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Jun 24/16 - Jun 26/16
Dunnville, ON, CA

Nov 14/15
Palatka, FL, US

Nov 06/15 - Nov 09/15
Lunenburg, NS, CA

Oct 18/15
Big Rapids, MI, US

Oct 04/15 - Oct 13/15
Taiwan, ROC

Aug 01/15 - Aug 09/15
Torngats, Labrador, CA

Jun 26/15 - Jul 03/15
Baker Lake, Nunavut, CA

Jul 11/15 - Jul 27/15
Fairbanks, Bethel, Akiak, Hooper Bay, AK, US

Jul 05/15 - Jul 09/15
Jun 11/15 - Jun 13/15
Charlottetown, PEI, CA

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A musician with masterly
ability, technique, or personal style
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Performer, Innovator, Composer, Keynote Speaker

Mike has been the subject of 2 Feature Film Documentaries:

  • The award winning  Harmonica Crossing (2000)  about Mike's career at the World Famous Grand Ole Opry
  • The recently released A Walk in My Dream (2011)  produced by Jonathan Torrens
  • Talks are underway for another full length documentary film about CanadAfrica
    This will follow the journey of Mike the Harmonica Great and Master Ghanian Musician and Dancer Okaidja Ofroso from Iqaluit Nunavut, Canada to Ghana in West Africa, while sharing their music  with Traditional musicians and dancers from both countries


Latest from the Road


Mike Stevens and Okaidja Afroso at the 39th Annual Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival
Posted August 11, 2014
Catch Mike and Okaidja at Summerfolk Friday August 15th on the Amphitheatre stage 9:20 pm,
on the Over the Hill stage at 11:00 am. They are joining Alysha Brilla and Danny Michel for a workshop called "Ease Into it". And from 4:00 to 5:00 pm they join Bekah and Missy and Our Shotgun Wedding on the Gazebo stage for a workshop called 'Power of 2". On Sunday August 17th they join a number of fabulous artists on the Down by The Bay stage for a workshop called "If I Had a Hammer" and from 2:00 to 3:00 on the Gazebo stage they join QuiQue Escamilla for a workshop called "Worlds Apart". Lastly, on Sunday Mike is at the Sharing Circle for a Harmonica workshop.


Living Toronto Article: Building Bridges through Music
Posted February 3, 2014
This article by John McCormick just came out

What have Mike and Larry Towell been up to?

Posted January 30, 2014
Check out “2013 Sem Presser Lecture: Larry Towell” by World Press Photo on Vimeo.
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Folk Music Ontario Estelle Klein 2013 Award
Posted October 26, 2013
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

Roots Music Canada

Posted October 25, 2013
Good article about the Folk Music Ontario Estelle Klein award

Common Ground

Posted October 25, 2013

Mike on the Cover!


Posted October 24th, 2013

original sound that fuses World music with Folk music.
CANADAFRICA creates a place for the complex interlocking
rhythms of Africa to meet with the soulful and rich tunes of Blues.
Mike Stevens and Okaidja Afroso, two passionate musicians from
very different backgrounds, bring their talents together with their
debut album, “Where is the One?” This innovative record reveals
how beautifully the sounds of the harmonica complements
Ghanaian melodies. Mike Stevens and Okaidja Afroso have both
been pioneers in their respective genres for decades. With “Where
is the One?” they have joined their diverse influences and
experiences together to craft an album that is as distinct as the
cultures that they were raised in. Here you will encounter the
essence of Ghana’s Gold Coast intertwined with the deep roots of
Folk and Blues music of North America.

CanadAfrica shows coming Up:

Alianait Arts Festival

Canada's National Arts Centre - Ottawa

Another CanadAfrica CD Release show of "Where is the One?" coming up in Sarnia December 1st, 2013 at S.C.I.T's High School - Half the proceeds go to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sarnia-Lambton.

