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On March 20, enjoy exhilarating acoustic roots music with The Bills, a 2005 Juno Award nominee

Toronto, March 2, 2005 Ė The Bills are ready to take families on a joyous musical ride, so get on board and experience Canadaís foremost roots music sensation! From Vancouver Island, The Bills are an extraordinary quintet renowned for their instrumental virtuosity, lush vocal arrangements, exuberant live performances, evocative songwriting and innovative interpretations of traditional tunes from around the globe. As part of the Music with Bite concert series, Musical March Break with...The Bills, takes place on Sunday, March 20, at 1 p.m., at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Tickets are $8 each or $25 for four. For tickets and information, the public can call 416-973-4000, or visit

Fresh off the road from a near sold-out concert tour of Alberta and B.C., The Bills learned that their latest recording Let em Run has been nominated for a 2005 Juno Award in the Roots and Traditional Album of the Year Group category. In 2002, with the release of their second CD, the award-winning All Day Every Day (under their former name, The Bill Hilly Band), The Bills exploded onto the North American folk scene and are now quickly gaining international recognition as one of roots musicís most inventive and talented acoustic acts.

Drawing inspiration from a melange of European stylings, the rhythms of Latin America, the melodies of the wandering Romany peoples, and traditional styles from across their own continent, The Bills have forged a sophisticated, down-home style all their own thatís being celebrated enthusiastically by fans and media everywhere. The Bills are made up of Marc Atkinson, mandolin; Adrian Dolan, fiddle; Chris Frye, guitar; Glen Manders, bass; and Jeremy Penner, violin.

Since forming in 1996, The Bills have toured theatres and festivals from Copenhagen to California, thrilling audiences with their breathtaking musical explorations and their natural flair for spontaneous humour and theatrics. Whether entertaining an intimate theatre audience or a festival crowd of 10,000, these five gifted musicians are masters at bridging the gulf between stage and audience, welcoming everyone into the good-time atmosphere they create with their array of acoustic instruments.

The Billsí instrumental virtuosity during live shows is legendary for bringing listeners to the edge of their seats, generating irresistible electricity. Their improvisational spirit, combined with a refreshing West Coast approach, shimmering vocals, and expertly-crafted songs has helped the band transcend musical boundaries and create a completely unique and exciting musical experience.

Music with Bite is an intimate, refreshing experience; children can sit up close to the artists and after the concert ask them questions, while enjoying a complimentary Natrel milk beverage and cookies. Music with Bite, a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales of Ontario, is designed to bring families to Harbourfront Centre to give them the opportunity to sample music of all styles in a friendly, accessible format. All of the artists selected to perform at the concerts bring an element of interactivity, education and entertainment to their programs. Jeunesses Musicales of Canada has, since 1949, dedicated its work to musical excellence and the promotion of music for young people. Jeunesses Musicales of Canada is a member of Jeunesses Musicales International.

Music with Bite is co-produced with Jeunesses Musicales of Ontario with the support of the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.


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Linda Liontis
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