Mike Legere is a songwriter and producer based out of Toronto, Ontario, originally from Nova Scotia. He’s released two full length albums, Ourselves in Public (2018) and Memory Forming Clouds (2022), as well as a music video for the single Love Songs (In Fear of Dying Penniless), and two additional singles Billboard(2021), I want to be well (2020). He’s also played with such acts as Century Thief, Places Erupt, and Omar Shabbar.
Playing with bands Places Erupt and Century Thief, Mike released multiple albums and EPs between 2012-2018. Through this process he developed an interest in production, witnessing the creative possibilities that open up in the recording and mixing process. After graduating from Recording Arts Canada Mike began to work as an engineer at The Root Down Studio, where he’d later become lead engineer.
Ourselves in Public, which was premiered by Aesthetic Magazine. The first single, Yourself, was premiered by Folk Radio UK.
Mike formed a live band to support the record, calling on collaborators Omar Shabbar, Colin McNalley and Greg O’Toole. They went on tour to the east coast of Canada with Dante Matas in 2018. After the tour Mike decided to record two new songs live off the floor to capture the energy the band had developed. This became the single Love Songs (In Fear Of Dying Penniless), as well as its counterpart Billboard. He produced a video with Greg Francis (Century Thief) for Love Songs.
Working as lead engineer at The Root Down Studio, MIke has engineered sessions and produced several other artists, including bandmate Omar Shabbar's Your Old Life.
Mike began work on his follow-up record while he was going through a particularly dark period. A close personal loss kickstarted a difficult year, which marked the end of his 10 year relationship, and the studio being destroyed in a flood. Feeling overwhelmed by anxiety and depression Mike set up a temporary studio at his family’s cottage in rural Nova Scotia. He borrowed instruments from friends and strangers and rented the rest, and began work writing and recording what would become Memory Forming Clouds (2022).
On November 23, Mike released Memory Forming Clouds, with a release party at The Root Down Studio. Sound Cafe described one of the album’s singles as “shimmering and poignant”, and Canadian Beats said another was “sure to give you chills”. The title track was featured on Exclaims! The Eh List Playlist.
In February 2023 Mike Legere’s band recorded two singles live off the floor at The Root Down Studio. They are currently developing a multimedia show called Estuaries which will debut on June 14th at In the Soil festival in St. Catharines. In May of 2023 they began their Memory Forming Clouds tour through eastern Canada to support the record.