Island Stories

And the Estelle Klein Award goes to ….

October 24, 2019

We nominated the fabulous Jan Hall for the highest honour at Folk Music Ontario—the Estelle Klein Award—and she won!  Jan has been volunteering at Hillside for many years as an MC, bu...

Hillside Festival is Carbon Neutral!

September 26, 2019

  The Hillside Festival is proud to announce that we're carbon neutral! Yes! After years of green initiatives that reduced our footprint in every imaginable area of the festival, and af...

Call for Artwork: Hillside 2020

September 18, 2019

Hillside Festival is seeking an artist to create the artwork for our 2020-21 festival branding!  This is a paid commission that requires the conception and execution of two pieces that form a ...

Island Stories: Valérie Ékoumé

June 17, 2019

Concerning African History, people only remember slavery or even colonisation. Africa is part of Humanity's History and it's time to acknowledge that. -Valérie Ékoumé ...

Island Stories: Wild Rivers

June 17, 2019

What story needs to be told? Wild Rivers doesn't hold back . . .  Ring true to your experience - have no idea what to do next? Catch Wild Rivers at Hillside 2019.

Island Stories: DJ NDN

June 17, 2019

If you learn the languages of the territory you're on, you'll learn a lot about the history of where you live. -DJ NDN What story needs to be told? For DJ NDN, the power is in the langua...

Island Stories: Jon Corbin

June 17, 2019

My story is about hope and healing in the midst of pain- fighting to stay grateful and maintain joy despite what life throws at you. -Jon Corbin Telling a story that too many of us are afraid to...

Island Stories: Joyful Joyful

June 17, 2019

All people are inextricably linked to one another; the impulse to exclude the "other" is always based in falsehood. -Joyful Joyful After describing their music as truthful, sad, and st...

Island Stories: Mr. Ben

June 17, 2019

Old folk music is beginning to fade away- the music that carries the stories of our various cultures and histories. I try to include that old folk canon in my shows, hoping to pass sit on to the littl...

Island Stories: Hymns57

June 17, 2019

Even with instrumental music, I feel there is a dialogue. A chance to sink into something else. To heal a stranger, comfort a late-night thinker, or console a wounded heart. -Hymns57

Island Stories: El Coyote

June 17, 2019

To say that the music industry is male-dominated is an understatement. You could fill an ocean with the stories that need to be told.