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Hillside Community Festival of Guelph

Contact Information
Alternate Name Hillside Festival / Hillside Inside
Office Phone 519-763-6396
Primary Contact Hillside Office; Email:
Volunteer Coordinator Email:
Primary Executive Marie Zimmerman, Executive Director; Email:
Alternate Executive Janet Linwood, Operations Manager; Email:
Description (Site) Summer event: Guelph Lake Island, Guelph Lake Conservation Area (7743 Conservation Dr, Guelph) 
Winter event: Downtown Guelph venues
Located In Community Guelph
Address & Map
341 Woolwich St
Guelph, ON N1H 3W4
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Intersection Woolwich St and London Rd E
Physical Access Fully Accessible - Festival office ; Festival site: parking and washrooms are accessible. Access Support crew of volunteers are available at Festival sites to support patrons as needed. All Hillside Inside events are hosted in accessible venues. Yearly festival program is available in Braille and large print format. ASL interpreters on site during the summer festival to MC shows.
Description & Services
Description (Agency) Festival offers summer and winter events that emphasize diversity of culture, musical style and heritage, geography and influence.
Description (Service) Hillside Festival
* three-day, five-stage annual summer event at Guelph Lake Island * world-class performers * many green and alternative energy initiatives, solar-powered spoken word stage * hand drumming area, Indigenous circle and children's area * workshops from a diverse and broad scope of interests * craft marketplace and international food bazaar

Hillside Inside
* three-day winter event held in various venues in downtown Guelph, featuring musical performances and workshops

Hillside events are managed by a small staff and produced by leadership and weekend volunteers * volunteer opportunities include assisting in all aspects of planning and organization, assisting in on-site set up, volunteering during the event and post-festival clean-up
Hours 12+ hours volunteer commitment for the summer festival (for example, three four-hour shifts) 
Single shifts available during Hillside Inside winter event
Areas Served Central Ontario ; Southwestern Ontario ; Not limited (virtual format)
Eligibility Ages: 13 year(s) and up 
Some areas are restricted to 18+ years due to legal requirements
Application The volunteer program is on hiatus. When it becomes clear that a live event can once again be staged, an application will be posted on the website. Follow on social media for announcements and updates.
Languages English
Fees Admission ; Volunteer fees are $22-$26. Volunteers get admission to the festival for the weekend and access to the volunteer camping and hospitality areas.
Time-Limited Events Hillside Inside: Feb 5-7, 2021; Hillside Summer Festival: Jul 23-25, 2021
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit ; (51) Registered Charity
Established 1984
Funding City / Town ; Provincial ; Grants ; Donations ; Fees ; Sponsorship
Elections AGM held in Nov
Service Categories Arts Festivals ; Music Performances