Matt Zaddy Newsletter

“Man, this album is packed with easy-on-the-ears, hook-filled tunes. A rare talent, indeed!”

Mark Rheaume – CBC Music

With a sound that seamlessly blends folk-rock and modern soul, there’s something for every music fan to love about Toronto singer/songwriter Matt Zaddy. But what’s immediately apparent on his new album Be, OUT NOW on all platforms, is a sophistication that dramatically builds on the success of his 2015 debut EP, Perfect Moments.

Indeed, Zaddy’s latest collection of stellar material required a top-notch team to do it justice on tape, starting with producer Ross Citrullo (The Sheepdogs, Julian Taylor Band, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar). From there, a combination of Zaddy’s trusted live band and local session stars created the chemistry that led to the high-energy results that were polished off by Joao Carvalho Mastering.

It’s impossible to ignore the positive vibes that Be radiates upon first listen; from Zaddy’s dynamic vocal performances to the tight, funky arrangements, there’s a familiarity for anyone who grew up on ‘70s FM radio. But for those who didn’t, there’s plenty to dig into in Zaddy’s stories of life, love, hardship and redemption.

“When I started making this record it became clear that all of the songs were about life lessons that have motivated me in recent years,” he says. “That spirit translated into the studio as well, with a great sense of collaboration among everyone. Ross really pushed me and he also had some great arrangement ideas that I think make all of the songs stand out. We worked hard to make these tunes the absolute best they could be.”

That’s certainly evident on Be’s opening track “Busy,” (OUT NOW) a blast of pure, contemporary R&B that shows off Zaddy and company’s full power. For Zaddy, its message hinges on the line “you can be right or you can be happy,” one of those aforementioned hard-earned life lessons. “Sometimes we want to be right so badly that we don’t care who we hurt in the process,” he observes. “I’ve found myself guilty of this more than once in my life, and writing this song was part of me realizing there has to be a better way. We can have open and honest conversation, and leave the daggers at the door.”

The tone then quickly shifts to the lighter jangle of “A Dear Friend,” which Zaddy entered into CBC Music’s 2019 Searchlight competition and a song with special meaning for him. “When I was writing ‘A Dear Friend,’ I was thinking about the people I grew up playing music with and how I don’t get to see many of them as much as I’d like to,” he says. “It’s very much a reminder and an affirmation to make time for the people I care about.”

On a similar theme, Zaddy highlights “Brighter Days” as one of the album’s more uplifting moments. “That came from thinking about people in my life who had been through hard times, whether it be emotionally, financially, or spiritually. It’s important to remember we can talk about these times, and that there are people in your life who care.”

However, self-care is important too, and that’s reflected in the track “Little River” about an out-of-the way place near Ottawa that Zaddy tries to get to whenever he can in order to recharge. “I find the best way for me to wind down from life’s hectic nature is to hit the road through rural Ontario,” he explains. “The long drives, the little lakes and rivers really help me put it all behind me, and just be in the moment. The specific river in the song is the Madawaska in the Ottawa Valley where some very good friends live. There are few places I’ve been that truly feel like home, and this is one of them.”

Zaddy is sure to stumble upon more getaways such as that as he hits the road in support of Be. His previous forays have taken him across Canada, while he’s been celebrated at home with “We Are The North,” a song he co-wrote that was chosen as Mississauga, Ontario’s official anthem for its Canada150 events. One of those was the Canada Day extravaganza where he shared the stage with K’Naan, part of the diverse array of artists Zaddy has appeared with, which also includes pop star Francesco Yates, CanRock legends Tom Cochrane and Jim Cuddy, and Australian alt-rockers Atlas Genius.

It may come as a surprise that Zaddy first entered the music scene playing heavy metal. But as he’s reinvented himself, it’s been with the intention to connect with as many listeners as possible, regardless of any genre restrictions. Be certainly possesses everything to achieve that goal in a big way, and to place Matt Zaddy squarely in the conversation about Canada’s most promising singer/songwriters.

“I truly hope that this album inspires people to do that little bit extra to make a real impact on those around us, and ultimately the world itself,” he says. “It’s a ripple effect; imagine what kind of world we could create if we all just did a little of that every day? It gives me hope to think of that possibility.”

