Thank You Arts Northwest

Good times were had by all in Boise, Idaho this week.

We met a ton of great artists, played a pretty decent showcase, hung out along the river and at Boise State University in the welcome warmth of the October sun (highs of 25 C).  And we hope to work with some of the fine arts presenters we met to arrange tours throughout the gorgeous US Northwest (including the wayyy up Northwest – we made some great new friends in Alaska!).

See you all out there soon. Looking forward to touring on the new album in 2016!


The Boys are in Boise

anw_logo_sideWe’ve landed in Boise at the fabled Arts Northwest Booking Conference.  This is a fabulous industry event that brings together an incredibly diverse collection of  artists who blast out 12-minute showcase performances for arts presenters from across the western US. It’s been around a decade since The Bills were here, and we’re looking forward to meeting friends old and new, artists and presenters, and setting up some excellent tours through some beautiful parts of this country.

Presenters from the conference, please visit our Presenters & Media Page

West Coast Gigs Ahoy

Hey folks!

The new album is coming along swimmingly.  And while it won’t be out on the proverbial record store shelves for at least a couple of months, we’ll have some great chances to showcase some new material and classic hits over the next two months.

Two rare local shows in August – Butchart Gardens in Victoria and the Filberg Summer Concert Series in Comox, August 12 and 13.

Then watch for a blazing version of the Bills in the US in September.

See you out there in the sun!

The Bills

Recording liftoff

Hello friends!

It’s been a flurry of activity in Bill-land these past few weeks, lots to bring you up to speed on. We’ve embarked on recording our fifth official album, which has been quite an experience already. The initial phase of tracking is taking place on beautiful Mayne Island, BC in a very comfortable, semi-rustic farmhouse studio, with an adjoining log house which is allowing for some really inspiring times. We have a LOT of exciting new music on the table, and can’t wait to start sharing it.

We’d like to give a HUGE shout out and thanks to the 181 supporters who pre-ordered and contributed financially via our IndieGoGo campaign! We reached 101% of our funding target of $12,000 CAD, and are so thrilled to have rallied as much energy as we did through social media and the videos we circulated.

Those of you who contributed, you can expect to hear from us with some updates as we move forward on the project, and of course, you can expect to receive the music (digital download code, or CDs) sometime in September 2015 (exact date still to be determined).

Thanks to the good folks in Alberta who came out to see us this past weekend, we returned to the Palace Theatre in Daysland for the first time in 13 years (good times!) and played to a sold-out house in Calgary to close the 35th season of the Nickelodeon Music Club.

Keep in touch, we’ll have some more tour dates to share with you very soon, along with some updates on the recording.

A New Album for 2015!

Greetings music fans, and friends of The Bills,

We’re so pleased to announce that the band is slated begin recording a NEW album in April 2015! You can be among the first to own the beautiful new music we’re going to create — learn all about our pre-ordering and fundraising campaign at INDIEGOGO. Visit the link below, and be sure to scroll down the page to check out the various PERKS available for each contribution level!

View our campaign intro video here (or click below):

We’re pretty darn thrilled to be coming together from many corners of the globe to spend some quality time back on our home turf on Canada’s West Coast and get our creativity flowing!

Join other Bills fans and support our campaign!

Many of you may be familiar with online fundraising campaigns, but we are offering a FULL line of exclusive perks for those wish to jump in and contribute to the making of this record on a deeper level! Everything from hand-written lyrics, to personalized video messages from the band, to a full concert in your own house — all possible rewards for our esteemed donors! Visit the campaign headquarters and check it all out.

Good Times, New Tunes

On our handful of great western Canadian shows to close out 2014, The Bills have had the very fine fortune to play with two great bassists – one of them the foundation of the band through JUNO-nominated recordings and thousands of miles of touring: Glen Manders, the other a rising young dude in the Canadian music scene, Nick Mentenko.  Thanks Glen and Nick for so ably filling in for Scott, who’s off in Germany launching a new show.

