Toronto native Matthew Reid is a critically acclaimed, award winning composer for film, television, games and theatre. His funny songs have delighted almost a million people during his ten year stint as composer for Toronto’s world famous Second City comedy theatre. His comedic musical, The Second City Guide to the Symphony, since 2014, has been performed by top orchestras across North America.
As a film composer, he recently won great acclaim as a composer collaborating with Tim Burton’s producer, Derek Frey on the multiple award-winning film, Green Lake.
Recently, he scored the 9/11 feature doc, No Responders Left Behind starring Jon Stewart and created a second classical musical revue with Colin Mochrie, Russel Braun and members of the T.S.O. – Mass Hysterical: a Comedic Cantata.
His work for dance, Ashe, was performed by Pulga Muchochoma and filmed by Red Violin producer, Barbara Willis Sweete.
And when he really has time he’s one half of critically acclaimed, avant garde comedy sketch troupe Reid Along with Browning.
“Matthew Reid’s terrific original score is more than I could have ever hoped for.” – Derek Frey, head of Tim Burton Productions, director of Green Lake
“A truly delectable score“- Richard Ouzounian, TORONTO STAR
“Matthew Reid is the master of music”- Paula Citron, CLASSICAL 96.3 FM
“Nicely fitting musical accompaniment“- Brad Wheeler, GLOBE AND MAIL
“a night audiences won’t soon forget.” – Julia Hurley, DC METRO ARTS
“an incredible evening of music” – TORONTO LIFE
“Matthew Reid adds texture and oomph to scenes with some well-placed notes”- Glenn Sumi, NOW
“Brilliant music score.” – Diana Ringo, INDIE CINEMA
“Matt Reid’s improvised musical background never misses the mark”- John Terauds, TORONTO STAR
“Innovation and subversion” – Steve Layton, SEQUENZA 21
“Strikingly original” – Tavish McGregor, MOONEY ON THEATRE
“Killer theme song” – Alex Santa Maria, TECHRAPTOR
“… if you are film producer and/or you are looking for some background music for one of Shakespeare’s plays or something similar, well look no further.” – Peter Massey, GREEN MAN REVIEW
“The sardonic circus orchestra, Matthew Reid who is a master of sarcastic sound effects and raised eyebrows, interacts and interjects to great comic effect.” – Drew Rowsome, MY GAY TORONTO
“Matthew Reid’s original score adds substance to the opening narration, transforming the narrator’s words into folklore. The music drifts and bounces throughout the film, moving seamlessly connecting scenes. Reid’s score combined with the skillful use of foley sound adds a sense of anticipation, and outright panic, perfectly timed.” – Helen Wheels, CULT CRITIC
photo credit, Malcolm Cook, Roy Thompson Hall