Highlights:

  • 2019 winner – Mississauga Music award for Best Promoter
  • 2019 featured performer at Rock the Coliseum (Haviah Mighty – 2019 Polaris Prize winner, The Creepshow)
  • 2019 Featured performer at: Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, Registry Theatre Kitchener (Starlight Youth Festival), Showplace Theatre Peterborough, Bobcaygeon Summer Concert Series, Mississauga Port Credit Summer Concert Series
  • 2017 Canada Day Celebrations at Mississauga Celebration Square w/ K’Naan
  • Co-writer of the song We Are The North, Mississauga’s official summer song for its #Canada150 Celebrations
  • National Touring in 2017 in support of the single Perfect Moments, with interviews on CBC Radio in eastern Canada
  • National radio play of the single Perfect Moments on CBC & commercial radio
  • 2017 & 2018 TD Songs of Summer Festival w/ The Trews, 5440, Whitehorse (Oakville Jazz Festival)
  • 2017 Soundbites Music Festival w/ Tom Cochrane & Francesco Yates
  • 2017 Winner of the Mississauga Music Award for Best Acoustic Artist

Some fun Matt Zaddy facts, accomplishments, and associations:

  • Vegan / active member of the Toronto Vegetarian Association
  • 2016 Winner of the Community Arts Award from the Canadian Community Arts Initiative / Mosaic South Asian Festival / Rock the Coliseum
  • 2017 Winner of the Mississauga Music Award for Best Acoustic Artist
  • Former band leader of Starring Janet Leigh, a Toronto based tech/progressive metal act (Ironclad Recordings/Metal Blade Records
  • Hosts a series of community open mic / jam nights in his home town of Mississauga
  • Member of the Group From Far & Wide, a Mississauga based songwriting collective that wrote We Are The North, the official song of Mississauga’s #Canada150 Celebrations
  • Private Music Teacher: guitar, bass, piano, vocals – email info@mattzaddy.com for lesson inquiries
  • Member of The Infringements, a trio rock and roll/rhythm & blues cover band
  • Member of River North, a duo with Heather Christine, his partner in life & music
  • A highly sought after performer for private events. Email info@mattzaddy.com for more details

Be

Matt Zaddy’s new album #Be is now available online! Purchase the track from his latest record at:

Get it on iTunesGet it on BandcampGet it on SpotifyGet it on Google PlayGet it on Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

Perfect Moments EP

Matt Zaddy’s #PerfectMoments EP is available online!

Get it on iTunesGet it on BandcampGet it on Google PlayGet it on AmazonGet it on Spotify

 

 

 

My New Album #BE is OUT NOW on all platforms!

I’m very happy to report my new album #BE is available now on all platforms!  Click this link to check it out:

https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/mattzaddy/be

We celebrated the album release on November 03, 2019 in Toronto at a beautiful venue called 3030, and I’m happy to say it was a big success! Packed house, we played well, and everyone had a wonderful time

I truly hope you enjoy the new album as much as I do, thanks again to everyone who has checked it out and made the album launch such a success!

Coming soon: new web store, videos, tour dates, you name it! Stay tuned!

New Single ‘Busy’ OUT NOW!

I’m very excited to announce my new single BUSY is available NOW on all platforms!  Click this link to listen to the song on your favourite streaming sites:

https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/mattzaddy/busy

If you dig the tune be sure to share it on all your social and tell your friends!  Every little bit helps!

This is the first single off my new album Be due out on 01 November 2019.  More details on the album, along with a bunch of other stuff very soon!  Can’t wait to share more news with you guys!

New Matt Zaddy track entered in CBC Searchlight 2018 Contest!

Matt Zaddy (me) has entered a new song in this year’s #CBC #Searchlight2018 competition! You can listen to my new track entitled BUSY at this link:

http://www.cbcmusic.ca/searchlight/4249

I would love you thoughts on the new song, and I would appreciate your votes as well! CBC let’s you vote once a day, so vote early and vote often!

Round 1 of the competition ends February 28, 2018 at 3pm, so if you can vote once daily it may help get me to round 2!

