summer 2015) - an ode to finding new love and learning to live with loves past. Tastefully produced by JUNO-nominated Howie Beck (Feist, Walk Off the Earth, Hannah Georgas) in Evin’s current home base of Toronto, the album’s first single is “Have I Ever Loved?” and it's been gaining wide exposure on CBC Radio. The video with funky seniors recently premiered on Exclaim!’s site and has been capturing hearts and acclaim by media and international renown musicians, such as Adam Levy (Norah Jones), Rose Cousins and Rich Aucoin.
Evin’s live show with just piano and drums never fails to grab hold of a crowd. Over his travels of living in Montreal, New York, Halifax and Toronto, Evin has shared stages with not only the beaten upright piano he’s toured with but Canadian colleagues such as Sexsmith, Dan Mangan, Sarah Harmer and Amy Millan of Stars. Following the release of his debut album, the always effervescent Barenaked Ladies were so taken by Evin’s energy that they took him under their collective wing and helped produce his second album, I’ll Bring The Stereo. They also introduced Evin to a whole new audience by inviting him to perform on their annual Ships & Dip music cruises. Throughout 2015, Evin will be touring with drummer Ian MacKay (Basia Bulat).
“Mike Evin taps into what motivates people, and champions the search for happiness.”
— Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies)
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