BIO

Singer-songwriter Mike McKenna Jr. has emerged on the Canadian music scene with a raspy, soulful, intimate voice, his distinct indie folk/Americana tones, and songs laden with captivating storytelling. Originally from Cape Breton Island, he continues to bring us the nostalgia of his home through carefully chosen narrative, poetry, protest, and true stories about life and death in Nova Scotia’s coastal, working-class communities. Known for his powerful lyricism and intricate musicianship, Mike’s newest record At The Edge of the World (2020) continues to be met with incredible support both in Canada and internationally. 

In just over a year since it's release Mike's sophomore album has received a long list of awards and nominations; WINNER of the Rising Star Recording of the Year by the 2021 East Coast Music Awards (along with nominations for for Contemporary Roots Recording of the Year and Fan's Choice Video of the Year), nominee for Contemporary Album of the Year by the 2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards, and nominee for 2020 Album of the Year by Blues and Roots Radio. It was also listed on the Bluegrass Situation's 'Class of 2020 Playlist, Absolute Best of this Year's Roots Music Releases'. 

Several songs from the record have received high-profile features and recognition, including Spotify Editorial playlists Renegade Folk and Contemporary Folk, Mahogany Sessions' Acoustic Coffeehouse and Chilled Folk Vol. 3, The Bluegrass Situation's 'Mixtape', Americana UK, Exclaim!, Canadian Beats, Roots Music Canada, The East and many more. Two songs from ATEOTW finished as semi-finalists in the world's largest songwriting contest, ISC (International Songwriting Competition); At the Edge of the World in 2019 and High Ground in 2020!

“This is clearly a significant record for McKenna and the community in which it is rooted. For the rest of us it is a peephole into a world we know little of and a thoughtful comfort from beginning to end.”

- Americana UK

 

“From past events, McKenna has distilled a mythology; tiny components that became something more than the sum of its parts.”

- The East

 

“Highly touted as someone to watch in the intersecting worlds of indie folk and Americana.”

- Penguin Eggs

 

Mike has performed at renowned festivals and venues while touring North America such as RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, Montreal Folk Fest sur le Canal, Vancouver Island Music Fest, Philadelphia Folksong Society, Rockwood Music Hall, National Arts Centre, Club Passim, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Fest among others and has shared the stage with the likes of Hawksley Workman, William Prince, Michael Daves, Ashley MacIsaac, Old Man Luedecke, Good Lovelies and many more.

SOCIAL MEDIA

PRESS & RADIO

Music Nova Scotia: The 2021 Music Nova Scotia Awards Nominees Are..

Saltwire: Town Heroes, Beolach, Plaskett among performers at Inverness Sunset Series

Exclaim!: Here's the First Round of East Coast Music Awards Winners

Saltwire: Virtual ECMA's presented to performers across Atlantic Canada

CityNews Toronto: First Slate of Winners from the 2021 East Coast Music Awards

IPR Radio Sweden: Up Close with Mike McKenna Jr.

Global News: East Coast Music Award Nominations 2021

Cape Breton Post: 2021 ECMA Nominees Announced

The Bluegrass Situation: BGS Class of 2020 Playlist (Absolute Best of this Year's Roots Music Releases)

Común sin Sentido (Spain): 'The Town' on Las 20+20 Mejores Canciones del 2020 (Best Songs of 2020)

IPR Indie Folk Radio Podcast: High Ground on Episode 13 'Music and Magic'

Canadian Folk Music Awards: 2021 Nominees

The East: Atlantic Canadians Received 15 Nominations for 2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards

Roots Music Canada: Here Are Your 2021 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominees

The East: Atlantic Canadians receive 15 nominations for 2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards

RootsTime (Belgium): At the Edge of the World Album Review

Sounds Atlantic: Episode 88 - Cape Breton Singer-songwriter Mike McKenna Jr. (Part I)

Sounds Atlantic: Episode 88 - Cape Breton Singer-songwriter Mike McKenna Jr. (Part II)

Mahogany: The Town (Single) on Acoustic Coffeehouse

Apple Music: Chillfiltr Roots Collection - Folk, Rock, Soul & Country

Montreal Rocks: Montreal-based Americana artist Mike McKenna Jr.

