Mike Ford (musician)

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Mike Ford
Background information
Birth nameMichael John Ford
Born (1962-09-27) September 27, 1962 (age 56)
GenresFolk, rock
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Associated actsMoxy Früvous

Michael John "Mike" Ford is a Canadian singer-songwriter, and a former member of Toronto band Moxy Früvous.[1]

Solo career[edit]

In 2004, Ford released Stars Shone on Toronto, his first solo album. Canada Needs You, his second solo album, was released in 2005. It is an album geared towards children that focuses on Canadian history, ranging from the earliest European contacts with First Nations to the settlement of the Prairie provinces.

Ford's third album, Satellite Hot Stove, an eight-song follow-up to Stars Shone on Toronto, was released in 2007.

Canada Needs You Volume Two, the follow-up to the 2005 album, was released in June 2008. The sequel focused on events in Canadian history from World War I to the protests at Clayoquot Sound.[2]

As a recipient of an Ontario Arts Council artist in education grant, Ford regularly tours schools across Ontario performing his curriculum-focused compositions about Canada in lively and interactive concerts. He has also made stops across Ontario to work with students in the creation of their own songs about the environment, community and identity.

He has appeared on many recordings including albums by The Klezmatics, Barenaked Ladies, David Francey, and The Arrogant Worms. Since around 2006, Mike Ford has been performing at a summer camp called Camp Kodiak.

The Cocksure Lads[edit]

Ford and fellow Moxy Früvous member Murray Foster also perform as The Cocksure Lads, a faux-1960s British Invasion-style band. They've released two Cocksure Lads albums: The Greatest Hits of the Cocksure Lads: 1963-1968 in 2010, and MAD LAD PLAN in 2014. A movie about the fictional history of the band was released in 2015.


  1. ^ Bush, John. "Biography: Moxy Früvous". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 September 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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