Matthew de Zoete

This is the actual Super 8 footage from the early 1960s that inspired the song "Colour Film", which led to the concept for the album Colour Film. Thanks to my Opa, Oma, and other relatives who appear in the video, and thanks to Bill Van Dyk for editing the footage.

Imagine Nick Drake cheering up and living long enough to work with Beck. That's the vision conjured on Matthew's third album Colour Film. Produced by Les Cooper, it calls for a dark room, good headphones, and a glass of single malt.    MORE INFO | Buy on CDBaby | Buy on iTunes

April 1st, 2014

Dear Friends,

After much soul-searching, I’ve decided that the time has come for me to take a break from music and enter a new chapter of my life. It’s been a great ride over the past ten years, and I’ve enjoyed almost every second of it. I’ve made many friendships and had many experiences that I’ll treasure for the rest of my life. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who’s been involved along the way.

I don’t feel like I’ve run out of musical steam, and I certainly haven’t stopped enjoying this pursuit. On the contrary, I think things are moving in the right direction – onwards on upwards. However, I have to face the truth: I need to follow my true lifelong dream of shooting pigeons at the airport.

But I don’t think I can do it alone, so I’m asking for your help. There are many hurdles I need to overcome to realize this dream, from financial costs (including a gun and permit and ugly, ill-fitting clothes) to emotional barriers (like realizing that I’m competing with seagulls and hawks). If you feel called to continue your support for me into this new phase of my life as an artist, please check out my fundraising campaign HERE .

Thanks and take care,


March 7th, 2014

If my calculations are correct, spring should arrive some time in the next few months. To celebrate, I’m going to join the birds and bees and make some noise! These concerted efforts happen:

Friday March 21 – Brantford – Brown Dog Coffee Shoppe
Friday March 28 – Hamilton – Artword Artbar Click here for advance tickets.
Saturday March 29 – Toronto – TRANZAC
Saturday April 5 – St. Catharines – Mahtay Cafe

Expect lots of new songs and old jokes. Full details on how to come up and get down are posted on the CONCERTS page.

February 3rd, 2014

“The holiest gimmick:
Here come the Olympics.”

Does anyone else find all the hype artificially generated by the broadcasters, sponsors, and organizers to pump up this five ring circus more than a bit silly? Can the world really find nothing better to do with all that money?

Here’s a new song called “Gold, Silver, and Bronze”.

January 23rd, 2014

Much like a cave-bound hibernating bear, I periodically emerge from my winter slumber for a stretch and a back-scratching session with the exfoliating door jamb. Then a quick yawn and back to work: sleeping for the bear, writing songs for me. Sometimes the difference is hard to spot!

Things are still rolling along under the blanket of snow, and there’s magic being made between the sheets of ice. (To stretch the metaphor to the breaking point, which is often when humour raises its groggy head.)

Songs are being written and plans are being laid for a new recording project later this year. More details to follow, but in the meantime, here’s a suitably sleep-talking demo called “Pull Out Bed”.

And now back to bed, for me and the bear.

December 5th, 2013

Thanks to all those who came out to DE ZOETE UNCHAINED! on Saturday night. It was great fun to share a whack of new songs with you!

And speaking of heroes in over the top costumes, happy Sinter Klaas day to everyone, be you Dutch or otherwise! This year, he brought a ukulele pitch pipe. But only one, so I have to share it with my uke-playing daughter. Sinter Klaas is Dutch, after all!

November 20th, 2013

I’m really looking forward to playing a show with my Haligonian friend Don Brownrigg on Thursday November 21 at The Pearl Company (16 Steven St., Hamilton). I’ll be opening the show at 8pm. Admission is $15, or $10 for students, seniors, and arts workers.

Don has a great new album called It Takes All Kinds (To Make This World, I Find). Click here to stream the album and watch a cool video for the single “Sweet Dream Sleeper”. You can get more Don and buy his album via