Behind the scenes: Montreal's Matt Holubowski makes his Osheaga debut
The musician from Hudson was surprised with a gold certification for his 2016 album, Solitudes
Matt Holubowski has come a long way since he was strumming his guitar around a campfire in his hometown of Hudson, Que.
The singer-songwriter has been performing at festivals and venues around the world, but he said he's happy to be coming home to perform at one of the biggest gigs in the city — Osheaga.
When he originally agreed to let CBC Montreal follow him behind the scenes at Osheaga, he didn't know his record label, Audiogram, would be surprising him with a Canadian gold certification for hitting 40,000 in sales.
Despite the mainstream success — he recently performed at the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee — Holubowski remained humble before the Montreal show.
"There's definitely that pressure when you have your friends and family come check it out," he said. "But that being said, it's just a show like any other."
He called the opportunity to perform at Osheaga on home turf "magical," saying that having his name printed alongside artists like Arctic Monkeys and Florence and the Machine is "just wild in itself."
CBC arts contributor Nantali Indongo caught up with Holubowski at his Montreal studio Friday morning, ahead of the concert.
Video produced by CBC's Melinda Dalton and Marilla Steuter-Martin.