The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) is partnering once again with Canadian Music Week (CMW), to celebrate the induction of guitarist, songwriter, broadcaster, and rock legend Kim Mitchell to the Hall of Fame. Mitchell’s friend and fellow singer-songwriter Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies will join him to perform onstage, during CMW’s 2020 Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner on May 21, at the Bluma Appel Theatre in Toronto.
“Kim Mitchell is an originator,” says Vanessa Thomas, Executive Director of CSHF. “Onstage, there’s 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. We’re incredibly excited to honour Kim among the class of 2020 Inductees to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.”
Mitchell has 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 songwriter – with his writing partner Pye Dubois – of the influential, 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 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 landscape. Mitchell has received three JUNO Awards, and been recognized with numerous SOCAN Awards. With hMax 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 2000’s, while maintaining a busy touring schedule, Mitchell was invited to join the on-air staff at Q107 in Toronto. He left the radio station in 2014, after becoming one of Canada’s most popular and most listened-to afternoon-drive DJs.
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 Barenaked Ladies to re-record his song, the Max Webster hit “Diamonds Diamonds.” Mitchell has just finished his 15th studio recording, The Big Fantasize, to be released soon, and he continues to tour the country, selling out theatres, casinos, and festivals, coast-to-coast.
After CMW, , the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame will recognize his songwriting accomplishments in the National Music Centre, located at Studio Bell, in Calgary. As the physical home of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the National Music Centre honours new inductees through on-site exhibitions, featuring stories, photos, artifacts, and memorabilia.