The Illusion

The Illusion

 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CAN

Lyrical/Film Noir
"The Mad Ramblings of a Legend in his Own Mind." Devin Casario is a poet, writer and musician hailing from Charlottetown, PEI. The Illusion defies genre and employs a subtler version of the “Wall of Sound” technique. Contact:


Devin Casario is a poet, writer and musician hailing from Charlottetown, PEI. His lyrical ability has been compare to the likes of *****, *****, ******** and Lennon.
In 2003 Devin helped form Mars Hill, a seminal, ground-breaking East Coast band that went on to record two acclaimed albums entitled, “Oxcart” (2004) and “Fate Chance Luck Dance” (2006). Both albums received ECMA nominations for Alternative Album of the Year while “Fate…” went on to win a PEI Music Award for Alternative Album in 2007. Mars Hill performed hundreds of shows, festivals and showcases throughout the Maritimes, Ontario and Quebec in their five year run. Their music has been featured in local and regional films and compilations and has charted throughout the country in college radio reaching numerous top 10 lists. They have received extensive airplay on CBC (DNTO/Atlantic Airwaves etc) and to this day maintain a loyal fan base. The band amicably parted ways in June of 2008 two years after relocating to Montreal.

Devin returned home to PEI in the fall of 2008 to pursue a solo career in music. He is the brainchild of The Illusion, a project that will strive to build upon all of the elements that made Mars Hill successful while turning a new corner musically with an increased emphasis on melody and purer songwriting. His new album, “Rooftops & Alleyways” is an ambitious two album project that explores the over-arching theme of ‘enslavement vs. resistance.’

The album was released in October 2010 and received 4 Music PEI Award nominations in January 2011. The sound of The Illusion is eclectic and genre-defying. Broad in scope, The Illusion employs a subtler version of the “Wall of Sound” technique blending elements of pop, folk, reggae, jazz, waltz and hip hop, creating a highly original and visceral soundscape to frontman Devin Casario’s unique vision.

"Rooftops" was mixed in Stereo. "Alleyways" was mixed Mono.


Devin Casario

Devin Casario & The Illusion- “Rooftops & Alleyways” (Double Album)
Date of Release- September 29th 2010
Produced by Devin Casario, Adam Gallant & Jon King
Engineered by Adam Gallant & James Phillips
Mixed by Adam Gallant, Devin Casario & Jon King
Additional Mixing & Mastering by Darren Gallop
All songs written by Devin Casario

*Received 4 MPEI Award Nominations including Alternative Album, Songwriter, Male Vocalist and New Artist.

Mars Hill- “Fate Chance Luck Dance”
Date of Release- April 30 2006
Produced by Mars Hill
Executive Producer- Devin Casario
Engineered by Adam Gallant
Mixed by Adam Gallant and Darren Gallop
Mastered by Darren Gallop
All songs written by Mars Hill/Lyrics by Devin Casario

*Received ECMA nominations for Alternative Recording of the Year (2007) & Urban Single (2007)
*Won PEI Music Award for Alternative Recording of the Year (2007)

Mars Hill- “Oxcart”
Date of Release- Oct 1 2004
Produced by Devin Casario & Darren Gallop
Executive Producer- Devin Casario
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Darren Gallop
All songs written by Mars Hill/Lyrics by Devin Casario

*Received an ECMA nomination for Alternative recording of the Year (2005)

*2007 Atlantic Film Festival (Music & Film-2007) “I Don’t Know, You Don’t Know” from the album Fate Chance Luck Dance
*Well-Oiled PEI Compilation (2006) “Sleepwalker”- unreleased
*Well-Oiled 2 PEI Compilation (2007) “You Aint Seein’”-unreleased

Notable Showcase/Festival Appearances
*Feb 2005- ECMA’s Sydney, NS -House of Rock Showcase (w/ Jimmy Swift Band, Slowcoaster)- PEI Music Suite- Sennheiser Suite
*July 2004- Shoreline Festival
*July 2005- Shoreline Festival (w/Buck 65, Metric, Slowcoaster) Rollo Bay, PEI
*July 2005- PEI Jazz and Blues Festival (w/Salsa Celtica), Charlottetown, PEI
*August 2005- Close to the Coast Music Festival, Charlottetown, PEI
*Feb 2006- ECMA’s Charlottetown, PE- Mars Hill Presents, PEI Music Suite, House of Rock
*July 2006- PEI Jazz and Blues Festival (w/Scott Parsons)
*July 2006 Shoreline Festival (w/ Xavier Rudd, The Sadies, De La Soul) Rollo Bay, PEI
*Feb 2007- ECMA’s Halifax, NS- Main Stage Metro Centre (pre-telecast), Post-Gala Show, Mars Hill Presents, Music PEI Showcase
*July 2007- Fringe Festival Montreal, QC

Set List

2 hour show all originals:

Track Listing for "Rooftops":

1. Kiss The Gun
2. Give Up Space
3. World Without Music
4. Dead Air/The Way
5.. Blood Money
6. Sing Me Down N.Y.C.
7. Here For The Weekend
8. Plush Safe, He Think(s)
9. So Many Times
10. Wicked Light
11. Tell The People
12. Only In Your Dreams

Track Listing for Alleyways:

1. Rooftops & Alleyways
2. These Waterfalls
3. Black As A Poem
4. This is Montreal!
5. Dark Horse Town
6. the devils world
7. Gunplay
8. Face of Stone
9. I Made a Vow
10. Reunion