The Side Street Story

Thanks for finding your way to The Side Street Project. On the site, you will find video clips and photos of our debut episode, Q&As with the creative team, news updates and much more. The Side Street Project is an exhilarating live music event featuring three artists sharing a stage surrounded by small audience, filmed in HD. The show features performances of unique collaborations on cover songs and original material from today’s most innovative, influential, emerging and legendary artists from around the world. The show has a distinct visual identity and an intimate, artist-friendly atmosphere. With the focus on the craft of songwriting, musicianship and performance, The Side Street Project is fuelled by the creativity of the artists. Like the collaborative musical carnival of the The Rolling Stones’ Rock n’ Roll Circus, and the immediate and intimate performance of Nigel Godrich’s From The Basement and MTV Unplugged, The Side Street Project showcases the spirit and imagination of today’s best musicians and performers. If you have any inquiries or would like to contact us, please email us at info@thesidestreetproject.com.


Meet The Producers


Michael Perlmutter

Michael spends his days and nights watching films and TV, listening to music, reading scripts, negotiating and moshing. His previous work included stints in advertising (U2 “Pop Tour”), Music Publishing (EMI Music Publishing Canada), artist management and Director of Music Supervision at SL Feldman & Associates. Michael has been asked to speak/moderate on panels at various conferences including: MIDEM, Cannes, Winter Music Conference, Miami, Billboard Dance Music Summit, NYC, NXNE, Toronto, ECMA Music Conference, Maritimes, Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax and CMW (Canadian Music Week), Toronto.

Michael is currently Creator and Producer of the music documentary The Side Street Project. Some of Michael’s projects include: Queer as Folk (5 Seasons – Showtime; placed 1,000 songs and produced 5 soundtracks), Degrassi: The Next Generation (Seasons 6, 7 & 8, Epitome Pictures), ‘Da Kink in my Hair (Season 2 – Global), Tribute Bands (Doc. Series, Good Company Pictures), The Best Years (Seasons 1 & 2 – The N and Global), Triple Sensations (Seasons 1 & 2 – CBC), Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Gala (2007 & 2008 – CBC), The Bridge (Pilot MOW – CTV) Feature Film highlights include: High Life (Triptych Media), Saint Ralph (Amaze Film & TV), Child Star and Last Night (both for Rhombus) and Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home. Commercial adverising work includes placing songs with Ford Focus and Guinness. Send music. Send films. Send scripts.


Matt Hilliard-Forde

Matt is a Toronto-based writer/director/producer, and co-founder of Motel Pictures Inc. He co-created and produced The Side Street Project. Matt’s independent feature Long Hot Summer co-stars Martin Freeman (Hitchhicker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Office), and select short films include Running Towards Tomorrow (BravoFACT!), starring Vik Sahay (Chuck, Amal), and the award-winning The Hall (Best Short Film – Toronto International Digital Video Festival; Best Video in the Independent Film and Video category – Houston WorldFest). Matt has also ventured into theatre, directing Easy written by Ian Carpenter, and the independent theatre hit In Between, written by Matt Sadowski.

Matt clambered up through the ranks of Canadian film and television working in various production roles on shows such as Relic Hunter, Robocop: Prime Directives, and Queer as Folk. He is currently making a documentary on indie band Whale Tooth, and developing The Side Street Project into a series.


Nicole Hilliard-Forde

Nicole Hilliard-Forde is an Emmy-nominated Casting Director. Select credits include Traitor produced by Overture Films; Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, directed by Danny Leiner for New Line Cinema and It’s a Boy Girl Thing, produced by Rocket Pictures. Nicole is currently seeking opportunities to collaborate with producers, writers and industry players committed to furthering and enhancing ground-breaking Canadian cultural products at large. Nicole is currently involved in the programming for TIFF Rising Stars. TIFF Rising Stars showcases the next generation of Canadian actors poised for international careers and immerses four selected actors in a series of public and private industry meetings with international casting directors, filmmakers, producers and development executives during the Toronto International Film Festival. 

A full filmography can be found at www.nicolehilliardforde.com/outcast/. Nicole is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Advanced Producer’s Residency and a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Los Angeles.