As a thank you to all my fans for their support, I’m going to release a bunch of previously unreleased videos so show my gratitude!  Thanks to all of you for the votes and support, and let me know what you think of the new song!

Matt Zaddy

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Upcoming Shows

15 Nov 2019 Matt Zaddy & the River North Oakville, ON ( CAD ) Centennial Square Centennial Square free
16 Nov 2019 Matt Zaddy & the River North Toronto, ON ( CAD ) The Paddock - Indie Week 2019 Showcase The Paddock - Indie Week 2019 Showcase Buy ticket
22 Nov 2019 Matt Zaddy Hamilton, ON ( CAD ) Doors Pub Doors Pub Buy ticket
23 Nov 2019 Matt Zaddy Barrie, ON ( CAD ) Flying Monkeys Brewery Flying Monkeys Brewery
12 Dec 2019 Matt Zaddy & the River North Port Credit, ON ( CAD ) Common Ground Cafe Common Ground Cafe

Past Shows

03 Nov 2019 Matt Zaddy & the River North Toronto, ON ( CAD ) 3030 - Album Release Show 3030 - Album Release Show
21 Oct 2019 Matt Zaddy Toronto, ON ( CAD ) ThatChannel.com studios - live on-air performance ThatChannel.com studios - live on-air performance
18 Oct 2019 Matt Zaddy Brampton, ON ( CAD ) The Rose Theatre w/ Cowboy Junkies The Rose Theatre w/ Cowboy Junkies
12 Oct 2019 Matt Zaddy Barrie, ON ( CAD ) Flying Monkey Brewery Flying Monkey Brewery
06 Oct 2019 Matt Zaddy & the River North Halton Hills, ON ( CAD ) Mold-Masters Sportsplex - Rogers Hometown Hockey Mold-Masters Sportsplex - Rogers Hometown Hockey
28 Sep 2019 Matt Zaddy & Heather Christine Mississauga, ON ( CAD ) Toronto Airport Hilton - Folk Music Ontario showcase Toronto Airport Hilton - Folk Music Ontario showcase
27 Sep 2019 Matt Zaddy & the River North Mississauga, ON ( CAD ) Living Arts Centre - Mississauga Music Awards Living Arts Centre - Mississauga Music Awards
27 Sep 2019 Matt Zaddy Mississauga, ON ( CAD ) Toronto Airport Hilton - Folk Music Ontario private showcase Toronto Airport Hilton - Folk Music Ontario private showcase
14 Sep 2019 The Infringements Clarkson, ON ( CAD ) Ontario Racquet Club - PRIVATE EVENT Ontario Racquet Club - PRIVATE EVENT
12 Sep 2019 Matt Zaddy St. Catharines, ON ( CAD ) FirstOntario Centre - Ontario Contact FirstOntario Centre - Ontario Contact
07 Sep 2019 Matt Zaddy & the River North Toronto, ON ( CAD ) Harbourfront Centre - Toronto Veg Food Fest Harbourfront Centre - Toronto Veg Food Fest
05 Sep 2019 Matt Zaddy (Open Mic Host) Mississauga, ON ( CAD ) Failte Irish Pub - SINGLE RELEASE PARTY! Failte Irish Pub - SINGLE RELEASE PARTY!
03 Sep 2019 Matt Zaddy & the River North Oshawa, ON ( CAD ) Durham College Durham College
31 Aug 2019 Matt Zaddy Don Mills, ON ( CAD ) Cineplex Don Mills Cineplex Don Mills
31 Aug 2019 Matt Zaddy & Heather Christine Mississauga, ON ( CAD ) Sunrise Records - Erin Mills Town Centre Sunrise Records - Erin Mills Town Centre
24 Aug 2019 Matt Zaddy Mississauga, ON ( CAD ) Stuttapalooza Stuttapalooza
23 Aug 2019 Matt Zaddy Ajax, ON ( CAD ) Fionn MacCool's Ajax Fionn MacCool's Ajax