But Scott will be back next Spring, when the band is set to dive into tracking for their next album.  Until then, watch for the individual Bills in their various incarnations and pursuits.  One of which is happily hunched over their home recording units, composing and arranging for the next beautiful batch of Bills tunes!

Watch for a chance to support the band’s upcoming recording by being among the first to pre-purchase the album.  More info to come!  Until then, happy days to all.

The Bills

California 2014 – Good Times, Bills Times

Good people of California, thank you again!

We’ve just finished 10 days of magic and music, singing and swimming.  From Arcata to Bishop to Pleasant Hill to Santa Cruz, all was wonderful.  Let’s do it again soon!

Next stop: home territory in BC in October, starting with glorious Osoyoos!



From Ontario to BC to California – the endless summer continues

Yes yes yes!  Folks, BillFest 2014 was a ball in Ottawa.  Stewart Park and Home County Fair were Ontario peaks, too.  Then to get a whole week on Saltspring Island as a band with about a dozen of the most amazing instructor colleagues on the planet, a true dream team of musical magic, along with 200 keen fiddle campers of all ages, well, heaven did truly descend to earth over the past two weeks!  Thank you and happy baby birthing Zavellennahh!

And now what?  The party just keeps on rolling!  Come join us for a couple of Vancouver Island dates, back in the homeland, at the end of August, and then, why not track us down on what has become our annual September California jaunt.  See the Shows page for info.  We can’t wait to see you out there.  Good times!

Instructor concert, July 20, 2014 - you've never heard a sound so intergalactic and huge!

Fiddleworks instructor concert soundcheck, July 20, 2014 – you’ve never heard a sound so intergalactic and huge!

Look Out Ottawa – It’s BillFest 2014!

Come one come all, July 17th, to the fabulous Irving Greenberg Theatre (GCTC), Ottawa – 1233 Wellington West.  An amazing line up of four celebrated west coast Canadian bands!  Yes Please!  Scroll down for more info below.


The Bills, two-time JUNO nominees and internationally-celebrated acoustic quintet, headline this one-night only festival of unparalleled global roots music from an all-star collection of West Coast Canadian artists. 
The Marc Atkinson Trio – melodic, energized, amazing acoustic guitar-driven gypsy jazz
Moody Amiri – enchanting classical, Indian and modern spiritual styles played on Persian santur (hammered dulcimer) and viola
Chris Frye and the Analog Ghosts – inspired and inspiring, superbly-crafted Canadian singer/songwriter folk/roots
The Bills latest album, Yes Please, has won accolades across North America and in Western Europe.  On this night, The Bills will play the headline, closing set, while three other bands that are led by members of The Bills will entrance and entertain the audience with shorter sets, each featuring fantastic, stylistically different, musical offerings.
What the media have said about the bands featured at BillFest 2014:
The Bills “With an infectious energy level, clever tunes, fine musicianship, and tight three-part harmonies, the music on “Yes Please” epitomizes modern roots music.”
The Glasgow Herald, reviewing the band’s recent June 4, 2014 show near Edinburgh, Scotland:   “The Plant Song figured largely and lustily among these two typically entertaining and brilliantly skill-packed sets. The quintet’s essential appeal has always lain in their ability to fuse the bluegrass chops and North American folk song nous at their music’s heart with music and metres from sources ranging from Latin America to Eastern Europe. Twin fiddle hoedowns sat naturally next to accordion-led mazurkas.  A Django Reinhardt medley featured an orchestration so sweetly atmospheric we could have been on a black and white movie set, an impression the venue’s period grandeur only enhanced.”
The Marc Atkinson Trio
The Vancouver Province: “Jaw-dropping technique.  Atkinson’s music is exuberantly fresh and sparkling, a wonderful gem.”
Acoustic Guitar Magazine: ”Marc Atkinson Trio’s latest album is one of the top five of the year”
Moody Amiri
CBC radio: “Richard Moody and Amir Amiri have a wonderful chemistry. It’s a tantalizing blend of eastern and western sensibilities.”
Chris Frye
Monday Magazine: “Victoria, BC’s answer to Lyle Lovett”.
Sing Out Magazine: “Frye has a clear, strong rich voice”