Nov. 21, 2022

Very exciting news! Sicilienne by Sounds from a Box just landed on one of Spotify’s top 20 playlists!

Nov. 18, 2022

Pause, by Closed Lids just got added to this lovely collection.

Nov. 19, 2022

Happy to see Someplace Good getting some Spotify playlist love!

Nov. 16, 2022

An Imagined Dance by Sounds From a Box just got added to this fun playlist!

Oct. 4, 2022

More unique piano EP from Closed Lids: Moonlight

Sept. 13, 2022

Nice to see Autumn Thought of Summer getting some playlist love on Sad Piano, an

official Spotify playlist!

Sept 6, 2022

Autumn Thought of Summer, a new EP from Sounds from a Box is now available on all streaming platforms.

Gentle solo piano compositions for passive background or thoughtful active listening.

Aug 15, 2022

Warm, a collection of contemporary classical piano methods with an esoteric composition method has, against

all odds, become a big hit on Spotify’s editorial playlists specializing in relaxation and music to help sleep!

July 20, 2022

More piano works from my alter ego, Closed Lids. On all streaming platforms.


June 21, 2022

Limited Resources and Unlimited Time is now available on all streaming platforms. Take it sloooooooow!

March. 6, 2022

Nongarian Dances performed by virtuoso violinist Karen Bentley Pollick is now available on all streaming platforms!

Feb. 17, 2022

No Responders Left Behind is Nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for best doc!

FEB 16, 2022

Pleased to announce that I’ve been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. Surprisingly, it’s not (directly) for music!

It’s for the writing of Mass Hysterical: A Comedic Cantata which I wrote together with old Second City crony, Carly Heffernan. Also happy to see that our host, Colin Mochrie was nominated for best lead performance!

Dec. 20, 2021

This little, Frank Zappa inspired, funky jazz fusion tune that I wrote waaaay back in ’96 just got

picked up on one of Spotify’s official playlists! Listen here (I’m at #20)

Nov. 22, 2021

Cool that I can finally talk about this! Coming in 2022, from Phantom Compass, Rollers of the Realm: Reunion, the fantasy RPG pinball(!) game. Amazing to have created new soundtrack for this unique game. Also cool to have created new variations on Penka Kouneva’s original themes from Rollers 1!And what’s more, the game soundtrack is in the trailer! Who does that any more?

No Responders Left Behind now available in Canada on Discovery Plus!

Sept 20, 2021

No Responders Left Behind – nice review in the New York Times!

Sept 7, 2021

A sneak peak at No Responders Left Behind starring Jon Stewart, coming this Thursday on Discovery+ for my American friends – not sure when it’ll be available for us Nordlings and those of you from more faraway lands. The music track is called “Ray’s to the Occasion Part II”

August 30, 2021

In early 2011, I felt a burst of creativity. For the first time in seven years I composed many pieces of music both serious and for their own sake. While much of my Limitations series came from this time, two very different pieces came out of this period. They are different because, unlike Limitations, they didn’t come from any big compositional idea. In spite of that, I enjoyed writing them and was satisfied with the outcome. A nice reminder that every work of art doesn’t have to be an attempt to change the world forever.

The winkingly titled Lost at C was originally composed for 7 trombones as a contest entry. Experimenting with a cello version, I discovered that I really enjoyed the sound of it played pizzicato with col legno (striking the string with the wood of the bow) attacks. And so here’s that recording. A post-minimalist piece exploring hockets/echoes in a large space over a C pedal point.

Lost at C

And here’s the trombone score – roughly the same as it would be for cellos.

The Fantasy for French Horn and Piano followed. A neo(post)romantic virtuoso work that also explores hockets/echoes. Fairly simple harmonic language and very direct in its communication. Fun fact: I was really under the weather for the two days which I composed this.

Fantasy for French Horn and Piano

Here is a rough score, without articulations or phrasing, for those who like to follow along.

August 29, 2021

The latest recording (29th anniversary) of my String Quartet no. 1 from 1992 (!) is now available

on all yer favourite streaming platforms! This was my first major work.

August 6, 2021

No Responders Left Behind article in Rolling Stone Magazine! Almost like that Dr. Hook song!

Coming this September 9 to Discovery+!

Jon Stewart Advocates for 9/11 First Responders in New Documentary Trailer

May 21, 2021

By Rook or Left Hook: the Story of Chessboxing is completed and ready to hit the festival circuit!

An interview with director, David Bitton.

May 18, 2021

Amazing news! Jon Stewart’s doc No Responders Left Behind will premiere on Discovery+ ‘s new streaming channel this fall! It was such an honour to create the score for this film.