22 Aug 2019 River North (Matt Zaddy & Heather Christine) Toronto, ON ( CAD ) Manulife Building courtyard Manulife Building courtyard
21 Aug 2019 Matt Zaddy Toronto, ON ( CAD ) Boulevard Club - Private Event Boulevard Club - Private Event
16 Aug 2019 River North (Matt Zaddy & Heather Christine) Toronto, ON ( CAD ) Village of Yorkville Park Village of Yorkville Park
11 Aug 2019 River North (Matt Zaddy & Heather Christine) Port Credit, ON ( CAD ) Port Credit Memorial Park Port Credit Memorial Park
10 Aug 2019 Matt Zaddy & the River North Mississauga, ON ( CAD ) The Coliseum - Mississauga Celebration Square - ROCK THE COLISEUM The Coliseum - Mississauga Celebration Square - ROCK THE COLISEUM
26 Jul 2019 River North (Matt Zaddy & Heather Christine) Toronto, ON ( CAD ) Village of Yorkville Park Village of Yorkville Park
20 Jul 2019 Matt Zaddy w/ Heather Christine Irondale, ON ( CAD ) Bark Lake Leadership Centre Bark Lake Leadership Centre
11 Jul 2019 Matt Zaddy w/ Heather Christine Bobcaygeon, ON ( CAD ) Lock 32 Lock 32
07 Jul 2019 River North (Matt Zaddy & Heather Christine) Port Credit, ON ( CAD ) Port St. Market Port St. Market
06 Jul 2019 River North (Matt Zaddy & Heather Christine) Port Credit, ON ( CAD ) Port St. Market Port St. Market
03 Jul 2019 Matt Zaddy Brampton, ON ( CAD ) Garden Square Garden Square
01 Jul 2019 Matt Zaddy & the River North Streetsville, ON ( CAD ) Streetsville Memorial Park - Canada Day Celebrations Streetsville Memorial Park - Canada Day Celebrations
22 Jun 2019 River North (Matt Zaddy & Heather Christine) Clarkson, ON ( CAD ) Tim Horton's parking lot Tim Horton's parking lot
21 Jun 2019 Matt Zaddy Heartland, ON ( CAD ) Fionn MacCool's Britannia Fionn MacCool's Britannia
19 Jun 2019 Matt Zaddy & the River North Peterborough, ON ( CAD ) Showplace Performance Centre Showplace Performance Centre
18 Jun 2019 Matt Zaddy Niagara Falls, ON ( CAD ) Marriott on the Falls - COCA National Conference Marriott on the Falls - COCA National Conference
14 Jun 2019 Matt Zaddy Port Credit, ON ( CAD ) Pump House Grille Co. Pump House Grille Co.
13 Jun 2019 Matt Zaddy Mississauga, ON ( CAD ) Erin Mills Pump Erin Mills Pump
10 Jun 2019 Matt Zaddy Burlington, ON ( CAD ) The Dickens - SOUND OF MUSIC FESTIVAL The Dickens - SOUND OF MUSIC FESTIVAL
08 Jun 2019 Matt Zaddy Toronto, ON ( CAD ) Ontario Place (west island) - FORKS & BARRELS FESTIVAL Ontario Place (west island) - FORKS & BARRELS FESTIVAL
02 Jun 2019 River North (Matt Zaddy & Heather Christine) Streetsville, ON ( CAD ) Streetsville Village Square - BREAD & HONEY FESTIVAL Streetsville Village Square - BREAD & HONEY FESTIVAL
31 May 2019 From Far & Wide Port Credit, ON ( CAD ) Studio Paint Bar Studio Paint Bar
26 May 2019 Matt Zaddy & the River North Hamilton, ON ( CAD ) Augusta House Augusta House
25 May 2019 Matt Zaddy Kitchener, ON ( CAD ) Bingements - on the Grand Bingements - on the Grand
