Mike Sim began playing gigs at the age of 16 in his home town of Toronto with blues guitarist Jeff Healy and soon realized music would be his path. After studying with Dave Holland and others at a jazz workshop, he auditioned for the Berklee school of music and was accepted on a full scholarship where he would study and perform for 2 years with some of the greatest musicians in the world, including Joe Viola, Herb Pomeroy, Clark Terry and many others .As well as winning the Boston Jazz society award in 1988, Mike did several recording sessions of original material for the Canadian national radio during this period.


In 1989, Mike moved to NYC to continue his studies(Joe Lovano) and to develop further as a player. He began playing in pianist Joey Calderazzo's group and travelling to Europe with many great musicians including Billy Hart and Chris Minh Doky, and recorded his first cd in 1991. From '92 to '94 Mike lived in Germany where he performed with Barbara Dennerlein and Antonio Farao and led many of his own groups throughout Europe.


In 1995, Mike returned to New York and began working with the Michael Franks group and occasionally the Dave Douglas sextet. He also formed the metal band Usape, starting a second career as a singer and exploring the use of electronics. In '98, he began playing with the Mingus Big Band, with which he still performs. Other recent gigs include those with Lee Ritenour, Billy Kilson sextet, Brad Shepik, Oliver Lake, and Frank Lacy.


Presently Mike is working on some new projects and honing his producer chops.He recently built a sizable recording studio in his home and has been writing and developing in this ideal environment.