Hillsburn (band)

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Hillsburn (band)
Origin Halifax, Nova Scotia
Genres
Years active 2014 (2014)–present
Website hillsburn.com
Members

Paul Aarntzen

Rosanna Burrill

Clayton Burrill

Jackson Fairfax-Perry

Clare Macdonald

Hillsburn is a Canadian indie rock band from Halifax, Nova Scotia. They have been touted by several media outlets as one of the east coast of Canada's next big acts.[1] The band has been nominated for a number of regional and national awards and has been featured on several national media platforms, including Exclaim! and the CBC.[2]

Musical career[edit]

The band formed as a quartet in 2014 at the home of band member Paul Aarntzen, who was residing in the small village of Hillsburn, Nova Scotia at the time.[3] Rosanna Burrill and her brother Clayton were joined by Jackson Fairfax-Perry at Paul's home where the band had its first rehearsals. Aarntzen subsequently relocated to Halifax to dedicate more time to the project. Hillsburn released its self-titled, self-recorded EP in October 2014.[4] One of the tracks from this self-recorded EP placed in the national top ten in CBC's Searchlight competition that year.[5][6]

This success was followed up with the release of the band's first full-length album, In The Battle Years in 2016.[7] Shortly after releasing their debut full-length the band added drummer Clare Macdonald to the mix.[8] Clare, Rosanna, and Jackson had all previously known each other from Dalhousie University's Music program.[9]

In The Battle Years was awarded the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist of the Year.[10] Hillsburn was also nominated in several categories at the 2017 East Coast Music Awards, including Rising Star Recording of the Year, Group Recording of the Year, and Fans' Choice Video of the Year.[11] The band won the 2017 ECMA for Fans' Choice Video, beating out high-profile acts such as Classified, Ria Mae, Ben Caplan, Paper Lions, and Heather Rankin.[12]

Hillsburn has toured extensively across North America[13][14][15]

Hillsburn released its sophomore record, The Wilder Beyond, on February 2, 2018.[16] The album has charted extensively on the Earshot national campus and community radio charts in Canada.[17]

Band members[edit]

Paul Aarntzen - Songwriter, singer, guitar
Rosanna Burrill - Singer, violin
Clayton Burrill - Singer, guitar
Jackson Fairfax-Perry - Keyboard, Synthesizers, Saxophone, Mandolin
Clare Macdonald - Drums, percussion

Discography[edit]

Hillsburn EP - 2015
In the Battle Years - 2016
The Wilder Beyond - 2018

Documentary[edit]

Hillsburn: A Band Becomes (2016)[18]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Result Ref
2017 East Coast Music Awards Fan's Choice Video of the Year Hillsburn "Run Down" Won [11]
2017 East Coast Music Awards Group Recording of the Year Hillsburn Nominated [11]
2017 East Coast Music Awards Rising Star Recording of the Year Hillsburn Nominated [11]
2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards New/Emerging Artists of the Year Hillsburn Won [10]
2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards Vocal Group of the Year Hillsburn Nominated [19]
2016 Atlantic Film Festival Best Atlantic Original Score Hillsburn - A Band Becomes Won [20]
2016 Nova Scotia Music Awards Group Recording of the Year Hillsburn Nominated [21]
2016 Nova Scotia Music Awards Music Video of the Year Hillsburn "Run Down" Nominated [21]
2016 Nova Scotia Music Awards Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year Hillsburn Nominated [21]
2016 Nova Scotia Music Awards Digital Artist of the Year Hillsburn Nominated [21]
2015 Nova Scotia Music Awards Group Recording of the Year Hillsburn Nominated [21]
2015 Nova Scotia Music Awards New Artist Recording of the Year Hillsburn Nominated [21]
2015 Nova Scotia Music Awards Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year Hillsburn Nominated [21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hillsburn could be the East Coast's' next "Big Thing"". View 902. 
  2. ^ "The complete Hillsburn session on the East Coast Music Hour with David Myles". The East Coast Music Hour with David Myles Youtube.ca. 
  3. ^ "Hillsburn Biography". Groundswell Music. 
  4. ^ "Hillsburn Biography". Hillsburn. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Halifax band Hillsburn CBC Music's Searchlight regional champs". cbc.ca. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Halifax band HIllsburn CBC Music's Searchlight regional champs". YahooNews. 
  7. ^ "Battle, Struggle and Victory of Hillsburn". TheNewfoundlandHerald. 
  8. ^ "Hillsburn". Montreal Folk Festival on the canal. 
  9. ^ "Battling their way to the top". Halifax Curated Magazine. 
  10. ^ a b "2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards recipients announced". folkawards.ca. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  11. ^ a b c d "ECMA Announces the 2017 East Coast Music Awards Nominees and Showcasing Artists!". East Coast Music Awards. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "Festival - Winners & Nominees". East Coast Music Associal. 
  13. ^ "Talking to Paul Aarntzen of Canadian band Hillsburn". Tribute.ca. 
  14. ^ "Hillsburn Interview". CTV news Atlantic. 
  15. ^ "Hillsburn live in studio". GlobalNews. 
  16. ^ Thorne, Tara. "Hillsburn's wilder heart". The Coast Halifax. Retrieved 2018-02-06. 
  17. ^ "charts : february 2018". Retrieved 2018-07-19. 
  18. ^ "Hillsburn: A Band Becomes (2016)". IMBd. 
  19. ^ "Nominees – 2016". folkawards.ca. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  20. ^ "Atlantic Film Festival hands out 2016 festival awards". CBC. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  21. ^ a b c d e f g "Music Nominees". Nova Scotia. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 

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