Michael Peter Olsen

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Michael Peter Olsen
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Olsen performing at The Drake with his band Our Founders in 2013
Background information
Born (1974-06-28) June 28, 1974 (age 42)
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock, art rock, baroque pop, hip hop
Instruments Cello, guitar, keyboards
Years active 1995–present
Associated acts Arcade Fire, Drake, The Hidden Cameras, K-os, Jim Guthrie, Kevin Hearn, The Constantines, Gentleman Reg, Great Lake Swimmers
Website uncomfortablesilence.com
Notable instruments

Michael Peter Olsen (born June 28, 1974) is a Grammy nominated Canadian multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer, composer and arranger currently based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Olsen has collaborated live on tour and on records with bands and artists such as: Arcade Fire, Drake, K-OS, Jim Guthrie,[1] Kevin Hearn, The Constantines, Gentleman Reg, Great Lake Swimmers[2] and The Hidden Cameras.[3][4]

He is also well known as a producer and has worked with critically acclaimed local talent such as Ohbijou,[5] Spiral Beach,[6][7] The Miles and Debbie Suede. Olsen is also a founder and operator of the Toronto recording studio Uncomfortable Silence.[4]

Olsen currently fronts the Toronto band Our Founders whose members include Spencer Cole of Weaves.[8] Their album, The Nines was released in October 2013 under good reviews.[9]

He was a Canadian Film Centre Slaight Music Lab Resident from 2014-2015 in Toronto. [10]

Selected performance discography[edit]


Our Founders[edit]

The Great Lake Swimmers[edit]

Arcade Fire[edit]

Hidden Cameras[edit]


Jim Guthrie[edit]

Selected production discography[edit]


Spiral Beach[edit]

  • Ball (Sparks/EMI, 2007) Co-Producer/Engineer
  • The Bonus Disc (Sparks/EMI, 2008) Producer/Engineer
  • The Only Really Thing (Sparks/EMI, 2009) Producer/Engineer

The Organ[edit]

  • The Organ (Mint Records/604, 2008) Mix Engineer

The Miles[edit]

  • Blood on my Blazer (2008) Producer/Engineer


  1. ^ "Jim Guthrie ++ Press". Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  2. ^ "Great Lake Swimmers Discography". 
  3. ^ "Toronto band began as a "social experiment"". UWO Gazette. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  4. ^ a b "Hidden Cameras: One Nation Under A Fag". Exclaim! Canada's Music Authority. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  5. ^ "Ohbijou". CBC Radio 3. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  6. ^ "Spiral Beach Announce New Album and National Tour". Sparks Music – News. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  7. ^ "Spiral Beach – The Only Really Thing". Exclaim! Canada's Music Authority. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  8. ^ "Bands To Watch: Weaves". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-05-01. 
  9. ^ "Our Founders". Now. Retrieved 2015-05-01. 
  10. ^ "Michael Olsen Bio". CFC. Retrieved 2015-05-01. 

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