Accomplishments, Awards & Quotes


 

 

 

2013 Folk Music Ontario Estelle Klein Award I'm so humbled to receive this award. It's on the backs of every person who ever went on a trip, held a benefit or helped in their own way with ArtsCan Circle. Thinking of Estelle  mike

2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards  
Mike received the first ever Innovator of the Year Award 

2012 Ontario Contact  Mike is honoured with the Award of Excellence

2012 Queen's Diamond Jubilee for founding ArtsCan Circle

2011 A Walk in My Dream feature documentary about Mike  produced by Jonathan Torrens

2011 East Coast Music Awards Piggyback album with Matt Andersen wins Blues Recording of the Year

2009 Blow North feature film by Director Brian Wayne White which chronicles Mike’s ArtsCan trips is completed       

2008 Legendary CBC journalist Mary Lou Findlay’s book As it Happens Files
features a chapter on Mike

2003 35th Anniversary of CBC As It Happens Radio Show interview and performance by Mike

2002 ArtsCan Circle an organization linking creative artists with Indigenous youth at risk in Canada, was founded by Mike

2002 Mike’s version of Orange Blossom Special is featured in the book Orange Blossom Boys - (the history of the Orange Blossom Special)

2002 YMCA Mike receives the YMCA Canada Peace Medal

2002 (ongoing) Mike began volunteering with PGI Canada. Peter Gzowski founded this charity to raise money for Adult Literacy in Canada

2000 Harmonica Crossing a film about Mike directed by Brian Wayne White is released and wins Award

1999 (ongoing) Mike began traveling up to Northern Communities to work with Indigenous Youth
 
1997 Bluegrass Harmonica written by Mike is released worldwide by Hal Leonard Centerstream publishing

1994 For his musical accomplishments Mike was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel (the highest honor given by the State of Kentucky)
 
1992 Blowing Up a Storm Top Selling Record Pincastle Records
 
1990 Harmonica Recording of the Year Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards
 
1990 -1994 Entertainer of the Year Central Canadian Blue Grass Awards

 
Quotes

"Mike Stevens' ‘Harmonica’ reminds me of the old Columbia recording of Flatt and Scruggs with Doc Watson. Probably one of the most inspired groupings on record, the ensemble consisted of Flatt and Scruggs with their fine band, Grady Martin on guitar and Doc Watson. Into this mix, Columbia added Charlie McCoy’s busy harmonica that simply interfered with the otherwise excellent string band music. Stevens' "Harmonica" neatly reverses this situation; here, the harmonica leads the band with melody and force. This recording is categorically excellent."
Bluegrass Unlimited
"Sarnia, Ontario's Mike Stevens is arguably the best harmonica player in country/bluegrass music today" Country Music News

I just love you... I mean your music!
Janette Carter (Carter Family)

"I’ve never seen anyone play a harmonica like you play a harmonica" Roy Acuff - King of Country Music

"What is that noise" Mike’s Parents

"Mike Stevens was the musical discovery of the weekend for me …..I knew the Sarnia harmonica player was suppose to be good. But That Good Wow Stevens understands and feels a lot more about the blues than the guitar-heavies at Bluesfest will ever know" James Reaney - The London Free Press

 

Performer, Innovator, Composer, Keynote Speaker

Mike Stevens’ talent is as unorthodox as his career trajectory. As an Innovative, groundbreaking Performer, Composer, Educator, Keynote Speaker and Author Mike Stevens continues to expand the paradigms of Harmonica, balancing tradition with cutting edge innovation. Mike has toured the world with legendary Bluegrass music stars and Grand Ole Opry members Jim & Jesse. He can count among his fans Roy Acuff, - the King of country music.  Roy would in fact make special trips to the Opry stage just to watch Mike play. Mike has logged more than 300 appearances on the world famous Grand Ole Opry stage  and is a true pioneer of Bluegrass Harmonica; creating a much copied style of playing.
 


For more than 35 years Mike has been doing solo live looping harmonica and voice exploration.  He continues to pioneer looping techniques with voice and harmonica, which have been spreading throughout the world. Mike’s solo concerts and his Avant Garde "Soundscape" performances with world renown Magnum photojournalist Larry Towell continue to push the boundaries.

When Mike performs, the Harmonica becomes a musical paintbrush with no limits. "He literally Breathes In the World and Breathes out Music." For reviews of Mike's CD's visit Mike's Store and Mike's Fan Page. Mike is also the founder of Artscan Circle a non-profit organization dedicated to helping youth in remote communities across Canada.


 

Mike’s Posters

Mike VW
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Mike B&W VW
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Pictures & Posters
Where's the One? by CanadAfrica Album Cover Where's the One?
by CanadAfrica
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Okadja and Mike StevensOkaidja Afroso &
Mike Stevens

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Mike Dog Promo High Resolution
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Larry Towell
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Mike Stevens Poster High Resolution
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Mike Leaning on VW Mike Steven’s
One Page Bio
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Tracy Harrison
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Mike Blue Tones Stage Plot
and Technical
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Mike - Studio High Resolution
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Hailey McHarg
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Mike Stevens &  VW with Mike High Resolution
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Mike Stevens High Resolution
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Mike Stevens Greatest Hits The Bluegrass Years AlbumMike Stevens
Greatest Hits
The Bluegrass
Years Album
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