Main Stage

This is where the magic happens. From concerts to jam sessions and drum and dance workshops, the main stage is the iconic Hillside spot. Back in 1988 when we had first moved to Guelph Lake Island, the main stage was named the Field Stage alongside the other two stages, Brick and Grove. The permanent main stage as we know it today was completed in 2002 and the green roof was planted in 2005 with the generous support of the Barenaked Ladies who helped with a “Raise the Roof” benefit concert. Each year, the summer festival begins with the Indigenous welcome on the main stage, and this is also where we showcase our wonderful youth performers. In this vibrant space, you can sway to the rhythm in the summery sunshine or lay a blanket in the grass to enjoy snacks and drinks from our food vendors.

Photo Gallery

aerial view of main stage
DakhaBrakha Hillside 2023 Tyler Young
Allison Russell Hillside 2022 Trina Koster
Systema Solar crowd
Priyanka, Main Stage crowd, Hillside 2023, Saad Khan
Priyanka Hillside 2023 Saad Khan
Indigenous Opening Welcome
Main crowd
Main Stage
Main Stage
Dancing crowd
Alan Doyle
Girls and Guitars
Bruce Cockburn
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