Hillside Inside 2016

January 29 – 31

Performance Schedule

Tickets for DakhaBraka, as well as Jane and Anna McGarrigle are still on sale through Ticketbreak.ca and downtown Guelph at The Bookshelf. 

Download the full 2016 Hillside Inside Schedule Grid here!

Friday, January 29

Saturday, January 30


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. 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 and Guitars

Features local singer-songwriters singing in storefronts in the downtown core from 11:00 am to 2:00pm 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. Begin the adventure with us at Millennium Clothing (24 Wilson St.) at 11am and we'll guide you through! Alicia Miecznikowski, Brenda McMorrow, Madison Galloway, NEFE, The Lifers, Vienna D’Amato Hall.

Youth Showcase

This will be our fifth 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. Here's the great line-up for this year's Hillside Inside: CORCAVAN: Kory Melnick, Evan Little, Carlan Pulkkinen, David Clarke Enough Said: Jessica McDonald, Kieran Bates, Dane Kirkpatrick, Jack Grondin-Collyer, Julian Murphy Talking Fish: Emma Goodridge, Thomas McIlwraith, Spencer Wilson, Hayden Jones, Jacob Pearl The Crowleys: Avalon Burn, Hazel Neufeld, Torrie Wagner, Thomas McIlwraith, Francesca Van Esch Zach Pereira - soloist Victoria Johnson - soloist Alex Cluff - soloist Raichlee Kelly - soloist Nicole Ferraro -soloist Sometime Tomorrow: Gabrielle Santin, Peeka Wellhauser, Ethan Dolderman (one more member to be confirmed) Eleven 11: Brooke Pedersen, Matthew and Nicholas Lafontaine, Julian Murphy


Reading from Mountain City Girls

Anna and Jane McGarrigle, sisters to Kate McGarrigle and aunts of Rufus and Martha Wainwright, will join us in the afternoon of Saturday, January 30th in St. George’s Church to perform a reading of their recent family memoir Mountain City Girls, followed by a Q & A and photo opps. This event is co-presented with our Guelph Fab 5 Friends at the visionary Eden Mills Writers' Festival.


Michael Mucci & Ben Grossman

Ben Grossman, one of Guelph's most adored musicians, will perform with Michael Mucci, who coaxes magic from his 12-string guitar. This event is co-presented with our Guelph Fab 5 partners, Guelph Jazz Festival. It is Pay-What-You-Can!


Geoff Berner

This performance will be Pay-What-You-Can!


The Elwins, The Strumbellas

Saturday night comes alive at Mitchell Hall with the Juno award-winning Strumbellas delivering a full set that will include tunes from their upcoming new album. The Elwins, an upbeat and critically acclaimed group of fine young musicians, will kick off the evening. This bill is yet another unique pairing of artists that has become the signature of Hillside Inside.The Elwins, The Strumbellas.

Sunday, January 31


Sunday Morning Gospel

An exclusive Gospel brunch event featuring the Strumbellas in the beautiful Miijidaa Cafe + Bistro. Tickets are available by reservation only and include both brunch & show for only $25 + HST. Tickets are cash sales only and available at Miijidaa (37 Quebec Street) on a first-come, first-served basis. Brunch reservations begin at 10am, and the show will begin at 11:30am.


Film Screening of Come Worry With Us

This event is co-presented with our Guelph Fab 5 friends the Guelph Film Festival. It's a free event!

Improvisation with Catrina von Radecki

Be wild, Be still, Breath, sweat, move, listen, imagine. A workshop for anyone who would like to explore the creative process through movement in a safe and powerfully inspirational environment. We will dance, write, draw, and use our voices to unleash our creative potential. No experience required, just a desire to travel into the unknown! Please contact [email protected] or 519-803-8829 to register. $25 or free with a Hillside Inside ticket!


Bluegrass Jam

Grand River Ramblers are a galvanic group from the historic stomping grounds of Wellington County. They dig in hard and play from the hell bent heart. Purveyors of Bluegrass, Roots, and something...


An Evening with DakhaBrakha

Considered one of the highlights of the summer 2015 festival, the extraordinary UkraInian quartet known as DahkaBrahka arrive at Hillside Inside on Sunday evening for a two-set performance that promises to raise the roof of the Sanctuary at St. Georges Church. This of course is not to be missed and especially if you did not catch their set in July, here is your chance to see what the fuss was all about.