January 20th, 2016

Piney Mountains, Québec, East Ontario

Hello friends!
I hope January 2016 is treating you well. I’ve been enjoying my time in Southern Ontario, mostly visiting with family and friends in the area. I do have a bunch of shows coming soon that I wanted to share:

January 23rd – Montreal, QC – Petit Campus (Hello Darlin’ Presents)
January 29th – Sharbot Lake, ON – The Crossing Pub
January 30th – Picton, ON – Acoustic Grill
January 31st – Wakefield, QC – Blacksheep (w/ Mayhemingways)
February 1st – Ottawa, ON – Steak & Sushi
February 2nd – Peterborough, ON – The Spill (w/ Dan & Josh Fewings)

This is a special song, written by the late Craig Johnson. Andrew Sneddon show me this song, a while ago and I tend to sing it every day, regardless of where I am or how I’m feeling. It’s a favourite, I hope you enjoy. I grew up in Grand Falls-Windsor, a town centred around the logging industry, many things have changed there, but here’s to the memory of the old paper mill.

Hope to see you folks out at some shows, thank you for the continued support of this long journey.


January 14th, 2016

New Year, New Videos, Music and Touring

Andrew Sneddon and I are heading out on the cold road. Northern Alberta and Northern Saskatchewan  for a special circuit of house-concerts, thanks to our friends at HomeRoutes Canada. 


We are thrilled to be performing in some new markets of Canada, and look forward to bringing our show from the east, to the west. Stayed tuned for more dates in prairies during March.


March 01, 2016 – Elk Point, AB
March 02, 2016 – Fort McMurray, AB
March 03, 2016 – Pierceland, SK
March 04, 2016 – Meadow Lake, SK
March 05, 2016 – Big River, SK
March 06, 2016 – Prince Albert, SK
March 08, 2016  – Outlook, SK
March 09, 2016 – Turtleford, SK
March 10, 2016 – Lloydminster, AB

March 11, 2016 – Saskatoon, SK
March 12, 2016 – Cutknife, SK

Thank you for your support and stay tuned for more details…


January 14th, 2016

November 2015 – Newfoundland Tour


Design: Tara Jane Feener

July 22nd, 2015

Matthew Hornell & The Strangers – Bluegrass EP

MatthewHornell & The Strangers - Bluegrass EP (2015)

“Be Here To Love Me”
Written by: Townes Van Zandt
Performed By: Matthew Hornell & The Strangers.

Recorded Live at Fort Massey United Church on June 23rd, 2015 by Rod Sneddon.

Adam Shier – lead acoustic guitar
Andrew Sneddon – resophonic guitar, background vocals
James McEleney – double bass
Matt Elwood – banjo
Matthew Hornell – lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Mike Mezzatesta – mandolin
Ryan Dillman – background vocals

New E.P available for sale at live shows.

2015 Newfoundland Summer Tour:
July 22nd – August 2nd.

November 13th, 2014

The fall is almost finished…

Hello Friends,

it’s been too long.  I trust you’ve been busy, we haven’t stopped.   I assure you a full post will be made of some of this most recent adventures and experiences, but for now I should say that things are going well and moving along.

Andrew Sneddon and I had a wonderful showcasing and spending time at the Folk Music Ontario conference, and a great time playing at the Cameron House each Sunday in October with some real great pickers, and enjoyed our gig at the Dakota where ECMA’s “Bluegrass Artist” of the year Alan Jefferies join us, along with Adam Shier on mandolin.

Tomorrow morning I am heading to the Catskill Mountains for a special folk conference in the States called NERFA.  I will be showcasing there with Folk Music Canada.  Perhaps sometime in the future I’ll get to head down across the border and play a gig, for now, just showcasing and volunteering.

There are more shows coming up in Canada, and I have some travel to Ottawa for father’s retirement from Hockey Canada; and business in Newfoundland, as I am the Master of Ceremonies at Tommy and Emilie’s wedding in December.

Right on. Keep well, and keep in touch. Thank you for the support.



June 23rd, 2014

Summer, festivals, tours and more…

Matthew Hornell returns to Newfoundland this July to tour his home province, playing 12 shows! Matthew plays Gov’nor’s pub July 11th w/ Dave Sampson in Sydney before kicking off his NL tour in Corner Brook July 12th at Swirsky’s. He then plays twelve shows across the island, including two shows in Gros Morne National Park, July 13th & 14th; Thursday July 17th at The Ship in St. John’s; and in Placentia on July 18th at Three Sister’s during the historic Placentia regatta.

On this tour, Matthew will be playing tunes from his previous releases (Matthew Hornell and the Diamond Minds and Have It All) B and is excited to share tracks off his upcoming record. He has been busy collaborating with Andrew Sneddon (Award Winning Bluegrass Band, The Modern Grass) on a new album, and we invite you to get a taste of what they’ve been working on via this video, thanks to The Great Canadian Journey:

July 11: Friday @ Gov’nors // Sydney, NS

July 12: Saturday @ Swirsky’s // Corner Brook, NL

July 13: Sunday @ Galliott Studio // Woody Point, NL

July 14: Monday @ Java Jack’s // Rocky Harbour, NL

July 15: Tuesday @ The Daily Grind // Grand Falls-Windsor, NL

July 16: Wednesday @ The Captain’s Pub // Twillingate, NL

July 17: Thursday @ The Ship // St. John’s, NL

July 19: Saturday @ The Three Sister’s // Placentia, NL

July 20: Sunday @ Two Whales Cafe // Port Rexton, NL

July 21: Monday @ – The Inn // Happy Adventure, NL

July 22: Tuesday @ Legends // Gander, NL

July 23: Wednesday @ Oasis // Pasedena, NL

July 26: Saturday @ CODIAC Festival / Moncton NB

July 30: Wednesday @ White Point Beach Resort // Hunt’s Point, NS

Tickets for St. John’s available at Fred’s Records and The Ship.
Tickets for Corner Brook available at Brewed Awakening on Bernard.
Other tickets available at the venue of the performance.

Matthew Hornell received four MusicNL awards for his debut album, Matthew Hornell and the Diamond Minds, including Entertainer of the Year. Last year’s sophomore release, Have It All, earned him an ECMA Rising Star nomination. Matthew tours extensively across Canada and continues to gain fans with every performance. His lyrical content is diverse, arrangements succinct and vocal delivery unquestionably honest.

Upon his return, Matthew performs on the mainstage of Moncton’s CODIAC Festival, then hits the South Shore of NS, playing White Point Beach Resort “Sand, Surf & Song” summer concert series Wednesday, July 30th and Lane’s Privateer Inn on July 31st – full tour dates for Matthew Hornell are here:

NL Tour facebook event:



Media Inquiries:
Kimberly Sinclair

May 1st, 2014

Thursdays in May at The Cameron House

Every Thursday in the month of May.

Every Thursday in the month of May.

April 18th, 2014

Time on Tour

February 3rd, 2014

I Was Young When I Left Home

Matthew Hornell – I Was Young When I left Home from HEAVYWEATHER on Vimeo.

Matthew Hornell, accompanied by his friends Andrew Sneddon and Matt Gallant, perform the Bob Dylan song I Was Young When I Left Home on the south side of St. John’s harbour in Newfoundland.

October 1st, 2013

Filled me heart with longing for…

Very excited to be coming home for several shows on the island.  St. John’s, Corner Brook, Grand Falls, Stephenville, Port Rexton.  All dates are posted on the website including a very special Dead Language Reunion show.



Matthew Hornell - Oct 11 Rockhouse