Awards and Accolades
Forest City London Music Awards - Folk/Roots Artist of the Year (2020)
Folk Roots Radio International Song of the Year - Top 5 Finalist (2019)
Canadian Folk Music Awards - Young Performer of the Year Nominee (2017)
Western University Composition Competition - Winner (2017)
Canadian Songwriting Competition - Best Lyrics Top 5 Finalist (2017)
Folk Music Ontario - Taylor Mitchell Bursary Award Recipient (2016)
"John killed it. People who attended the event are still talking about his performance...That's what he does as a performer - connects - and I hope I'll get to experience that for years to come. "
-Preetam Sengupta, Northern Power Summit
“...damn, this is an impressive and mature-sounding collection by any standard, never mind for such a young artist.” - Roots Music Canada
With stories and songs that kindle late night Canadian campfires, London, Ontario based troubadour John Muirhead is a soon-to-be Canadiana icon. From fingerpicked folk confessionals to upbeat roots-rock jams, John's award winning song collection is the soundtrack to both the party and the long walk home. John's extensive touring schedule has brought his songs and stories to living rooms, theatres, festival stages, and moving trains across Canada and the Northeast US.
John Muirhead leaves his heart of his sleeve and his soul on the stage, channeling Leonard Cohen, Frank Turner, The Weakerthans, and Julien Baker. In the three years since the release of his debut EP Yesterday’s Smile, John has been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, toured relentlessly across Canada, and has graced the stages of legendary festivals including The Winnipeg Folk Festival, Home County Music and Arts Festival, Sawdust City Music Festival, and many more. His touring efforts have landed him coveted opening slots for Joel Plaskett, Craig Cardiff, and VACAY. John has also released two follow-up EPs, Foundational (2018) and Head Stays Down (2019).
John's debut full-length album is set to release spring/summer of 2020. Excitement for this release is high, as the project has already raised over 140% if it's initial crowdfunding goal. The release will be met with a full tour of Canada, many dates including a full band.