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Mike Turner (musician)

Mike Turner
Turner in September 2001
Background information
Birth name Mike A. Turner
Also known as Emtee
Born (1963-06-05) June 5, 1963
Bradford, England, United Kingdom
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1992-present
Associated acts Fair Ground, Our Lady Peace, Crash Karma
Notable instruments
Tom Anderson Hollow T Classic with custom artwork by Oli Goldsmith

Michael A. "Mike" Turner (born June 5, 1963) is an English-born Canadian musician and producer. He is the former lead guitarist of the band Our Lady Peace. After his departure from OLP he began producing music and played guitar in the Canadian band Fair Ground, with Harem Scarem guitarist Pete Lesperance, In 2008 he joined a sort of Canadian super group called Crash Karma composed of Edwin, former lead singer of I Mother Earth; Jeff Burrows, former drummer for the Tea Party; and Amir Epstein, former bassist for Zygote.[1] The band released a self-titled album on March 16, 2010.


Born on June 5, 1963, in Halifax, England, Turner grew up heavily influenced by punk rock. His first guitar was a gift from his mother on his seventeenth birthday. He played in a variety of bands during the 1980s.

Turner moved to Ontario, Canada at the age of eighteen. He studied English literature at the University of Western Ontario. He lived in Saugeen-Maitland Hall at the University of Western Ontario along with fellow Our Lady Peace band member Duncan Coutts.[2]

Turner placed a "Musicians Wanted" ad in NOW for his band As If. The ad was answered by Raine Maida and Our Lady Peace eventually formed.

Turner left Our Lady Peace in early of 2002, citing musical and creative differences. Following his departure he stated that he and the band were growing in different directions.

Inspired by his work with producers Arnold Lanni (Our Lady Peace, Simple Plan, Finger Eleven) and Bob Rock (Our Lady Peace, The Tragically Hip, Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe, Metallica, The Cult), he became very interested in the production side of music, and decided to produce and write full-time.

He experimented with live recordings, using a small mobile live recording rig of his own design. He also built a private recording studio in his home, taking on projects for labels like Capitol, EMI and Sony. Turner then opened a public recording studio in Toronto called The Pocket Studios with a few partners from the music industry. The partnership has since dissolved although Turner remains active at the studio hosting diverse artists including Alert the Medic, Shaye, Luke Doucet, Hawksley Workman, Sloan, and Feist. [2] Recordings from The Pocket, with Turner producing have won 2 Canadian Broadcast awards as well as an Indie award at Canadian Music Week.


  1. ^ Sterdan, Darryl (March 10, 2010). "Q&A with Edwin". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  2. ^

External links

  • Fair Ground official website
  • The Pocket Studios
Preceded by
Our Lady Peace guitarist
Succeeded by
Steve Mazur
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