Mimi O’Bonsawin Band
Contemporary Roots / Indigenous
Mimi O’Bonsawin: Vocals, guitar, guitalele, ukelele, handdrum
Dave Patel: Drums, drum pads
Ian De Souza: Bass and loops
(Guest) Santosh Naidu: Percussion
(Guest) Ryan Schurman: Drums
Mimi - Debut Album (2014)
“How Long” (2017)
"You Found Me” (2018)
Opened for ‘Buffy Sainte Marie’
Sold Out ‘College Boreal’
‘The Burdock’, Toronto
Sold out Revival - ‘Toronto independant Music Awards’
‘Guru Bar Goa’, India
Midem - Canadian Blast Showcase, France
Twice at Yonge and Dundas Square
Supported by Ontario Arts Council
“You may be the hardest working woman in the singer-songwriter biz!” -Sandy Mowat
“You are an incredible artist! Love your message of love and peace!” -Sarah Smith, Award Winning Musician and Songwriter
“A refreshing new artist who fits on many radio genres; a style all of her own” -Joe Wood RDR
“Mimi is the real deal - sweet, special and oh so talented!” -Bobby Curtola Canada’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Legendary Artist
“Mimi is in our CBC library, all her songs fit so well.” -Mark Rheume CBC Radio
‘Mimi has visited our show twice and we look forward to seeing her again soon. Always a pleasure to have her in the studio!’ -Ted Wolyshyn 1010 Radio Talk Show Host
Mimi O'Bonsawin is an award winning, contemporary roots songwriter that is inspired by her French Canadian and indigenous heritage. Her latest record ' Connected ' is rooted in story-telling and sheds light on her unique perspective of the world that surrounds us . Her newly released single " You Found Me ", from her songwriting books, provides insight into her personal journey . You can find her music and videos via www.mimi.ca or stream her songs on Spotify.
If you can embrace the grace and power of Northern Ontario landscapes, you will feel the music of Mimi O’Bonsawin. She epitomizes the powerful scenery and the beauty of its waters through her music, all the while yielding to her rich and warm French Canadian and Abenakis heritages. Her musical creations flow through a center of love, with the intention to give back and spread awareness.
Her newest single, ‘You Found Me’, seeks to be a compelling and intimate follow-up to her two previous albums and is the first of a collection of acoustic songs set to be released early 2019.
Mimi’s music has gained some momentum and has received various awards and nominations. She has performed on prestigious stages such as at Midem in Cannes, and Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto. As she writes and tours, her supporters are spread across the world as she gains recognition in Canada and India. She has shared the stage with the likes of Buffy Sainte-Marie, Crystal Shawanda, Francesco Yates, Tom Wilson and more. Mimi's music is regularly aired on CBC, Walmart and LCBO radio, and streamed through Stingray and Galaxy, as well as on stations across Canada. Her song ‘Stone Gaze’ was placed in Showtime’s Ray Donavon TV Series (E1S5) and other tracks from her records are featured on APTN's Mohawk Girls.
Mimi O’Bonsawin’s presence is not limited to the stage and radio play. You may witness her passion for songwriting and music by attending her inspirational workshops given in schools and conferences across the country. “Rhythm and Rhyme” explores the theme of empowerment through songwriting and storytelling with students from grades 4 to 12 in French or English. Through introspection and creative exercises, participants discover interesting connections to the world around them and how music is easily created, even without an instrument. These interactive workshops draw even the toughest nuts out of their shell and usually end in sing-alongs or impromptu concerts by the students, not to mention smiles and hugs.
It has been said that at the age of 24, Mimi O’Bonsawin is an old soul who is not afraid of creating intimacy with her audience and sharing laughs and tears and teaching you a thing or two about yourself and the world around you.
In a time where you may feel like it has all been done before, Mimi is a rare find. She is one of a kind. When you meet her, you will know it.