RIVER DENYS, N.S. — Brett Matthews sounds a bit in awe of how his music career has unfolded since May 2019.
That’s when award-winning rapper Classified (Luke Boyd) made a post on Facebook that changed his life.
“It’s a weird transition right now,” Matthews said during a phone interview with the Cape Breton Post from his River Denys home.
“Coming from being, I don’t know if I’d call myself shy, but someone who doesn’t put themselves out in the spotlight…Going from that to flying out to Alberta for shows and (starting to record an EP), it’s been a strange transition. It’s kind of surreal.”
The Facebook post, Boyd made asked fans if they knew any acoustic musicians for a new tour he was working on. Matthews was tagged in that post and the mostly self-taught musician thought it wouldn’t hurt to email Boyd, who has produced chart-topping hits for himself and artists like Rea Mae.
Matthews then took things a step further and shared Boyd’s post to his timeline and asked his followers to like the reply that tagged him if they thought Matthews would be a good fit.
Boyd asked Matthews to make a video performing two of his songs then invited Matthews to jam with him and his band.
Taking Matthews under his wing, Boyd then had him play a few live shows to get him used to bigger shows with a full band.
Now, along with being a part of Classified’s upcoming acoustic tour (which has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic), Boyd is also producing an EP for Matthews.
“From the first time (the three artists on the acoustic tour) sat down and jammed, myself, Classified and Owen O’Sound …. It felt good,” said Matthews who plays multiple instruments.
Matthews completed the recording arts program at Nova Scotia Community College 10 years ago but started a career in the trades before focusing on his music again
About eight years ago, Matthews started posting covers and original songs on his Instagram account and has amassed a following of 10,500 people to date.
“I guess it kind of caught on,” he said.
As he continues his transition from part-time musician to touring and studio sessions, Matthews currently works 50 hours a week as a heavy equipment operator then 20 hours on top of that in studio writing and recording music.
This summer, Matthews is playing at the Blueberry Jam in Mabou on Aug. 15 and working on his EP until pandemic health safety orders are lifted enough the nationwide acoustic tour can kick off.
And he seems to be getting used to the idea that his music career is on its way to a level he’d never dreamed of.
“I’m really glad the way things have turned out.”
Japan unsuccessful in lifting auto tariffs early in UK trade deal: media – TheChronicleHerald.ca
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan and Britain agreed to lift auto tariffs for a post-Brexit trade agreement in 2026 despite Japan’s push to lift the tariffs earlier, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on Sunday.
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is currently in negotiations with British Trade Minister Liz Truss in London.
British Trade Minister Lizz Truss said in a statement that they “have reached consensus on the major elements of a deal,” and both have announced that they will agree on the principles of a trade deal by the end of August.
However, despite reassurances that the two countries had by and large reached an agreement, auto tariffs and agricultural products have proven to be a sticking point in the negotiations.
Japan had hoped to lift tariffs on auto and auto parts earlier than in the current trade deal between the EU and Japan, which will phase out import tariffs on Japanese vehicles by 2026.
“Japan agreed to phasing auto tariffs on Japanese vehicles out in 2026 in line with the EU trade deal, despite asking to hasten the timing,” Nikkei reported on Sunday.
Britain, on the other hand, is hoping to secure better terms on agriculture, Financial Times reporter George Parker tweeted on Friday.
“UK-Japan trade talks close to agreement but @trussliz said by Brits to be holding out on agricultural access,” he said, referring to Truss’s Twitter handle.
Britain, which left the European Union in January, is seeking to clinch a trade agreement with Japan based on the 2019 EU-Japan agreement by the end of the year, when Britain’s no-change transition arrangement with the EU will expire.
The Japanese Trade Ministry and Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
(Reporting by Sakura Murakami; Editing by Michael Perry)
Letter: News media, stop lumping anti-abortion issues with LGBTQ rights – The Tri-City News
Re. “Tri-Cities Pride rebuffs MLA over ‘continued silence’” (Tri-City News, July 29)
I’m tired of the media throwing anti-abortion issues in with LGBTQ rights.
While it’s understood that over 50% of Canadians support abortion rights there is also about 25% of Canadians who are pro-life and support some kind of protection for the unborn. This is a significant minority, more support than there is for many other minority issues in Canada today.
Anti-abortion is also not just a religious issue as we know from a scientific viewpoint that we are dealing with a human life.
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Let’s keep these issues separate and rationally discuss them on their own merits just like the issue of capital punishment or any other ethical issue in society instead of making it a partisan polarization.
Vijayan bursts out at media for the second day running – CanIndia News
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 9 (IANS) For the second day in succession, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday lashed out at the media after facing a spate of questions on the role played by gold smuggling case prime accused Swapna Suresh in a key project of his government.
The latest revelation to come out from the Customs’ questioning of Suresh is that she had received a sum of Rs 1 crore, as commission from an agency, in Vijayan’s signature “Life Mission” project. This venture aims to provide the homeless their own dwelling, either directly through the government or through sponsors.
In response, Vijayan said that he will find out about this but added that this was a project funded by a UAE-based charity organisation.
However as questions on this point increased, Vijayan again lost his cool and said it was “unfortunate some media is taking up this for some others” who are out to wreck his government.
As a media person asked why he enjoys when he is praised by the media, but cannot accept probing questions, the Chief Minister responded: “Yes, this is because that is politics and this is part of a political conspiracy into which a section of the media also is a part.
“Do you want me to tell how the previous Chief Minister (Oommen Chandy) went about doing things. Do you want me to tell the dirty things that happened in that office. A section of the media wants to portray my government in such a manner.”
“This is also a way of using professionalism by the media… this is the wrong way…”
With this, Vijayan abruptly ended the press conference and left, saying that the time is up.
On Friday also, he lost his cool on questions about the gold smuggling case, accusing a section of the media to have an agenda of “removing him”.
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