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artist Mike Evin

Toronto, ON, CANADA
Independent
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biographical info

“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 bounds through exuberant handclaps, funky finger-snaps, ohh la la backups and catchy synth lines. It makes one think that if Burt Bacharach and Hall & Oates had ever collaborated, they would’ve been lucky to sound half as good.

Evin’s live show, often consisting of just voice and piano, 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. In the winter of 2015, Evin will release the first couple of songs from Life As A Lover and tour with his 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
Do You Feel The World?
Darlington Records
April, 2011
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Good Watermelon
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April, 2009
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Let's Slow It Down
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February, 2007
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I'll Bring The Stereo
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October, 2005
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The January Muse
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April, 2001
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