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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 at Guelph Lake Island.

Please keep an eye on this page for updates on application timelines.

Children’s Performer Application

Children’s performers are welcome to apply to play on the Rainbow Stage.
Workshop presenters for Children’s Area—keep scrolling for the Workshops Application!

Applications accepted January 4-March 31.

Craft Vendor Application

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. 

Applications accepted December 15-March 1.

Drum and Dance Application

Drum and Dance performers and workshop presenters are welcome to apply to Hillside. Please refer to past festival schedules for some examples of past workshops hosted in the Drum and Dance tent.
Please note that general music performer applications submitted through this form will not be considered.

Applications accepted January 4-March 31.

Food Vendor Application

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.

Applications accepted December 15-March 1.

Local Artist Application

Local artists from Guelph and surrounding locations within 30 KM are invited to apply to perform at Hillside. Please note that submissions outside 30 KM of Guelph will not be considered. The Hillside lineup is curated by our team and we only accept artist applications from local performers.

Applications accepted December 19-March 1.

Media Accreditation Application (CLOSED)

Media representatives are welcome to apply for media accreditation.

Applications usually accepted June-July.

Neighbourhood Tent Application

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.

Applications accepted January 4-March 31.

Spoken Words Application

We invite folks from any region to perform on the Sun Stage. This application is for spoken word, poetry, reading, improv, and other similar art forms.
Please note that general music performer applications submitted through this form will not be considered.

Applications accepted January 4-March 31.

Volunteer Application

We are now accepting volunteer applications for Hillside 2024. New and returning volunteers must apply through the link below. More information and FAQs about volunteering can be found here.

Applications accepted January 30-March 31.

Workshop Presenter Application—General and Children’s Area

Workshop presenters (both General and Children’s Area) are invited to apply to host workshops at Hillside. 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.
Please note that general music performer applications submitted through this form will not be considered.

Applications accepted December 15-March 1.

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