Sitting on the verge of Canadian stardom, Toronto's Matthew Barber will continue to chip away at the country's consciousness as plays a few shows in anticipation of his new record. The singer/songwriter will be hit a few Ontario and Quebec cities this March, minus his band, The Union Dues. For all but the Kingston show, Barber will be joined by fellow Canadian artist Emm Gryner. There are also plans for more dates in April and May.
According to his web site (www.matthewbarber.com), Barber is nearly finished work on his second full-length album. It will be the follow-up to his debut LP "Means & Ends", which came out in 2003 through Maple Music. Between that and his next album, Barber also released a brilliant 6-song EP called "The Story Of Your Life EP", which hit stores last year. His current single "Little Love" is taken from the record.
Barber's been working with producer Marty Kinack, who has also worked with other Canadian up-and-comers like Raising The Fawn, Sarah Harmer, and Hayden. There's no word on an official release date for the album. Some of the songs in consideration for the upcoming disc are: "Make It Right", "Awful Dream", "My Love It Is Like Lightening", "Soft One", "The Morning Light", "The Plea", and "Love and Death".
Matthew Barber's upcoming gigs (# with Emm Gryner):
March 11 Kingston, ON - The Grad Club
March 24 Wakefield, QC - The Black Sheep Inn #
March 26 Montreal, QC - The Green Room #
March 29 Toronto, ON - Hugh's Room #
March 30 Hamilton, ON - The Staircase Theatre #
Writer: Jaclyn Arndt