Rundown – Hillside Festival 2018

This year Hillside’s theme is ‘Counter Hate with Beauty’, and what better voice do we have than music, to speak to and reach out to us all because music is universal…

Busty and the Bass shook the Main Stage Friday Night with a stellar Big band sound. The horn section led the tone to Friday night Hillside first day’s music line-up.

Doris Folkens and her band played gentile and catchy melodies across the Lake stage. Soothing harmonies carried folk song into stories.

Daniel Champagne gave us his all and was well received at the Lake Stage. Showing us his innovative percussive techniques, soothing voice and full body guitar playing granted him a standing ovation.

Tim Baker showed us his seasoned festival attributes, at the Main Stage Friday night, and conveyed his solo sounds that he’s been working on, and is soon to release his solo album this year.

Sarah MacDougall surprised us all with her sweet yet soulful vocals at the Lake Stage. Capturing an old world tone to her voice.

Jake Clemons brought us back to ‘The Man’, a Bruce Springsteen rock soul sound. Projecting guitar rifts and his saxophone represented a broad resonance, at the Main Stage Saturday Afternoon.

Jeremy Fisher rocked the Lake Stage with his old world folk songs with timeless character. This time with his full band to round out his sound. He gave us his catchy songs for everyone to sing along to.

Five Alarm Funk, turned the Lake Stage Saturday night, into a Dance party, multiple instruments, costume change, shark attack. Changing costumes during songs, adding props, all while never missing a beat.

Poor Man’s Whiskey got us up to dance a bluesy swagger on Sunday Afternoon at the Main Stage. Blue Grass meets Pink Floyd Fiddling and an all-around folk-rock sound.

Martin Harley showed us some soul and blues at the Island Stage. Showcasing his slide guitar skills as well as some acoustic guitar solo soundscapes.

Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine did what they do best. Captivated the Main Stage audience with their unique hip-hop, dancehall, jazz sound, showing their exploratory music styles.

Cecile Doo-Kingue lit up the Island Stage with her Jazz, blues, afro-roots song stories. Showing us her no fear protest melodies on the good, the bad and the ugly.

Lido Pimienta, at the Island stage, 8.5 months pregnant, and totally bad-ass Toronto/Colombian artist. Never skipped a beat, dancing, and showcasing her raw talent. Not to be messed with mamma to be… in three weeks.

Plants and Animals showcased their alternative Montreal roots at the Island stage Sunday evening. Sharing A Van Morrison, Serge Gainsbourg French funk, inspired indie rock vibe.

Birds of Bellwoods shared there alt-rock, folk, and pop, with haunting harmonies. Sunday night at the Island Stage, they gave us a Mumford and Sons meets Wide Mouth Mason, with a folk twist, to there stage presence.

A Tribe Called Red electrified the Main Stage to close out our Happy Hillside Weekend. Electronic Dance Music, Pow Wow, Hip Hop, all around rhythm.

Grateful for another amazing Hillside Festival weekend, sharing time with old and new friends, and chosen family.

For more photos from the festival, check out Orest’s photos HERE and more of Emily’s HERE.

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