Matthew Barber – Phase Of The Moon

 photo credit: Scott Doubt 
PHASE OF THE MOON OUT MAY 4th, 2018 on Outside Music
Toronto, ON – Phase Of The Moon is the new stirring and soulful offering from Toronto singer-songwriter Matthew Barber on the Outside Music label.  Following his Gary Louris-produced Big Romance (2014) and Juno-nominated collaboration with sister Jill on The Family Album (2016), Phase Of The Moonmarks Barber’s confident return to producing himself, with veteran Ken Friesen (The Tragically Hip, Carly Rae Jepsen, Gordon Lightfoot)handling the engineering duties.
Today, Matthew shares the first single from Phase Of The Moon, the haunting track “Back To You” Listen Here
The video for “Back To You” was directed by multi-award winning creative force and 2018 Juno Award nominee, Christopher Mills (Metric, Modest Mouse, Interpol, Blue Rodeo); beautifully conveying the mood and capturing the true essence of the song.

Christopher Mills on “Back To You” video:

"Back To You" is a song about strong, commitment to LOVE during a time of isolation. The video isolates MATTHEW BARBER in a cold, crisp landscape surrounded by churning waters, and rivers that lead outwards from a bleak suburban landscape. We used drones to create a churning, perpetually moving portrait of MATTHEW, and find the song's emotional power in the beauty of moving water, which, at the song's extended conclusion, appears to be choreographed with the powerful and uplifting orchestration of this heavy duty tune. This was a fairly simple, and straightforward approach to try to capture MATTHEW'S feelings, and place them into familiar landscapes, as our images breathe, jitter, and swoop around him, as he makes his way BACK TO YOU.

The songs on Phase Of The Moon were conceived in a tiny studio apartment in the quaint Paris neighbourhood of Montmartre where Matthew and his wife spent a month in early 2017.  It came with a small upright piano and had thin walls, which could explain why piano songs sung in deeper, hushed tones feature prominently on the record.  The winter sojourn in Europe provided a welcome respite from the all-consuming media madness back home, and coupled with a steady diet of existentialist reading material, served to foster a mood of almost contented melancholy that seeped into the songs and runs throughout the record.  This mood is at times manifested in the form of a solitary searcher reflecting on what’s come before and wondering what lies ahead, and at other times through words of support addressed to a concerned partner that reveal a commensurate plea for reassurance that everything’s going to be ok. The quiet storm is punctuated by necessary and at times exuberant affirmations of love, hope and wonderment, and a spirit of embracing life in all its complexity endures.
“‘The Painter’ was written after a moving visit to a nearby art museum,” says Barber.  “‘Hanging On The Line‘ begins as a paean to modest values and morphs into a loose commentary on our wayward modern civilization.  The title track ‘Phase Of The Moon’ is probably the most personal song on the record about the struggle to overcome setbacks beyond our control.  ‘All In A Dream’is how I sometimes feel when I’m traveling, putting reality on hold for a little while.”
The performances that make up the record were captured over three days in the historic Almonte Town Hall in eastern Ontario, with its ghosts, high ceilings and Steinway grand piano setting the scene for the recording.  Starting with the solo vocal and piano or vocal and guitar as the centre, the tracks were built outwards and took on different shapes as other instruments were added at Friesen’s studio in Almonte, as well as back in Toronto where the exquisite string parts were arranged and performed by Drew Jurecka. The record was thoughtfully mixed by Darryl Neudorf (Blue Rodeo, Neko Case, Sarah McLachlan) at his barn in Mono, Ontario, and the album art was created by Toronto artist Heather Goodchild.
Barber is a two-time Juno nominee, has sold over 100 thousand albums worldwide, 10 million streams and earned countless praise for his work. A tireless road warrior, Matthew will treat audiences pre-album release selections when he hits the road this March in support of The White Buffalo. Dates listed below.

Phase Of The Moon will be available on LP, CD and all digital platforms May 4th, 2018.   Pre-order HEREON TOUR:

Victoria                  BC           Capital Ballroom                   March 2, 2018
Vancouver             BC           The Imperial                          March 3, 2018
Red Deer               AB           Bo’s Bar and Grill                  March 5, 2018
Lethbridge            AB           Geomatic Attic                      March 6, 2018
Calgary                   AB           Marquee                               March 8, 2018
Edmonton              AB           Starlite Room                        March 9, 2018
Saskatoon              SK            Capitol Music Club               March 10, 2018
Winnipeg               MB          Garrick Centre                      March 12, 2018
St. Catharines       ON          The Warehouse                    March 14, 2018
London                  ON          Rum Runners Music Hall     March 15, 2018
Toronto                  ON          Phoenix Concert Theatre   March 16, 2018
Montreal               QC           Cafe Campus                         March 17, 2018

 Phase Of The Moon cover art

Grateful For The Rain
Phase Of The Moon
Hanging On The Line
Maybe It’s Love
Back To You
The Pathway
All In A Dream
A Living
The Painter
Take Good Care

The Weather Station and Rose Cousins Juno Nominations

Congrats to Rose Cousins and The Weather Station on their 2018 Juno nominations!





