Hillside Inside 2015

February 6 – 8

Performance Schedule


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Friday, February 6


Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits with special guest Alex Cuba

Kings of Zimbabwe and Cuban music traditions respectively, don't miss these musical masters! Jan Sherman, an Anishnaabe culture keeper, will open Hillside Inside at this exciting show. Doors open at 7:00pm. This show is seated, general admission. Tickets can be purchased through the River Run Centre.Alex Cuba, Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits.


Dance at intermission in the lobby: "Time to Come Home"

Choreographed by Megan O'Donnell. Seven women engage in ritualistic movement to escape isolation in the woods, where a blustering wind has taken hold. They are able to suspend their current situation and enter into a more desirable one, until it is time to come home. This dance piece will take place during the intermission between Alex Cuba and Oliver Mtukudzi and is sponsored by the Guelph Dance Festival with thanks to DanceTheatre David Earle Studios. Dancers: Suzette Sherman, Georgia Simms, Kristine Muth, Jordana Deveau, Lisa Bush, Susan Bowden, Jenna Oxley.


Kid Koala with special guests bizZarh

Good lord, three of Canada's most innovative hip-hop artists under one roof. Can't wait! This show is general admission. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketbreak and The Bookshelf. Doors open at 9:00pm.BADBADNOTGOOD, bizZarh, Kid Koala’s Vinyl Vaudeville Show.

Saturday, February 7


Hillside Hockey

A non-contact, all-ages charitable tournament that will be held in the parking lot of the RBC near St. George’s Square, benefiting the Guelph Lake Nature Centre (grcf.ca). All proceeds will go to the Grand River Conservation Foundation’s efforts to create a new Nature Centre with classrooms, nature trails, ponds and fields for public educational activities. Teams consist of five players and one goalie. Multi‑generational teams will be given preference. There will also be lots of shinny games! A $20 donation per team is suggested for entry to the tournament. Each team will play two games lasting approx. 25 mins each. There will be hot chocolate available and we encourage you to bring some cheerleaders. Bring children under 12 for a pickup game on the fly in between the scheduled games. There will be prizes for best team uniforms. Thank you to the Royal Bank for their support!


Girls & Guitars

Features local singer-songwriters singing in storefronts in the downtown core from 10:00 am to 1:00pm in progressive party fashion. These female performers are at different stages of their careers, some full-time professionals and some fairly new to the scene. All share a passion for performance, for music, and for creative expression--which we share with them. Some of these women will be accompanied by very young performers whom they are mentoring.Alanna Gurr, Ambre McLean, Hazy Maidens, Joni NehRita, Madison Ing, Shannon Kingsbury.


Youth Showcase

11:00am-1:00pm. This will be our fourth winter festival showcasing young musicians and working with JAM School, a visionary team of music teachers who accent performance. They partner with us to showcase the state of youth music in Guelph, giving young musicians and singers wonderful opportunities to play their hearts out on our stages. Guelph is full of exceptional musical talent—it’s partly heritage; partly the water we drink; partly the preponderance of great festivals and promoters; and partly the existence of JAM School.


Owen Pallett with special guest Jennifer Castle

Genius composition, virtuoso performances, heart-melting vocals--and all taking place in the serene beauty of the sanctuary at St. George's Church. Don't miss this magical afternoon. This show is seated, general admission. Tickets are available through Ticketbreak and The Bookshelf. Doors open at 2:00pm.Jennifer Castle, Owen Pallett.


Kid Koala Graphic Music

With video, turntabling, and piano, Kid Koala reads from his graphic novel, Space Cadet. This is an exciting co-presentation with the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival. MC: Andrew Hood, author of Pardon our Monsters, The Cloaca, and Jim Guthrie: Who Needs What (to be released April 2015).


Jon and Roy

This dynamic folk duo sing about freedom on their latest album, Let it Go. Much-loved by Guelphites, Jon and Roy are a folk/rock duo from Victoria, BC who have been performing throughout Canada and the world. Their latest album, “By My Side,” was released this past spring and includes the so...


The New Pornographers with special guests Operators

Some of the best pop/rock you'll ever hear. This show is general admission. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketbreak and The Bookshelf. Doors will open at 8:30pm.Operators, The New Pornographers.

Sunday, February 8


Drumming Workshop

This is the fifth year that our winter festival has offered a drumming workshop for the experienced and inexperienced alike. Guelph’s Jamie Andrews of Jembe Solutions, who focuses on West African percussion, will facilitate this year’s free workshop. Participants are invited to bring along their own drums or to use the ones we will have on hand. Come make some joyful noise!


Sunday Gospel Session with Jude Vadala & friends

Come out and sing along to gospel tunes old and new accompanied by guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and rich three-part harmonies. It will be a guaranteed spirit lifter! Helping Jude with the show will be the wonderfully talented Katherine Wheatley, Chris Terhune, Joanne Smythe and Pam Harrison.


Ariana Gillis

One of Canada's best singer-songwriters!  Not every young Canadian singer-songwriter gets to launch her CD with a live appearance on the US satellite station Sirius XM. The show was hosted by Dave Marsh, author of more than 25 books on rock and…


Swing Dance Workshop

Co-presented by the Guelph Dance Festival, & Hillside Inside, this swing workshop will be conducted by Toronto's Frog In Hand. Frog in Hand is a contemporary troupe of dancers, musicians and actors who will also perform a swing piece during intermission at the STARS and Hey Rosetta! show at the River Run Centre on Sunday night, Feb 8th. Come learn the tricks and twirls of swing with Mayumi Lashbrook and Mateo Galindo Torres--your body will love you for it!


Folly & The Hunter, Kalle Mattson

Two forces, each lyrically embroiled in loss and hope, come together for what promises to be an uplifting afternoon.Folly & The Hunter, Kalle Mattson.


Jeremy Fisher

Just nominated for a 2015 JUNO for Adult Alternative Album of the Year for The Lemon Squeeze, Jeremy Fisher offers sweet folk that is so much more than the throwback it initially seems to be. Listening to Mint Juleps, the fifth album by two-time Juno Award nominee Jeremy Fisher, is like ambling through the long and relaxed dog days of summer. The acoustic-driven collection of 12 songs reun...


Stars with special guests Hey Rosetta!

This will be a big show with two stellar bands and a sweet intermission dance performance. But, this show is SOLD OUT. Sorry! And all weekend passes, which included seats for this show, are sold out, too.Hey Rosetta, Stars.


Dance at intermission in the lobby: "Café Noisette"

Choreographed by Frog in Hand and co-presented by the Guelph Dance Festival, "Cafe Noisette" is a must-see performance. It’s 1920, and gangsters swagger into a café. Chaos ensues as waiters flirt with danger, suited men pick fights and the locals erupt into energetic dancing based on the Charleston and swing. Inspired by a speakeasy atmosphere, this performance creates tension and excitement with dance, theatre, stage combat, thematic music and period costumes. This piece will take place during the intermission between Hey Rosetta! and STARS. It can be seen again at the Guelph Dance Festival, June 4th to 7th!