The Hillside Summer Festival and Hillside Inside are three-day, multi-stage events with a broad artistic vision that emphasizes diversity:  of culture, of musical heritage and style, of age, geography and influence.

Set in a beautiful, accessible conservation area with campgrounds on Guelph Lake, our summer festival is world-renowned as one of Canada’s most progressive, environmentally conscious, completely non-commercial community celebrations. We create a village on Guelph Lake Island that we fill with music, dance, drumming, food, crafts, and more. 

Vision Statement

Hillside will create a more vibrant and caring world by promoting altruism, equality, environmentalism, and peacemaking in every aspect of its work.

Mission Statement

The Hillside Community Festival is a not-for-profit music festival that celebrates creativity through artistic expression, community engagement, and environmental leadership.

Board of Directors

Adrian Harding
Cameron Grant
Hazel Wheeler
Jeremy Marr
Joanne Raymond
John Leacock
Luke Weiler
Mandy Schnurr
Murray Clarke
Nicola Inglefield
Ryan Brydges


Marie Zimmerman | Executive Director
Samir Baijal | Artistic Director
Nichika Ramadoo | Operations Manager
Cathy Simioni | Bookkeeper
Kate Johnston | Volunteer Program Manager
Gareth Lind | Graphic Designer
Vish Khanna | Publicist
Matt Knischewsky | Technical Production Manager
Sascha Poddar-Kampmann | Security Director
Margarita Brighton | Video Editor
Tabassum Siddiqui | Editor, Writer

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