Matt Gerber

Matt Gerber grew up in the small community of Wellesley Ontario.  He was introduced to music at a very young age, and recalls harmonizing with his mother when singing “You Are My Sunshine” during family road trips.  His interest in singing continued throughout his childhood and teen years, including involvement in choirs as well as being a member of a barbershop quartet in high school. 

Matt completed a Bachelors Degree in Aerospace Engineering at Ryerson Polytechnic University and soon afterwards found employment with Bombardier Aerospace in Toronto.  It was during this time that Matt began to teach himself a variety of different instruments and to begin writing songs.   Matt now plays harmonica, kazoo, guitar, ukulele, mandolin, bodhran, didgeridoo and tenor banjo.  Matt began writing his own songs in early 2000 and soon after joined the SAC (Songwriters Association of Canada).  He has attended numerous songwriting workshops including SongStudio (formerly known as the Humber Songwriting Workshop) and has taken courses to constantly expand his songwriting skills. 

For close to 2 years, Matt lived and worked in Sydney Australia, during which time he honed his performing skills and learned to embrace his own quirky personality.  It was during this period that he recorded his first CD project “Ain’t That Dandy!”.   His goal is to create music that is interesting and entertaining, both lyrically and musically.  As an artist he hopes that the listener will be drawn into the music and will appreciate the different layers.  His approach to songwriting is to stay playful and to maintain a sense of curiosity about life.

Matt currently resides in Toronto, where he remains active in the local music scene.  He is looking forward to the release of a kid’s album in 2017.  Some of Matt’s influences include Johnny Cash, They Might Be Giants, Radiohead and Ron Sexsmith.

Link to CBC Radio Artists Page

http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Matt-Gerber