This is another year to celebrate the best of music, dance, and poetry at the Hillside Festival in Guelph Lake Island in Guelph, Ontario, Canada from July 22 to 24, 2011.

It all started in July 1984, when the festival was celebrated at the Riverside Park Bandshell. Since then, the festivities have gotten better, and many notable performers have graced the different stages. Some of the notable performers in the past years were Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Calexico, Ani DiFranco, Feist, Metric, Stars, and the Weakerthans.

This year, the festival organizers have made sure that there will be not a dull moment with all the talented acts to perform music, dance, poetry, and workshops. The performers on Friday include: Charlotte Cornfield, The Dears, Ganga Girl, Harlan Pepper, Kidstreet, and The Midaway State. On Saturday, talents such as Adverteyes, Dala, San Mangan, Hollerado, Sweet Thing, and These United States will be performing. On Sunday, the audience will enjoy a diverse set of acts such as Braids, Grinmes, Hannah Georgas, Kevin Drew and the Beauties, Paper Lions, Shad, and Sloan.

For the drum and dance category, there will be performances by Clan Hannigan Ceili Dance (Saturday) , Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (Saturday and Sunday), and the Maracatu Mar Aberto (Sunday). All these performance s will happen over at the Main Stage.

Most festivals are not suitable for kids, but this one is an exception. There are nearly a dozen performers for children: musical storyteller Laurie Clark, fun music with playful lyrics by Miss Mosa and the Samosas, music and comedy by The Robert Davis Kids Music & Comedy Show, and singer-songwriter Peter Puffin’s Whale Tales. This means that the event could be attended by the whole family—there are things in store for guests of all ages!

This is also a great place to experience the best of spoken word—some of great poets that will give you the best performances are: artist/poet David Delisca, Vancouver-based spoken word music group The Fugitives, slam supergroup The Recipe, and Schram.

You will also have the best time enjoying the food and creative products by independent groups. The festival’s Food Bazaar and Artisan Market will have food vendors of a diverse set of yummy treats as well as great and unique art by featured artisans—some of them are One Ten Instruments (percussion instruments), Blacklock Longboards (independent longboard company), Civic Trust (environment-friendly clothes and accessories), and Cocoon Apothecary (eco-friendly skin care).

Being in Guelph, Ontario is also a treat. If you’re not in the festival, you can go and see some of the great things this place has to offer, such as the Victorian Buildings at Downtown Guelph, the Church of Our Lady Immaculate, the great Guelph Lake, and great exhibitions over at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre.

It is the Hillside Festival’s mission to celebrate creativity, and they also aim to promote “altruism, equality, environmentalism and peacemaking” with the visitors and participants. This means that if you join the festivities—you will also be able to help out while having the grandest time.

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