Hillside Inside 2020

February 7 – 9


Friday, February 7


Intermission: SOuLBEAUTiFUL

Look for a special presentation in the lobby at the q show intermission! Co-presented by Guelph Dance Festival. SOuLBEAUTiFUL presents a reflection on vulnerability, honesty and relentless hope.


q Live from Hillside Inside

Hillside Inside presents q, the CBC Radio 1 arts and culture show hosted by Tom Power, with guests Jackie Pirico, William Prince, Thomas King, Fred Penner, Little Scream, Craig Norris and Nefe.

Saturday, February 8


Hillside Hockey

Hillside Inside steps outside for fresh air with our annual ball hockey tournament. Hot chocolate and cool prizes available! Come to play or come to watch! Want to put in a team? Contact Matty: [email protected]


Youth Showcase

JamSchool's music education accents live performance as the key to developing a life-long love of music. We partner with JamSchool to provide performance opportunities for their students, not only to show support but also because we're impressed by the talent. You will be too.


Girls & Guitars: The Pairs

Girls & Guitars is a progressive party that moves every half hour to a different venue that showcases women rocking it out. We start with The Pairs and their unique blend of harmony and rhythm that will hug your eardrums and inspire you to dance!


Girls & Guitars: Laura Bird

Girls & Guitars continues down the street with Laura Bird's finely honed guitar work and distinctive sultry, smoky voice.


Girls & Guitars: Lifeandthetribe

Next in our Girls & Guitars progressive-party style series is Lifeandthetribe with a unique sound that can best be described as a mixture of pop, rnb, rock and traditional Gambian music (Mande Pop).


Girls & Guitars: Songwriting Students

Our Girls & Guitars finale showcases students from the winter 2020 songwriting course who will sing their original compositions for you. Come show your support for these artists and for the Girls & Guitars project, which is designed to address the gender imbalance in the music industry and to encourage female-identified musicians to write songs that speak of and to them.


Fred Penner - THE CAT CAME BACK - 40th Anniversary Tour

Fred Penner is a gentle giant with an undeniable ability to make you feel good about yourself. We expect to see the full panoply of age demographics out for this show, from chubby toddlers to nostalgic seniors, and everyone in between!


Music Weekends: Girlfriend Material

No, the members of this band are not women. They’re guys from both Tokyo Police Club and Hollerado. The songwriting is brilliant: the banalities of life are shot through with original insights and lovely heart-sinking twists. Honest, catchy, rockin’ music for a Saturday afternoon in the City of Song. Part of Music Weekends in Downtown Guelph. This is a Pay What You Can event.


Donovan Woods with special guest Missy Bauman (Sold Out)

Donovan Woods, Missy Bauman.


WHOOP-Szo with special guests Joyful Joyful

Joyful Joyful’s drone-hymns combine with WHOOP-Szo’s experimental grungey folk-rock to stretch the walls of this newly accessible space with their strange and wonderful sounds.Joyful Joyful, WHOOP-Szo.

Sunday, February 9


Lit Music Brunch

Literature, music and an exceptional menu of brunchy things! Don Gillmor, co-presented by the Eden Mills Writers' Festival, will read to you from his book To the River: Losing My Brother. Musical guest Tony Dekker of the Great Lake Swimmers. $35 +HST. You can reserve your seat for this event by calling Miijidaa Café: (519) 821-9271. They accept credit card numbers over the phone. Doors open at 10:30am; Reading and Music 11:30am-1pm.Don Gillmor, Tony Dekker.