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The fourth edition of Hillside’s winter festival, Hillside Inside, is taking shape. 2011’s indoor festival takes place from February 4-5 2011 and this year moves from the Sleeman Centre to a variety of downtown Guelph venues.

As usual, it promises to provide a great winter fix for those who can’t wait for the summer festival to come around again.

Artists announced so far include summer 2010 favourites Sarah Harmer, Matt Andersen and Shane Koyczan.

This year there will also be some Hillside style workshops, including a songwriting workshop, on Saturday February 4 from 10.00 a.m. – 2. 00 p.m. and craft workshops where you can make gifts for Valentine’s Day (TBD). 

Tickets go on sale this coming Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 9.00 a.m. from Hillside ticket outlets Ground Floor Music in Guelph, Encore Records in Kitchener and Soundscapes in Toronto as well as online via TicketPro.

  • Hillside Inside Festival Pass – $80 including HST. SC extra (Only 150 available)
  • Sarah Harmer + Special Guest TBA @ River Run Centre (All Ages/Licensed)- $39.50 including HST and SC charge
  • Matt Andersen + Shane Koyczan @ St. George’s Church (All Ages/Licensed)- $24 including HST, SC charge
  • Arkells + Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans Band @ Mitchell Hall St. George’s (All Ages/Licensed) – $26 including HST, SC charge

*250 summer weekend passes will also be available from the Hillside office*

* Hillside Inside Festival Pass includes entrance to all 3 shows including reserved seating at the River Run Centre.

* SC is $2.50

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Manhattans Music Club and the Hillside Community Festival are pleased to announce a new kind of cultural experience for the fall and winter of 2010 and 2011.  Taking leads from three existing popular live culture shows – Spectacle, Inside the Actor’s Studio, and Q, this new show is to be called M.A.S.H. Mondays: Music, Art, Science, & History.  

The goal of the series is to explore the different aspects of culture that currently are recognized under different names but are really all the same thing. 

According to M.A.S.H. Mondays host Doug Larson: ‘Music, art, science, and history are all fuelled by the same human spirit and many of us know that our lives depend on borrowing from one ‘area’ to fuel the ‘others’.  Yet society and the media tend to pigeonhole people into single categories: artist, scientist, musician, and historian. Once placed in a category society then tends to discredit the advice or opinions offered by people perceived to be outside of their area of expertise. M.A.S.H. Mondays will try to change this by showing the joy and utility that can come from multilateral living.”

The shows will be held at Manhattan’s Music Club, 951 Gordon St., Guelph, a club well-known for its wonderful atmosphere and great food. The show will run from 8.30 to 10.30 p.m. Tickets are $30 with dinner and $10 for the show alone.  Seated capacity will be limited to 60 to ensure  that all of the audience have an excellent sightline. 

The first show will run Sept. 13, 2010 to be followed on the first Monday of every month (Oct.4, Nov.1, Dec.6, Jan.10, Feb.7, Mar.7, Apr.4).  

The guests for the fall series include:

  • Sept. 13: Craig Norris:(host of CBC R3-30, lead singer of the Kramdens)
  • Oct. 4: Mike Ford:(musical historian, Canada in Song / Moxy Früvous)
  • Nov. 1: Bob McDonald:(host CBC’s Quirks and Quarks)
  • Dec. 6: Samir Baijal:(artistic director, Hillside Festival / musician). 

Not all dates are set for the winter series, but the guests so far confirmed include:

  • Alan Wildeman: (President, University of Windsor)
  • Jay Ingram: (host, Daily Planet, best selling author)
  • Mark Stutman & Matty Cooper: (instrument builder and teacher).

The host, Doug Larson, brings to the stage his long experience in science plus an intimate familiarity with music, art, and history.  This background should enable the exploration of the creative background of each performer in a setting that would be entertaining to the audience.  The two hour long shows will contain a mixture of talk, visual display and song.  Shows will be filmed in high definition by award-winning scientist and film maker Melanie Wills.  

