Over the years, Matthew Montour has evolved into one of Canada’s youngest music producers and film composers. Growing up among the steel factories in Hamilton’s East End, Matthew was raised learning the piano but did not hesitate to also learn the guitar, bass, and several other unique instruments. As a teenager he was raised alongside Ontario’s Independent punk scene, where he performed and toured with various bands. Upon his completion of college Matthew spent a year with The Vapor Music Group writing and recording music for television ads, while learning from experienced composers Joey Serlin and Andrew Harris. After his year with Vapor he spent some time as a freelance writer, creating music for ads such as Toyota, Dove, and Foster Parent Plan.
In 2008, Matthew added film to his repertoire by scoring the music for Mateo Guez’s short “A Silent Wish.” One year later he created the score for Ryan Ward’s Genie-nominated feature “Son of the Sunshine,” in which Matthew received the award for Best Original Music at the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival. This collaboration would lead to working on an upcoming film with Ward, a rising talent in the Canadian film industry. Following his first feature, Matthew co-wrote and performed all of the music for the Sonia Hong and Olga Barsky independent musical “A Dragged Out Affair.”
Matthew always aspired to work as a film composer, but it wasn’t until meeting Canadian musician and recording artist Robyn Dell’Unto that he explored the world of producing for other artists. Matthew began working and performing with Robyn on her early demos in a modest basement. A few years later, Robyn’s song “Good Day,” co-written with Matthew, would be chosen as “Song of the Week” on CBC’s “Here and now.” Soon enough, however, the basement was no longer big enough to contain his work, which led Matthew to set his sights on the next phase of his career.
In the fall of 2011, Matthew fulfilled a life goal by opening and operating his own studio, Boxcar Sound Recording Studio. Located in the heart of Hamilton, the open loft concept studio has quickly earned its place as a favourite in the Canadian music industry. The 1,600 square foot space, with its, high ceilings, hardwood floors, and collection of vintage instruments makes it an ideal spot to create music. Matthew has produced material for a diverse selection of artists including Gavin Slate, Andre Bisson, Kirby, Canadian Winter, and Trevor Howard.
For Matthew, composing for film and producing records are really two different worlds. Whether he is able to create a story through music or guide an artist in discovering their sound, pursuing both ends of the musical spectrum has allowed him to grow as an artist, and create a body of work that exemplifies his passion for music.