Hillside Summer Festival 2014

July 25 – 27

Performance Schedule

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Friday, July 25


So Many Roads To Hillside

Amelia Curran, Bry Webb, Culture Reject, Daniel Champagne, Esther Grey, Fearing & White.

Hands Across the Water

Jon and Roy, Long Shen Dao.


Youth Showcase

A variety of young musicians from the Jam School will grace the stage Friday evening to celebrate the opening of the festival! We're very excited to welcome: Emmitt Leacock, Laura Maly, Sara Pica, Julian Murphy, Emilee Hillis, Owen LeBlanc, Logan Gray, Emma Goodridge, Laura Maly, Victoria Johnson, Jack Mosney, Juliet Zimmerman, Sara Pica, Angelica Mcdaid, Nicole Ferraro, Jay Hannah, Alexandra Delle Donne, Oliver Johnson, Justin Grignon, Paddy McClenaghan, Wes Thompson, Eliza Cazzola, and Sonia Cazzola.



BLiND is a Canadian music group founded in 2013. This group engages a collaboration between disparate musical worlds like psychedelic soul, experimental, contemporary classical, traditional folk, amon...



Alvvays are two women, three men, a crate of C-86 tapes and a love of jingle-jangle. Molly Rankin and Kerri MacLellan grew up as next-door neighbours in Cape Breton, lifting fiddles and folk-songs. Heartbreaks of different shades soon entered their lives, as did the music of Teenage Fanclub and Belle & Sebastian. Similar noisy melancholy drifted over to Prince Edward Island, finding Alec O'Hanley, Brian Murphy and Philip MacIsaac. Convening in Toronto, the group have been making music since since dusk or maybe dawn, when stars were appearing or fading off. As a result, their debut self-titled album is both sun-splashed and twilit -- nine songs concealing drunkenness, defeat and death in tungsten-tinted pop that glitters like sea glass.


Matt Andersen & The Mellotones

With over 2 million views on YouTube, independent sales over 30,000 albums, a 2013 European Blues Award, and winning Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge, it appears that the entire worl...


Zerbin is the Victoria, BC based indie songwriting duo of Jason Zerbin & Peter Mol. It's ethereal guitars and rhythmic waves, with hints of pop melody. It's the pull of tides and sky in th...



HYDRA began as an invitation from Feist to represent her album, Metals, in a completely new live format at the 2012 Polaris-Prize Awards. Adjoining two husband-wife ...


Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara’s 13-year career has seen them build an avid global following of fans and fellow musicians alike. Having sold nearly 1 million career albums and toured with acts from The Killers ...


Light Fires

With the voice of a shady angel and a body made for breaking hearts, Regina delivers anthems from the alleyways and sets the nights ablaze. Riding electronic rhythms made by James Bunton (Ohbijou) Lig...

What a Long Strange Trip It's Been

Elephant Revival, Red Moon Road.

Saturday, July 26


The First Days are the Hardest Days

Royal Canoe, Seryn.

High on a Mountaintop

Jon and Roy, Wild Child.


Mix Mix Dance Collective

Jack Your Body is a high-energy dance performance that pays homage to American street dance culture. The cast poses, struts, waacks and jacks their way through soul train, paradise garage and other ic...

Time is a Train

Fearing & White, The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer.

Stella Ella Ola

Stella Ella Ola is the band that you want to listen to on the beach in the summer with your best friends. Anne Douris fronts the group with vocals comparable to the Go Gos and the B-52s. She is backed...


Folly & The Hunter

When a group of friends become a band, they tend to evolve like family. In the case of Folly & The Hunter, they experienced great heartache and loss throughout one year, they relied on each other ...


Daniel Champagne

Daniel Champagne delivers one of the most impressive one-man-shows out there!  Reaching to musical depth's far beyond his years and a way with the guitar that can only be seen to be believed....

Esther Grey

Esther Grey is a garage pop Guelph band that moves with ease between a crunchy, riff-centric sound and moody, down-tempo waltzes. In autumn 2013, they released and toured eastward a 7-inch vinyl entit...


Red Moon Road

Canada's most energetic and endearing folk trio. Masterful story telling. Haunting three part harmonies. Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar, Delay pedals and a beat up bass drum. A lush and lively take on mo...


Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar

If Mavis Staples and The Black Keys had a child, and Sharon Jones was the Auntie, it would sound like Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar. If you have ever wondered what Martin's music would soun...

