Kim Mitchell

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Kim Mitchell
Kim Mitchell publicity image.jpg
Background information
Born (1952-07-10) July 10, 1952 (age 64)
Sarnia, Ontario
Genres Rock, hard rock, progressive rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, Radio DJ
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1973–present
Labels Anthem, Alert
Associated acts Max Webster

Joseph Kim Mitchell (born July 10, 1952) is a Canadian musician. He was the lead singer and guitarist for the band Max Webster before going on to lead a solo career. On July 31, 2015, he ended his run as a radio show host for CILQ-FM (Q107) in Toronto.

Early life[edit]

Mitchell attended St. Clair Secondary School in Sarnia.

During the 1970s, Mitchell began playing with local bands in Sarnia. After going through a few name changes with essentially the same band, Mitchell and "Zooom" headed for Toronto, Ontario. Zooom eventually dissolved, with Mitchell travelling to the Greek islands.


On his return to Canada, he formed the band Max Webster with fellow Sarnia native Pye Dubois. Max Webster toured extensively and built a string of hits. Mitchell's solo career began after his departure from Max Webster, with session work and a succession of solo albums.

A new sound was tested on the club circuit and recorded on his 1982 self-titled mini-album. Songs such as "Chain of Events" featured Mitchell's lead vocal and guitar and Dubois' suburban storytelling, anchored by the visceral drum/bass combination of Paul DeLong and Robert Sinclair Wilson. Peter Fredette added a vocal and guitar counterpoint.

In early 1985, the song "Go For Soda" from the Akimbo Alogo album became an international hit and remains his best known song outside of his native Canada. The song was also featured in the opening scene of the 1985 Miami Vice episode "Buddies". It was popularized in a series of television commercials for the soft drink Mr. Pibb. More recently, that ad campaign was lampooned by American Dad!, in the episode "A.T. the Abusive Terrestrial". The song was later used in the Trailer Park Boys seventh-season episode "We Can't Call People Without Wings Angels So We Call Them Friends". His most successful Canadian album was the follow-up, 1986's Shakin' Like a Human Being, featuring the hits "Alana Loves Me", "Easy to Tame", and the biggest hit of his career, "Patio Lanterns".

In 1992, Mitchell played guitar on the track "Brave and Crazy" from Tom Cochrane's album Mad Mad World. In that same year he also made a cameo appearance (as himself) on the third season finale of the popular Canadian sketch program The Kids in the Hall.

2004 to present[edit]

From 2004 until August 2015, Mitchell entered the radio broadcasting industry, becoming an afternoon drivetime host on Toronto classic rock radio station Q107 (CILQ-FM).[1][2]

On November 15, 2004, Mitchell was awarded the National Achievement Award by SOCAN at the 2004 SOCAN Awards in Toronto.[3]

In 2006, Mitchell provided a guitar solo on the song "Wind It Up" from the Barenaked Ladies' album Barenaked Ladies Are Me.

Mitchell opened for Def Leppard at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto on July 16, 2007. His eighth studio album, Ain't Life Amazing, was released on July 17, 2007.[4]

The Kim Mitchell Band features his musical partner of 26 years, Peter Fredette, on bass and vocals (originally 2nd guitar and keyboards), with Dave Langguth on drums and vocals, and Ray Coburn on keyboards.

In January 2016, Mitchell suffered a heart attack, for which he underwent emergency surgery.[5]


Mitchell at the Fergus Truck Show, 2008

Max Webster[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
1976 Max Webster 32 Gold
1977 High Class in Borrowed Shoes 44 Gold
1978 Mutiny Up My Sleeve 53 Gold
1979 A Million Vacations 13 Platinum
1979 Live Magnetic Air 17 Gold
1980 Universal Juveniles 41 Gold
1981 Diamonds Diamonds 47
1989 The Best of Max Webster


Year Title Chart positions Certifications
1982 Kim Mitchell 38
1984 Akimbo Alogo 23 106 Platinum
1986 Shakin' Like A Human Being 6 3× Platinum
1989 Rockland 4 2× Platinum
1990 I Am A Wild Party Platinum
1992 Aural Fixations 17 Gold
1994 Itch 55
1995 Greatest Hits 31 Platinum
1999 Kimosabe
2005 Fill Your Head with Rock
2007 Ain't Life Amazing


w/ Max Webster[edit]

Year Song Canada UK
1979 "Let Go the Line" 39 -
1979 "A Million Vacations" 80 -
1980 "Paradise Skies" 47 43
1980 "Check" 18 -
1980 "Blue River Liquor Shine" 98 -

Canada (solo)[edit]

Year Song Canada US US Mainstream Rock
1984 "Go For Soda" 22 86 12
1984 "All We Are" 81 - -
1986 "Patio Lanterns" 12 - 36
1986 "Alana Loves Me" 31 - -
1987 "Easy to Tame" 32 - -
1987 "In Your Arms" 97 - -
1989 "Rock and Roll Duty" 7 - -
1989 "Rockland Wonderland" 10 - -
1990 "Expedition Sailor" 20 - -
1990 "Lost Lovers Found" 78 - -
1990 "All We Are (Live)" 73 - -
1990 "I Am A Wild Party (Live)" 43 - -
1992 "Find the Will" 28 - -
1992 "America" 3 - -
1992 "Pure as Gold" 21 - -
1993 "Some Folks" 16 - -
1994 "Acrimony" 40 - -
1994 "Wonder Where and Why" 63 - -
1995 "The U.S. of Ache" 78 - -
1995 "Rainbow" 21 - -
1995 "No More Walking Away" 35 - -

Guest singles[edit]

Year Title Artist Album
2006 "Young at Heart" Charlie Major Shadows and Light

Juno Awards[edit]

Mitchell has been awarded several Juno Awards for his work:

  • 1983 – Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 1987 – Album of the Year: Shakin' Like A Human Being
  • 1990 – Male Vocalist of the Year

Television appearances[edit]

  • Mitchell made a cameo appearance on the show Twitch City.
  • In 2005, Mitchell played a taxi driver on the sixth episode of the third season of Puppets Who Kill, titled "Buttons and the Paternity Suit".
  • On the sixth episode of the seventh season of the Canadian sitcom Trailer Park Boys, Ricky (Robb Wells) plays one of Mitchell's songs, "Go For Soda", on 8 track, while exclaiming "Bubbles, while you rock a piss, I'll rock some Mitchell."[10] Mitchell also appeared on the Canadian sitcom The Kids in the Hall during a sketch where he teaches senior citizens how to tune the electric guitar.


Kim Mitchell has two sons, Josh and Jesse. Jesse works for his father as a drum tech and road manager.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kim Mitchell becomes DJ"CBC News – The Arts
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  4. ^ "Kim Mitchell's back in his groove"The Spec – Entertainment
  5. ^ "Rocker Kim Mitchell recovering after heart attack". Toronto Star. The Canadian Press. 2015-01-13. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  6. ^ Peak positions for Max Webster's albums in Canada:
  7. ^ "Gold Platinum Database: Max Webster". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  8. ^ Peak positions for Kim Mitchell's albums in Canada:
  9. ^ "Gold Platinum Database: Kim Mitchell". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  10. ^ Trailer Park Boys – Season 7 – "We Can't Call People Without Wings Angels – So We Call Them Friends"

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