May 17, 2021

My interview with CFRB 1010 Talk Radio on the process of creating Mass Hysterical.

May 15, 2021

Another interview! This time with OnStage Blog – more jokes and some serious stuff as well.

May 14, 2021

An interview with the Toronto Guardian. I am both charming and coherent.

May 10, 2021

Something a little lighter! 2021 Re-recordings of some of my jazz and bossa nova flavoured 2016 pieces for saxophone, piano, bass & percussion.

May 5, 2021

Coming soon to the U.K.’s Stream Theatre! Learn more & purchase tickets HERE!

Jan. 11, 2021

A new year brings a new album with a change-up in style.

Mutually Assured Seduction

A bunch of tracks I created in 2016, remastered late last year. Synths, big beats, robotized voices and lyrics just dripping with irony. Now streaming everywhere. Especially in yo faces.

Jan. 5, 2020

Now Available!

Mass Hysterical: a Comedic Cantata on Vimeo for “rent!”

Dec. 15, 2020

Tonight is the big night! Don’t miss Mass Hysterical: a Comedic Cantata!

A one of a kind show!

Dec. 2, 2020

Just two weeks until the livestream of Mass Hysterical: a Comedic Cantata starring

Dec. 15 at 8PM, EST, Colin Mochrie, alum of Second City Toronto & members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

A unique combination of choral chamber music, music history & comedy!

Click to buy your tickets for the online event!

Nov. 2, 2020

I’ve been working on the musical revue, Mass Hysterical, for over a year and a half now so I’m

very happy to exhibit this teaser trailer created by Rob Lindsay & Alexander Brusencev


Oct. 10, 2020

The world premiere of ASHE, choreography by Newton Moraes, performed

by Pulga Muchochoma, filmed by Barbara Willis Sweete and with music by

me. A wonderful collaboration!

Show starts at 16:00 in video below


Sept. 11, 2020

Proud of everybody involved in this. Humbled to be a part of it.

Aug 4, 2020

Another EP of experimental chamber music. The sound creativity’s struggle with and adaption to arbitrary rules.

July 2, 2020

Happy to announce that one of my pieces got a small part in Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone.

Thanks to the fine folks at Crucial Music for the placement!

May 29, 2020

Another new album out today on all streaming platforms!
The sound of creativity struggling with rules that limit creativity.

For any interested in experimental and/or ambient chamber music

composed in 2016

May 11, 2020

Finished the second draft for the No Responders Left Behind

soundtrack. Getting closer and closer!

April. 24, 2020

Decided to finally properly record and post this uplifting, virtuoso horn & piano piece I composed back in 2011. Full disclosure: I wrote it over three days when I had one helluva a face-crushing ‘flu! – now available on all streaming platforms.

Feb. 28, 2020

This is one of the many eccentric projects I’m working on now. This one you can catch starting March 25 for a three week run. If you miss the days of seeing me perform in full costume and make up – welcome back, nostalgia!

The Slaughter Brothers Dime Circus's photo.

Feb. 25, 2020

From guest to guest host tonight on CJRU’s Songtalk Radio. Tonight we hear the music of Donna Linklater and talk about her classical influences including Debussy – Composer & Arnold Schönberg (Schoenberg)
Tonight at 7 PM!

Jan. 14, 2020

Four About Four, No. 3: the final and most complex set of compositions from the Four About Four series is now available on all your favourite streaming services (and all digital stores for those of you that download)

Dec. 6, 2019

It’s a perfect album to listen to on a snowy mid-morning (it’s snowning in Toronto)
Listen to it on your favourite streaming platform and get a tasteful earful of cello, flute, oboe and viola.

Dec. 3, 2019

This chamber piece from 4 about 4, No. 1 was an exercise in creating a clear melody, sense of a chord progression and expressiveness with only twenty four sets of the same four notes. Not easy. Definitely doable. Quite purty.

Nov. 28, 2019

Sometimes it’s fun to create something that sounds very simple in the most difficult way possible. The end result is pleasing but solving a very difficult problem to achieve that result will make you feel alive. Like reliving the joy of learning how to tie a shoelace.

Nov. 25, 2019

Four about Four, No. 2 Next Friday, Dec. 6th – a new performance of idiosyncratic and strangely beautiful pieces using only the twenty-four arrangements of four notes. As heard on the Freakonomics Podcast.

Nov. 22, 2019

About a year ago I made this album for Eggplant Music + Sound. If you need weirdo music for a kids’ show (or adult) or are into Adventure Time – check it out. It’s pret-ty bananas.

