Hillsburn had a big year in 2016/2017, releasing their debut full-length album, selling out shows across Canada, and winning a 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award and a 2017 East Coast Music Award.
Hillsburn was formed in 2014 through a chance meeting of four musician friends who hit it off when they first played together. What began as a string band now decidedly is not. Synths and electric guitar replaced banjo and mandolin, and the addition of a full drum kit helped push things more in the direction of pop and rock. Hillsburn has, in other words, come into its own.