Brunch is a favourite past time shared by many and should be an extraordinary experience, one that you will cherish. Vancouver has some wonderful places for brunch. Each of the places I visit is unique for what is offered along with the type of service and selection of dishes. I am on a journey around the city to find these extraordinary places and, at the same time, I will be joined by a notable personality who may be a Film Producer or Director, Musician, Arts Festival Director, Actor or other well-known individual for Brunch at restaurants in and around Vancouver.
For my Sixty First brunch in this series, I was joined by Matty B McIntyre who is a Radio Host at Z95.3 FM over Brunch at Left Bank Restaurant in Vancouver.
Matty grew up just outside of Ottawa, he is a graduate of the radio broadcasting program at Algonquin College in Ottawa; he worked at CIMY-FM Pembroke On in 2009; as Matty B: CFMC-FM Saskatoon; CKNO-FM Edmonton in 2012; p.m. drive CKZZ-FM Vancouver 2012; Virgin 95.3 FM Vancouver 2013; and is currently working at Z95.3-FM Vancouver.
You can follow Matty B McIntyre on Twitter @MattyBShow
What got you into Radio and Broadcasting?
I always loved to entertain, in Elementary School I took part in class performances and loved it. I job shadowed a family friend in Ottawa and I loved it, from then on (Grade 10) I knew what I wanted to do as a career and started the high school radio show and they gave me credit for it.
Where did you go to school for radio/broadcasting?
In Ottawa I went to Algonquin College, it was a great program, graduates would come in and tell us the horrors of the industry, it’s a tough world, but it worked.
How hard or easy was it for you to find your first job?
I grew up in a small town just outside of Ottawa. I wrote to a radio station while in highschool, they offered me and internship for 2 months before I graduated highschool, then they offered me a position at another one of their radio stations as morning show producer which I did for a year.
How and when did you create/start the MattyB show and how has that developed?
The same station that I worked at for my 1st job, I was producing their afternoon show and hosting; my show then ran on 8 stations that they owned all over Ontario. I was Matt McIntyre for 3 years. Did a Summer show on YTV for 6 months, I then went back to the same station for another year. I then moved to Saskatoon and started doing an evening show as the host and music director. The MattyB show was created here and it continued when I then moved to Edmonton and worked at the biggest station in Edmonton but I didn’t like it. I saw a job opening in Vancouver at Virgin radio and after 6 months I moved to Vancouver to work at Virgin.
Have there been any notable personalities you have interviewed over the years, if so who?
- Harry Styles
- Echo Smith
What type of Music did you listen to growing up?
Rock radio was always on as my parents were into rock music, I have always loved pop.
If you could tell me about 4 of your favourite concerts of all time which ones would those be?
- Haim at the Commodore in Vancouver
- Spice Girls in Toronto
- One Direction in Vancouver (also saw them in Las Vegas and LA)
- Britney Spears in Ottawa
What foods do you like?
Seafood and sushi
Matty had an Orange Juice while Richard had an Espresso Macchiato. Matty then had the Left Bank Breakfast with two poached eggs, grilled chorizo, hash brown, tomato salsa, sourdough toast; Richard had the Duck Confit Crepe. For dessert Matty and Richard shared the Maple Custard with cinnamon puffs, apple sorbet, almond praline.
What are your favourite restaurants in Vancouver?
- Flying Pig
- Meat and Bread
What do you want your listeners to learn from listening to your radio show?
I want to make people smile, I want to be your friend. I loved talking to people through the show.
What do you do in your off time?
- Watch a lot of tv and movies
- Socializing with friends
Who are your Mentors?
Darcy McGee – one of my bosses at the radio station outside of Ottawa
Who is one of your Influencers?
Scott Mills – BBC Radio in London – I stream and listen to it everyday.
What inspires you?
Drawing from experiences, real life.
In your opinion, how does a Radio Host stay in the game as the times change and evolve?
Being real – you have to be relatable and a real person. Talking with people.
What’s next for you or what’s on the horizon?
I love Vancouver and I want to stay here. Eventually I want to get into radio programming.
Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am – 3pm
Left Bank Restaurant
751 Denman Street, Vancouver
For Reservations please call 604-687-1418
Stay tuned to my next guest Interview along with the next Brunch in and around Vancouver.
By: Richard Wolak