Photo credit: Francesca Ludika
Its hard to believe that Boots and Hearts is less than a week away! We are in full preparation mode at Canadian Beats and can’t wait to get on the grounds at Burls Creek in Oro-Medonte, Ontario to capture all that this amazing 4-day festival has to offer. Leading up to the festival, we have had the chance to sit down with a few of the Canadian artists gracing the stage this year to chat about Boots and Hearts and to give you the chance to learn a little bit about them before they hit the stage. Today we are pleased to introduce to you, Matt Lang.
Introduce yourself to our readers.
I’m a francophone singer-songwriter from Quebec, but I sing english country music. I released my first english EP last September and things have been going great ever since.
What part of Canada are you from/do you currently reside in?
I am from Maniwaki, Quebec. A little town 3 hours north of Montreal. It was a great place to grow up, everyone knows everyone. My family still lives there and my dad has a business there, so I still go as often as I can. I now live in a Montreal suburb called St-Hippolyte to be closer to all the action, but still in the woods, surrounded by nature. I am not a big city guy.
Describe your preparations for a big festival like Boots and Hearts.
I am performing for the very first time at Boots and Hearts this year as part of the SiriusXM Top of the Country contest. It brings a little extra layer of stress, but also excitement. I’d say I prepare the same way for any concert, festival or performance. Choosing songs carefully for the audience and set length and also how I dress are all things I consider. I take this job very seriously because I feel so fortunate to be able to do what I love most for a living. My whole band and crew also take it to heart, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have fun doing it 🙂
There are so many talented artists who are taking part in this festival. Who are you excited to check out?
Since it’ll be my first time attending too, I’m pretty excited to see everyone to be honest. But I’d have to say Jason Aldean. I really like his songs, he has some great hooks, and I can’t wait to see him perform live.
Are you performing at any other music festivals this summer that you would like to tell us about?
I’m touring all over Quebec this summer including a brand new country music festival called Festival New Country Brome, a little over an hour drive from Montreal. I’ll be performing next to my good friend Tebey, Meghan Patrick, Paul Brandt, Jess Moskaluke and many more. We have so many great country music festivals in Quebec, you should come check it out.
What does the rest of 2019 look like for you?
2019 has been crazy busy for me and I can’t complain! I still have a lot of shows coming up, I’m also performing at the Canadian Country Music Week in Calgary in September for the Top of the Country finale and I’m releasing the first single off my next album in August so a lot of great things to look forward to!
What is your favourite festival food?
I’m Nicole, a biology teacher by day, but my life revolves around music. I’m that girl that you will always find with the concert t-shirt on and ear buds in. It is rare that you find me without some type of music playing in the background. I connect all of my life experiences to music. It truly has its own language in my heart. There is nothing more exciting than taking in all that a concert has to offer. I love to support local Canadian acts and attend as many shows that I can.