Patrons will have the opportunity to participate in the show but be prepared for the on stage guests to ask questions back to the audience!

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Shane Koyczan In Full Flight... And Bringing The House Down

Shane Koyczan And The Short Story Long... A Hillside Standing Ovation

Andy White And Friends On The Lake Stage

From Busking In Times Square to Hillside... Banjo With Passion, Morgan O'Kane

Banjo, Dobro And Cello... Time For A Party... Morgan O'Kane On The Lake Stage

Farewell Hillside 2010

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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Morgan O'Kane And Friends

New Orleans' Sam Doores

Be Good Tanyas Frazey Ford And Trish Klein

Horse Feathers' Justin Ringle Leads Off

Hillside Audience Where's Waldo During The Gospel Hour (Pic: Mike Darmon)

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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We wrapped up Hillside 2010 during the first hour of CFRU’s Royal City Rag on August 7 (8-9 a.m.) with some short interviews with Hillside Access Support, Michou’s Mike Hargreaves and Guelph’s Tannis Slimmon as well as music from some of this year’s featured artists.

Access Support does a great job at ensuring that Hillside is accessible for individuals with disabilities. Also, check out Ability Adviser Susan Wheeler’s reviews of accessibility at Hillside and London Ontario’s Home County Folk Festival

Its hard to let Hillside 2010 go but move on we must. We have some great memories to sustain us. Check out our photos here as well as the fabulous work from some of Guelph’s talented photographers on Blog Guelph. The good news is that we have this fall and winter’s, Doug Larson inspired collaboration with Manhattans, MASH Mondays and the replacement for Hillside Inside, Hillside Downtown 2011, to look forward to.

Later in the hour, we talked about two day-long music festivals taking place this summer, the Fresh Water Jamboree taking place on Saturday August 7 at the Riverside Park Bandshell as well as the Sunlight Music Festival taking place, at the same venue, a week later.

The 2nd Annual Sunlight Music Festival takes place on Saturday August 14 at the Riverside Park Bandshell, from Noon till 11.00 p.m., rain or shine.

A free festival, the environmentally friendly festival  is also solar-powered. As it is also a fundraiser for Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis, donations are encouraged.

The festival, headlined by Danny Michel, also features Lynzie Kent, Rusty Waters and The Broken Troubadours, Ian Reid, Jesse Parent, Christen Zuch, Lime Parade, Doug Clayfield, Richard Laviolette and the Oilspills, Stereola and closing act, Sapphire City.

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Music:
Corb Lund, No Roads from Made In Alberta
Reid Jamieson, Rail from Staring Contest
Jason Collett, Roll On Oblivion from Here’s To Being Here
Royal Wood, In The Garden from A Good Enough Day
Michou, Still Wandering from Cardona
Tannis Slimmon, Around Him from Lucky Blue
Danny Michel, Maybe You Can Find It In Your Heart, from Sunset Sea
Ian Reid, Sunday Blue from Tiger School
Ian Reid, Banh Mi Opalet from Tiger School
Sam Turton, I Wanna Go Downtown from Guelph Speaks Volume 2

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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Guelph's Emerald City Rock The Island Stage

Stephen Fearing’s Solo Show On The Lake Stage “The Finest Kind”

Stephen Gets A Little Help From Andy White

Reid Jamieson And His Uke On The Lake Stage

Wayne Buttery Lays Down Some Blues On The Lake Stage

Sarah Harmer Fires Up The Main Stage on Saturday Night

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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English Folk Starlet Laura Marling

The Warped 45s At The Lake Stage

Stephen Fearing And Tom Wilson Let Rip For Lee Harvey Osmond

Lee Harvey Osmond's Brett Titcomb Holds Court At The Island Stage

Royal Wood On The Island Stage

Corb Lund Brings Cowboy Country Back to Hillside

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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