Nov. 1, 2019

My 2019 recording of romantic and cinematic compositions, Almost Love, is now available on your favourite streaming platforms!

Oct 21, 2019

I’ve been getting some nice radio play from my album Intervals on Calgary’s CJSW without even knowing it! Here are some full, streaming show links:

SPEAKEASY – eclectic listening

NOISE – avant garde classical & jazz

MAPL Syrup – Canadian

Sept 12, 2019

My interview on CFMU’S Classical Today with Richard Kohar about Intervals and Four About Four coincidentally at 4PM. Listen on 93.3 or stream it HERE

Sept. 6, 2019

My latest EP, Four About Four, No.1 is now out on all streaming platforms!


Sept. 5, 2019

Very cool to hear my track, Intervals No. 3, Nostalgia on CJSW’s Speakeasy!

Sept. 4, 2019

New recording of these idiosyncratic, expressive chamber works.

Coming this Friday to streaming platforms

Aug 28, 2019

Intervals for Orchestra is finally on Apple Music!

Click below to listen!

Aug 27, 2019

Back on Song Talk Radio tonight talking about favourite movie soundtracks with. You can listen live at 7 on CJRU 1220AM
Curious to see if anybody will bring up Flash Gordon.

Aug 13, 2019

A nice post by Author of Music After the Fall, Tim Rutherford-Johnson about my piece, Intervals: V. Tears little journey.

Aug 10, 2019

I woke up to this huge news – Tears from my new album Intervals for Orchestra was selected for an official Spotify playlist! 
My weird little piece sits between excepts from Wagner’s Siegfried and Puccini’s Aria, Torna ai felici dì.

listen to the whole album here:

Wed, July 24

Tues, June 25

Tonight, at 7PM EDT, I’m back on Song Talk Radio discussing the Elton John music/fantasy/biopic Rocketman

Friday, June 7

I’ll be enjoying myself performing my live score for Toronto Circus Riot until June 15 a mutli-discipline show containing comedy, circus, puppetry and audience participation.

Here’s a great story from the Toronto Star about it.

Read here!

Tuesday, May 28

While doing P.R. on the road is necessary and I’ll admit, pretty fun, I never really get to talk about my compositional process. 
Well that changes tonight! 
For the first time ever, on Song Talk Radio, I’m talking ALL music theory & analysis ALL the time.
Not even gonna TOUCH on Toronto weather.

April 29, 2019

The Original Soundtrack for Green Lake is now available on your

favourite streaming platforms!



April 15, 2019

A few years late, but soon fans of horror soundtracks can listen to multiple skin-crawling tracks from Derek Frey’s Green Lake! Inspired by the music of Bernard HerrmannBela BartokKrzysztof PendereckiHarry Manfredini, Goblin and using thematic material created by RaVani & Thom Durkin and cover art by Matt Saunders!

Coming April 26th to your favourite music streaming platforms!

March 5, 2019

Back home in Toronto for four performances of The Second City Guide to the Symphony at Roy Thompson Hall with the TSO conducted by Steven Reineke!

Feb 4, 2019

Two terrific, standing ovation shows of my The Second City Guide to the Symphony with the Orlando Philharmonic led by Albert George Schram and special guest host, Colin Mochrie!

Now available, for those in mellow moods – Piano and Sorrowful Sounds

Jan. 25, 2019

stream on Spotify

or on Apple Music

Jan. 22, 2019

New EP, Piano and Sorrowful Sounds coming this Friday!

Jan. 15, 2019

Stay tuned! Another EP of piano music to be released next week!

Jan. 8, 2019

Two fantastic nights in Dallas performing The Second City Guide to the Symphony with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra – fantastic crowds, amazing musicians and heartwarmingly funny to hear what two thousand Texans do when our host prompted, “The stars at night are big and bright…”

Dec. 18, 2018

Because I cannot leave my old recordings alone, I’ve been reworking my award-winning score for Green Lake and will release it as a soundtrack. Probably around Valentine’s Day.

Four years too late(!)

Dec. 17, 2018

Just in time for Beethoven’s birthday! My Prelude in D Minor for Flute an Piano

is now available to stream!

Dec. 15, 2018

New Release on Monday! 

Stay tuned to Spotify and Apple Music on Monday where one of my old, but lovely,

chamber works will be released! I wrote Prelude in D Minor for Flute and Piano when I was twenty (a while back) and still trying to find a voice as a composer. There’s clearly an Erik Satie influence. Past releases of this track have proved popular so I’m hoping that this particularly expressive performance will find some of you as happy listeners!

