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!