WHO: Matthew Good with Daniel Wesley
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 22, 8 p.m.
Matthew Good is in Edmonton. It's November and, again, he's in Edmonton. Anybody who's familiar with Good's media persona will know he exudes the same frosty character as, well, Edmonton in the winter.
But that's just exterior, man. Edmonton has soul, you know. It can be nice . And Good can too, when you actually talk to him. Sure, they're both a bit chilly but once you explore a bit you'll find a few things to report home about.
Good is as comfortable talking politics and sociology as he is about music, and he's outspoken about all three. Over the course of 20 minutes he discusses Israel's aggressive campaign against Iran's nuclear missile program, his profound love of jazz music and his disdain for Whistler in the winter.
Good says, "I can't stand it in the winter. It's just... I don't man, it's just one of those things. I skied for many years before I hurt my back and I'll be honest I went to Baker," he laughs. "Because at least at Baker there were guys in multicoloured suspenders holding up their Gore-Tex pants, back when Gore-Tex pants weren't worn by anybody, with a flask of Jim Beam. And they were all unbelievable skiers but it was just all about fun."
Whistler's gone and has killed that concept of fun. He's not into all this "showy this, or showy that and the rest of that nonsense," which, you know, fair enough. So it's ironic that he's headlining the GLC during Whistler Blackcomb's opening week.
"I have no problem playing up there. That's cool," he says.
Good famously holed up in a Whistler hotel for three weeks in 2001 to write what would become the final Matthew Good Band album, The Audio of Being . That was in the summer, when he says the town sheds all the showboating and becomes a "great" little mountain town.
"I love it in the summer. It's great!" he says, almost merrily. "That's kind of the hidden treasure, don't you think?"
Good came to prominence in the late '90s while fronting the Matthew Good Band. Founded in Coquitlam, MGB became one of the most successful Canadian rock outfits of their era. They won awards; they sold a lot of records. MuchMusic played "Time Bomb," "Apparitions," and "Everything's Automatic" on heavy rotation for years and MGB set the bar high for Canadian rock that was unparalleled until indie rock became a "thing" and Arcade Fire swept the world over.