Links to my artist sites below –

Nov. 19, 2018

A very special show at Sioux City’s beautiful Orpheum Theatre – terrific crowd, terrific orchestra and treated like royalty! Thanks to Marty Adams for this shot of me in front of the historic Wurlitzer!

Matt & Wurlitzer

Nov. 15, 2018

Tomorrow! Heading to Sioux City, Iowa to perform the Second City Guide to the Symphony on Saturday with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Ryan Haskins!

Nov. 13, 2018

Three terrific shows with the Phoenix Symphony with the Second City Guide to the Symphony gang & Maestro Nicholas Hersh!


Nov 7, 2018

Very happy to be heading down to Phoenix, Arizona to kick off the fourth concert season of The Second City Guide to the Symphony!

Info & tickets link here!

Oct 18, 2018

Happy to have two of my laid-back tracks added to Phantom Compass’ channelVoid, which features live computer-generated videoscapes, chill background music and an original livestream game you control via chatroom commands.

Have a look and listen here!

Sept 4, 2018

The Promise of the Future is now available on Apple Music!


Aug 27, 2018

My latest album, The Promise of the Future, is now available to hear on Spotify!

For Free!

Listen on Spotify, or click below to preview!

Aug 20, 2018

For better or for worse, I design my own album cover art.

Coming soon to your favourite music streaming platform!

The Promise of the Future
The Promise of the Future

Aug 10, 2018

Pleased that three new albums of my production music are now available on Audiosocket, a music library known for being very picky for what they accept to represent. If you haven’t clicked the two links above, click this one!

Aug 8, 2018

Honoured to be creating the soundtrack for Kelly Zemnickis’ and Rob Lindsay’s moving and uplifting documentary, No Responders Left Behind. 

July 24, 2018

Getting close to releasing a new album on Spotify.
And if you’re on Spotify’ and you don’t think I’m a jerk, FOLLOW my artist page, by golly!
Every bit of Matt Reid help counts.

July 13, 2018

Here’s a piece I composed for a production of Othello back in ’97, re-recorded

and sounding bittersweet and lovely.

July 5, 2018

Great that this old track is suddenly getting some Spotify love.

Makes me want to make an improved recording, though!

June 28, 2018

Performing the live score I created for Lookup Theatre’s The Toronto Circus Riot tonight and tomorrow. A really fun, interactive circus show that recreates an infamous part of Toronto’s history! 1850s style music galore!

June 27, 2018

Great night, last night, sending off Toronto Symphony Music Director, Peter Oundjian.

Some of the Second City Guide to the Symphony folks and I created and I created a goofy “This is Your LIfe” parody, complete with obscure jokes and musical references that made him (and those close to him) really happy. Which makes me really happy cuz he’s a hell of a guy and a fantastic musician! Bravo, Peter!

June 12, 2018

Finished my last album for Eggplant Play the other day – ten albums, ONE HUNDRED tracks of high quality, non-wallpaper production music since January!
What else you guys got fo’ me?

June 4, 2018

My tracks are starting to appear on Eggplant Play the first music library exclusively for kids’ media!

Check out these tracks from Love & Beauty inspired by Mozart, Handel, The Beach Boys & Tiny Tim(!)

April 24, 2018

The Second City Guide to the Symphony heads to Sioux City, Iowa November 17, 2018!

April 20, 2018

Hard at work on another production music album. This time – all heroic – all the time!

April 16, 2018

Completed my album influenced by Adventure Time for Eggplant Play. It’s a remarkable irony just how much intellectual energy can be required in music, comedy or politics to create something extremely stupid!

March 26, 2018

Great to see that The Second City Guide to the Symphony is heading to Orlando in Feb of 2019 and conducted by the terrific Albert George Schram!

March 20, 2018

Back from three terrific days performing with the Grand Rapids Symphony – great musicians, great crew & great cast! But after a week on the road in the Midwest I seriously need a salad.

March 12, 2018

Friday the 16th to Sunday the 18th – I’m performing my Second City Guide to the Symphony with the Grand Rapids Symphony at the DeVos Hall!

details and ticket info here

March 1, 2018

My Second City Guide to the Symphony is coming to Phoenix! Nov 9th to 11th

details here

Feb 21, 2018

Performing with Sean Browning as Reid Along with Browning at the Fresh Notes Comedy Music Festival.

For info and tickets – click here

Feb 9, 2018

A review of Derek Frey’s Green Lake. I’ll be adding “Reid’s score combined with the skillful use of foley sound adds a sense of anticipation, and outright panic, perfectly timed.

