Canadian rock luminary Kim Mitchell has now signed with Toronto independent record label, El Mocambo Records. A new single, Wishes, comes out on June 26, to be followed by the release of a new album, The Big Fantasize, the first full-length recording since 2007’s Ain’t Life Amazing.
Mitchell joins a label roster that includes 54.40, Hutch and A Family Curse. In a press release, Michael Wekerle, owner of the El Mocambo and El Mocambo Productions, states “I’m absolutely thrilled that Kim is now part of the El Mocambo Records family. I grew up as a huge fan of Max Webster along with Kim’s solo records released later. He’s an iconic artist that has been etched in the fabric of the Canadian music scene for decades and to be part of his next chapter is an honour.”
Mitchell says “along with my producer Greg Wells, I just finished what I believe to be one of the best records of my career. I am thrilled to join and be involved with the ever creative and passionate Michael Wekerle and his El Mocambo Records label for its release.”
Co-produced with Canadian Greg Wells (21 Pilots, Adele, Keith Urban), The Big Fantasize is Mitchell’s fifteenth studio recording.
In February, it was announced that Mitchell, who is among Canada’s most respected singers, songwriters and guitar players would be inducted into The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame – joining the likes of Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young and many more.
In other El Mocambo news, the venue's in-house sound engineer Doug McClement recently posted on Facebook that he is back in action there. "At long last, it's time for a paying gig at the El Mocambo," he wrote on June 15. "I am there for the next four days recording various artists including Kim Mitchell and Leahy-Next Generation for the Toronto segment of CBC's Canada Day broadcast since they can't do the traditional Parliament Hill show. I will also be mixing several bands live-to-air from that stage on July 1. No live audience, of course. The last show I recorded at the El Mo was Queens of the Stone Age in 2008, so it will be great to be pushing faders again in that legendary venue. Everyone wearing masks, checking our temperatures before we can enter the building. Wiping down microphones and console knobs with disinfectant after each use. We had a one-hour Zoom safety meeting on Wednesday, so the producers are taking all the right steps to make sure we are working in a safe environment."