Rose Cousins earns a JUNO nomination for Songwriter of  the Year for “Chosen”, “Grace” and “White Flag” off the Grammy nominated album Natural Conclusion

See Rose Cousins on tour this March in Ontario and Montreal, all tour and ticket info here


The Weather Station earns a JUNO nomination for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year for her self-titled record

See The Weather Station on tour with Bahamas, all tour and ticket info here  


Rose Cousins, Jenn Grant and Measha Brueggergosman – 17 ECMA NOMINATIONS

The Outside Music label is excited to announce that 3 of the label’s 2017 releases earned a total of 17 nominations for the upcoming East Coast Music Awards. The Toronto based label has long been affiliated with the vibrant music scene in the Maritimes. “The Maritime region has cultivated some of the most brilliant performers over the years, the music scene is so interwoven within their identity” says Outside’s Managing Director Evan Newman, “we are beyond thrilled for the ECMA to acknowledge the brilliant works from Jenn, Rose, and Measha.

Photo Credit: Vanessa Heins
Rose Cousins leads the overall ECMA nominations with eight including; Folk Recording of the Year (Natural Conclusion), Solo Recording of the Year (Natural Conclusion), Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year (“Grace”), Album of the Year (Natural Conclusion), Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year, Fans’ Choice Video of the Year (“Chains” directed by Nathan Boone) and Video of the Year for “White Flag”directed by Shehab Ilyas.
Released last year, Natural Conclusion was produced by Grammy Award winner Joe Henry and garnered a 2018 Grammy Nomination for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. Ryan Freeland, Engineer and Joao Carvalho, Mastering Engineer.
The Guardian says of Rose Cousins’ Natural Conclusion, “…her voice draws you in until you realize you are at the heart of the storm,” while The Washington Post notes that “When Rose Cousins sings she soars and swoops, never to show off but always in service to the song.” No Depression furthers, “Cousins and Henry have created an emotional landscape full of beauty and conquest. It is formidable.”
Rose will be on tour with select dates beginning March 2nd, please see full details below.
Photo Credit: Mat Dunlap
Jenn Grant, who will begin her west coast tour today is up for 6 ECMAs including;  Pop Recording of the Year (Paradise), Solo Recording of the Year (Paradise), Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year (“Galaxies“), Album of the Year (Paradise), Fans’ Choice Video of the Year (“Galaxies” directed by Adam Goldhammer).
Jenn Grant’s Paradise was recorded by producer and husband, ECMA nominee Daniel Ledwell. Recorded at the secluded studio by their home in Lake Echo, Nova Scotia, Paradise emerged as an album that sees a new dimension in Grant’s songwriting with new depths of sonic beauty and melodic landscapes, touching upon balladry, R&B and electronic music along the way.
Jenn’s west coast dates are listed below
Photo Credit: Lok NG

Award-winning soprano, Measha Brueggergosman  is nominated for three ECMAs for Gospel Recording of the Year (Songs of Freedom), Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year  and the prestigious, Bucky Adams Memorial Award that recognizes a full length or EP recording in any musical genre by an East Coast African Canadian artist or group.

Songs Of Freedom is the companion piece to the 2015 film of the same name that was nominated for 4 Canadian Screen Awards, which documented Brueggergosman’s own journey and connection to her faith, family history, and spirituals; a story of discovery from her Cameroonian ancestry, escape from American slavery and arrival in Canada.


 Watch ECMA nominated videos for “Chains” and “White Flag”  
The Carleton
January 20, 2018
March 2, 2018
St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage
March 3, 2018
Bayfield Old Town Hall
March 7, 2018
Aeolian Hall
March 8, 2018
Maxwell’s Concerts and Events
March 9, 2018
Harbourfront Centre Theatre
March 10, 2018
Mills Hardware
March 11, 2018
 Watch ECMA nominated video for “Galaxies”   
Theatre Junction Grand
January 31, 2018
Communitea Cafe
February 1, 2018
Spiritbar And The Hume Hotel
February 2, 2018
Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre
February 3, 2018
Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre
February 4, 2018
The Blue Grotto
February 6, 2018
The Queens
February 8, 2018
The Avalanche Bar
February 9, 2018
Sugar Nightclub
February 10, 2018
February 11, 2018
Avening Community Centre
March 24, 2018


Hiring: Management & Label Co-ordinator

Management & Label Co-ordinator

Artist Management
- Day-to-day administration for the Management roster
- Disseminating pertinent information to publicists, booking agents, publishers and international labels
- Tour logistics and budgeting, hire tour personnel as required
- Booking accommodations, travel and rentals
- Merchandise orders and shipments
- AtVenu/Soundscan venue sales reporting

Grant Writing & Completion
- Assist when needed with: submissions and Completions for FACTOR, Starmaker, OMF, Canada Council For The Arts and other funding bodies
- Ensuring eligibility requirements are met
- FACTOR artist profile updates

- Create and execute marketing plans
- Manage marketing budgets with respect to funding guidelines
- Create marketing assets and outsource as needed
- Monitor social media for opportunities

Label Administration

- Product management for label artists
- Oversee production of new releases
- Liaison for artists, managers, publicists and booking agents
- Coordinate release plans with international labels and distributors
- Maintain database of assets (press, videos, audio, images)

Skills: Understanding of the Canadian music industry and funding organizations. Familiar with online and retail promotion. 1- 2 years + in a music industry position or related field.

Please send cover letter and resume to with the subject line  “Management & Label Co-ordinator”