Music Spotlight: Mimi O’Bonsawin

Music Spotlight: Mimi O'Bonsawin

Mimi O’Bonsawin is a Canadian Roots artist from Northern Ontario who began as a young singer-songwriter and released her debut album in 2014. Mimi is releasing her new particularly intimate full-length titled ‘Connected’ Today, Thursday March 16th, accompanied by touring and songwriting workshops .

Who are your musical influences?

I listen to a lot of music and my influences are always changing. I go through periods where I only listen to one artist for 2-3 months, then move on to another. My main influences are Bob Marley, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ben Harper, John Butler Trio, Gary Clark Jr., Bill Withers, Noah Gundersen, Robbie Robertson.

What can we expect from your upcoming album?

I am really excited about this new album. It has been such a journey. What you can expect here is something honest, authentic and full of love. My producer and I thought it would be a good idea to keep ‘the family’ together. So my performing band is the same band you hear on the album as they have been there since the songs were just babies . My band mates are family to me and I love the energy they bring to this record and to our performances. Also, my producer, Thomas Mckay worked really hard on making sure this album represented who I am right now. We worked really hard on being authentic to the songs when it came to arrangement and I think he nailed it!

I’m very proud of this record and all the amazing people who were part of it.

What has been your most memorable experience as a musician so far? 

I am so grateful that I get to make music with amazing people and that I get to share it . The stage is my happy place, big or small….I Love performing and having an audience come on a journey into the songs with me. One of the most memorable moments for me was opening for Buffy Sainte-Marie with my percussionist Dave Patel. Just an acoustic performance in front of a full theatre with one of my Idols backstage. I also really enjoy house concerts. Those always make my heart warm 🙂

You’ll be in Sudbury at Collège Boréal March 31st – tell us more about this event and where can our readers get tickets?

I’m really excited about this CD release tour we are doing. I’m looking forward to coming home to Sudbury and going back to Collège Boréal Music Hall on March 31st. We released our album there in 2014 , and I am really looking forward to doing that again. I have been working very hard since 2014 , so I am excited for my home town to hear my band and I play the new songs, and some revamped versions of my old songs and maybe even some songs that have never been recorded). For tickets please contact us at Its going to be such a fun show.

You can find out more about Mimi O’Bonsawin and her upcoming tour on her website and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Emily Franceschini is a craft addict, Public Relations graduate and lover of all things purple. Her free time is spent taking photos of her dog and searching for the perfect cup of coffee. She’s a regular at Old Rock because who could resist their delicious Creme Brûlée latte? And yes – it is probably her 4th coffee of the day.

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