MIKE

“A rarity – a pop composer who isn’t afraid to use his wit or to wear his heart for all to hear.”
— CBC Radio

“Mike Evin taps into what motivates people, and champions the search for happiness.”
— Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies)

The joyous spirit of piano-pop songwriter Mike Evin pulses through his music, uplifting and soulful. He’s earned 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 (released Fall 2015 in Canada) – an ode to finding new love and learning to live with loves past. Tastefully produced by JUNO-nominee 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.

In 2015, CBC Radio 2 called Evin the “next big thing”, and the lead single “Have I Ever Loved?” was among the Top 20 most played songs of 2015 on CBC Sonica. “Al Green” reached #1 on Sirius XM’s The Verge. The video for “Have I Ever Loved?” won hearts with its cast of seniors.

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.

Evin’s live show, solo or as a duo with drummer Ian MacKay (Basia Bulat), never fails to grab hold of a crowd. Over his travels of living in home-town 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 Barenaked Ladies (twice a featured artist on their Ships & Dip), Sexsmith, Dan Mangan, Sarah Harmer, Royal Wood and Jill Barber. In the Fall of 2015, he and MacKay completed a 30 date tour across Canada and the US. Stay tuned for news on an international release and tour.

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SELECT PRESS AND ACCOLADES

“Mike Evin’s ‘Have I Ever Loved?’ is a modern classic.”
Adam Levy (Norah Jones)

“The next big thing”
CBC Radio 2

“Simply incredible”
Cashbox

“Contagious energy … Mike Evin has all that it takes to get discovered by a wider audience.”
Musicomania

“Catchy, sad, joyous and beautiful. Nice combination.”
Michael Wrycraft (JUNO-winning designer)

“Hauntingly beautiful vocals and mesmerizing music”
Canadian Beats

“His music is fun, the spirit joyful, the hooks ridiculously plentiful.”
Bob Mersereau (CBC)

“Magnificent … contagious … irresistible”
Pacopepe Gil (Loff.it, Spain)

“A wonderful songwriter, musician and singer, Mike Evin is also a fearless performer who was born to be on a stage.”
Blair Packham (booker of Bluebird North and acclaimed songwriter)

“An A-level performer and a great musician. My audiences have enjoyed his shows very much.”
Mike Campbell (booker of The Carleton and the Halifax Urban Folk Festival)

“Beautifully human songs”
Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith, The Rheostatics)

“Heartwarming…”
Exclaim!

“Mike Evin is ready to take his music to the world.”
Tyler Stewart (Barenaked Ladies)

“Amazingly uplifting and soulful…”

Novella Magazine

“Evin’s soulful folk-infused pop sound is equal parts infectious and smooth, it’s a track that deserves a great deal more attention”

Halifax Bloggers

“Impeccable musicianship combined with a remarkable ability to create catchy hooks”

Lonely Vagabond

“Mike Evin’s musical savvy and good-times attitude do indeed make him the best national treasure you’ve never heard.”

Soundproof Magazine



“Mike Evin reimagined the piano-pop songbook.”

Indy Weekly



“A breath of fresh air in a stale business.”

Steve Chrismar (George Thorogood and the Destroyers)

“The songs somehow feel intimate, like a private conversation, but also make you want to sing along and when it comes to being a charismatic piano man, in my opinion, that’s what it’s all about.”
Herohill

Good Watermelon‘s combination of wit and wide-eyed innocence is beginning to establish Evin as a voice to be reckoned with within the Canadian music scene.”
Jason Schneider (Have Not Been The Same)

“Pop for purely pop’s sake”
Ottawa Xpress

“Like a hammer hitting squarely on the nail every time, he hits a vein with every song on this eleven-track gem.”
CD Baby Editor’s Pick

“It’s refreshing to hear a young pianist with so much power-pop punch and such a great ear for arrangements.”
Eye Weekly

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SELECT PRESS/MEDIA FOR LIFE AS A LOVER (2015)

Loff.it (Spain) feature – read
Bob Mersereau “Review of the Day” – read
Cashbox review – read
CBC Radio 2 – Next Big Thing feature
“Al Green” reaches #1 on Sirius XM’s “Press Play” on The Verge & Iceberg stations
CBC TV’s “Our Toronto” feature – watch
Halifax Chronicle Herald feature – read
London Free Press feature – read
Waterloo Region Record – read
Canadian Beats review – read
Alan Cross “Top 11 Playlist” – listen
RazMataz Magazine – read
Exclaim! premiere for “Have I Ever Loved?” – read
UMusicians – read
Canadian Beats – read feature / read interview
Soundbird Music – read
Alphabet Bands – read
Abduction Radiation – read
Novella Magazine – read
Independent Clauses – read
Halifax Bloggers – read


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of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters.

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