Holly Cole’s White Hat

On August 4th, Holly Cole was honoured with Calgary’s White Hat Ceremony, a long-standing tradition, dating back to the 1950′s. The White Hat is a symbol of the Western hospitality and good cheer Calgary likes to share with visiting guests. Here’s what Holly had to say about it,

I was honoured with the White Hat ceremony in Calgary when I played at Heritage Park’s 50th Anniversay. Mayor Naheed Nenshi performed the ceremony. He is an incredible Mayor who is well loved. And he loves his city. Thank you, I craved it.


Kim Mitchell and members of the Safe and Sober Awareness Committee (S&SAC) give the “THUMBS UP” to all boaters who plan on being safe on the water this summer. Whether you are leaving the alcohol ashore or wearing your personal flotation device (PFD), these positive choices go a long way in reducing serious injury and death on Ontario waterways.

Kim Mitchell and the Safe and Sober Awareness Committee want to remind people that every choice has a consequence. If you are driving, no matter what the vehicle, be smart and make the right decision, don’t drink and drive, “GO FOR SODA”!

From left to right: Ontario Provincial Police Provincial Constable David Hobson, Canadian rock icon Kim Mitchell, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Public Health Nurse Adele Payne, and Ray’s Driving School Owner Allan Lawrence.

Holly Cole Chosen for Queen’s Honorary Degree

For many years, the community of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario has acknowledged men and women who have made remarkable contributions to the lives of people throughout the world – in academia, business, politics, scientific research, and the arts.

The spring convocation ceremonies, celebrating the recent graduates and future leaders, is the perfect the opportunity to honour these individuals who have redefined our world – and our perceptions of it. This year Queen’s has chosen to include Holly Cole in this prestigious honour.

Friday, June 6 at 2:30 pm: Holly Cole is a Canadian singer and an active philanthropist who has performed benefit concerts for many organizations, including the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Read more about the other recipients of this honour:

30 years of Akimbo Alogo!

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of “akimbo alogo”, Kim Mitchell’s first full length solo recording post Max Webster, a record which introduced us to Kim’s big, bold and endemic guitar driven sounds in songs like “Go For Soda” and the anthemic “All We Are”.  The recording, done at McClear Place studios in Toronto, was the first record financed by and released on Alert Music, which at the time was distributed by Polygram Records. The record went on to sell over 100,000 units (Platinum sales) and launchd Mitchell’s solo career, a career that remains vibrant and vital to today.

TV Special “Born to Rock” Featuring The Kid Mitchell Band!

Friday January 24th at 6pm EST on YTV
Born To Rock takes you behind-the-scenes in the life of a rockstar – rehearsals, live gigs and video shoots – it’s all in a day’s work for Canada’s newest kid rock band! Hosted by Carlos Bustamante, and starring Kim Mitchell and The Kid Mitchell band, this half-hour special will show you what it takes to make it in the biz.

Kim Mitchell Says “GO FOR SODA”, Supports Safe & Sober Message

From left to right: Ministry of Transportation Regional Planner John Warkentin, Kim Mitchell, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Public Health Nurse Adele Payne, and Ontario Provincial Police Provincial Constable David Hobson.

(Midland, ON)-The Safe and Sober Awareness Committee  is pleased to announce and provide a public service announcement (PSA) for use at media outlets.  This PSA is the result of an innovative partnership with Canadian rock icon Kim Mitchell and Alert Music Inc.

Kim Mitchell and the Safe and Sober Awareness Committee want to remind people that every choice has a consequence.  If you are driving, no matter what the vehicle, be smart and make the right decision, don’t drink and drive, “Go For Soda”!

Although Ontario has some of the safest roads in North America, this PSA addresses impaired driving on our roadways, waterways and trail systems.  Despite increasing legislated penalties, ongoing enforcement and public education/awareness efforts, lives continue to be lost and families needlessly shattered due to impaired driving incidents.

Holly Cole High Definition Digital Downloads

Holly Cole’s first full length album “Girl Talk”, and her most recent release “NIGHT” are available for the first time in high definition audio download format via 2xHD.

2xHD was created by producer/studio owner André Perry and audiophile sound engineer René Laflamme, two music lovers determined to experience only the warmth and breath of the music without hearing the equipment. The 2xHD logo on an album cover indicates that the high resolution mastering was done through Fidelio Technologies’ proprietary bespoke system to generate a unique listening experience.



The original recording was made on a DAT recorder (state-of-the-art at the time). The 2xHD process used to transform the master into the 176kHz/24bits format, eliminates the digital jitter and bring this wonderful recording to its fullest value with an even better natural sound. A true audiophile gem.

