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Kim Mitchell to be Inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame  (CSHF) has partnered with Canadian Music Week (CMW) to celebrate the induction of rock legend, songwriter, and broadcaster Kim Mitchell to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Mitchell will be honoured during a special presentation by CSHF, and joined by friend and musician Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies to perform on stage.

The induction will take place as part of CMW’s Canadian Music &  Broadcast Industry Awards on Thursday, May 21 at the Bluma Appel Theatre in Toronto. CMW recently announced its first slate of special awards recipients, including Buffy Sainte-Marie who will receive the Allan  Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award, Debra Rathwell to the Canadian Music  Industry Hall of Fame, along with Erin Davis and Nevin Grant into the  Broadcast Hall of Fame.

Tickets for the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards are  available for purchase through the Canadian Music Week website here.

“Kim Mitchell is an originator. Onstage, there is no one who sounds  like him or can emulate the energy and live performance he gives to his  audience; and offstage, he is just as prolific as a songwriter and as an  outspoken radio personality,” says Vanessa Thomas, Executive Director  of Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.  “We’re incredibly excited to  honour Kim among the class of 2020 Inductees to the Canadian Songwriters  Hall of Fame.”

Mitchell, through leading Max Webster, helped define ‘alternative’ and ‘indie’  before the words became clichés. He’s achieved critical acclaim and multi-platinum commercial success over a storied career spanning five decades, and is among Canada’s most respected singers, songwriters, and guitar players. In addition to being the frontman, guitarist, and lead writer with his writing partner Pye Dubois of the influential and eclectic band Max Webster, he rose from there to prominence and massive  Canadian success as an award-winning solo artist.

He is credited with penning (in partnership with Pye Dubois) and recording numerous classic hits including “Go For Soda”, “Rock N Roll  Duty”, “Patio Lanterns”, “I am a Wild Party”, All We Are”, and “Easy To  Tame” – all which have become part of the Canadian musical genome. Mitchell received the JUNO Award on three separate occasions including  for Male Artist of the Year (1990) and Album of the Year (Shakin’ Like A Human Being, 1987); and recognized with numerous SOCAN Awards.  With his band Max  Webster, he released five albums which generated many Canadian top 100  hits including “Let Go the Line,” “A Million Vacations,” and “Paradise  Skies.”


In the early 2000s while maintaining a busy touring schedule, Mitchell  was invited to join the on-air staff at the CORUS flagship station Q107 in Toronto. He left Q107 in 2014 but not before he had become one of  the most popular and most listened to afternoon drive DJs in the  country.

Mitchell went back to the recording studio in 2018 to mark his first  solo recording in half a dozen years.  He got together with his friends  the Barenaked Ladies to re-record his song, the Max Webster hit  “Diamonds Diamonds”.  Max Webster and this song in particular was a  great influence on the members of the Barenaked Ladies. The track and  video were released in 2019 through Anthem Entertainment (formerly Ole  Label Group).  Mitchell has just finished up his 15th studio recording, The Big Fantasize.  The full new studio recording produced by friend and Grammy  Award-winning producer, Greg Wells (Keith Urban, Adele, Twenty One  Pilots), will be released soon.

Today, Mitchell  and his band of accomplished musicians tour the country selling out theatres, casinos, and festivals coast to coast.  His fanbase, which  continues to grow is comprised of newer fans in their late teens and  early twenties through to fans that have been following him since the  late ‘70s, will attest that being at one of Kim Mitchell’s concert is  like being at a live recording of a greatest hits box set.  

Following Kim Mitchell’s induction presentation at Canadian Music Week,  the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame will recognize his songwriting  accomplishments in the National Music Centre, located at Studio Bell, in  Calgary.  The National Music Centre is the physical home of the  Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and will continue to honour and  preserve the legacy of new inductees through exhibitions which feature  stories, exclusive artifacts, and one-of-a-kind memorabilia.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.
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