2017 Festival Highlights

This past July 14 - 16, several thousand people journeyed to Guelph Lake Island for the 34th Annual Hillside Festival.

Check out some of the highlights below. 

 

Mbongwana Star brought the energy to the Main Stage, a perfect way to open the Festival.
Photo by Thomas King
 
Alejandra Ribera giving an evocative performance on the Lake Stage.
Photo by Ryley Remedios
 
Beloved local band, Whoop-Szo, took to the stage 34 years after their mother took the stage.
Photo by Vanessa Tignanelli
 
The always glorious Begonia graced audiences with her timeless voice.
Photo by Dan Hauser
 
Future Peers utilized light and sound to create an interactive experience for the audience.
Photo by Vicki Mahoney
 
Iconic Canadian band, Lowest of the Low, closed out Friday night with a fantastic performance.
Photo by Dan Hauser
 
Quebec-based band, Duchess Says, threw one heck of a party at the Island Stage, throwing themselves into an eager audience.
Photo by Vanessa Tignanelli
 

                                                                      Saturday!

Toronto cult-favourite band Weaves, held a morning workshop that was as lively as their evening party show.
Photo by Vanessa Tignanelli
 
Travelling all the way from Nunavut, The Jerry Cans took to the Main Stage to showcase their blend of traditional Inuit folk music with contemporary pop sounds.
Photo by Dan Hauser
 
Morning workshop with Charlotte Cornfield, Aerialists, Lula Wiles, and Jenny Ritter.
Photo by Thomas King
 
Missy Bauman, one of Hillside's Songwriting Students, took to the Main Stage to showcase her songs of resistance.
Photo by Dan Hauser
 
One of the highlight workshops of the weekend featured the legendary Billy Bragg and iconic Sarah Harmer joined by brillaint new voices, Leonard Sumner and Lisa LeBlanc.
Photo by Dan Hauser
 
No one could stop talking about Leonard Sumner, an Anishinaabe artist from Manitoba. His passion and brilliance deeply affected everyone who saw his performances.
Photo by Dan Hauser
 
With a voice that belies her age, Charlotte Day Wilson's soothing, soulful jazz warmed the Island Stage.
Photo by Thomas King
 
Spoken Word at the Sun Stage was on fire this year, with Lisa Baird & David James Hudson being one of the brilliant acts.
Photo by Vicki Mahoney
 
Klô Pelgag, Quebec star and Polaris nominee, brought a performance of pure creativity to the Main Stage.
Photo by Vicki Mahoney
 
Canadian icon in the making, Coeur de Pirate returned to the Hillside stage.
Photo by Ryley Remedios 
 
 

                                                                       Sunday!

International band The Turbans, were a lively energy on the Main Stage. You couldn't help but dance!
Photo by Dan Hauser
 
Coeur de Pirate in a packed workshop with Klô Pelgag, Sarah Harmer, Ora Cogan and Rae Spoon.
Photo by Dan Hauser
 
Legendary protest singer Billy Bragg headlined Sunday night, with Joe Henry joining him on stage.
Photo by Dan Hauser
 
Eclectic and poetic spoken word group, MissingLinX.
Photo by Vicki Mahoney
 
Iconic Canadian Sarah Harmer anchored the Protest & Resistance theme of Hillside this year.
Photo by Dan Hauser
 
Local singer NEFE is the performer to watch!
Photo by Vicki Mahoney
 
Quebec-based rocker Lisa LeBlanc brought her razor-sharp wit and banjo skills to Island Stage.
Photo by Vicki Mahoney
 
Australian perfomer Xavier Rudd closed out the 2017 festival. 
Photo by Vicki Mahoney