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

August 18th, 2015

I’m tickled pink to say that I’ll be playing at the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic on Saturday August 29!

Since it began in 2011, this annual event has become my favourite music festival and highlight of the summer, largely because it always features an eclectic mix of top-shelf musicians performing in a beautiful outdoor location (Christie Lake Conservation Area), but also because it works to promote local agriculture by giving farmers an opportunity to connect with the public and sell their produce. Since my wife is a farmer and I put in more than a few hours tilling the land on her family’s farm, I can’t help but love this festival. And it doesn’t hurt that it takes place less than 2km from my house!

I’ll be on at 12.30pm with a full band and some new songs. The Picnic is a full day event with lots of great food and activities for the whole family, plus a stellar musical line-up including Gordon Lightfoot, Bahamas, Arkells, Iron & Wine, and many more. For more info and tickets, check out www.harvestpicnic.ca .

June 30th, 2015

Just realized that this year is now half over. Does that make today some sort of hump day for the year? I sure hope so as coasting for the next six months sounds like sun.
In other news, I’ll be playing a free concert at the Pan Am games on Saturday July 11. To get in the sporting mood, I plan to wear my old high school wrestling outfit. Still fits me like a stomach-churning glove. The show’s at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto from 1-2pm. Details are up on the CONCERTS page.

April 28th, 2015

With spring upon us, I’ll be spending many of my waking hours over the next few weeks driving a tractor, helping my farmer wife sow her wild oats. So to speak.

But I’ll take a wee break this Thursday afternoon to play a few songs on an internet music show hosted by my Englishman-in-Italy friend Jack Stafford. Tune in online via TheJackStaffordFoundation.com . The fun starts at 3pm Eastern Time. Then it’s back to singing while I slave on Maggie’s farm.

March 2nd, 2015

I’m pleased to announce I’ll be playing at JUNOfest 2015, a live music pre-party for the JUNO Awards in Hamilton. Just in time to air out the new songs I’ve been recording! The show is on Saturday March 14 at The Casbah (corner of King and Queen). I’m the first act on at 9pm, followed by Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs , Dear Rouge , The Bros Landreth , and The Devin Cuddy Band .

I’ll have a full band in tow to pepper the porridge. Promises to be a great night, provided you like your porridge peppered. Tickets are at www.ticketfly.com .

January 3rd, 2015

Happy New Year. I like how each new year looks from the start – like a frozen pond waiting for your little marks. Hopefully, you do the time and opportunity justice and you can feel good about what you’ve done when the wheel turns through another 12 months.

The past year feels like that. After some great summer touring, I’ve been taking a bit of a break from performing to focus on some new works. Some require a bit more mixing, some require a bit more diaper changing. I’m excited about all of them, and I’m looking forward to letting them see a bit more of the world in 2015.

In the meantime, enjoy the clean surface and make your marks well.

October 31st, 2014

A nice article about the song “Remembrance Day” and my interest in history has been published in Raise the Hammer, a local paper in my hometown of Hamilton. Have a read at www.raisethehammer.org . Thanks to Shiona Mackenzie for writing the piece and to Ian Pettigrew for the pictures.