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Mikey Bustos

Mikey Bustos
Background information
Birth name Michael John Tumanguil Pestano Bustos
Born (1981-06-23) 23 June 1981
Weston, Ontario, Canada
Genres Pop, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, part-time actor, comedian
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2003–present

Mikey Bustos (born June 23, 1981) is a Filipino Canadian singer and comedian who has appeared on the reality television show Canadian Idol.


  • Early life 1
  • Canadian Idol 2
    • Post Idol 2.1
  • Career 3
  • YouTube videos 4
  • Product endorsements 5
    • Television 5.1
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Bustos is born from Filipino parents in the Weston neighbourhood of Toronto. Before Canadian Idol, he worked as a temp at the Bank of Montreal.[1] He attended St. Michael's College School in Toronto.

Canadian Idol

Bustos placed seventh runner-up in the finals of first season of Canadian Idol in August 2003, despite Chart magazine's prediction: "If we were to lay our bets today, ChartAttack’s money would be on Toronto contestant Mikey Bustos, a slightly strange-looking young man with a shaved head and the voice of an angel."[2] From his very first audition where he floored the four judges, he established the largest fan base early in the competition, and made headlines all over the country.

Bustos recorded with BMG Music Canada and ViK. Recordings for the Canadian Idol compilation album, which was certified gold on the Soundscan Billboard charts on second day of release, and ranked in the Top 5 best selling Canadian albums in its debut week, selling over 60,000 units nationwide.

Post Idol

After competing on Canadian Idol, Bustos began performing throughout Canada and the US at many events and showcases at top venues. Mikey also had special guest appearances and interviews at numerous radio stations including CHUM FM, CFMT, Z 103.5 FM, Flow 93.5 FM, Mix 99.9 FM, AM 680 News, CHIN Ottawa FM, CKMS 100.3 FM Waterloo, and has several times appeared on CTV (Etalk Daily/ Canada AM Live), CBC Quebec, and local stations like Omni1 and Rogers (Daytime Toronto).


Mikey Bustos posing in a random photo shoot

In 2004, Bustos recorded, performed, and mastered his craft in New York City residing in Queens and Manhattan, collaborating and recording with acclaimed producer Glenn Swan of the renowned Chung King Studios.

In 2005, Bustos released his debut extended play entitled Love Me Again on May 7. It was produced by Brent Bodrug of B-Group Music, who previously had worked with Alanis Morissette, Jack Soul, and Sugar Jones. It is available at all HMV locations across Canada.

In 2006, Bustos continued touring in the U.S. performing in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas. He also began to perform in other countries, traveling to the Philippines, where he was front act for the Pussycat Dolls. Mikey also had a series of guest appearances, interviews, and live performances on popular Philippine TV shows including TFC's ASAP '06, and GMA-7's Eat Bulaga, StarTalk, SOP, S-Files, Unang Hirit, SIS, MTV Philippines, and even the country's first Philippine Idol. Mikey's radio performances and mall performance at Eastwood City in Manila were also highlights.

In 2007, Bustos was featured in a commercial for MTV Canada & was the front act for Christina Aguilera in the Philippines on July 6. He released a music video the next year for his single "If It Feels Good Then We Should" from his debut solo album Memoirs of a Superhero. The album was released on December 23, 2008, and its album art was designed by Orange Pop Media.

In 2009, Bustos' single "If It Feels Good Then We Should" reached Top 20 for multiple weeks on Canadian mainstream radio, as well as Top 2 Music Video on the California Music Channel in the US. His single "All I Need Is Me" was also played at Footlocker Stores nationwide. Under Bustos Entertainment Inc, he signed with Universal Music/North Fontana Distribution in May 2009.

In 2010, Bustos was nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Adult Contemporary category. His song "Everytime My Heart Beats" from his debut album "Memoirs of a Superhero" since its release has become a YouTube phenomenon. Mikey was also involved in musical theater projects including a star role in the Summerworks production of Prison Dancer: The Musical.

Bustos continues to tour the world performing and making guest appearances on TV, radio, and the internet. He is also the co-founder, creator, and co-owner of a store providing formicariums (ant farms) and ant keeping products to enthusiasts worldwide.

In January 2014, Bustos joined the cast of the morning radio show Good Times with Mo on Magic 89.9 in the Philippines.[3]

YouTube videos

Bustos is known for his videos uploaded on video website YouTube. He made international headlines in March 2014 for his cover of Avicii's 'Wake Me Up' in which he performed a cappella with an astounding ten parts. Bustos is very open about his Filipinophilia in which other of his popular videos cover a wide range of topics including "Filipinism", Philippine English phonology and Filipino culture tutorials such as eating Balut (duck embryo), Filipino dining, Filipino courting, and the Filipino CR. He also made a parody of "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga entitled "Pinoy This Way". He has been appeared on television news several times: TV Patrol and Bandila on ABS-CBN; and 24 Oras and Saksi on GMA.

Product endorsements

In 2011, Bustos became the spokesperson and endorser for brands like Samsung, Nescafé, and the Mang Juan snacks.[4] His TV commercials for Chicharron ni Mang Juan run on Philippine television on all major networks nationwide.


Year Title Role Network
2011 Bubble Gang Guest GMA Network
Pets 101 AntsCanada Animal Planet
2012 Pepito Manaloto Boy Pick Up GMA Network
Tweets For My Sweet Dexter Matibag


  1. ^ LeManne, Michaelle (2005-06-04). "What are they doing now?".  
  2. ^ "Canadian Idol Episode #3: Toronto And Ottawa Kind Of Turn Up The Glitz".  
  3. ^ Golangco, Vince (3 January 2014). "DJ Mo Twister’s New Co-Hosts for Good Times With Mo Magic899 Morning Radio Show".  
  4. ^ "A Funny Guy with a Serious Side".  

External links

  • Mikey Bustos official site
  • Mikey Bustos Official Friendly Site
  • Mikey Bustos on Canadian Idol
  • The AntsCanada Ants Store
  • Mikey Bustos for Backlr Interview for a blog on how people store their data
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