Read here

Jan 30, 2018

Hard at work creating themed albums for Eggplant Play production music library.

Two down – and currently working on an outer space themed one. There will be

theremin usage.

Dec. 19, 2017

Almost Love, my album of romantic & melancholy orchestral works is now available on iTunes. Download and listen IN BED
click below!

Dec. 8, 2017

Almost Love is now available on Spotify!

listen below!

Dec. 7, 2017

Click below for a simple video of The Other Path from Almost Love.


Dec. 1, 2017

My new album, Almost Love, is  now available to review and download on CDBaby!

Nov 27, 2017

This post-minimalist orchestral track of mine is getting a fair bit of play recently on Spotify –

Nov 21, 2017

A whole new webpage design!

Oct 2, 2017

Autoage: Standoff is out on Steam! Here is what some critics are saying about my title track:

The theme song makes me want to rush down to the local toy store and pick up my favorite Auto Age action figure. – GOCconnected

Even the music has that cheesy sound of the decade of big hair and dodgy clothing, complete with a theme tune that is actually rather catchy.God is a Geek

the soundtrack is highly pleasingZTGD

a killer theme songTechRaptor

songs which were catchy enough to have me humming them days laterMonster Vine

The thumping soundtrack provides a perfect compliment to the on-screen action. Among the highlights are tracks by 20SIX Hundred, Skull Fist, Stilz, and TWRP; and a theme song by Matthew Reid – Marooner’s Rock

killer theme music – Gaming Bad

The Age of the Auto!!!! that song is such an ear worm!! – Game Mascot

I am a total sucker for 1980s synth-music like that. – Critical Hit

The music is superb. – Hey Poor Player

June 5, 2017

One of my tracks from Limitations opens up the latest Freakonomics podcast about lawn obsession.

May 24, 2017

All the compositions of my soon to be released album, Limitations are complete!

March 2017

On the road again to perform my Second City Guide to the Symphony with The Calgary Philharmonic and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Feb 21, 2017

Off to Jacksonville, Florida to perform The Second City Guide to the Symphony

with the Jacksonville Symphony and to walk on a beach in a T-shirt.

Order tickets here!

Feb 1, 2017

Heading to Charlotte, NC tomorrow for milder weather, BBQ and a performance of The Second City Guide to the Symphony with the Charlotte Symphony!

Get your tickets here!

Dec 16, 2016

After hearing that ABC had pulled its digital wing it’s great to see that

NEWBORN MOMS SEASON 2 will be on after all!

Happy to have created music for this!

Nov 1, 2016

Heading into the holiday season and Green Lake is still getting nominated for awards

including several more for best score.

Sept 24, 2016

Great time in Denver, CO. performing The Second City Guide to the Symphony at Boettcher Hall.

Sept 6, 2016

Next week I’m in Washington, D.C. performing my show The Second City Guide to the Symphony with the National Orchestra at the Kennedy Centre!

July 15, 2016

Now available on CBC comedy, The Whole Truths! With music by yours truly!

click here to watch

June 20, 2016 

The Second City Guide to the Symphony is one of this weeks top tickets according to the Toronto Star!

June 19, 2016

In just four days, the Toronto Symphony conducted by Peter Oundjian will perform my songs and Colin Mochrie and a cast of some of my favourite Second City alumni will tell my jokes!

The Second City Guide to the Symphony – 3 nights only at Roy Thompson Hall. June 23-25.

June 4, 2016

Very proud to have been awarded the Platinum Award for BEST ORIGINAL SCORE by the NYC Indie Film Awards for my work on Derek Frey’s GREEN LAKE.

Dec 17, 2015

Had fun scoring this little Star Wars inspired film with

Kessel Run Studios:

Bar Wars: A Brew Hope

July 22, 2015

One of the quirkier uses of my music recently is in an animated, German, How-to video.

The subject? The Kama Sutra. The video is cute but probably NSFW.

BTW, The spaghetti western music is mine, not the happy, inoffensive stuff.

March 10, 2015

Grand opening of Second City Toronto’s latest revue:


Songs and sound by yours truly.

for info & tickets, click here.

December 31. 2014

A rediscovery by Dangerous Minds and The Verge has led to over 10,000 viewings of my

very niche joke/serious, ambient, musical meditation. Nice way to end the year.

December 10. 2014

Praise for “The Second City Guide to the Symphony!”

Read here!