Clinton St. John

Multi-instrumentalist, Clinton St. John, is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Delburne, AB, basing himself in Calgary, AB, where he has lived for the last twenty years. His songs have strong narrative...


Long Shen Dao

Beijing’s Long Shen Dao (Dragon~Spirit~Tao) is the synthesis of six experienced musicians drawn to the borderless spirit of reggae music. Awarded “Best Band” and “Best New Albu...



…"Now's the time for believing.." begins the chorus of "Born Again", the first single from DIANA. On a surface level, the song floats by on a cloud, the bass keeping you...

Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs

Cash's sophomore album, Stand Together, Fall Together, was released in September on Cameron House Records. The Globe & Mail's Brad Wheeler called it "robust enough to shake a room,&qu...


The Super Friendz

In the summer of 1995, the Super Friendz released their debut LP, Mock Up, Scale Down on Sloan’s murderecords imprint. At the time, Mock Up, Scale Down seemed like another exciting document from...


Bry Webb

Bry Webb first entered the public eye as lead singer of The Constantines. In 2010, he moved back to Guelph, Ontario, and released the album Provider, which garnered a fair amount of critical praise. A...


Majical Cloudz

Majical Cloudz is music and performance. Rooted in solo material written by Devon Welsh between rural Ontario and Montreal, he joined with Matthew Otto to collaboratively produce and perform the music...


Adrian X

Adrian “X” Eccleston is a writer, producer, seasoned live guitarist, and studio musician. Adrian’s successful track record of collaborations make him one of the most sought after mus...


Spirit Family Reunion

Spirit Family Reunion play homegrown American music to stomp, clap, shake and holler with. Ever since they started singing together on the street corners, farmer's markets and subway stations of N...


San Fermin

San Fermin is the work of Brooklyn composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone. His self-titled debut album is strongly influenced by his unique background in classical music. After finishing his music...

Danny Michel

With three JUNO nominations, the Polaris Prize long list and ten albums under his belt, Danny Michel is unquestionably one of the finest and most charming songwriters ever to grace the stage. His hone...


Amelia Curran

Amelia Curran’s Juno-nominated album Spectators continues to build her reputation as one of the most enigmatic and forceful songwriters on the scene. While the record may not yield any easy answ...



Rubblebucket has spent the last five years building a reputation as a band that blurs lines. The Brooklyn, NY by way of Boston and Vermont seven-piece has evolved into something that is "utterly ...

Fearing & White

When Canadian singer-songwriter Stephen Fearing met Belfast troubadour Andy White they formed an instant friendship. Trading lyrics, melodies, harmonies, and arrangement ideas, the...


Elephant Revival

The five members of Elephant Revival share a deep commitment to certain ideals: community; recognizing one’s place in the flow of the natural world; harmony. Holding on to these ideals in the mi...



As of lately, Toronto has been the breeding grounds for some of the best punk rock bands around. The scene is both a blessing and a curse. There seem to be 1,000+ loud rock bands in this city vying fo...

Young Galaxy

The sound of emotion bubbling deep from within, primal feelings of love, loneliness, and loss repackaged as sprightly electropop. Backed by Balearic rhythms, Montreal’s Young Galaxy imbues stori...


Imelda May

Imelda May, born in Dublin and raised in the Liberties, may be an unknown name to some, but to many she is already a superstar. She is unmistakable both in her music (a fusion of surf guitars, blues a...



Originally hailing from Ottawa, Hollerado burst onto the world stage in 2010 with their debut Record In A Bag. The LP introduced music fans to Hollerado's irresistible guitar-pop and earned them a...

The Posterz

Hailing from the community center basement from Montréal, they have come to create raw content for the world to enjoy. To build a community of passionate, culture driven people is their goal, a...

Sunday, July 27


The Sunday Gospel Session

Elephant Revival, Red Moon Road, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, Spirit Family Reunion.

Marmalade Skies

If you really, absolutely had to reduce Royal Canoe to a single ‘thing’ you could say they catch the moment of explosive, blissful restlessness that hits you when a savage winter finally e...



With their beautifully layered instrumentation, chilling harmony vocals, and exquisite dynamics, it's hard to imagine that SERYN is a relatively new band and not seasoned veterans. Their songs may...



Arty, spastic, dynamic and entirely unique, you won’t find another band like WHOOP-Szo. With members roaming in and out of Guelph, this band of creative counterparts combines sound collage, comp...


Kim Churchill

Kim Churchill’s style is explosive, with intricate fingerpicking, percussive beats on the body of the guitar, and two-handed tapping intertwined with an earthy stomp box, powerful harmonica melo...


