Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted Edward Bear’s “Last Song” and I’m honoured to celebrate Larry Evoy’s song with my live rendition for CBC Music. I associate the song with listening to oldies radio on an old tube radio I had in my kitchen for many years. I learned a lot about pop songwriting from listening to 1050 CHUM in Toronto and 1150 out of Hamilton. It’s harder and harder to find those AM pop stations these days. “Last Song’” has a classic chorus that keeps it sounding great on the radio in any decade.
Matthew is thrilled and honoured to be playing “the singer” in the world premiere production of A Woman Is A Secret, a new play by John Patrick Shanley, Oscar-winning writer of Moonstruck and Doubt among other plays and films. The show, directed by Andrew Shaver, consists of six short plays interwoven with classic songs echoing Elvis, Orbison and the Rat Pack performed by Barber and an all-star cast of Toronto actors. It is funny, sexy and whimsically philosophical on topics of love, age, lust and dreams. The show runs Tuesday-Sunday from March 19 to April 5 at The Theatre Centre on Queen St. west in Toronto. All the info you need can be found here at www.ripjawproductions.com
For those in the GTA-west area, don’t miss Matthew at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre on February 20th, 2015 (ticket info and show details on the tour dates page).
2014 was a good year that saw the recording and release of Matthew’s 8th album Big Romance produced by Gary Louris of The Jayhawks, a couple of great Canadian tours with The Franklin Electric and Jenn Grant as tour-mates, a big show at Massey Hall in Toronto with sister Jill Barber, a month-long run of The Graduate at the Segal Centre in Montreal in September with original music performed by Matthew and Justin Rutledge, and continued appearances on drums with long-time collaborator Doug Paisley.
Matthew is currently soaking up the sun in Los Angeles writing and rehearsing for upcoming projects which include the recording of an album with his sister Jill Barber, and the role of “The Singer” in the world-premiere of a new John Patrick Shanley play entitled A Woman Is A Secret to be staged at The Theatre Centre in Toronto this March 19 to April 5.
Stay tuned for more spring tour dates in Ontario to be announced soon!
Matthew will be supporting his sister Jill at Knox United Church in Calgary on Nov. 6, as well as with his band in Belleville at the Empire Theatre on Nov.14, the night before the Barbers take over Massey Hall in Toronto on Nov. 15th. Also, the Matthew Barber/Jenn Grant double bill will be at The Exchange in Regina on Nov.11. Details for these and Matthew’s other November shows in Victoria, Vancouver, Banff, Edmonton and Winnipeg are on the tour dates page.
Matthew will be heading out west with his band for the first time in a few moons to play some shows with new label-mate Jenn Grant. He will will then return home to Toronto for a special show with sister Jill Barber at the legendary Massey Hall on Saturday Nov 15. You can find show details and ticket links here.
Matthew is currently in Montreal writing songs with Justin Rutledge for a new production of The Graduate at the Segal Centre for the Arts. Barber and Rutledge will also be performing the music live in the show which runs from Aug 31-Sept 21, 8 shows a week. Tickets available through the Segal Centre Box Office.
You can now pre-order the new album on iTunes and get the first single “Magnet Eyes” right away. The rest of the album becomes available on May 27. Here’s the iTunes link https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/big-romance/id875731698