October 30, 2014

It’s been a long work in progress, but on Nov. 29 & Nov. 30 I will be performing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

The show is called “The Second City Guide to the Symphony” for which I helped write sketches and composed a whole buncha orchestral songs.

Check out the details by clicking this sentence.

December 16, 2013

Check out this first single from Love Inc.’s Simone Denny from her upcoming solo album.

Disclosure: I may have contributed to a track on this album.


August 29, 2013

Second City’s new revue, We Can Be Heroes is officially open.

And the good reviews have already started coming in – along with some nice hat tips for me!

Toronto Star

Globe and Mail

March 8, 2013

Sometimes I create music for a show that doesn’t get used. The original curtain call music

for Second City’s The Meme-ing of Life, that I made with catch-phrases from the show didn’t quite fit.

Thanks to Craig Brown, Nigel Downer & Jason DeRosse for their voices.


March 6, 2013

A very positive first review with a great shout-out for me from the Toronto Star!

March 5, 2013

It’s been a handful of crazy months, but tonight, we at Second City premier

The Meme-ing of Life! 

A lot of fun was had preparing this score which is in many ways, the most intimate I’ve created for a Second City

Revue. A much higher ratio of “unplugged” material.

On the other hand, I managed to do the unthinkable and squeeze an orchestral fugue into the score.

Back in composer school one of the things I most vividly remember my Music in Media prof, Dr. Lothar Klein, telling me was,

never to bother putting a fugue into a film score because it’s too much work for something nobody will ever notice.

But sometimes, it’s enough to just create something for that perfect audience in your head.

Feb 11, 2013

I’ve been really busy these days. In addition to creating the sound & music for Second City Toronto’s 71’st Revue,

I am collaborating with former bandmate Michael Gabriel and Producer Rob DiGioia on an orchestral adaptation of singer/songwriter songs.

I’m also adding orchestral and piano colour to another soon to be mentioned project from an unlikely source.

More on that and other stuff later, cuz I’m sure THE CURIOSITY IS KILLING YA!

Oct 12, 2012

First review for Saucisse. And it’s a-good!

Check it out!

Oct 10-14, Oct 17-20, 2012

After successful performances in New York City, Saucisse: A Foo Musical 

returns for a run in Toronto!

Foo, a skeptical, nomadic peddler strikes an unlikely friendship with Saucisse, a new-age vegetarian pig.  Foo is horrified when he discovers the awful truth about Saucisse’s Divine Plan.  Will Foo make the right choice and honour his friend’s wishes? Or take action and alter the pig’s destiny? Find out in this clown musical about friendship, fate and meat.


performed by Helen Donnelly | directed by Susanna Hamnett | composed by Matthew Reid

Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay

Set and Props Design by Lindsay Anne Black

@Scotiabank Studio Theatre, Pia Bouman School, 6 Noble St (Queen @ Dufferin)
Oct 10 (pwyc preview) 8pm
Oct 11 (opening) 8pm
Oct 12, 13 @ 8pm
Oct 14 (kid-friendly pwyc matinee, ages 8 and up)
Oct 17-20 @ 8pm
TICKETS: $20 adult, $15 arts worker, $10 kids (suitable for ages 8 and up)

August 27, 2012

One more day until opening night for Second City’s new show,

We’ve Totally (Probably) Got This. 

Rehearsing between scenes interstitials, y’know so the music

don’t sound all arbitrary-like…

June 21, 2012

I’m a-gonna be lecturing for the International Game Developers Association of Toronto

on composing for games.

Here’s where & when.

JUNE 5, 2012

Thanks to all who checked out Saucisse last weekend!

For your listening pleasure, here’s the Overture:


Can anyone hear the “Paint your Wagon” influence?

JUNE 1, 2012

For the past few months I’ve been working on a musical with Helen Donnelly

called “Saucisse: A Foo Musical.” She’s a great clown, and only slightly scary.

She does a short run in Toronto, this weekend. Here are the deets:


Check out the trailer too. It would even make David Lynch squint.

MAY 15, 2012

Here’s a time killer of a game I did music for as part of DARC Productions.

Click HERE to play.

MARCH 30, 2012

My cronies at DARC Productions are making a doc on Game Jams. Here’s the trailer – with music by me, natch.

FEB 19, 2012

An amusing chat on the podcast, Comedy Above the Pub with Todd Van Allen & Nigel Downer.

We talk about Saturday Night Live, Flintstones anachronisms and the importance of history in the most

absolute serious way you have ever experienced.

Listen here, yo.

DEC 24, 2011

If you’re not sick of Christmas music yet, here’s a tasteful, Renaissance inspired piece I wrote

for harp back in ’99.


