Matthew Parsons is a Vancouver-based writer and radio producer. He is writing this biography in the third person in a transparent attempt to seem less self-aggrandizing.
Matthew works as a producer for a number of programs on CBC Music, including In Concert, Backstage with Ben Heppner and Centre Stage. He also works with Sheryl McKay as the associate producer of North by Northwest on CBC Radio One. Outside of CBC, Matthew is the producer and host of Ghost Echoes, a music history podcast from Consequence Podcast Network.
Previously, Matthew produced the comedy podcasts Mark’s Great American Road Trip and the Syrup Trap Pod Cast. He co-wrote Two Matts, and bits and bobs of his work have appeared in the Vancouver Courier and Vancouver Weekly. He’s the author of Circus of Heaven, a swiftly abandoned history of progressive rock. He has written other things he is too ashamed of to reference.
Matthew spent four years of his life holed up in practice rooms at the University of Alberta, trying to make pleasant noises with a frustrating piece of 19th-century technology. He occasionally enjoyed this pursuit, although the people around him often did not. He eventually decided writing about music was more fun than playing it, so he shipped off to Vancouver in search of fame and fortune and a masters degree in journalism from the University of British Columbia. So far, he’s got one of the three.
Matthew’s first radio documentary was highlighted as exceptional local journalism on CBC Radio One’s The Story From Here. He is the recipient of the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier scholarship for his masters thesis on the effects of the canon on contemporary classical music. He forces himself to think about these things every time he says something really awkward in public and momentarily despises himself.
This blog is the home of stuff Matthew writes for his own gratification. If you enjoy it, he thanks you warmly.
The “JR” stands for “Jordan Ronald.”