Chillfiltr: Soul Country Folk from Montreal (High Ground)

Roots Music Canada: At the Edge of the World (Album Review)

Ditty TV: 12 of the Most Exciting Artists in Americana Roots

Mahogany: The Town (Single) on Chilled Folk Vol. 3 Playlist

The Bluegrass Situation: Mike McKenna Jr.'s Canadian Dream Mixtape

The East Mag: At the Edge of the World (Album Review)

Canadian Beats: At the Edge of the World (Album Review)

All Authentic: Traveler's Spotify Playlist

celstore: The Town (Single) Sunday's Best Spotify playlist

Spotify Editorial Playlist: 'The Town' Single on Renegade Folk

Vinyl Chapters: The Town (Single)

Caesar Live N Loud: The Town (Single Review)

comeherefloyd: The Town (Single Review)

Reignland: The Town (Single)

Indie88: The Town (Single) PREMIERE

The East: At the Edge of the World (Live Video) PREMIERE

SlowCity: At the Edge of the World (Video)

Aesthetic Magazine: At the Edge of the World (Video) PREMIERE

For the Love of Bands: At the Edge of the World (Spotify Playlist)

Bristol Funk: At the Edge of the World (Spotify Playlist)

Independent Music Reviews: At the Edge of the World (Single)

B-Sides and Badlands: At the Edge of the World (Single)

Direct Actu: At the Edge of the World (Single)

Reignland: At the Edge of the World (Single)

Canadian Beats: At the Edge of the World (Single) PREMIERE

Aesthetic Magazine Toronto: Video Premiere 'At the Edge of the World'

Off Your Radar: Issue #193 - Pacific Northwest Bound Reviews

Main Line Today: Philadelphia Folksong Society with Mike McKenna Jr

Top Country: 5 Country Artists from the East Coast

CKCU: Live on Canadian Spaces with Chris White

Roots Music Canada: Five Quebec artists at Montreal Folk Fest

Sault Online: Master Performers Max Marshall & Mike McKenna Jr

Les Quartiers du Canal: Festival Folk sur le Canal 2019

Exclaim!: Montreal Folk Fest sur le Canal 2019 Lineup

Cape Breton Music Industry Co-operative (CBMIC): Interview with Mike McKenna Jr. at ECMA's 2019

Cape Breton Post: McKenna Jr at Guitar Night, Centre 200

Exclaim!: East Coast Music Awards 2019, Charlottetown, PEI

Canadian Beats: Noah Derksen & Mike McKenna Jr in Montreal, QC

Exclaim!: Ottawa's RBC Bluesfest Unveils 2019 Lineup

Stingray Music: Top Folk-Roots Airplay (US) Year End 2018

Gnarles: 5 Songs for your Roadtrip Film

Sooke Mirror: Dynamic Vocal Styles Performing in Oak Bay

The East Mag: Living Roots Festival 2018 Lineup

Leesta Vall Records Direct-to-Vinyl Office Session 

Johnny's Garden: Pacific Northwest Bound Album Review

Hearth Music: Best Celtic Music of 2017

Root Music Report: Top 50 Canada Album Chart 2017

Spotify Editorial Playlist: 'Pacific Northwest Bound' added to Currents - Contemporary Folk

Vancouver Island Music Fest: Performer Review

Spotify Community: Featured Artist on 'The Tip-Off'

Halifax Bloggers: Pacific Northwest Bound Album Review

Roots Music Report: Top Contemporary Folk Albums 2017

Roots Music Report: Top Folk Albums 2017

Blues & Roots Radio: Under the Radar Album Preview

CKCU 93.3 FM: Top Albums - June, 2017

International Americana Show: 'America' on Episode 1721

CJLO 1690 AM: Interview with Genaro Pena - Pacific Northwest Bound Album Release

CBC: East Coast Music Awards 2017 - Off the Beaten Track

Canadian Beats: East Coast Music Awards 2017 - Bluebird North Stage 

Folk Roots Radio: Interview with Jan Hall - FMO 2016

Earshot! Campus Radio Report: CHSR 97.9 FM - Charting on Fredericton Top 30

Spincount: Mike McKenna Jr at Lunenburg Folk Harbour & Festival Summer Tour 2016

CTV Atlantic: Interview with Heidi Petracek

CBC: East Coast Music Awards 2016

CKUT 90.3 FM: Interview on 'Wednesday Morning After'

Quick Before It Melts: Travelin' Man Album Review

International Americana Show: 'Die in the West' on  Episode 1625 - Long Songs Edition

Quick Before It Melts: Favourite Songs of 2015

Grayowl Point: Travelin Man Album Review

Modern Folk Music of America: Travelin Man Album Review

Sea and Be Scene: SOCAN Songhouse Participants

 

 

 

 

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