Some Information on Paul Mills

NEWS!

Paul was recently awarded the Estelle Klein Award by the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals. The award recognizes the work of an individual who has made significant contributions to Ontario's folk music community. For more information and a video on Paul and his lifetime achievements, click here.

Paul Mills is a graduate engineer, musician, musical arranger, graphic designer and record producer/engineer.  This unique combination of skills has resulted in a varied career. He joined CBC Radio, Canada's national public radio network in 1972 as a music producer and later moved over to the Radio Drama department as producer and executive producer. As a music producer for CBC Radio in the seventies, he conceived and produced a national folk music program called “Touch The Earth” which was hosted by Sylvia Tyson.  As a drama producer, he developed the award-winning series, “The Scales of Justice” which was later adapted for CBC Television.  Later, he was put in charge of planning the radio facilities in the new CBC building in Downtown Toronto and eventually became a senior manager for CBC Radio. 

In addition to his work at CBC, Paul Mills has been part of the Canadian folk music scene and recording industry for over forty years.  He has produced over 150 albums working with artists such as the late Stan Rogers (all but one of Rogers’ albums were produced by Mills),  Sharon, Lois and Bram, Terry Kelly, Ron Hynes and John Allan Cameron.  He is a founding partner of the  “Borealis Recording Company”.   He owns and operates his own production company and recording studio called "The Millstream" in Toronto.

Albums produced or engineered by Paul have earned four gold records (sales over 50,000), two platinum records (sales over 100,000), 6 Juno nominations (Canada’s equivalent of the Grammys), and 5 East Coast Music Awards.  Natalie MacMaster’s record, “My Roots are Showing”, which Paul engineered, won the 1999 Juno award for best instrumental album.  Sharon Lois & Bram’s recording “Skinnamarink TV”, co-produced by Paul with Bill Garrett won the 2000 Juno for “Best Children’s Album”.  Terry Kelly's "Power of the Dream" won the 2003 East Coast Music Award for best roots and traditional album.  Ron Hynes' "Get Back Change" won the 2004 East Coast Music Awards for "Album of the Year" and "Best Country Album". In 2006, Mills produced a second album for Hynes which garnered Ron the ECMA "Male Vocalist of the Year"

 His specialty is an understanding of folk and roots music in all of its various forms and his ability to record this music in a way which has broad audience appeal.  He also enjoys the reputation of bringing projects in on time and on budget!  

Paul has recently released a CD of his own work.  Details at www.paulmills.ca.

Paul also does graphic design for CD packaging.