Hillside Inside 2014

February 7 – 9

Weekend Schedule

Remember to download the 2014 Hillside Inside Schedule  to your phone, so you can keep the weekend's events at your finger tips! Printed postcards can also be found around downtown Guelph, and at all festivals venues!

Friday, February 7


Fab 5 Cabaret

Hillside Inside kicks off with a warm embrace of the four other festivals in Guelph and area that comprise the “Fab 5”: the Guelph Dance Festival, the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, the Guelph Jazz Festival, and the Festival of Moving Media. Celebrating their receipt of a three-year Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to further develop their partnership, the Guelph Fab 5 will each contribute a signature piece to the cabaret, which starts at 7:30 pm in Cooperators’ Hall at the River Run Centre. A little like a Valentine’s Day chocolate box, the cabaret will allow the audience to sample the flavour of each festival, offering a sensual indulgence and opportunity to expand one’s artistic experiences. The performances will include Tony Dekker (Hillside) of Great Lake Swimmers’ fame, Portal Dance Project (Dance), and the 9-member band, GUH (Jazz), who will perform a musical score to the Festival of Moving Media’s screening of Georges Méliès’ 1912 film, Conquest of the Pole (À la Conquête du Pôle). The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival offers Maestro Fresh Wes, the pioneering, Juno-award winning “godfather of rap.” With thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, a major funder of this project, to the Downtown Guelph Business Association and to Guelph Tourism.Conquest of the Pole (À la Conquête du Pôle), GUH, Maestro Fresh Wes, Portal Dance Project, Tony Dekker, Young Lions.


A Tribe Called Red with special guest Lido Pimienta

Mitchell Hall at St. George’s Church (99 Woolwich Street, Guelph) will be the scene of A Tribe Called Red, the wildly popular First-Nations group (Upper/Lower Cayuga and Nipissing Anishnabe) that has twice been nominated for a Polaris Prize for their unusual sound that remixes traditional Pow Wow music with contemporary club sounds. A Tribe Called Red has recently been in the news for challenging the Nepean Redskins’ right to use that name for their team and for asking audience members to stop wearing fake “Indian” headdresses to their concerts. Lido Pimienta, a Columbian-born Toronto-based artist, will open the show with her concoction of chanting, electronic beats and Afro-Colombian rhythms. “Picture Bjork if she grew up in Baranquilla,” says Sergio Elmir of Dos Mundos. A Tribe Called Red, Lido Pimienta.

Saturday, February 8


Youth Music

JAM School and Hillside Inside get together to showcase some of our favourite young musicians and singer-songwriters in the bright and busy space that is Planet Bean Café on the corner of Wyndham and Carden Streets in downtown Guelph.


Timber Timbre with special guest Tanya Tagaq

This is the full “get-away concert” of the festival guaranteed to give you goose bumps: Timber Timbre plays with Tanya Tagaq, the Inuit throat singer, in the beautiful sanctuary of St. George’s Church. Nominated for a 2012 Juno for Alternative Band of the Year, Timber Timbre is a lush trio known for their “ragged blues” and otherworldly sound. Tanya Tagaq from Nunuvut won the Best Female Artist award at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards in 2005 and was nominated for a 2006 Juno for Best Aboriginal Recording. She has developed a style all her own and is often compared to Björk with whom she has collaborated. So, if you are looking for a concert that will transport you to another universe, another soundscape, this is the one to attend!Tanya Tagaq, Timber Timbre.


Lit Music: The Broken Social Scene Story Project

Three pieces of writing, based upon songs from the famous Broken Social Scene record "You Forgot It In People," will be read aloud by their award-winning authors. The readings will be alternated by a special rendition of the song each story was based upon, performed by The Darcys. Planet Bean will be serving specialty warm beverages, as well as beer, cider, and wine. Jane Ozkowski, Jesse McLean, Shari Kasman, The Darcys.


July Talk with special guests The Darcys

This is indie rock at its freshest. Sometimes July Talk sounds like The Cure with a female lead; sometimes their sound is even more distinctive, as one reviewer quips: “Imagine Tom Waits and Amy Millan shouting whiskey-soaked lullabies while backed by the members of Crazy Horse and youʼd have a good start.” Both of these bands offer thoughtful lyrics and innovative music that eschews predictability, with The Darcys being hailed as “the next big thing” by many music reviewers. As Chromewaves says of The Darcys, they are “an inordinately talented and ambitious outfit with a gift for dramatic, prog-pop songcraft. With lush keyboards, nimble, complex rhythms, intricately-arranged guitars set to chime and squall, and rough yet soaring vocals from frontman Jason Couse, their sound is evocative of turn of the century Radiohead and Elbow; certainly heady reference points and ones that set them apart from many of their peers.”July Talk, The Darcys.

Sunday, February 9


Hand Drumming with Tom Wolf

Experience the joy and exhilaration of drumming as Tom leads a workshop in West African rhythms. The program will be molded and adapted to those who come to participate on the day of the event. Over 30 years of professional percussion experience gives Tom a deep well to draw from.


Gadfly House Dance Workshop

Chill out with the maverick urban dancers of Gadfly Dance Company and learn the basics of House dancing, Hip Hop, B-boying and Waacking. Workshop is free and open to all ages. No previous experience required. All you need is loads of energy, spontaneity and comfy clothes.


Singing workshop with the Guelph Community Singers

Come croon with the Guelph Community Singers, a non-professional, unintimidating group of passionate people who love to sing. Learn about call-and-response, rounds, and chants, and try your own warbling with this talented and welcoming troupe who will sing about peace, and faith and hope in preparation for the Gospel Session with Whitehorse and The Strumbellas at 3:00pm (just down the street at St. George’s Church).


Whitehorse with special guests The Strumbellas

Whitehorse has also been nominated for numerous folk music awards and the Polaris prize, having just recently won the Hamilton Music Award for Alternative Recording of the Year for “The Fate Of The World Depends On This Kiss.” Whitehorse played at Hillside last summer both on the Main stage and in the Children’s area, which resulted in Hillsiders from 3 to 83 naming them as their favourite band. Folk pop-grass band, The Strumbellas, will play alongside Whitehorse and Slimmon, lending to the afternoon performance the kind of improvisational virtuosity this Juno-nominated band has become known for. The Strumbellas are an indie rock alternative country band whose gorgeous harmonies blend beautifully. The Strumbellas, Whitehorse.