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artist Mike Evin

Toronto, ON, CANADA
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“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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influences

Billy Joel
The Band
The Beach Boys
James Booker
Laura Nyro
Jelly Roll Morton
Carole King
Jonathan Richman
Ben Lee
Ben Kweller
Sarah Harmer
The Brothers Creeggan
Ron Sexsmith
Barenaked Ladies
Wilco
Life As A Lover
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upcoming shows

Sep 10 Kitchener Cafe Pyrus
Sep 11 Peterborough The Garnet
Sep 12 Kingston The Artel
Sep 16 Hamilton The Staircase Theatre
Sep 17 London London Music Club
Sep 24 Montreal Living Room Concert
Sep 25 Saint Andrews Salty Towers
Sep 26 Moncton Living Room Concert
Sep 30 Halifax The Company House
Oct 01 Fredericton Windsor Castle Bar (The Grad House)
Oct 02 Quebec Le Fou Bar
Oct 03 Montreal La Casa del Popolo
Oct 04 Wakefield The Blacksheep Inn
Oct 09 Sudbury Fromagerie Elgin
Oct 13 Winnipeg The Neighbourhood Bookstore and Cafe
Oct 14 Clandeboye Living Room Concert
Oct 15 Grenfell Paper Moon House Concert
Oct 17 Regina Creative City Centre
Oct 18 Saskatoon The Bassment
Oct 20 Edmonton Cha Island Tea Co.
Oct 23 Vernon Triumph Coffee
Oct 24 Chilliwack Bozzini's
Oct 25 Duncan Duncan Showroom
Oct 27 Port Alberni Char's Landing
Oct 28 Vancouver The Railway Club
Oct 31 Forget The Happy Nun
Nov 01 Jamestown Jamestown Arts Center
Nov 02 Madison House Concert
Nov 04 Lansing House Concert
Nov 10 Toronto The Burdock Music Hall
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