In the midst of a 12-year contract with Fairmont as a jazz-trio pianist, Matt, with the prodding of his agent, took bold new steps into the corporate comedy arena, bringing his new musical humour presentation to events across Canada.
Shortly afterwards Matt began getting invited to Emcee conferences and award shows, pleasing the event planners by also offering entertainment. One of his latest projects is a dueling piano / Emcee show with Canadian composer, Jan Randall from CBC’s Irrelevant Show.
While working for Fairmont, Matt’s band, the Flextime Trio, performed for people like Sesame Street’s Big Bird, past Israeli president, Ehud Barak and Rush front-man, Geddy Lee.
Matt has been honoured to be the pianist for the swearing-in ceremonies of the last 3 Edmonton City Councils and has performed with the Edmonton Symphony and the Calgary Philharmonic with rock band, Razor’s Edge. A highlight in his career came in 2005 when he and the band performed for Queen Elizabeth II.
In 2012, when Matt’s Fairmont contract came to an end, he joined forces with long-time friend, and drummer, Gord Graber to create a very popular musical humour duo called Bare ‘n Von Hair. The duo writes, clean, customized musical humour shows for corporate and non-profit events. This has become so popular that their Christmas corporate season is usually 80% booked by the end of May each year.
Currently Matt is becoming quite busy as a professional speaker, adapting his presentations to an organization’s theme using music, humour and stories to convey the message. Some of his recent audiences include Alberta Health Services, Enbridge, The Alberta Insurance Adjusters Association, CUPE and The Alberta Association of Services for Children and Families.
Matt is married to his wife Darlene. They have 4 children. In 1990 he graduated from Concordia University College of Alberta with a BA in music, following this with a diploma in piano performance from MacEwan University in 1992. He graduated from the International Coaching Academy’s certified coach program in 2009.
Matt enjoys volunteering at an Edmonton Alzheimer’s memory care facility where he plays piano and leads sing-a-longs. In 2013 Matt received the Alumni of Distinction award from Concordia University (which simply means he has no road-rage infractions, he pays his parking tickets and makes his kids shovel the neighbour’s walk).
While Matt enjoys teaching piano, his schedule makes this a challenge. So in the spirit of offering music instruction, he provides free on-line music lessons. He enjoys hearing from people all over the world who have used this service.