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Powerful vocals, electrifying harmonica, and intense performances define Matt Blais. The rock’n’roll troubadour’s latest release “Fool's Gold“ (Winter 2018) is an edgy and evocative protest song for the modern era. With cutting social commentary and haunting sonics, the new track goes behind the curtain searching for authenticity in an increasingly deceptive world. "I have always tried to find and create real moments. That can be hard to do in a world of avatars and publicists. The best way I know how is through song."
Hailing from Calgary, the charismatic Blais expands the rock genre by adding a vintage blues edge that, paired with his honest, accessible songwriting style, has resonated with his Canadian audience. The guitar of Jimmy Bowskill (The Sheepdogs) weaves in and out with Blais’ raspy vocals as he yearns for something more. The single was recorded and produced in Toronto by Brian Moncarz (Our Lady Peace, The Trews).
"Just 'cause it glitters doesn't mean it's got soul."
Matt’s live performances, whether solo or full band, are diverse events balancing high energy, sweaty-rock with emotionally vulnerable ballads. He has been described as Springsteen-esque in stage presence and songwriting ability. Matt Blais has directly supported some of Canada’s biggest acts. Opening for Blue Rodeo, The Trews, and The Strumbellas has shaped Blais into a consummate showman and artistic talent.
Blais’ independently released recordings have charted on campus radio, sold thousands of copies (Canada), and garnered critical acclaim. Notably, Blais has collaborated with Sam Roberts and earned multiple awards such as Male Artist of the Year at the YYC Music Awards (2018) and Best Rock Song at the "The Great American Song Contest” (2016).
"This is roots rock at it’s finest, the perfect way to sum up what it’s all about.” - James Fenney, Belwood Music.
"Male Artist of the Year" -
Calgary Music Awards 2018
"Singer/Songwriter of the Year" -
Calgary Music Awards 2017
"Best Rock Song" -
The Great American Song Contest 2016