BIO

Canadian folk/americana singer-songwriter Mike McKenna Jr. enchants his audience with his raspy, intimate voice and captivating storytelling. Hailing from Cape Breton, NS, Mike now resides in Montreal, QC, but continues to bring us the nostalgia of home through carefully chosen poems, protest songs, 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 latest record At The Edge of the World (April 2020) was met by incredible support with features in Spotify Editorial playlists including Renegade Folk and Contemporary Folk, on Mahogany’s YouTube playlist, in The Bluegrass Situation, Americana UK, Canadian Beats, Roots Music Canada, The East and more.

 Produced by 23-year-old Berklee graduate, Victoria’s Quinn Bachand (Rosier, Kittel & Co, Brishen) along with the talented hands of Jon Anderson (Andy Shauf, Rosier, Foxwarren) on mixing and Grammy-nominee Philip Shaw Bova (Father John Misty, Feist, Bahamas) on mastering, the album delivers a fuller, livelier set of tracks than his previous. Mike’s incredibly raw, soulful vocals are surrounded by a beautiful mix of electric and bass guitar, along with an atmospheric backdrop of strings, pedal-steel and drums.

 Mike has had the opportunity to play renowned festivals and venues touring North America such as RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, Montreal Folk Fest sur le Canal, Vancouver Island Music Fest, Rockwood Music Hall, National Arts Centre, Club Passim 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 more.

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PRESS & RADIO

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 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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