Matt Zimbel is an award winning writer, producer, musician, artistic director, radio and tv host and documentary film maker. Recent work of note includes Artistic Direction of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala honouring Neil Young, Bruce Cockburn, Beau Dommage, and Stephen Venne at a sold out Massey Hall in Toronto. In summer of 2018 Zimbel was the senior producer of the Netflix Series Comedians of the World (Canada, France, Quebec) and in 2015 was Senior Producer for the opening and closings of the Pan Am Games for the Host Broadcaster CBC in association with Cirque du Soleil.
For the past 40 years Zimbel has led the Juno award winning world jazz 9 piece band Manteca. The group has toured festivals around the world and shared stages with Miles Davis, Weather Report, Van Morrison and Ella Fitzgerald. Manteca is currently in studio with their 13 th release “Augmented Indifference”.
His most recent documentary “Zimbelism” (Dist. NFB) on the subject of his photographer father George Zimbel has screened around the world and most recently had its UK premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in London in October 2018.
He is currently writing a satirical book about Canadian Immigration for publication in the fall of 2020. Matt Zimbel was born in Tarrytown, New York and currently lives in Montreal, Canada. He has two sons, restauranteur Oliver Zimbel and musician, singer-songwriter Lucas Zimbel.