Mattie Leon, a uniquely Canadian folk and R&B artist, is the featured performer Friday night, March 30, at downtown’s Phog Lounge, 157 University Avenue West. Promoters talk of his musical ability to strike a, “beautiful balance” between his preferred genres.
His just released Signal Hill album provides fans with a seven song collection of rhythmic Canadiana folk. Canadian Beats says the work is full of emotion and passion concluding Leon, “is onto something brilliant.”
On the road as a single performer since 2015, he has built a reputation for his music across Eastern Canada. At the same time he has made a few trips to the recording studio. Aside from Signal Hill he has also released Terrace, a soulful debut EP. In 2016 he had two small releases including one featuring a song called Alabama.
In this, his first foray into history, he created a soundtrack of the life of 50s and 60s civil rights lawyer Clifford Durr. Possibly well-known in Detroit, Durr was one of the lawyers able to secure bail for Rosa Parks after the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
After seeing Leon at the Underground Drake in Toronto, music scene blogger Briar Koski praised his, “serene melodies” and a, “voice that makes his music seem effortless.”
Find out more about Mattie Leon at https://mattieleon.com
Friday’s performance will also include two local musicians, Leighton Bain and Sasha Jordan Appler.
Bain’s Facebook page says the Windsor singer/songwriter presents honest, “songs that mean somethin’.” In January local record store Dr. Disc featured him as its local artist of the week.
Although Appler spent four years as keyboardist and trumpeter with Windsor folk/rock band Michou, most recently he has busied himself creating movie scores as well as directing and other chores on projects for the likes of TVO and VICE.
Leighton Bain’s video for his latest single “Redwood” was filmed and directed by the multi talented Sasha Jordan Appler.
Article by Robert Tuomi
For over a decade, Robert has covered local news and community events. Initially as a contributor to CBC Radio’s local morning show and then as the long-time producer and host of CJAM’s The Rest of the News and as a journalist at the Windsor Square. A graduate of the Nikon School of Photography he enjoys illustrating his reports with what he sees through his camera’s lens.