|Origin||Halifax, Nova Scotia|
Jackson Fairfax-PerryClare 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. 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.
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. 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. One of the tracks from this self-recorded EP placed in the national top ten in CBC's Searchlight competition that year.
This success was followed up with the release of the band's first full-length album, In The Battle Years in 2016. Shortly after releasing their debut full-length the band added drummer Clare Macdonald to the mix. Clare, Rosanna, and Jackson had all previously known each other from Dalhousie University's Music program.
In The Battle Years was awarded the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist of the Year. 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. 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.
Paul Aarntzen - Songwriter, singer, guitar
Rosanna Burrill - Singer, violin
Clayton Burrill - Singer, guitar
Jackson Fairfax-Perry - Keyboard, Synthesizers, Saxophone, Mandolin
Clare Macdonald - Drums, percussion
Hillsburn EP - 2015
In the Battle Years - 2016
The Wilder Beyond - 2018
Hillsburn: A Band Becomes (2016)
Awards and nominations
|2017||East Coast Music Awards||Fan's Choice Video of the Year||Hillsburn "Run Down"||Won|||
|2017||East Coast Music Awards||Group Recording of the Year||Hillsburn||Nominated|||
|2017||East Coast Music Awards||Rising Star Recording of the Year||Hillsburn||Nominated|||
|2016||Canadian Folk Music Awards||New/Emerging Artists of the Year||Hillsburn||Won|||
|2016||Canadian Folk Music Awards||Vocal Group of the Year||Hillsburn||Nominated|||
|2016||Atlantic Film Festival||Best Atlantic Original Score||Hillsburn - A Band Becomes||Won|||
|2016||Nova Scotia Music Awards||Group Recording of the Year||Hillsburn||Nominated|||
|2016||Nova Scotia Music Awards||Music Video of the Year||Hillsburn "Run Down"||Nominated|||
|2016||Nova Scotia Music Awards||Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year||Hillsburn||Nominated|||
|2016||Nova Scotia Music Awards||Digital Artist of the Year||Hillsburn||Nominated|||
|2015||Nova Scotia Music Awards||Group Recording of the Year||Hillsburn||Nominated|||
|2015||Nova Scotia Music Awards||New Artist Recording of the Year||Hillsburn||Nominated|||
|2015||Nova Scotia Music Awards||Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year||Hillsburn||Nominated|||
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