24 May 2019 Matt Zaddy Clarkson, ON ( CAD ) Ontario Racquet Club Ontario Racquet Club
24 May 2019 Matt Zaddy Mississauga, ON ( CAD ) Fionn MacCool's Britannia Fionn MacCool's Britannia
09 May 2019 Matt Zaddy & The River North Toronto, ON ( CAD ) Cameron House - CANAADIAN MUSIC WEEK Cameron House - CANAADIAN MUSIC WEEK
30 Apr 2019 Matt Zaddy - Open Mic Host Streetsville, ON ( CAD ) Cuchulainn's Irish Pub Cuchulainn's Irish Pub
27 Apr 2019 Matt Zaddy & The River North Kitchener, ON ( CAD ) Registry Theatre - Starlight Youth Festival Registry Theatre - Starlight Youth Festival
26 Apr 2019 Matt Zaddy Mississauga, ON ( CAD ) Fionn MacCool's Britannia Fionn MacCool's Britannia
23 Apr 2019 Matt Zaddy - Open Mic Host Streetsville, ON ( CAD ) Cuchulainn's Irish Pub Cuchulainn's Irish Pub
21 Apr 2019 Matt Zaddy Toronto, ON ( CAD ) Private Performance Private Performance
20 Apr 2019 Matt Zaddy Etobicoke, ON ( CAD ) Cineplex Queensway Cineplex Queensway
19 Apr 2019 Matt Zaddy Clarkson, ON ( CAD ) Ontario Racquet Club Ontario Racquet Club
19 Apr 2019 Matt Zaddy Oakville, ON ( CAD ) Fionn MacCool's Oakville Fionn MacCool's Oakville
18 Apr 2019 Matt Zaddy - Open Mic Host Mississauga, ON ( CAD ) Failte Irish Pub Failte Irish Pub
16 Apr 2019 Matt Zaddy - Open Mic Host Streetsville, ON ( CAD ) Cuchulainn's Irish Pub Cuchulainn's Irish Pub
09 Apr 2019 Matt Zaddy - Open Mic Host Streetsville, ON ( CAD ) Cuchulainn's Irish Pub Cuchulainn's Irish Pub
07 Apr 2019 Heather Christine Toronto, ON ( CAD ) 120 Diner 120 Diner
06 Apr 2019 Matt Zaddy Erin Mills, ON ( CAD ) Abbey Road Abbey Road
05 Apr 2019 Matt Zaddy Georgetown, ON ( CAD ) St. George Pub St. George Pub
04 Apr 2019 Matt Zaddy - Open Mic Host Mississauga, ON ( CAD ) Failte Irish Pub Failte Irish Pub
30 Mar 2019 Matt Zaddy Cambridge, ON ( CAD ) Sunbridge Hotel & Conference Centre Sunbridge Hotel & Conference Centre
28 Mar 2019 Matt Zaddy & The River North Richmond Hill, ON ( CAD ) Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
26 Mar 2019 Matt Zaddy - Open Mic Host Streetsville, ON ( CAD ) Cuchulainn's Irish Pub Cuchulainn's Irish Pub
23 Mar 2019 Matt Zaddy Guelph, ON ( CAD ) Retour Bistro Retour Bistro
22 Mar 2019 Matt Zaddy Clarkson, ON ( CAD ) Ontario Racquet Club Ontario Racquet Club
21 Mar 2019 Matt Zaddy - Open Mic Host Mississauga, ON ( CAD ) Failte Irish Pub Failte Irish Pub
19 Mar 2019 Matt Zaddy Streetsville, ON ( CAD ) Cuchulainn's Irish Pub Cuchulainn's Irish Pub
17 Mar 2019 Zaddy the Paddy (Matt Zaddy & the Infringements) Streetsville, ON ( CAD ) Cuchulainn's Irish Pub Cuchulainn's Irish Pub
16 Mar 2019 River North (Matt Zaddy & Heather Christine) Streetsville, ON ( CAD ) Cuchulainn's Irish Pub Cuchulainn's Irish Pub
16 Mar 2019 Zaddy the Paddy (Matt Zaddy & the Infringements) Streetsville, ON ( CAD ) Cuchulainn's Irish Pub Cuchulainn's Irish Pub
15 Mar 2019 River North (Matt Zaddy & Heather Christine) Port Credit, ON ( CAD ) Unitarian Church of Mississauga Unitarian Church of Mississauga
