Catherine Hiltz is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and educator from Treaty 6 territory Edmonton, AB, currently residing on unceded and occupied Coast Salish Territories in Vancouver BC.
As a session musician, Catherine has worked with artists Tegan and Sara, Jill Barber, Rae Spoon, Mathew V (604 Records), The Sojourners, Khari McClelland, The Katherines (604 Records), and CR Avery. Currently, she plays in groups Queer As Funk, Bad Pop, and Loose Fang. She has worked with producers Sylvia Massey (Johnny Cash, Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Alex Hope (Tegan and Sara, Alannis Morisette), and Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara, Mother Mother, The New Pornographers). She has performed in groups with members of KMFDM, The Matthew Good Band, and Mother Mother, and has toured markets in North America, Europe, and South Asia, performing at some of the world's premiere showcase festivals. She has opened for Steve Vai, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, The Electric Six, Ria Mae, Blue Rodeo, Stars, The Ataris, and many more.
Catherine has provided the original score for OUTtv's in particular, barbara findlay (Becca Plucer, 2015), contributed music to Edmonton radio station CJSR 88.5 FM's queer arts and culture show Gaywire, and worked as music producer on Moving Images' Dissolve: A Documentary on Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (Michelle Porter, 2009). As a music engraver, she transcribed Rae Spoon's 110-song 11-album songbook, which spans the entirety of Spoon's twenty-year musical career. She has taught guitar, bass, cello, and theory to over 40 students per week, in addition to creating and teaching a curriculum for classroom guitar at an elementary school to students in grades 3 to 7.