Mike McNamee’s path toward becoming a full-time musician may seem somewhat unorthodox on the surface, but shortly after the pandemic put his professional hockey career on hold last March, the Ontario-born centre forward posted a video that made it clear he was born to make music.
Since then, under the stage name of Boston Levi, McNamee has gone on to release three singles, a six-track debut EP, and the aforementioned video showcasing his live performance at Sydenham Church has accumulated more than 20,000 views.
His debut EP, Prophecies, was produced in collaboration with Jay Emmons of The Glorious Sons. The majority of the EP pairs a soulful, rhythmic, and often blues-centric sound with relatable and insightful lyricism, while the leadoff single “Run Baby Run” combines the latter with a progression-driven departure that encapsulates the artist's obvious excitement for what’s to come.
We recently had a chance to catch up with the talented athlete-turned-musician, who filled us in on all of his favourite places to eat and drink in his current home base of Ottawa.