Freelove Fenner

Freelove Fenner is an experimental guitar pop trio made up of Caitlin (voice, bass), Peter (guitar, voice, keyboards), and Mike (drums, percussion). Their music reflects cherry pickings from a diverse...



The Music of Barzin has always concerned itself with the exploration of the quiet side of pop and folk. From the inception of this musical project, it has remained loyal to the aesthetics of minimalis...



Ought’s 2014 debut More Than Any Other Day brought the Montreal quartet sudden and universal critical acclaim – including high praise from Drowned in Sound, Exclaim, Rolling Stone, NME, and a Best New Music nod from Pitchfork. They have been…


Jon and Roy

This dynamic folk duo sing about freedom on their latest album, Let it Go. Much-loved by Guelphites, Jon and Roy are a folk/rock duo from Victoria, BC who have been performing throughout Canada and the world. Their latest album, “By My Side,” was released this past spring and includes the so...


Culture Reject

Culture Reject's live show is filled with sophisticated arrangements in perfectly simple pop songs, subdued harmonies, bumpin hooks, nuanced highlights and.... an audience that doesn't want to...


The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer

Armed with a sack of harmonicas, a mess of foot percussion and a road-worn Telecaster, Shawn “The Harpoonist” Hall and Matthew “The Axe Murderer” Rogers kick out their own elec...


Basia Bulat

Tall Tall Shadow, the third album by Toronto singer-songwriter Basia Bulat, is the bravest album she has made. Raw and spectral, heartbroken yet jubilant, these ten songs tell the story of a very hard...


Blues in the Heart

Garland Jeffreys, The Wood Brothers.


Royal Canoe

If you really, absolutely had to reduce Royal Canoe to a single ‘thing’ you could say they catch the moment of explosive, blissful restlessness that hits you when a savage winter finally e...


Dub Kartel

Visualize the chalwa; Sense the riddim; Ride the hype wave; It’s a reggae dancehall party, and Dub Kartel’s goin’ all in! A live 7-piece B’y band forged through years of friend...


Nat Baldwin

After studying avant-garde jazz and improvisation with jazz legend Anthony Braxton, Nat Baldwin started writing songs featuring double bass and vocals. In 2005 he joined Dirty Projectors. He has perfo...


Garland Jeffreys

He’s been called an edgy urban poet, the sound of New York, a confessional singer-songwriter, and an explorer of the links between rock, race and rebellion whose work should be taught in schools...

The Belle Game

The Belle Game’s debut album, 'Ritual Tradition Habit', begins with bashful guitars, a soft wave of cymbals, and a pair of ambiguous phrases. ‘Ritual’, a sweetly haunting sou...



These Guelph natives offer up everything from subdued electro-infused baroque pop to bluegrass-ish rave ups to sonically saturated alt rock. Though their songs can span an array of genres, they’...


The Wood Brothers

  Chris Wood had a scrap of a song — seemed like a chorus — scribbled in a notebook. He played it for his older brother, Oliver, who’d had a verse lying around he didn’...


To crib a line for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Canada is big. Really big. If you tried to draw a chalk line joining the birthplaces of Hawksley Workman, Steve Bays, and Ryan Dahle&mdas...


Al Tuck

Feist suspects that Al Tuck might just be a living legend. Jason Collett called him the greatest songwriter of his generation. Charming and unsettling, the Charlottetown-based Tuck is an awesome encyclopedia of popular music, a roving troubadour familiar with the inside of nearly every bar and club from coast to coast and one of Canada’s true hidden musical treasures. Check out Tuck’s latest, ingenious record Stranger at the Wake, ok?


Kid Koala’s Vinyl Vaudeville Show

Kid Koala is a world-renowned scratch DJ, music producer, and award winning graphic novelist. He has released four solo albums on Ninja Tune the most recent being 12 bit Blues. He has also releas...


Born Ruffians

Born Ruffians from Toronto, Canada here. We're writing to tell you we've just finished our third album – Birthmarks. When we wrote our first album, Red, Yellow & Blue, we all lived i...


Hinindar is a two piece dark folk outfit hailing from Kitchener, Ontario. Minimally sparse to crushingly heavy, the music is chillingly emotional and personal, with every note and sound considered and...


It's A Hip Shake Thing

Dub Kartel, Long Shen Dao.

Time Waits for No One

Al Tuck, Basia Bulat, Bry Webb, Nat Baldwin.