15 Mar 2019 Zaddy the Paddy (Matt Zaddy & the Infringements) Streetsville, ON ( CAD ) Cuchulainn's Irish Pub Cuchulainn's Irish Pub
12 Mar 2019 Matt Zaddy - Open Mic Host Streetsville, ON ( CAD ) Cuchulainn's Irish Pub Cuchulainn's Irish Pub
07 Mar 2019 Matt Zaddy - Open Mic Host Mississauga, ON ( CAD ) Failte Irish Pub Failte Irish Pub
05 Mar 2019 Matt Zaddy - Open Mic Host Streetsville, ON ( CAD ) Cuchulainn's Irish Pub Cuchulainn's Irish Pub
26 Feb 2019 Matt Zaddy - Open Mic Host Streetsville, ON ( CAD ) Cuchulainn's Irish Pub Cuchulainn's Irish Pub
23 Feb 2019 Matt Zaddy Etobicoke, ON ( CAD ) Cineplex Queensway Cineplex Queensway
22 Feb 2019 Matt Zaddy Clarkson, ON ( CAD ) Ontario Racquet Club Ontario Racquet Club
21 Feb 2019 Matt Zaddy - Open Mic Host Mississauga, ON ( CAD ) Failte Irish Pub Failte Irish Pub
19 Feb 2019 Matt Zaddy - Open Mic Host Streetsville, ON ( CAD ) Cuchulainn's Irish Pub Cuchulainn's Irish Pub
15 Feb 2019 Matt Zaddy Port Credit, ON ( CAD ) Roc'N Doc's Roc'N Doc's
15 Feb 2019 Matt Zaddy Mississauga, ON ( CAD ) Pump House Grille Co. Pump House Grille Co.
14 Feb 2019 River North (Matt Zaddy & Heather Christine) Don Mills, ON ( CAD ) Cineplex Don Mills Cineplex Don Mills
02 Feb 2019 Matt Zaddy Erin Mills, ON ( CAD ) Abbey Road Abbey Road
01 Feb 2019 Matt Zaddy Oakville, ON ( CAD ) Fionn MacCool's Oakville Fionn MacCool's Oakville
29 Jan 2019 Matt Zaddy - Open Mic Host Streetsville, ON ( CAD ) Cuchulainn's Irish Pub Cuchulainn's Irish Pub
25 Jan 2019 Matt Zaddy Clarkson, ON ( CAD ) Ontario Racquet Club Ontario Racquet Club
24 Jan 2019 Matt Zaddy - Open Mic Host Mississauga, ON ( CAD ) Failte Irish Pub Failte Irish Pub
22 Jan 2019 Matt Zaddy - Open Mic Host Streetsville, ON ( CAD ) Cuchulainn's Irish Pub Cuchulainn's Irish Pub
19 Jan 2019 Matt Zaddy Don Mills, ON ( CAD ) Cineplex Don Mills Cineplex Don Mills
18 Jan 2019 Matt Zaddy Port Credit, ON ( CAD ) Roc'N Doc's Roc'N Doc's
15 Jan 2019 Matt Zaddy - Open Mic Host Streetsville, ON ( CAD ) Cuchulainn's Irish Pub Cuchulainn's Irish Pub
13 Jan 2019 River North (Matt Zaddy & Heather Christine) Mississauga, ON ( CAD ) Mississauga City Hall Mississauga City Hall
12 Jan 2019 Matt Zaddy Georgetown, ON ( CAD ) St. George Pub St. George Pub
11 Jan 2019 Matt Zaddy Mississauga, ON ( CAD ) Private Performance Private Performance
11 Jan 2019 Matt Zaddy Oakville, ON ( CAD ) Fionn MacCool's Oakville Fionn MacCool's Oakville
10 Jan 2019 Matt Zaddy - Open Mic Host Mississauga, ON ( CAD ) Failte Irish Pub Failte Irish Pub
08 Jan 2019 Matt Zaddy - Open Mic Host Streetsville, ON ( CAD ) Cuchulainn's Irish Pub Cuchulainn's Irish Pub
03 Jan 2019 Matt Zaddy Mississauga, ON ( CAD ) Private Performance Private Performance
31 Dec 2018 River North (Matt Zaddy & Heather Christine) Port Credit, ON ( CAD ) Pump House Grille Co. Pump House Grille Co.

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