Hillsburn Call It Quits, Announce Farewell Show with Symphony Nova Scotia

The East Coast quartet have released four collections over the last decade

Photo: Jamie Cronick

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Feb 23, 2024

After debuting in 2014, Halifax-based indie-pop band Hillsburn have announced their impending breakup, with a final performance scheduled for April 26. The quartet will play the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in collaboration with Symphony Nova Scotia.

"As we hope you’ve seen, we’re playing with Symphony Nova Scotia this April," they shared in a press release. This show is special to us for a few reasons. It’s been a long-time dream of ours to play with the Symphony. It happens to fall on [drummer] Clare [Macdonald]'s birthday. And, as of a few days ago, we’ve decided to make it a farewell performance."

They continued, "You can definitely debate the merits of the farewell show as a genre (we have!). We might very well play together again at some point down the road. But for us, this is a way to recognize where we’re at in our lives now, to honour the moments we’ve shared with everyone who’s followed the band, and to mark ten years with an exclamation point. Hillsburn has been life-defining for all of us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being part of this band. It’s been quite a ride."

Over the course of the last decade, Hillsburn have released four studio collections together since their debut: 2016's In the Battle Years, 2018's The Wilder Beyond, 2021's Slipping Away and last year's Stories EP, which featured the excellent, life-affirming single "Room Across the Hall."

Tickets for the farewell show are on sale now.

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