Mike Nagoda

Mike Nagoda is a Blues and Roots musician and independent recording artist based in Toronto. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Mike struggled to play guitar in the conventional manner until he discovered legendary Toronto Bluesman Brian Cober at Grossman’s Tavern, who invented the art of double slide guitar in 1971. Mike eventually approached Brian to teach him this system and Mr. Cober became Mike’s close friend and mentor until his passing in 2016. Mike is now proudly carrying on Mr. Cober’s legacy to a new generation with the double slide guitar in 2021, especially since this year marks the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Mr. Cober’s revolutionary and remarkable invention.

Mike released his first album “Parliament” in 2014 with Grammy winning label Ropeadope Records, and his sophomore album “Outside the Box”, co-produced with Juno winning producer Chris Birkett (Sinead O’Connor, Buffy Sainte-Marie), is scheduled for independent release in 2021. Mike is the winner of the 2020 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search, as well as the Honourable Mention for the 2019 Amy Louie Grossman’s Music Scholarship, and is looking forward to playing the Ontario Festival Circuit, including the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Tim Horton’s Southside Shuffle, the Orangeville Jazz and Blues Festival and the Limestone City Blues Festival, post pandemic.

As one of the few openly queer male Blues and Roots artists in the modern Blues and Roots Music scenes, Mike seeks to increase visibility for both queer men and disabled people through his music. Backed by the Spectrum Blues Band, Mike is looking forward to once again bringing his brand of soulful, progressive queer electric Blues and Roots Music to the delight of audiences everywhere, looking to take double slide guitar to new and exciting places for the next fifty years to come!

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