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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Local Musician Mike Northcott Passes

It is with sadness that we announce that singer, songwriter, bassist, producer Mike Northcott passed away on November 6, 2018. We will update the information as we get it. He was a member of a number of groups including Banned From Heaven, WJRM and others.  He also worked as a producer for various TV shows and other media. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Click here for his obituary.

About his Celebration of Life (from the obituary)
 "The Mike Northcott After Party" will be held on Sunday, November 18th from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Boston Manor in Burlington. We welcome all who loved him to gather on this special day to share music, stories, and friendship in Mike's honour. Donations, in memory, can be made to An Instrument For Every Child at

Here's a bio from the Dundas Cactus Festival:
Mike Northcott -­ lead vocals, bass-­Mick (as his rock’n’roll friends call him) has been singing and playing music professionally since he was 18. Originally a drummer, he moved out front where his passionate vocal wailing’s could be better heard above the din of his mediocre drumming. Mick’s day job producing music for children’s cartoons only reinforces his inability to grow up.
A word from Lou, our blogger:
I got to meet Mike a number of times over the years. It was great to see his immense talent on stage and then see his warm, friendly smile as we talked during the breaks. I will miss him.
Social media reaction:

Wayne Krawchuck (ex-Banned From Heaven)
It is with great sadness we say goodbye to our friend and musical brother Mike Northcott, who passed away today after a brave fight against pancreatic cancer. Love and condolences to Shelly , Bailey and Will and extended family. Going to miss you a lot my friend.
Cindy Dell
Mike produced our CD The Baladins in 1995 and played bass with us. I loved the production on that record. He was a good friend and a wonderful guy. Sad news.
Mark McNeil
It was only a few months ago when he came out to Bandcamp and made such a positive contribution. Such a kind, talented soul who loved playing music.

Links: Banned From HeavenMore Banned From Heaven Stories, Videos above courtesy of Hamilton Blues Lovers

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  1. Mike produced my first album - Mom's Kitchen - His enthusiasm was unmatched and you could always count on him to step up to the plate. He will be missed.

  2. Mike told me that he really enjoyed my live videos of the cultural and music scene in Hamilton, and when he retired, he would do the same.
    Gone too soon.
    Helen Graham (Calendar of Events)

  3. OMG, Mike was such a decent guy, I remember the first time I played at Fishers Pier 4, he made me very welcome and loved the songs I did, I had instant respect as he did for me. He was fun to play with and loved music, my heart goes to his family in the hopes they find peace within.

  4. Mike 'll still be wailing 'Taking Care of Business' up in heaven just like he did back in high school! RIP friend, you'll be sadly missed,