Make a Donation
Hillside is a registered charity and happily accepts donations of any dollar amount. This year, we are trying to raise money to create a pedal-powered stage in the Children's Area. The Rainbow Stage in this area has amps and speakers and microphones and lights--like any of our other four stages--but this year, we would like to power that technical production using bicycles that generate and store energy. This way, Hillsiders not only get to participate in the creation of the sounds and lights of the stage by pedaling the bicycles, but also they get to do so in an environmentally-conscious way that helps shrink our carbon footprint. This initiative is part of the larger greening of our festival that has been underway since 1984 and includes such ventures as dishwashing (we don't have any throwaway dishes on site), free water, the digging of compost pits on site, tree planting and the shuttle bus, which runs from downtown Guelph out to Guelph Lake for the festival.
We are also trying to raise money to sustain our Girls & Guitars project, which has three parts: in-the-schools seminars featuring singing and songwriting; staged performances at the festivals; and a songwriting course. This project proceeds from our recognition that the music industry tends to be dominated by males, who are the performers, agents, presenters, promoters, and critics of music. By placing female singer-songwriters in the schools who will teach children about the power of voice, of continued music practice, the importance of creativity for maintaining a healthy life, and how to write songs that move and inspire, we are hoping to make grassroots change among the upcoming generations. To command a stage and a place in people’s hearts and imaginations is any artist’s role, and it is our purpose to teach children that they should not abandon a creative life once they reach adulthood because they don’t see themselves as a “good fit” for that world. Through our staged performances and our songwriting course, we want to encourage artists of all ages to be heard, loudly and clearly, because equality is not only a central feature of our vision, it is fundamental to peace, liberty, and fair opportunity in our world.
If you'd like to donate to one of these causes---or to just help subsidize the madness of our community festival---please go ahead and use the PayPal button below. If you want your money to go toward a specific cause, please email our Executive Director, Marie Zimmerman. She'd be happy to channel your enthusiasm to the right budget line.
Hillside is a registered charity! Our registration number is 12949 3292 RR0001.