Now in its 35th year, Hillside Festival has announced its lineup for this summer’s gathering of music, art, dance, and food at the one and only Guelph Lake Island from July 13-15, 2018.
Hillside is an alternative festival for the musically and culturally adventurous. The summer festival brings together acclaimed and groundbreaking artists, across genres, to celebrate community at a midsummer musical feast.
This year’s lineup features a talented and ambitious collection of artists and performers who challenge the status quo, push boundaries with new ideas, and create art that inspires others. We have over 70 performers – with more to be announced – representing a wide variety of genres, including Indie Rock, Folk, Electropop, R&B, Hip Hop, Dub/Punk, and World music. The lineup is also complemented by a myriad of drumming and dancing styles, Spoken Word poets, exceptional food and drink from our region, award-winning craft beer and cider, educational workshops, a wild Children’s Area, and nature-loving environmental initiatives that are sure to turn heads.
This year, Hillside is championing the theme of countering hate with beauty, taking Rev. Sekou’s words as our collective flag:
“Artists are legislators of hope…and architects of being, building communities where there are no strangers – only neighbours.”
In many ways, the artists performing at Hillside this year have responded to animosity in their lives by creating beauty with their music. This year will be no different, as Hillside 2018 will celebrate these expressions of positive creativity, affirmative resistance and belonging by offering artists who shine light instead of shame and revel in beauty instead of hostility.
Both at the height of summer and in the middle of winter, The Hillside Festival creates festivals that bring innovative music, indigenous drumming, children’s entertainment, environmental learning, and glorious food to thousands of people. At the festivals and during the rest of the year in local schools and at camps, it offers educational workshops in indigenous culture, songwriting, peacemaking, health & wellness, and environmental projects. As a 34-year-old grassroots organization that promotes creativity, altruism, equality, environmentalism and peacemaking in every aspect of its work, Hillside has won many awards for its programming and green initiatives. Most recently, it was awarded Best Green Operations from Canadian Music Week, honoured with the City of Guelph’s Accessibility Award, and given the Grand River Conservation Authority’s highest distinction– the Honour Roll award. From Festivals and Events Ontario, it won this year’s Best Greening Award and a Festival Events of Distinction award. In 2016, Hillside was also nominated for Best Small Festival and Best Children’s Programming from Canadian Music Week. The Globe and Mail, CBC Radio 2, and Eric Alper on Canada AM have named it “one of the ten best festivals in Canada” several years running.
Visit http://hillsidefestival.ca/events/hillside-summer-festival-2018 for updates, info, tickets, and more!