Hillside Summer Festival 2016

July 22 - 24

Evening Hymns

Evening Hymns

Evening Hymns is the ever-evolving musical project of Jonas Bonnetta, a musician/artist/sawyer who lives in rural Eastern Ontario.  Evening Hymns is a musical reflecting pool. The currents of his emotional poetry evoke collective memories and experiences we somehow all share.

The band’s last record, Spectral Dusk (2012), covered deeply personal issues and took Evening Hymns to the next level, musically and lyrically, from their debut record‚ Spirit Guides (2009). A study of loss, pain, hope and a pathway drawn out of the dark into the light, Spectral Dusk found Jonas dealing with the loss of his father three years previous. The record spilled its guts out on the floor, and yet so softly allowed the listener to reflect on their own mortality.

Their new album, Quiet Energies, is less personal in nature. It’s a record made for listening with the windows rolled down like the classic road records of the 1970’s. It’s due out the summer of 2015.

The album was made in his home studio, Port William Sound, a cabin outside his rustic home.  Heated by an antique wood stove, and with a panoramic view of the fields surrounding, its peaceful environment inspired and bolstered the recording experience.  Jonas assembled a familiar group of friends to make the album, including longtime band mates Sylvie Smith and Jon Hynes, as well as friends from Timber Timbre and The Wooden Sky.

Performance Schedule

  • Saturday, July 23rd at 4:30pm

    Sun Stage
  • Saturday, July 23rd at 8:00pm

    Lake Stage