Calgary Stampede 2015

July 3-12 2015

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Matt Blais

Matt Blais at Coca-Cola Stage

Matt Blais

Powerful vocals, electrifying harmonica, and intense performances define Matt Blais. The rock’n’roll troubadour’s latest single “Give A Little More“ (Fall 2017) encapsulates what it means to fight an uphill battle, whether that’s as a Canadian indie-rocker or as an everyday person grinding through life. “It’s an anthem for the hardworking,” says Blais. “My experiences in the music business, especially the hard life on the road, were my inspiration. We leave it all out on the stage every night. Every city, every person — we’re there to give them relief, perspective and a damn good time.”  

Hailing from Calgary, the charismatic Blais expands the rock genre by adding a vintage blues edge that, paired with his honest, accessible songwriting style, has resonated with his Canadian audience. The guitar of Jimmy Bowskill (The Sheep Dogs) weaves in and out with Blais’ harmonica riffs pumping energy into the listener.  The single was recorded and produced in Toronto by Brian Moncarz (Our Lady Peace, The Trews). “We wanted to capture the raw excitement of early basement club shows,” says Moncarz. 

Matt’s live performances, whether solo or full band, are diverse events balancing high energy, sweaty-rock with emotionally vulnerable ballads. He has been described as Springsteen-esque in stage presence and songwriting ability. Matt Blais has directly supported some of Canada’s biggest acts. Opening for Blue Rodeo, The Trews, and The Strumbellas has shaped Blais into a consummate showman and artistic talent.  

Coca-Cola Stage

Monday, July 9th at 1:30pm

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