August 17th 2018 08:00 PM - August 17th 2018 11:59 PM

THE DILL Record Release Party

10.00 - 20.00
306 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, Canada

THE DILL Record Release Party


It’s our pleasure to be hosting the record release for arguably the most ambitious album ever to come out of Hamilton…

The Dill & The Casbah presents: “GREETINGS FROM”

THE DILL is a rock ‘n’ roller taking his time.

Over the past 20 years, Dylan “The Dill” Hudecki has; co-founded the post-rock duo Junior Blue with Broken Social Scene drummer Justin Peroff; toured the world with Toronto power-pop perennials By Divine Right; co-created the Hamilton Music Award-winning band Cowlick with his brother Jackson and managed to hold down a day job as a school teacher while raising three kids.

Now, he’s finally made his first solo record—and to say it’s been a long time coming would be a gross understatement. On the surface, Greetings From may appear to be a typical 12-song solo singer/songwriter effort—but it’s actually the greatest-hits distillation of an unprecedented recording and visual-art project that stretches back nearly two decades. Since 2000, The Dill has been stockpiling songs that drew from personal experience, but were brought to life through communal improvisation. With a little help from his many friends—ranging from the unsung heroes in his hometown of Hamilton to some of the biggest names in Canadian indie-rock—The Dill had, by 2016, amassed a total of 52 songs, which he debuted online one at a time on a weekly basis over the course of that year. As for a physical release, well, that could only take one possible form—as a deck of playing cards, of course, with each of the 52 tracks represented by an original, thematic image created specially for the project by cast of 45 Canadian visual artists. “It’s my magnum opus,” says The Dill of his 52-storey tower of song. “It was a giant snowball I rolled down the hill with lots of my friends.”

But now, that giant snowball is getting chiseled down into tidy, ice-cube-tray portions. Released on the new Elora, Ontario-based label, “Dead Radio, Love Records” (from the same folks who put on the annual Elora Riverfest), “Greetings From” selects 12 highlights from the playing-card project for a traditional release on vinyl. But even in condensed form, Greetings From covers vast musical terrain, from the cosmic, Air-style soft rock of “1000 Days” to the brassy, hand-clapped soul of “Emotional Guarantee” to the bossa-nova sway of “Our Favourite Song.” And the guest list here reads like the nominee roll call at a Polaris Music Prize gala: Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene massages the banjo-plucked foot-stomper “Did I Drop the Ball or Miss the Boat” with warm Wurlitzer tones; Born Ruffians’ Luke Lalonde contributes ghostly backing vocals to the drifting acoustic reverie “I Can’t Read Your Mind (But I Can Daydream)”; and Sarah Harmer plays the June to The Dill’s Johnny over the fuzzy twang of “I Love You in Kenora.” And true to the project’s collaborative spirit, The Dill cedes the spotlight on “Stop Time” to Arkells’ Max Kerman, who sashays through this ‘50s-inspired doo-wop ballad like some bygone matinee idol.

But for all the playful eclecticism in effect here, the songs on Greetings From are united by The Dill’s wry, sobering observations on navigating life’s great disappointments. And as this whole experience has shown him, good things do come to those who wait.

“It’s been a labour of love,” The Dill says. “As fate would have it, it was a 16-year labour, so this baby is coming out an adolescent already.”

Come greet this brand new baby Friday August 17th, with Twin Within and The Crowleys to boot.

Set times:

Twin Within- 10

The Dill – 11

The Crowleys – 12:15

Rotating DJ’s throughout the night

$10 concert-only tickets
$20 concert+the vinyl
Available starting July 20th, 9am via Brüha on
Hardcopies at DrDisc Hamilton & The Lounge at Casbah the week to follow.





The Casbah

The Casbah (located at the corners of King St West & Queen St North in the Central Neighbourhood of downtown Hamilton Ontario) opened it’s doors in January 2001. The debut event was none other than Seminal Pixies frontman Frank Black and his band the Catholics. The sold out concert was presented by the venue, and in association with a new local promoter who would one day become a more significant component to the Casbah as a live music club.

Ticket Information

Please note that your tickets will be email to you and attached as a PDF upon successfully registering for this event. In the event that you have either not received your confirmation email, cannot find the confirmation email, or used an incorrect email address, please contact the organizer.

All ticket holders will receive an email notification reminder 24-48 hours prior to the event's start date (this does not imply particular sessions, just the event). Your tickets will also be attached to this email.

It's encouraged to save your tickets to your phone by downloading them or taking a screenshot, however you may also print your tickets before arriving to the event.