Hillside Inside 2018
February 10 – 11
Lit Music Brunch 2018
Lit Music is a special Hillside Inside series that showcases both great writing and music. These events are co-presented by the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, a brilliant literary festival going into its 30th year. We launched the first session in 2014 when we showcased the top three prize-winning writers in Anansi Press’s short story contest called The Broken Social Scene Story Project. Each story was inspired by Broken Social Scene’s groundbreaking album, You Forgot It In People. In between readings, The Darcys, a four-piece indie-rock band from Toronto, sang the songs that inspired the stories the writers read.
In 2015, we showcased Kid Koala, a prominent turntablist, musician, and writer, who read from his graphic novels while he played music.
And in 2016, we brought in the McGarrigles, Anna and Jane, sisters to Kate McGarrigle and aunts of Rufus and Martha Wainwright, to read from Mountain City Girls: The McGarrigle Family Album (Random House). Anna and Jane performed some of their signature tunes.
This year’s speaker is renowned musician and bestselling author, Jann Arden. She will give a talk entitled “My Story” after Rose Cousins performs.
Jann Arden can bring a hall full of people to tears through song, only to have them, moments later, rolling in the aisles from her off-the-cuff comedy. Whether she’s performing her music, hosting an event, or telling her deeply personal and affecting stories, Arden’s wisdom and wit shine in everything she does.
Arden catapulted onto the Canadian music scene in 1993, with the release of her debut album, Time For Mercy. To date, she has released 13 albums, boasts 19 top-10 singles, and has received eight Juno Awards, including “Female Artist of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year.” She has also been recognized with 10 SOCAN Awards, four Western Canadian Music Awards, a Much Music Video Award, three Prairie Music Awards, and an Alberta Recording Industry Association Award. And the list goes on: she has been honoured with a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, and inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Arden is the author of five books, including If I Knew, Don’t You Think I’d Tell You?; I’ll Tell You One Damn Thing and That’s All I Know; Falling Backwards; and her newest memoir, Feeding My Mother, a piercingly honest account of her experience with her mother, who is in the grip of Alzheimer’s.
About Rose Cousins’ Natural Conclusion album: “This is Cousins at her most small and stark. It's full of love poems made into piano ballads, characterized by a sustained mood and repeated melodic patterns that bolster the sense of lingering. It's a family of closely connected songs that, together, seem to make up a requiem for a relationship, a familiar journey from wild hurt and blame to forgiveness and grace and then, finally, to a quiet admittance that you'll never really let the person who broke your heart go. Not really.” Sarah Greene, Exclaim!