If they were asked to identify an iconic, historic landmark, many Calgarians might propose the stately lions flanking the Centre Street bridge. Local musicians, though, would likely use Lorrie Matheson as their point of reference for Calgary's musical heritage. From generating fuzz-pop in the mid-1990s with Fire Engine Red to exposing his roots in National Dust's two great albums by the turn of the century, Matheson's growth as a musician, songwriter and singer was undeniable. He released his first solo album in 2002 and, by 2004, was producing other artists. Since opening his own studio in 2007, Matheson has produced and collaborated with so many artists that apparently Kevin Bacon plays "6 Degrees of Lorrie Matheson" on a regular basis. Matheson's keen rock-punk-roots-indie sensibility has made him in demand as a producer, creator and performer. As far as music history goes, Lorrie Matheson's leonine contributions to the Calgary scene are well worth commemorating.
Biography by Chantal Vitalis