News Bites

Arts Everywhere is Coming Up!

December 6, 2018

ArtsEverywhere Festival 2019 is coming up! Over four days — January 24 to 27 — the festival offers lectures, conversations, music, artistic performances, circle gatherings, literary read...

Call for Artwork: Hillside 2019

September 6, 2018

The Hillside Festival is seeking an artist to create the artwork for our 2019/20 festival branding. This is a paid commission that requires the conception and execution of two pieces that form a unifi...

Camping reservations open February 28th!

February 20, 2018

Attention Hillside Music Festival Attendees: An advance "online only" booking opportunity for Hillside Festival weekend camping at Guelph Lake will be held on Wednesday, February 2...

Girls & Guitars Songwriting Course

January 5, 2018

Come join our Girls & Guitars Songwriting Course! In this course, you'll get to create a song that is all your own. We'll help you craft, edit, polish and practice your masterpiece. You...

Live Sound Workshop for Women

September 5, 2017

Learn the fundamentals of live sound in this 4-hour crash course! Experienced live sound technician Maxime Brunet will run through the basics - how to set up a sound board, basic mixing, terminology, ...

Hillside & Guelph Film Festival Collaborate!

September 5, 2017

This November we are partnering with The Guelph Film Festival to present two fantastic nights of cinema and music. Like pairing fine wine and cheese, we've worked hard to pair a documentary with the...

2017 Contest Winners

August 30, 2017

This year we ran the Great Guitar Raffle and The Hillside Treasure Hunt. Check inside for the winners!

Huge thanks to Landforms Landscape!

August 30, 2017

Longtime friends and Hillside sponsors, Landforms Landscape have generously renovated the back patio of the Hillside office.We wanted to share some photos of the fantastic work they did. Thank you Lan...

Bunker Project 2017

August 29, 2017

On July 10, 2017, Hillside was proud to officially break ground on the 2017 Hillside Bunker Project! With the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Fund, we were able to complete this integral next step!

2017 Festival Highlights

August 14, 2017

This past July 14 - 16, several thousand people journeyed to Guelph Lake Island for the 34th Annual Hillside Festival. Check out some of the highlights below. 

Hillside Inside 2018

July 24, 2017

Hillside 2017 might be over, but fret not, because there is Hillside Inside to look forward to! Hillside Inside is a winter festival of music and community, and we're excited to be bringing it back...

Thank you!!

July 24, 2017

We want to extend a HUGE GIANT THANK YOU to everyone involved with making this year's Hillside a success. We literally would not be able to pull this event off without the thousands of hours put i...

Routes/Roots: Maps & Resistance

July 13, 2017

Maps wield a significant amount of power. They construct our very lives, tell us where to go, how to get there, and determine our engagement with our surroundings. Maps construct what you care about as they structure the communities we live in, the people we interact with. There are layers within maps, they are an archive of our past, and we can trace the evolution of our communities like the rings in a tree, as line were drawn, redrawn, added, altered. Read on to explore how maps have a power to control, to destroy, but also to liberate.

On this, National Aboriginal Day...

June 21, 2017

Did you know that today is a Statutory Holiday in both the Northwest Territories (since 2001) and in the Yukon (as of May 2017). That leaves ten provinces and a territory, not to mention the federal goverment, which have not made it a holiday. What are you doing today? Chances are that you are going to work and you're not going to think much more about it past this newsletter. Which is kind of the problem isn't it?

Workshop Sneak Peek!

May 27, 2017

This weekend we're going to give you a little peak into the workshops being offered at this year's festival. There are more than fifty workshops, dance classes, drumming circles, discussi...

Reasons to See: NEFE

May 23, 2017

Reasons to See is a feature where we highlight a different Hillside act and tell you why you should come see them. NEFE gets her namesake from Queen Nefertiti of Egypt, a woman who dared to defy ...

Waterstock! June 11, 2017

May 17, 2017

After 10 years of diligent work to protect source water in Ontario, Waterstock is the rallying point to send a strong message to Premier Wynne to protect our water against corporate control ...

I ♥ Beer Festival

April 28, 2017

Come join us this Saturday afternoon, 3-10 PM, for the I ♥ Beer Festival taking place at the Sleeman Center in downtown Guelph. Hillside will be there giving you an exclusive sneak pe...

