Michael Mitchell, OMM, CD, MA*, is an award-winning singer, songwriter and storyteller. On a mission to stir up a love of Canada in the hearts and minds of all, his songs and stories of our history, geography and some of the wacky oddities entertain as well as educate.
Michael has performed over 5,000 shows in every corner of this land, and travelled by train, float plane and even dog sled to perform at schools, fairs, festivals, and conventions.
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.
*OMM = Officer of the Order of Military Merit, CD = Canadian Forces Decoration, MA = Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management
- Is one of the most in-demand school performers in Canada today.
- Performs about 100 shows annually in schools and community concerts throughout Canada.
- Has recorded six albums.
- His song, “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 West Coast Music, and Independent Music Awards.
- Received an Our Choice award from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.
- Has donated more than $250,000 to schools across Canada through his Cash for Schools product sales rebate program.
- Spent 18 years as an infantry officer with the Canadian Armed Forces.
- 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.
- Was an Associate Faculty member at Royal Roads University in Victoria, where he worked as a thesis supervisor and thesis committee member for graduate students in the field of Human Security and Peacebuilding.