Hillside Music Festival 2016

For several years I've had the pleasure to attend the Hillside Music Festival, and this year's edition proved once again to be a highlight of the summer. Located on the scenic Guelph Lake Island, one would be hard-pressed to find a nicer location to kick back and listen to some tunes. Featuring The Milk Carton Kids, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, and Buffy Sainte-Marie to name but a few artists, there was certainly something for all musical tastes. From folk to funk and some electronic heaviness thrown in for the young and the young at heart. Plus lots of craft workshops and spoken word performances one is certainly kept busy over the three days of Hillside and in the end looking forward to next year's festival.


Love and Dance, play and drum. Hillside 2016 in a nutshell.

Ben Stidworthy from the Montreal band Ought.

Featuring Alex Ricci on bass Guelph band Versa illuminated the Lake Stage with both sights and sounds.

The Milk Carton Kids brought a new twist to old time folk music.

The summertime blues.

Holy Fuck getting giggity with it.

All hands on deck for Kid Koala's (far right) Vinyl Vaudeville Show.

Everybody loves a parade featuring the The Bahamas Junkanoo Legends.

Canadian rock icons The Sadies thrilled the Hillside fans both young and old.

Mo'Kalamity infused the festival with some classic reggae.

Daveed Goldman (front left) and Nobu Adilman (front right) lead Choir! Choir! Choir!

Audience participation time.

Karl Denson wowed the Saturday night crowd.

Kid Koala amongst the fans.

Showing off their dance moves are sisters Leah and Chloe Smith of Rising Appalachia.

Members of Les Hay Babies and Luther Wright & the Wrongs listen to Jennifer Castle during a music workshop.

Buffy Sainte-Marie partnered with the Sadies for a powerful closing to the festival.


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