Mike Stevens is an award-winning harmonica player, composer and author living in Sarnia, Ontario Canada. His talent is as unorthodox as his career trajectory. As a ground-breaking performer, composer, educator, keynote speaker and author, Mike continues to expand the paradigms of Harmonica, balancing tradition with cutting-edge innovation. He has toured the world with legendary Bluegrass music stars and Grand Ole Opry members Jim & Jesse and 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.
Mike Stevens has performed prestigious venues and at major festivals all over the world. He has entertained crowds throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South America, Japan, China and even Antarctica and the North Pole!
Mike is also the Founder of Artscancircle, a non-profit organization that builds relationships with Northern Communities across Canada and Alaska using the arts as a tool for self expression and joy.
For more than 35 years Mike has been doing solo live looping harmonica and exploring his own unique vocal harmonica technique. A Mike Stevens concert is a highly original multi-genre explosion of ideas with a socially conscious message. He continues to pioneer looping techniques with voice and harmonica, which have been spreading throughout the world. Mike refuses to stop pushing musical boundaries in both his solo concerts and his Avant Garde “Soundscape” performances with world renown Magnum photojournalist Larry Towell.
When Mike performs, the Harmonica becomes a musical paintbrush with no limits.
“He literally Breathes In the World and Breathes out Music.”
A few select awards include: Meritorious Service Medal – Government of Canada, Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal, YMCA Canada Peace Medal, Honorary Kentucky Colonel (The State of Kentucky), Slaight Music Humanitarian Award, Canadian Country Music Association Innovator of the year Award (first ever)! Estelle Klein Award from Folk Music Ontario, Award of Excellence from Ontario Contact, Recording of the Year from the Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards.
Mike is the subject of 2 films A Walk in My Dream and Harmonica Crossing.