Halifax-based band Hillsburn – a mix of folk, pop, and rock – will kick off the 2018 season for the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre with a performance March 16 at 7:30 p.m. Paul Aarntzen photo

Hillsburn is returning to the stage at the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre next month.

The award-winning folk, pop, rock band released its debut album last year and sold out shows across Canada. The Halifax-based band won the Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist of the Year and a 2017 East Coast Music Award for Fans’ Choice Video of the Year. The band’s newest album, The Wilder Beyond, was released Feb. 2.

They’ll perform at The Grace on March 16, at 7:30 p.m., kicking off the 2018 season, which will feature a number of big names, local talent, art display, and open mic events.

When it comes to Hillsburn, all five members contribute something unique. The band decided to forego the formal studio setting for The Wilder Beyond, instead producing it collectively and recording it in singer Paul Aarntzen’s apartment in Halifax. Aarntzen, the band’s songwriter, took on the roles of engineer and mixer for the album production.

Jackson Fairfax-Perry plays bass, keys and saxophone on the album, while also scoring the strings and horns for guest musicians. Siblings Rosanna and Clayton Burrill complete the three-part vocal battery, with Rosanna also putting her classical training to use by layering violin on many tracks. Clare Macdonald is the newest member of Hillsburn, sitting in the drummer’s seat.

Tickets for the show at The Grace are $25 each and available at Fulton’s Pharmacy in Tatamagouche and online at gracejollymore.com.

For more information, visit www.gracejollymore.com.