“Five Minutes With” traditional Folk singer, Mike Tod

Mike Tod is an Alberta musician, folk music scholar and ethnomusicologist. His self-titled three-track EP (released on November 26, 2021) includes a handful of traditional songs that showcase the enduring, remedial power of folk tunes in times of turmoil. Mike Tod has previously released music with the old-time acoustic duo Godfrey & Tod and the Mike Tod EP marks his first release as a solo artist – it’s also a teaser for a full-length to come in 2022.

Mike Tod


Mike Tod


Folk (traditional/old-time)


I was born in 1989

# of Albums:


Latest Album:

My self-titled EP was released on November 26, 2021

Latest Single:

I would pick “Shady Grove

Favourite musician growing up:

Bob Dylan

Favourite musician now:

Buffy Sainte-Marie or Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

Guilty pleasure song:

Anything by The Eagles

Live show ritual:

Anytime I play a game of cribbage before a show, it’s pretty good.

Favourite local musician:

Nathan M. Godfrey

EP or LP?


Early bird or night owl?

Night owl. Interesting thoughts and stories and creativity seem to happen at night.

Road or studio?

Both! I love being in hotels on the road. I also love being in the studio and building up and breaking down a song piece by piece.

Any shows or albums coming up?

My self-titled EP is now out on Spotify

Where can we follow you?

Instagram | Twitter | BandCamp


Rapid Fire Calgary Qs

Favourite local restaurant:

La Casa Latina

Favourite street in your city:

Maybe 9 Avenue in Inglewood, because there’s good coffee, interesting stores, and it’s really close to the river.

Favourite park in your city:

Fishcreek. Spent a lot of time there as a kid walking around, listening to the creek, walking with my grandpa when he came to the city.

Favourite music venue in your city:

The old Mikey’s Juke Joint. The wooden floors, all the photos on the walls, the cramped tiny space, the pool table that leaned to one side. I loved it so much.

Favourite music store in your city:

Recordland in Inglewood. Great place to go digging, lots of local/regional records turn up there that you just won’t find anywhere else.



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