About

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The Hillside Festival is a three-day, five-stage event with a broad artistic vision that emphasizes diversity:  of culture, of musical heritage and style, of age, geography and influence.

Set in a beautiful, accessible conservation area with campgrounds on Guelph Lake, we are world-renowned as one of Canada’s most progressive, environmentally conscious, completely non-corporate community festivals.

This year's line-up embraces such styles and influences as indie-rock, folk, hip-hop, blues, jazz, world, electronic, and reggae with bands like Michael Franti & Spearhead, Nels Cline Singers, Daniel Lanois, Great Lake Swimmers, Braids, the Weather Station, Last Ex, Elaquent, BADBADNOTGOOD, Tamikrest, and more. It crosses generations from James Brown sideman Pee Wee Ellis to Montreal’s Doldrums, and it salutes some of the world’s best female artists, such as Terra Lightfoot, Baskery, Frazey Ford, Mo Kenney, Suzanne Jarvie, Natalie Prass, and Rachel Sermanni among others.

Hillside is 32 years old in 2015 and has won many awards, including this year’s Volunteer Family of the Year (thanks to the Perissonotto family’s various operational contributions) and a Festival & Events of Distinction Award from Festivals & Events Ontario.