35 year veteran music producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda has been a fixture of the Canadian music industry producing over 140 albums.
That’s why a pop band like the Barenaked Ladies — who entrusted Wojewoda to helm their Diamond-selling major label debut in 1991 — have returned to him again and again. Highlights include producing and mixing the theme song to the hit television show The Big Bang Theory, their American breakthrough Rock Spectacle, and the Platinum children’s album Snack Time. It’s also why a veteran metal band like ANVIL sought out Wojewoda to record new material to capitalize on the hit documentary that vaulted them back into the public eye in 2008. Meanwhile, Wojewoda continues to shepherd a new generation of talent by helping them realize recordings that capture them beyond their best.
Michael’s work in 2017/18 for Nunavut’s The Jerry Cans received 2 JUNO nominations as well as having the band perform live on the Sunday national broadcast. The Wojewoda-directed video for the lead single has garnered over 400,000 hits.
Recent albums for 2015 include the legendary Buffy Sainte-Marie whose Power in the Blood album has been short listed for this year’s Polaris Prize, international opera star Measha Brueggergosman pop cross over album for Warner Canada and the 2015 Juno nominated Amelia Curran album, They Promised You Mercy.
Michael has also worked with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, multimillion-selling pop bands, folkie jazz singers, hip-hop artists, neo-electro club music, roots rock bands, and planetarium pop with guest spots from Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson.
For anyone else, this eclecticism might appear scattershot, but the legions of artists who are drawn to work with Wojewoda do so for the intricacies of his sonic tapestry, his comfort with both the raw and the refined, and his ability to encourage even the most experienced artists to push themselves to new pinnacles.
Wojewoda cut his teeth in the fertile Toronto underground scene of the 1980s, where his efforts put him behind the boards for a diverse array of landmark albums. These included the raw hip-hop-infused jazz of the Shuffle Demons (Streetniks, 1987), the pioneering riot grrl punk of Fifth Column (To Sir With Hate, 1986), the noise rock of Nomind (Tales of Ordinary Madness, 1988), the punk pop of Montreal’s Doughboys (Happy Accidents, 1990), the jangle pop of the Plastercene Replicas (Glow, 1988), and the arty prog-punk of Queen St. staples Change of Heart. His work with the latter culminated with the 1992 epic Smile, a sprawling 74-minute opus that was recorded live to DAT with a 17-piece band in only three days. Smile has since entered the canon of Canadian rock, influencing everyone from The Tragically Hip to countless younger bands.
Since those early years Wojewoda’s catalog includes producing and mixing recordings for such luminaries as Mary Margaret O’Hara, Jeff Healey, Luke Doucet, Mellissa McClellend, Sloan, Great Big Sea, Spirit of the West, Jane Siberry and k.d. lang.
Wojewoda has produced/engineered/mixed over 140 albums and the list is still growing. View his discography for details. Michael is also an accomplished musician and composer, scoring for several television and media design projects. He was a member of the Rheostatics from 2000 to 2007, as well as producing their quintessential albums Melville and Whale Music.
Finally, he is an avid world traveler who in 2013 completed a solo motorcycle trip from Toronto, Canada to the southern tip of Argentina, a journey of 14 countries over 5 months. Check the blog post from November 2012 for details.