Hill Kourkoutis is an award-winning songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, performer, actor, filmmaker and visual artist based in Toronto, Canada.
As a musician, Kourkoutis has had the honour of playing for Serena Ryder, The Weeknd, Martha and the Muffins, Tara Slone and The Cliks, to name a few. This collective of pursuits granted her the opportunity to tour across North America, Europe and Asia and led to many television appearances including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Juno Awards and the MuchMusic Video Awards. Hill was a part of an array of musical projects including the indie pop/rock band Drowning Girl, before pursuing her current solo project Hill & The Sky Heroes. The debut album “11:11″ features many key Toronto-based friends and collaborators including Serena Ryder, Adrian Eccleston (Drake/Kylie Minogue), Doc (The Weeknd/Esthero), Damhnait Doyle (The Heartbroken), Donna Grantis (Prince & 3RD EYE GIRL), Martha and the Muffins, and Saidah Baba Talibah. 2015 sees a return from The Sky Heroes following a three year hiatus. The upcoming release "The Great Year" will be revealed through the release of 3 EP's ("Dark Days", "Electric Matter" and "Mystics") that will form the body of the sophomore LP.
As a songwriter, Kourkoutis has been the recipient of multiple awards such as the International Songwriting Competition, Canadian Radio Star Award and USA Songwriting Competition and has been invited to take part in songwriting camps for Canadian Idol and the Songwriter’s Association of Canada. Artists that have recorded her songs include The Cliks, Mookie and the Loyalists, Dane Hartsell, Martha and the Muffins, Andrea England and Graph. Hill has also branched out into the world of production since establishing her studio “The Lair” and has produced albums or singles for The Cliks, Eh440, Graph, Saidah Baba Talibah, Hunter Valentine, Martha and the Muffins and Hill & The Sky Heroes. Her songs have also been synced in film/television such as Degrassi: The Next Generation (MuchMusic/MTV), Offspring (Network Ten), Pulling Strings and ads for Virgin Mobile and Urban Planet.
In addition to her musical ventures, as a teenager Hill was cast to play the silent but insightful drummer Megan on the hit teen series “Radio Free Roscoe” (Noggin/The Family Channel). This experience supported by a childhood desire to capture the absurdities of life on film led Hill to Ryerson University where she completed a BFA with Honours in Film Studies. In her final year of studies, she was awarded several awards including the Norman Jewison Filmmaker’s Award and the Harvey Hart Director’s Award for her existential comedy short “…And The Planets Conspire”. A year prior to graduating, Kourkoutis signed on as a director with Toronto-based production company The Field where she directed music videos for Sass Jordan, Serena Ryder, Tara Slone, Mother Mother, You Say Party!, Alex Cuba, Canadian Idol winner Theo Tams and “The Next Star” (YTV). In 2010, Kourkoutis established her own production company which has produced music videos, promos and PSA’s for clients such as EMI, Last Gang Records, WIDEawake Entertainment Group and ACTRA.
More things are currently being pondered, developed and created in Hill’s creative studio, The Lair.
Hill writes, produces and performs with many artists outside of her solo project, Hill & The Sky Heroes. She primarily creates out of her studio The Lair and loves collaborating with artists from all walks, aiding their creative process from idea to fruition. Below you can listen to some of her work and view her Music CV and Discography.
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