Hillside expects approximately 4000-5000 patrons per day in addition to over 1300 volunteers, performers, presenters and guests. Hillside 2024 will be held on July 19-21, 2024.

All applications are currently closed. Keep an eye on this page for 2024 applications!

Media Accreditation Application (CLOSED)

Media representatives are welcome to apply for media accreditation for Hillside 2023

Application deadline: July 9, 2023

Neighbourhood Tent Application (CLOSED)

The Neighbourhood Tent welcomes local not-for-profit organizations and groups to showcase the amazing work that they do in our community. Organizations with a focus on green living, alternative energy sources, positive community development, and the promotion of equality and sustainable development are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: April 30, 2023.

Volunteer Application (CLOSED)

Volunteer applications are now closed for the 2023 festival. We may still be searching for volunteers in particular areas, and may open the application again later. Please get in touch with the Volunteer Program Manager if you would like to be notified if the application process re-opens, or if you would like to volunteer in the following areas: Stage Crew, Security.

More information and FAQs about volunteering can be found here.

Children’s Performer Application (CLOSED)

Children’s performers are welcome to apply to play on the Rainbow Stage.

Application deadline: April 9, 2023.

Spoken Words Application (CLOSED)

We invite folks from any region to perform on the Sun Stage. This application is for spoken word, poetry, reading, and other similar art forms.

Application deadline: April 9, 2023.

Drum and Dance Application (CLOSED)

Drum and Dance performers and workshop presenters are welcome to apply to Hillside 2023.

Application deadline: April 9, 2023.

Food Vendor Application (CLOSED)

We invite applications from local and regional chefs/artisans who create locally-sourced, organic, sustainable, and/or healthy menus that cater to a variety of tastes and dietary needs (vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, kid-friendly, etc.). Applications are reviewed by our Food Vending Committee for menu quality, diversity, and to provide a balance of the types of offerings and price points in our Food Bazaar. We try to offer a range of unique menus and cuisines, and we are interested in vendors who offer meals and beverages. We especially welcome vendors who uphold Hillside’s Vision and Mission.

Application deadline: March 1, 2023.

Craft Vendor Application (CLOSED)

We invite applications from local and regional craftspeople who are the designers, creators and producers of crafts to be sold at the festival. We are unable to review applications from vendors who sell imported products. Applications are juried by our Craft Vending Committee to ensure the quality and originality of items for sale, and to provide a balance of different craft categories that appeal to our diverse Hillside community. We are particularly interested in businesses and products that uphold Hillside’s Vision and Mission (which can be found on our website). 
The Hillside Festival is an industry leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship. In keeping with this, we encourage applications from environmentally-friendly businesses who offer sustainable products. We expect applicants to elaborate on the environmentally friendly aspects of their products and business practices, as this is one of the major factors in the selection process. Approximately 29 booths are available. 

Application deadline: March 1, 2023.

Local Artist Application (CLOSED)

Local artists from Guelph and surrounding locations within 30 KM are invited to apply to perform at Hillside 2023. Please note that submissions outside 30 KM of Guelph will not be considered.

Application deadline: March 1, 2023.

Workshop Presenter Application (General and Children’s Area) [CLOSED]

Workshop presenters (both General and Children’s Area) are invited to apply to Hillside 2023. Workshop Presenters at Hillside present their workshop twice during the festival, once on Saturday and once on Sunday. Workshops should be 50 minutes in length.

Application deadline: March 18, 2023.

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