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.
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.
(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.
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.
“I’m a customer service performer,” declares Kim Mitchell, the master of the electric guitar who has tantalized concert audiences since the mid-70s initially with Max Webster and then as a solo artist. Though many people didn’t understand Max, the few that did always got what they asked for: complex music with curiously surreal lyrics and a stage performance that balanced between manic and sublime. And as a solo artist the fans always hear those great, well-crafted rock songs that sweat strong melodies and are filled with potent hooks that leave one buzzing long after hearing them.
With a large body of work to draw from, giving the audience full customer service could mean playing for four hours to satisfy everyone in the audience, but Mitchell is frank in his appraisal of his rock-n-roll duty, playing the hits with a few surprises, “I give the audience what they want,” and even prepares for that extreme breed in attendance that expects the obscure, “I keep a few songs buried and ready to go for the uber-fan, but on the whole I play what they expect to hear.” And with so many hits and well known songs, that still makes for a great two hour show. And of course, keeping to the old adage of ‘leave them wanting more’ at the end of the night, wishing he played ‘that’ song, but maybe next time…