21 November 2016


The Battle River Music Society (BRMS) is a volunteer organization that was founded in December 2011.

Our mission is to host a music festival in east-central Alberta each summer.

2020 Board Membership (alphabetical)

  • Todd Aughey – Vice President & Director, Entertainment & Website
  • Carol Coleman – President & Partnerships
  • Gary Folk – Director; ‘Bills Place’ Beverage Gardens
  • TBA – Director; Children’s Programs
  • Rob Landry – Secretary
  • Theresa Landry – Director; Volunteers
  • Eva Westergaard – Director; Vendors
  • John Williams – Director; Venue
  • Jim Zadorozny – Treasurer & Marketing

If you would like to join the BRMS, send us an email at cbthfestival@gmail.com

Contact Us

Email:                     cbthfestival@gmail.com
Facebook:               Come By The Hills
Phone:                     780-853-0642
Mailing Address:   6007-52 Avenue, Vermilion, Alberta  T9X 1X3

Photo Credits

We would like to thank all those that have contributed photos to our website. Three individuals deserve special mention for being our ‘official photographers’ over the years:

  • Mr. Robert Hughes (2011-2016)
  • Ms. Diane Boudreau (2017)
  • Ron Saanachan (2018-20)

Others that have contributed photos:  Marsha Clarke, Theresa Landry, Jim Zadorozny, Alok Dhungana, Don Harfield, Wayne / Gwen Gochee, Justine Vandergrift, George Turnbull, and John Scully.

Our 2016 Saturday afternoon crowd!

Special Mentions

Bill Dobson

Bill was an executive member (Vice President) of the Battle River Music Society – organizers of The Come By The Hills Music Festival – for its first four years.  He was instrumental in so many components of the event – reaching out to prospective partners, stage and grounds design, performer contacts, beverage gardens, security and first aid, and generally – along with Jim Zadorozny – the ambassador or ‘face’ of the festival within the community.  William’s strength was with people; he thrived at being a ‘behind the scenes’ influencer within our region, with the ability to turn a ‘no or probably not’ into a “yes!”

Our 2018 festival was dedicated to our “Beverage Garden” guru and all-around great man; Bill Dobson.  Somehow we were able to pull everything together and host a great 2018 festival.  We will continue to honor your efforts with our festival, Bill.

Our sincerest condolences to his family and especially to his beautiful new bride Sherry.  You remain in our prayers.

William – we miss you already and forever.

The BRMS Team

Nigel Elmer

Nigel Elmer was a big part of the planning of our first two festivals.  He was a constant positive presence on our Board and at Mistahiya.  Nigel unfortunately passed away in 2012, leaving behind a wonderful live music-producing legacy.

We strive to meet the standard that Nigel set for our music festival.  Thank you for your dedication Nigel.  You are dearly missed.

Here is a short tribute to our friend Nigel from the 2013 festival…