Sarnia rocker inducted into songwriters hall of fame

Kim Mitchell (Photo Credit: Al Pettman)

A Sarnia-born rock icon has been inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF).

Kim Mitchell, 69, was officially inducted into the hall Wednesday morning, nearly a-year-and-a-half after it was announced he would be a 2020 inductee.

Mitchell joined with COOL 106.3’s Max Major this week to talk about the honour and his career in music. Mitchell expressed how all of his songs are his kids, so he can’t really choose a favourite.

“But there’s certain songs I think I am proud of — On the Road by Max Webster, All We Are in my solo career, I Am A Wild Party, Lager & Ale, and my new song, the Best I Never Had off of The Big Fantasize.”

Mitchell, a graduate of the former St. Clair Secondary School in Sarnia, was the lead singer of Max Webster before going solo in 1982 and releasing big hits such as “Go For Soda” and “Patio Lanterns.”

Mitchell said he’s received a lot of well-wishes of late regarding his hall of fame induction.

“Literally my phone — you know when you have a text message, your phone goes ‘BING’? It’s been going off probably every 30 seconds… so I’ll have to get back to people.”

Mitchell said he’s not quite sure when he’ll make it back to Sarnia to perform, adding that he won’t be doing any shows until 2022.

“I just don’t want to hurry out. I know everybody wants to ‘Okay, let’s go!’ I’ve had a couple offers to do the drive-in theatre kind of shows that some may have heard of. That just seemed like a surreal experience out of a movie or something… like you’re playing on stage and you’re looking at car lights.”

Other 2020 inductees included Buffy Sainte-Marie, Debra Rathwell, Erin Davis, and Nevin Grant.