On July 7th, 2020, 7:30 pm - Waterloo Region's beloved troubadour Michael Kelly Cavan returned to  Grand Music Live for our @HOME series, webcasting from the Chestnut Hall Bistro. Born in Ireland, and raised in North Bay, where he still has a deep connections with friends and family, Cavan performed new compositions that are drawn from his early life growing up in North Bay, as well as his popular songs including Child of Immigrants, recently included on Tim Moher's superb Clefs of Moher release.

Check out more about Michael on his website and catch his weekly posts on Facebook, which are shared and liked around the world.

Tuesday July 7, 2020 |  7:30 pm

Michael Kelly Cavan is a Canadian singer-songwriter, born in Ireland and raised by his immigrant parents in North Bay, Ontario. It was during his formative years that Michael found a love of music and his own Irish Tenor voice, first as a young choirboy and then as a singer and guitarist in the Irish pub scene. Now, as a mature Canadian songwriter, Michael finds inspiration in his immigrant family experience as well as his life growing up in Northern Ontario.

“I’ve always maintained a strong connection to my homeland, through the stories my parents would tell my siblings and me while at the same time drawing great creative energy from the people and geography of Northern Ontario and the country in general. There is something wonderful about arriving at a time in life when the culture of your birth and your adopted culture blend into a way of being that fits like a comfortable old sweater."

Michael creates his own sound and blend of both Irish and Canadian folk music traditions.  He has played in several rock/pop bands including a stint in Ireland with an Irish showband. He has performed as a sing-a-long piano player on a tourist train (the Polar Bear Express), has graced the stages of Massey Hall, the El Macombo, the Horseshoe Tavern, Hughs Room and various other venues.He has sung the Irish National Anthem (in gaelic) in Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto to kick of the St. Patricks day celebrations and frozen his fingers off while playing on a float in the Toronto St Paddys' day parade. He has released 4 CD's to date and is currently working on a Irish traditional one and one of new original material.

He currently performs throughout Southwestern Ontario and runs the Cavan Creative School of Songwriting in Kitchener Ontario.

With his singing, playing and storytelling and his melodic tenor voice and gentle wit, Michael continues to provide heartwarming and foot-tapping entertainment wherever he finds a stage.


Joni NehRita
The Jazz Room
September 15, 2017 - 8:30pm

Shy Harry
The Cambridge Arts Theatre
October 6, 2017 - 8pm


Waterloo Chamber Players
Knox Waterloo
October 20, 2018 - 7:30pm