Mike Stevens & Okaidja Afroso

Mike and Shelagh Rogers to Perform
Posted March 11, 2013
So honoured to be working on a duet performance with a truly amazing instrument.
Shelagh Rogers voice

Week of Writing with Okaidja Ofroso
Posted November 22, 2012
Sitting in JFK headed to Portland OR for a week of writing with West African Master musician Okaidja Ofroso.  Hopefully a new record will emerge

Posted November 22, 2012

I'm really happy to be part of this wonderful event  Please check it out
on YouTube

Canadian Folk Music Award
- Innovator of the Year Award (First Ever!)
Posted November 18, 2012
What a great  evening  of music at the Canadian Folk Music awards In St John last night, I received the inaugural Innovator of the Year Award.   
Thank you CFMAs and Folk Music Canada

Canadian Folk Music Awards
Posted November 17, 2012
Having a great day in St John   Heading out to the screening of A Walk in My Dream with Jonathan Torrens then tonight I'm playing at the Canadian Folk Music Awards show
One song with Matt Andersen and one song with The Atlantic Ballet.  Feeling pretty grateful

Ontario Contact Award of Excellence
Posted October 26, 2012
Big surprise tonight   I received the Award of Excellence  from Ontario Contact A wonderful organization that links touring artists with great venues in Ontario
Many Thanks

Late Night Recording Session after Atlantic Ballet of Canada
Posted October 23, 2012
Had a great night in Halifax at the Rebecca Cohn Theatre performing with The Atlantic Ballet of Canada Who would of thought being the clumsiest person on stage could be so much fun. Now a late night recording session on Thom Swifts new project and a 5am Cab to the airport

Sarnia Justice Film Screening
Posted October 21, 2012
Many Thanks to the Sarnia Justice Film series for screening A Walk In My Dream last night. Great discussion afterwards.  Makes it all worthwhile. Next stop  the Rebecca Cohn Theatre in Halifax with the Atlantic Ballet 

Ontario Council of Folk Festivals
Screening of A Walk in My Dream

Posted October 12, 2012 
Big Thanks to the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals for screening A Walk in My Dream at their annual conference tonight in Mississauga. The folk community has long been the heart and soul of ArtsCan Circle.
Much Appreciated

Tuba Bach Concert
Posted October 6, 2012 
Big Thanks to Ed Mallet and Tuba Bach  for having me on their concert series. Solo harmonica with Tuba  (frightening and fun). It was great to see a big crowd at the theatre. As an added bonus I had a huge Victorian mansion as my accommodation just me - Found out later it is haunted

Renison University Talk
Posted October 2, 2012
Had an inspiring time talking with the social work students  at Renison University in Guelph.
It feels good to see 60 people in one room  studying how to help and make a difference.

A Walk in My Dream Screening
Posted October 1, 2012   
Big Thanks to Kevin Breit and Trish van Katwyk for arranging a screening of A Walk in My Dream in Elora, Ontario.  Raised some money for Artscan Circle  and it was great to see some old friends.

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal
Posted August 31, 2012
The Lambton Shield
announced the recipients of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal today. I received this for founding the non-profit organization ArtsCanCircle which links artists with native youth at risk.

JMI signs Mike Stevens
Posted July 31, 2012
Bob Jensen of Jensen Music International announced today that they have signed me up as one of their musicians. I'm real happy to have Bob handling my bookings now.

East Coast Music Awards
Posted May 9, 2012
PiggyBack My Duo recording with Matt Andersen has taken home 2 ECMAs at the 2011 Awards Show

David Lindley Videos
Posted May 9, 2012
Here are a couple of Videos of David Lindley and myself backstage before a show in
Sarnia ON.  Maybe some shows together in the future stay tuned

Powerbender Harmonicas
Posted May 9, 2012
I'm playing Powerbender tuned Harmonicas created by Brendan Power

Push Record: The Banff Sessions Mike Stevens and Matt Anderson (Borelias Records)
Posted March 30, 2012

Check out the John Kereiff's review on 101.1 FM Rossland Radio Co-Op