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
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
2002 ArtsCan Circle an organization linking creative artists with Indigenous youth at risk in Canada, was founded by Mike
2002 (ongoing) Mike began volunteering with PGI Canada. Peter Gzowski founded this charity to raise money for Adult Literacy in Canada
1999 (ongoing) Mike began traveling up to Northern Communities to work with Indigenous Youth
1995 Honor Roll Central Canadian Blue Grass Awards
1994 For his musical accomplishments Mike was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel (the highest honor given by the State of Kentucky)
"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
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.
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