Mastered from the original 96kHz, 24Bits files by Rene Laflamme and Andre Perry at Fidelio Technologies’ mastering lab, using the 2xHD process. A modified high-end dCS Vivaldi clock with silver and gold cables was used to create a very transparent sound.


In March of 1990, the Holly Cole Trio, Holly Cole (Vocals), Aaron Davis (Piano) and David Piltch (Bass) determined that although they had recorded one small EP together ‘Christmas Blues’ it was time to record their first full length album. They wanted to preserve the quintessence of their live performance by keeping the parameters of recording of that first full record very close to the live environment that they had come to dominate in Toronto’s alternative Queen St west club scene. They enlisted Peter Moore who had just successfully produced the ground breaking ‘Trinity Sessions’ for the Cowboy Junkies. They found the Stephen Leacock Theatre in Keswick, Ontario and proceeded to record live off the stage in the empty hall, with the band strategically placed around a single Calrec Ambisonic Microphone. All the takes are full takes, no overdubbing. The record was highly successful, became a Gold selling release in Canada and a staple gold standard recording for showing off any piece of audio gear (speakers, amplifiers, microphones, etc.) at Audiophile conferences internationally and set Holly Cole up for a long and successful career.

‘The air of intimacy between artist and listener is so great that, if anything, the feeling of being present in the moment is greater here than on the 1996 live album It Happened One Night. On an album recorded ‘live in concert,’ the ambient noises that occur when a large number of people are gathered in one place can seem discordant or inappropriate when you’re listening to the CD in your car or your living room; the atmosphere can exclude rather than include you. Put on this disc, however, and you can imagine that Holly Cole is singing for you alone. It’s easy to focus on Cole’s emotionally compelling delivery, and at first you can be so mesmerized that you forget that the vocalist is one part of a trio. Listen more carefully, and it becomes apparent that the piano and bass accompaniments are deceptively simple — that they are, in fact, providing a counterpoint to the sung lyrics that is almost conversational. Suddenly, these simple arrangements feel quite complex. The most entertaining song on the album may well be Cole’s interpretation of the traditionally sunny and euphoric ‘Downtown.’ In her expert hands it moves from near cynicism to a guarded openness that makes this standard seem to have a range of meaning you may never have considered.’ (Maya Geryk)


“The night is filled with secrets and the wonder of their potential.” –Holly Cole

To Holly Cole, the nighttime is central to her personal and artistic life. She is a self-declared night owl, perfectly at home in the time between dusk and dawn, a dear friend of the wee small hours. It’s a fact that now finds firm and poetic expression in the title and content of her eagerly awaited new album – NIGHT. As usual when it comes to the iconic Canadian songstress, it’s an album that features a stylistically diverse and emotionally stirring collection of songs. It stands as a love letter to the night and its power, a celebration of the hours where daylight’s chatter has disappeared and turned into peaceful moments of creative possibility, providing a chance to see the world with different eyes and to listen with different ears. An invitation to intimacy.

Holly Cole Headlines 2013 Holiday Festival on Ice!!

The world’s best figure skaters will be back at the Langley Events Centre this holiday season for the 2013 Holiday Festival on Ice on December 6 at 7:00 PM (PST) in Langley, BC.  This year’s show will feature Canadian jazz singer Holly Cole, adding to the already star studded line up of figure skaters which includes Elvis Stojko (two-time Olympic medalist), Kurt Browning (four-time World Champion) and Joannie Rochette (Olympic Bronze medalist), to name a few.

“We are extremely excited to bring back these skaters and add the new element of incorporating a live performance as a part of the event,” LEC Director of Business Development Jared Harman noted that Cole’s presence will give the evening a very different feel from what fans experienced last year.

Cole, who will be performing Christmas music while the skating stars perform on the ice, has been a mainstay in the Canadian music industry for the last two decades.  She recently performed to sold out crowds for three straight nights at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.  During that event, Cole was presented as the 15th winner of the Ella Fitzgerald Award which is given to a jazz singer of significant talent who has had a major impact and influence in the international scene.  She joins the likes of Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Sade and Diana Krall as some of the past winners of the award. Cole and Krall are the only two Canadian Artists to ever receive this prestigious honour.

With such a star-studded lineup, this event has drawn the attention of CBC Television who will be at the Langley Events Centre to record the night’s festivities and will be airing the event during the Holiday Season.

Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.ca 

Canadian music icon Kim Mitchell stops by Global’s ‘The Morning Show’

His music has been a cornerstone of Canadian radio for decades.

From fronting Canadian rock act Max Webster to hosting the afternoon drive on Toronto classic rock station Q107, Sarnia, Ont. native Kim Mitchell has been a fixture of the Canadian music scene.

The acclaimed rocker joined Global’s The Morning Show to talk about his storied career – and what he has planned next.