As a musician and performer, Kourkoutis has had the honour of playing for Serena Ryder, The Weeknd, Martha and the Muffins, Tara Slone, The Cliks, Saidah Baba Talibah, Keisha Chante and Dane Hartsell, 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 alt/pop/rock band Drowning Girl, before pursuing her current solo project Hill & The Sky Heroes, an alien/surf-rock band. 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), Martha and the Muffins, Saidah Baba Talibah, Dane Hartsell and Lucas Silveira (The Cliks).
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, Martha Johnson and Mercy the Sexton. Hill has also branched out into the world of production since establishing her studio “The Lair” and has produced albums or singles for Lucas Silveira, The Cliks, Eh440, Saidah Baba Talibah, Hunter Valentine, Martha and the Muffins and Hill & The Sky Heroes.
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 with 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 would direct 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), to name a few. These projects brought her much attention and Kourkoutis’ shoots have been covered by ET Canada and eTalk. She was also featured in eTalk’s story on Canadian Female Directors.
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. Stay tuned.
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