NOV 29, 2011

Here’s some holiday flavoured orchestral music I created for Circus Orange for the lighting

of the tree in Toronto’s Dundas Square. The experience involved pyrotechnics, an acrobatic fairy

and an operatic clown.

Da music’s below.

Posey Lights the Tree

)CT 15, 2011

I recently created the score for Golden Gear GamesSeraph.

I was in a Steve Reich kinda state of mind…

Here’s the trailer:

My good buddy, Troy Morrissey at DARC Productions did all the sound FX

OCT 11, 2011

Check out this fun interview with me and two of my compositions on this music blog:


You may just find out what my favourite kind of pie is!

SEPT 29, 2011

Sometimes I like to climb into J.S. Bach’s head and create background music

loops that are way more involved than they need to be…


Soooo chromatic!

SEPT 10, 2011

When I get to compose music like this for Second City:


I am particularly happy. Nothing like occasionally channeling Dvorak.

JUNE 27, 2011

So I had a little Bach & Schubert on the brain when I wrote this music for a fun, upcoming

videogame called Poppycock. This is the 3rd variation on a theme (loopable)

Poppycock Gameplay Music

Play the rough version of the game here.

Warning: there are monocles and tentacles on things…

MAY 26, 2011

There’s absolutely no reason why this old video I did shouldn’t be on this blog:

MAY 17, 2011.

TOJam gives participants 3 days to create a functioning videogame. 

Here’s some of the music I did for them:

Bluebase Games did a brilliant mash-up Canabalt with Tetris. To go

with this, I did an old timey synth loop pastiche of Bach with some Russian flavour

Tetrabalt Theme Music

The next game, a survival game by James Briggs, involved booting flaming

bunnies toward an army of suicide bombers in bear mascot costumes.

(We’ve all had that dream, right?)

I gave two passes for this one, the first being a sardonic, Shostakovich-like, circus piece:

Fightin’ Music 1

The second was a drvin’ prog metal loop:

Heavy Fighting 

In the end prog-metal won. Apologies to Shostakovich.

So the title music sounded like this:

Peaceful Menu Music

The last game, Team Ibehard’s (get it?) BACONSHARK was particularly fun.

And I’m not just saying that because I helped write the story.

In Baconshark, a Baconshark has created so much havoc that the sandwich gods

have decided that he cannot be and he must deconstruct himself. So in the game

you play backwards and undo the chaos you caused. If you fail to undestroy targets

the Sandwich God will yell, “Paradox!

 The gameplay required backwards SFX and music so

I created this palindromic score:

Baconshark Level 1

Here’s how it sounds reversed:

Bacon Shark Level One

The title page music sounded like normal, but quirky,

adventure music:

Baconshark Title Music

And the opening logo music caused a few pairs of trousers to be soiled:

Title Sting! final

…sorry about your trousers…

The National Post ran a week long series of diaries from me recently. Although the editor did a terrific job cutting down my manifestos to 150 words, sometimes you just miss the original. So you saw them here first, the writer’s cut version of my National Post Diaries.

Diary #5

I am constantly aware of my own mortality. And it isn’t just the death threats I receive on

most days, it’s those nagging assassination attempts as well. These make me realize that

there is still so much to do and see that remains undone and unsawed.

So here, dear reader are ten things I intend to do before I sexily slink out of this mortal


Build a life-size replica of Godzilla wearing a beret next to the Eiffel Tower.

Record a vanity album with M.C. Hammer, who will constantly refrain that Matt Reid

can, in fact, touch this.

Move Angkor Wat to Ploughkeepsie, New York so I won’t have to pay for two dream


Invent an ice cream sauce called “Fudge you!” that actually tastes like pinecones

Resurrect the Marx Brothers so that they can re-film Duck Soup directed by Michael


Replace the Blarney Stone with the Barney stone, so that people who kiss it will forever

sound like that Flintstones guy.

Run with the bulls in the C.N. Tower.

Take a submarine to visit the wreck of the Titanic. When arriving, get out, stand on the

nose of the sub and scream, “I’m the King of the World!”

Visit the Lascaux Caves in France. Draw over each antelope’s face with a picture of


For three days, convince the world that I am Banksy and sell a million copies of three

foot tall, to scale models of Godzilla wearing a beret next to the Eiffel Tower.