Member in Focus : Rachel Tomlinson

April 28, 2017

  Hillside Festival: What drew you to Hillside in the first place?  Rachel Tomlinson: My parents started taking me to Hillside as a little one and I have so many great memories of runn...

Monica Lalas on her 2017 Artwork!

April 20, 2017

Every year we send out a call for artists to submit ideas for our summer festival artwork. This year we were delighted by Monica Lalas's submission of a beautiful green and blue dragon, but we wer...

2017 Guelph Fab Five

March 20, 2017

Guelph Ontario, a city of vibrant culture, is home to five cutting-edge arts festivals. Be sure to check them out throughout 2017: Guelph Dance Festival - June 1-4 Hillside Festival - July ...

Q&A: Le Trouble

February 8, 2017

Montreal-based five-piece Le Trouble is made up of twenty percent jamming and eighty percent hanging out. They're  five introverts who just happen to love making well-crafted pop mu...

Q&A: Murder Murder

February 8, 2017

Northern Ontario’s Murder Murder are a six-piece string band with suitcase percussion who create a unique blend of bluegrass and outlaw country. Their virtuosic musicianship and evocat...

Terra Lightfoot joins BROS bill!

February 8, 2017

Hey hey, we still have some tricks up our sleeves.  We're pleased to announce that Hamilton guitar-slinger Terra Lightfoot has just been added as an opener for the BROS show...

Q + A with Steve Poltz

February 1, 2017

One of our all-time favourites, Steve Poltz has made a huge impression on Hillside audiences. He's a little bit wild and a little bit sweet and one of the most accomplished contemporary ...


December 9, 2016

We love talking about and implementing Green Initiatives, not just at Hillside, but also in our everyday lives, year-round. Show us the sustainable ways you're celebrating this festive month and y...

We're a Registered Charity Now

December 7, 2016

We’re proud to officially announce Hillside Community Festival became a registered charity this year. We are graciously asking friends of the festival to Help Hillside Flourish this holiday seas...

Rent Our Community Space

December 6, 2016

The Community Room in our office, located at 341 Woolwich Street in Guelph, is now available to rent. With your rental fee, you have access to:  Our accessible main floor  An accessi...

End Violence Against Women and Children

December 2, 2016

Give voice and honour to the women who lost their lived in Montreal on December 6th, 2989. Remember and reflect upon the lost lives of woman and children as a result of violence. The prevention of vio...

2016 Guelph Film Festival

October 17, 2016

The Guelph Film Festival is running November 3-6, 2016 and Hillside Festival is co-presenting Spirit Unforgettable on Friday, November 4th at 7pm at the Guelph Youth Music Centre. Producer, ...

2016 Annual General Meeting Notice

October 12, 2016

All Hillside members are invited to our Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, November 23rd at the Hillside Festival office, 341 Woolwich St. Start off the evening with a little drumming at ...

Holy, Holy F**k

July 21, 2016

Holy F*ck! They’re back. After lying dormant for six years, the band Holy F*ck has released a new album titled Congrats.  They first exploded on the scene after the release of their 2005 d...

PUP and the Dark

July 15, 2016

“The dream is over.” Four words that no singer wants to hear when seeking medical attention for damaged vocal chords. This was the unfortunate reality for the band PUP when lead vocalist S...

Sending Love to our LGBTQ community

June 13, 2016

We are sending love to our LGBTQ community and the people of Orlando, Florida, who are suffering such sorrow and pain—we are sending abundant love of difference, love of spirit, love of imaginat...

The Milk Carton Kids turn heads

June 10, 2016

The two voices of The Milk Carton Kids in perfect close harmony fade into the background like a ghost, as the final hand-picked notes of a folk song ring out from vintage acoustic guitars. Even throug...

Taking the Hillside Bus

June 10, 2016

Hillside provides free shuttle bus service for patrons and volunteers. The bus leaves downtown Guelph from St. George’s Square on Quebec St. at Wyndham. If you have your Hillside ticket ...

Sneak peek at our 2016 schedule

June 10, 2016

Here is a peek at the scheduled days/primary sets for the following artists as the schedule takes shape: FRIDAY Youth Showcase Andy Shauf Ought PUP Son Little The Milk Carton Kids...

Hillside Receives Three Awards for 2014!

July 22, 2014

We were lucky enough to receive a Festival of Distinction award from Festivals and Events Ontario this year. It was an award given to “a select group of 23 Ontario festivals,” including Lu...