When award-winning harmonica virtuoso Mike Stevens first stepped foot in Sheshatshiu, Labrador, he had no idea it would change his life forever. But what he saw could not be ignored: Bulldozed houses. Mounds of ash. Roadside crosses. Kids sniffing gas.
Not knowing what else to do, Mike pulled out his harmonica. When he saw the effect his music had on the kids, the idea for ArtsCan Circle was born.
More than 15 years later, his charity has provided instruments and mentorship to hundreds of at-risk youth in remote northern communities across Canada. In this exclusive interview, Mike talks about community-building, the power of music and more.