Some roles we grow
into. And some roles we're born to play. For the past five years
Hugh Dillon has been doing the former growing into one of Canada's
hottest and most in-demand television actors, earning accolades and
industry acknowledgments for his gritty portrayals in programs such
as the cop drama Flashpoint and the moody, cerebral, serial
thriller Durham County. Now, well, now he's ready to return to the
character he's most comfortable and at home in. Hugh Dillon.
Musician. And he's a natural.
This fall Dillon
drops the stunningly assured Works Well With Others, a testament to
who he is, where he is and how far he's come in the past decade. No
longer the angry young man, although far too driven and intense to
ever be tamed, the 14 tracks, produced by the Tragically Hip's Paul
Langlois in his band's Bathhouse Studio, showcase an individual and
artist who's mature, confident, in control, and finally ready to
express himself on his own terms.
makes me more honest," says the Kingston native, who first gained
acclaim in the '90s with his spit 'n' sneer chart-topping rock act
The Headstones. "It's almost subconscious but once I sit down and I
hear a melody, the words just kind of come out and they just seem
to be," he pauses, "they just seem to be less full of shit."
He credits the
songwriting process as his creative outlet. "There's a freedom in
songwriting when you don't have the pressures of writing for a band
or an audience or a live performance," the unapologetic artist
says. “I’ve always considered myself a songwriter. I never really
stop thinking about words and music."
trademark, no bullshit, tell-it-like-it-is approach rings loud and
clear throughout Works Well With Others. From the remarkably
restrained yet somehow soaring first single and album-opener
Friends of Mine to the poignant and wistful Sentimental Me the
swampy, Stonesy throw-back rocker Ten Feet Tall and the
effortlessly poppy Surface of the Sun, Dillon is utterly at home
and relaxed in the sonic scenes and set dressings he's created for
himself on this, his solo major label debut.
suddenly burgeoning television career couldn't stem the flow,
actually helping by providing an outlet to get the songs heard, as
producers and directors were rightfully amenable to having tracks
grace the soundtracks to their shows -- Flashpoint utilizing the
smoldering, Cohen-esque Lost at Sea, and Durham County adopting the
gorgeous and contemplative Puzzle I Am.
There was also the
opportunity to road test some of the songs in front of audiences as
the Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir, which in turn paved the way for
the High Cost of Low Living, an independent, limited release
Now? Well, with
his acting career at full boil, he's returning to his first
passion, making music. He's doing it with songs he's passionate
about and with material he feels represents who he is and where he
is at this time in his life. And he's even doing it knowing full
well that after such a lengthy hiatus and without the name
recognition of his previous band it's almost as if he's starting
But that's just
another challenge, another door Dillon's ready to kick down.
started from scratch," he scoffs. "Even when I was younger, I moved
to England when I was 19 and started playing with my first band. I
moved back to Toronto didn't know anybody and it was a struggle,
and I started from scratch. And then when I left The Headstones I
was chopping wood up north, I was starting from scratch. I got back
into acting and built my way up. It's like that with this record.
I'm not riding on my reputation, you can't go back. You've got to
start from scratch".
And so it is with
Works Well With Others. A new episode, a new season, a new series
for Hugh Dillon. In the role he was born to play.
Works Well With
Others will be released simultaneously on October 13, 2009 by
Warner Music Canada and exclusively through Itunes in the
now airing in over 50 countries around the world, has
consistently won its time slot across all categories the US,
averaging 9 million US viewers per episode. Production for Season
3 begins in January 2010.
· Flashpoint has
earned 19 Gemini Nominations for 2009. Hugh Dillon received two
nominations – Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing
Leading Dramatic Role (Flashpoint) and Best Performance by an
Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or
Mini-Series (Of Murder and Memory). Hugh has received two
nominations in the past, one in 2006 and 2008. The Awards will be
given out in November.
· Durham County
debuted on The Movie Network, Movie Central, Showcase in Canada
to critical acclaim in 2008. Season 2 aired this summer,
garnering more praise and accolades. Season 3 begins shooting
this fall in Montreal.
· The ION
Network in the US premiered Season 1 on Sept 7th and will begin
airing Season 2 in October. The New York Times rave review stated
“Durham County in short, is very very creepy and unsettling, and
entirely addictive, a modern murder mystery… This series is
appeals to grownups who prefer their crimes served fresh and with
film noir understatement… It’s not what a lot of people think of
when they think of Canada, but it’s a lot more