Mike Evin

Mike Evin


Veering between cynical and earnest, often within the same song, fans of wry, cynical/earnest piano pop should listen up. Mike possesses phenomenal hooks and truly awesome stride-y piano chops -- that is, when he's not finger snapping and hand clapping the audience into some otherworldly bliss.


Montreal pianist and singer/songwriter Mike Evin has shared festival, concert and CBC stages with Ron Sexsmith, Sarah Harmer, Amy Millan, Jill Barber, Serena Ryder and Martha Wainwright. He’s taped numerous concerts for CBC Radio and has performed at the Ottawa Folk Festival, Summerfolk, Northern Lights Boreal Festival, Pop Montreal, NXNE, and Halifax Pop Explosion. He’s also toured the eastern US with his 64-key upright piano, making a splash in Nashville.

Mike’s previous albums have been collaborations with members of Canadian music royalty. His 2005 release, "I’ll Bring The Stereo", was produced by The Brothers Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies) and features most of the members of BNL. 2007’s EP "Let’s Slow It Down" was produced by Don Kerr (The Rheostatics, Ron Sexsmith) and is held down by Ron Sexsmith’s touring band. Mike’s song ‘Soapbox Racer’ was featured in an ad campaign for Red Bull.

In early 2009 Mike heads off to the Caribbean to join Barenaked Ladies, Sloan, Great Big Sea and The Weakerthans aboard Ships & Dip V, BNL’s annual concert cruise with their fans. In April Mike will release "Good Watermelon", and raw new recording captured live in the studio straight to 2-track analog tape. Spring and summer tour dates will follow in support of "Good Watermelon". Mike urges everyone to get rockin’!

Mike picks up tunes pretty quick on the piano and is a swell fellow to have around a festival workshop stage. Some workshop options are: Piano songs, Great pop songs, New Orleans blues, Call and response songs, Acapella songs, Songs about dancing, Songs of innocence and childhood, and many more.

6299 Yukon St, Halifax, NS B3L 1E9


GOOD WATERMELON (2009, forthcoming)
LET'S SLOW IT DOWN (2007, independent)
I'LL BRING THE STEREO (2005, independent)
THE JANUARY MUSE (2001, independent)

Set List

The live show relies heavily on audience participation and is comprised mostly of originals from all of Mike's albums. Some favorite cover songs are "The Boys Are Back In Town" by Thin Lizzy and "Sh-Boom" by The Chords.