Edited version from the Post:

Diary # 4

Even though the media is saturated with information about me: the extensive coverage

about me in the International Who’s Who, the enormous entry in the Oxford Companion

to Music, that cologne that smells like me when I’m thinking about apples. Even though

this is the case, there is still much about me that remains mysterious and ironically many

of these mysterious things I believe should be public knowledge. (italics mine)

I invented an instrument consisting of pitched chalkboards scratched by 88 miniature

rakes. I was most displeased when my selection of lullabies for this instrument was not

included in the final version of the Baby Einstein classical music series.

I composed a symphony that can only be heard by dogs and only be performed by

badgers. It is yet to be performed. Do your part. Write an angry letter to your local

orchestra and demand its inclusion in the next “Sunday with the Pops” concert.

I autotuned John Cage’s 4’33’’… Seriously, look it up on YouTube.

I own a magical chocolate factory. By that I mean it is a factory entirely made of

chocolate held together by magic. The factory itself only makes croquet mallets and a 24

hour delousing spray used by several esteemed prisons.

And finally, I was the original voice of Yoda before Frank Oz was considered. My

version had an Irish brogue, “Do or do not, dere is no troy. Lar-ta-tee-tar!”

And now, gentle readers, you know everything. Except the colour of my eyes. Seriously

people, my eyes are up here…Perverts.

Edited version from the Post:

Diary # 3

I have now received dozens of letters from readers of this journal. Ignoring the letters that

were laced with anthrax, many of you asked, “How can I be a great composer like you,

Mr. Reid?” Let me give you a tip worthy of the fingers of an Edward Scissorhan-esque

masseur – (sharp tips is what I’m saying. Please don’t make me explain my jokes again.)

After the orchestra’s final eruption of sound comes to its stentorian conclusion, the

audience rises to its feet, unable to contain its overwhelming need to applaud. This must

have been a truly great piece of music, no? To quote Oscar the Grouch, “Ding dong,

you’re wrong.” Let me make this perfectly clear, great music should please no-one.

Let me cite historical precedent: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring caused audience brawling

that even the police couldn’t stop. At the premiere of Beethoven’s 9th, the maestro was

chased through the streets of Vienna and when caught was forced to endure a two hour

game of “keep-away” with his stovetop hat.

And this is why great music is great. It stands the test of time because people just can’t

stop despising it. Only last year, music lovers finally stopped burning effigies of Bach.

To conclude, a decent composer is disliked by today’s audience; a good composer is

loathed by tomorrow’s audience; a great composer, like me (and potentially you) is

abhored by audiences consisting of our post-apocalyptic, shaggy, green future overlords.

To quote Oscar the Grouch, “I love it because I hate it.”

Edited version from the Post:

Diary # 2

Like any art, creating music requires a certain amount of magic. By magic, of course, I

am not referring to a sudden “What is it now, Dum-Dum?” Great Gazoo-like appearance

in which I instantly realize the musical wishes of my masters. It is a much lengthier

process than that.

The people who need music from me know that they must put their requests in writing.

Then, before they go to sleep, they must place the written request under their pillow. If

they have been good, my elves will appear – and I’m not talking like Keebler elves, I’m

talking like those tough S.O.B.’s from Lord of the Rings, ready to bust a flaming arrow

into any five-0 wondering why a bunch of elves are rummaging through someone’s


In the morning, the request will have been beautifully completed. As payment, one of

your teeth will have been removed. I do not allow my elves to remove teeth, for as tough

as they are, tooth removal causes calluses. And if elf hands are not soft, they are unable to

operate their magic quills from which music flows like a fountain from a dream by Ponce

de Leon (you know, the one where he wakes up really having to go to the bathroom.)

Only my night-ogres may remove teeth. Surprisingly, their hands are also soft.

Edited version from the Post:

Diary # 1:

I make the music at Second City in Toronto. And if there is one thing that I know, it is

when you pause to think about Second City in Toronto there is an 85 percent chance

you’re wondering, “Where does that utterly charming Matthew Reid get all his obviously

perfect musical ideas?”

And prior to the opening of every one of our new revues, the media is constantly trying to

figure out exactly that. My door is knocked unceasingly, my telephone rings like a

narcoleptic’s alarm clock, the paparazzi, with their shape-shifting, appearing as

everything from mustachioed window cleaners outside my window to bearskin rugs I am

only three-quarters-certain I purchased (Barba-paparazzi if you will.)

And when they finally catch me, I give them the same response. The twinkle appears in

my eyes, my head rotates a full 360 degrees and I reply, “Why, just listen.” And then I tip

my chimney sweep’s hat, a faint scent of ozone fills the air and in a flash of smoke I

vanish leaving a trail ethereal musical notes and a half-eaten box of Lucky Charms.

Up next: the secret behind the magic!