Matt Stern is known for infectious melodies, uplifting energy, and an ability to inspire a sense of community in a diverse crowd.
Born in Montreal and currently based on Vancouver Island, he has been a featured performer at the Campbell Bay Music Festival, the Victoria French Festival, Canadian Music Week, POP Montreal, Enoshima Music Festival in Japan, the 1st World Outgames, CBC’s Home from the Vinyl Café, Festival M comme Musique in France, Coup de coeur francophone, and the Festival d'été de Vancouver.
Praised by Radio-Canada International for promoting body positivity and diversity, Matt has received awards from the LA Film Awards & the KASHISH Film Festival in Mumbai for his original music videos.
Published for Precious and Sacred, a book dedicated to Indigenous children, and featured twice on Queerty.com, Matt performs in Japanese, French, English and Spanish and has been featured in Exclaim!, Italy’s Periodico Daily and on Let’s Go There (Channel Q) in Los Angeles. His music video You’re Magic was picked up by Mtl Blog and went viral within 24 hours. Recently, his video Take It or Leave It, compiled during quarantine from clips submitted by fans, was picked up by Victoria Buzz and achieved the same result.
His latest album, Take It or Leave It, was released in 2020 on all platforms and its first music video, Full Moon, was screened at the Victoria Film Festival. That same week, the first single Don’t Tell Me was syndicated on CBC and picked up by shows across the country while French singles Dans mes rêves and Droit devant were broadcast on Radio-Canada. A feature in Addicted Magazine characterized Matt’s recent album as “beautiful music that makes you feel seen and safe.”
Matt recently released his first full-length French album. It has garnered him nominations at the Western Canadian Music Awards and the Canadian Folk Music Awards and he was subsequently selected to be a featured performer at the Chant'Ouest tour.