Michael Mitchell, OMM, CD, MA, is an award-winning singer, songwriter and storyteller. He is on a never-ending mission to stir up some patriotic spirit in the hearts and minds of all Canadians through lively songs and humorous stories of our history, geography and some of the wacky oddities that identify us as Canadians.
Michael has given more than 5,000 of his popular Canada Is For Kids shows at schools, fairs, festivals, and conventions throughout the country, and has traveled to some of those shows in everything from float planes to dog sleds. He is the former co-host of the CTV children’s program Story Time, and has also written and recorded songs for Sesame Street and PBS.
- Is renowned as one of the most ‘in demand’ school performers in Canada today.
- Performs about 175 Canada Is For Kids shows annually in schools and community concerts throughout Canada.
- Has recorded six albums:
- Canada Is For Kids – Volume 1
- Canada Is For Kids – Volume 2
- Canada Is For Kids – Volume 3
- Lest We Forget
- Canada Is…
- Pub Night
- Plus three instrumental versions of the Canada Is For Kids music series.
- His composition Little Trees was selected by UNESCO to be a feature song in the Billion Tree Campaign which is part of the United Nations Environment Programme.
- Performed the soundtrack for the PBS historical special Buried in Ice — The Franklin Expedition.
- Has been nominated for both a West Coast Music Award, and an Independent Music Award.
- Has donated more than $250,000 to schools across Canada through his Cash for Schools product sales rebate program.
- Received an Our Choice award from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.
- Spent 18 years as an infantry officer with the Canadian Armed Forces.
- Authored a military history book entitled Ducimus — The Regiments of the Canadian Infantry.
- Major Michael Mitchell was recognized by the Governor-General for outstanding military achievement as an officer of the Canadian Forces when he was invested as an Officer of the Order Military Merit in May 1993. This is one of the highest honours a soldier can receive.
- Holds a Masters’ Degree in Conflict Analysis and Management (Political, Ethnic and Security studies).
- Is an Associate Faculty member at Royal Roads University in Victoria, where he is a thesis supervisor and thesis committee member for graduate students in the School of Humanitarian Studies.