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Hillside Festival 2013
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Mariposa Festival 2013
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DRUMHAND
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Brenda Lewis
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Lynn Miles and Katherine Wheatley
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Tannis Slimmon
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Hannah Georgas and Doug Paisley
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James Gordon – In The Studio
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Beneath The Ice
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Sam Turton and Friends
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The Songs Of Nick Drake
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Behind the Music with Adam Bowman
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The Funky Mamas – In The Studio
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Michael Jerome Browne
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Jayme Stone
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Jude Vadala At The River Run
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Shane Koyczan & The Short Story Long
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Bry Webb – In The Studio
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John Hall – In Memoriam Part 2
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John Hall – In Memoriam Part 1

Hillside Festival 2013

Hillside Festival, Guelph’s volunteer powered festival of music and community celebrates 30 years, from July 26, 27 and 28, 2013 at Guelph Lake.

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Mariposa Festival 2013

The Grande Dame of Canadian folk festivals has announced the full artistic line-up for its 53rd annual edition taking place July 5-7, 2013, at Tudhope Park in Orillia, Ontario, Canada.

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DRUMHAND

DRUMHAND have just released their third album “Cheer On The Sun”. Fueled by an array of drums and percussion and inspired by just as diverse an array of social themes, Cheer On The Sun features a myriad of catchy horn work and snug melodies to inspire curious ears and dancing bodies, and to provoke thoughtful minds.

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Brenda Lewis

Guelph-based jazz / roots vocalist Brenda Lewis will perform a rare “hometown” concert at the Magnolia Café, 8 Yarmouth Street in downtown Guelph on Saturday June 8 2013 at 8.00 p.m.  accompanied by her longtime music partner and Toronto jazz guitar wiz Margaret Stowe.

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Lynn Miles and Katherine Wheatley

Lynn Miles and Katherine Wheatley will be in concert on April 27 2013 at the Unitarian Congregation of Guelph.  This is a dynamic Canadian singer/songwriter double bill show that you won’t want to miss. Both artists offer original songs with heartfelt lyrics and meaningful melodies.

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Tannis Slimmon

Guelph’s Tannis Slimmon releases her latest album, In and Out of Harmony on Saturday February 16 2013 at 8:00 p.m. at the Guelph Little Theatre.

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Hannah Georgas and Doug Paisley

Hannah Georgas and Doug Paisley will be in Guelph on February 2 2103 for a show in St George’s Church (Sanctuary) as part of Hillside Inside.

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James Gordon – In The Studio

James Gordon has taken a break from his community activism and political aspirations to record his latest CD (the 25th – we’re counting), Coyote’s Calling. Coyote’s Calling features performances by James Gordon with a backing band that includes his sons Evan and Geordie, as well as Katherine Wheatley, Jane Lewis, Jude Vadala and Louisa Krátká.

James joined us in the studio on Saturday January 5 2013; the first opportunity for anyone in Guelph to hear tracks from Coyote’s Calling plus a new song from James, “Idle No More” written especially for the aboriginal rights campaign.

Beneath The Ice

Toronto-based folk trio, Beneath the Ice will be in Guelph on Friday January 11 2013 for a performance at the St. David and St. Patrick Church.

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Sam Turton and Friends

Guelph singer-songwriter and community activist Sam Turton will be taking over the Cooperators Hall for a special show on Friday November 16 2012 at 8.00 p.m. Featuring Sam’s trade-mark swampy blues/gospel style songs, special guests and an opportunity to sing along; it promises to be a great night.

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The Songs Of Nick Drake

Do you love the music of Nick Drake? Ever wish you could have seen him live? Well, unfortunately that is not possible, but you can still check out the gorgeous music he did create and check out some of the artists who are determined to introduce new listeners to his music. The Songs of Nick Drake tour visits Guelph on Friday November 16 2012 for a show at Dublin St United Church.

Featuring Oh Susanna (Suzie Ungerleider), Kevin Kane of The Grapes of Wrath, and the tour’s organizer, British-born Luke Jackson, along with a distinguished backing band featuring guitarist Kurt Swinghammer, drummer Don Kerr (Rheostatics, Ron Sexsmith), and double-bassist Jason Mercer (Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, Ani DiFranco). The string section includes Sahra Featherstone, Alex Cheung, Johan Lotter and Wendy Solomon. There will also be some special guests for the Guelph show including Rich Burnett, Matt Masotti, Amy McCann and David Matheson. The Songs of Nick Drake was first produced by Jackson at Toronto’s Trinity St. Paul’s United Church in November 2010. It was a tribute both to Nick Drake and Robert Kirby, with whom Jackson had collaborated on his last album. Apparently Kirby had planned to fly to Toronto to conduct the string section at a similar concert a year earlier, but passed away unexpectedly a week before the show was to be announced.

To coincide with the tour, Kurt Swinghammer is releasing Two Portraits, a limited edition 12″ single of his version of Nick Drake’s “River Man” backed with a version of Donovan’s “Sunny Goodge Street.” The sleeve features Swinghammer’s painted portrait of Nick Drake.

Behind the Music with Adam Bowman

Guelph-based drummer/percussionist Adam Bowman joins us on the show on November 3 2012 for “Behind the Music”a special feature focusing on the often unsung role of the drummer and rhythm section in popular music.

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The Funky Mamas – In The Studio

The Funky Mamas joined us in the studio on October 13 2012 to chat and play songs from their new album “Pickin’ in the Garden”. The CD release concert takes place on Saturday October 20 at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre, just north of Woodlawn Ave on Highway 6. There will be two shows at 1.00 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. Tickets are very reasonably priced at $3 each or $10 for a family (suggested minimum donation) which sounds like an absolute steal. However, I’m sure they would love it if you decided to pay a little more and took a copy of their new CD home with you too!

The Funky Mamas specialize in music for everyone, children, families, even folkies! They feature ‘Mama Tannis’ – Tannis Maynard-Langedijk on guitar, ‘Mama Chantal’ – Chantal von Maydell on fiddle, ‘Mama Kate’ – Kate Vestula on banjo and banjo ukelele and ‘Mama Georgia’ – multi-instrumentalist Georgia Urban on pretty much everything else including the musical saw! Needless to say, they all like to sing. For more information, visit www.thefunkymamas.com.

Michael Jerome Browne

Slide guitarist and multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Michael Jerome Browne will be in Guelph on September 21 2012 for a show at Folkway Music.

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Jayme Stone

Banjo player extraordinaire Jayme Stone will be back in Guelph on Friday April 20 2012 for a very special show at Folkway Music.

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Jude Vadala At The River Run

After 30 years of writing, composing and teaching Jude Vadala is ready to step into the limelight. Jude will be headlining her own solo show at the Co-operators Hall in the River Run Centre on Friday March 30 2012 at 8.00 p.m.

A mainstay on the Guelph music scene singer-songwriter Jude Vadala has produced five studio albums including her most recent album, “Do You Ever” (2011). Jude was a member of the critically acclaimed trio The Bird Sisters with Tannis Slimmon and Sue Smith. She has also worked on 50 local musical projects including works by Tannis Slimmon, James Gordon, Harri Palm, Jah Youssouf and Lewis Melville, Katherine Wheatley and Scott Merritt. Jude is currently a member of the Wintersong trio with Tannis Slimmon and Katherine Wheatley.

Jude’s band for the solo show will feature Tannis Slimmon (harmony vocals), Adam Bowman (percussion), Jesse Turton (bass) and Tom Randall (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo).

Tickets are on sale at the River Run Centre, box-office 519-763-3000.

Ticket Prices
Adult: $26.00
Student/Senior: $24.00
uGO: $20.00 (College/University student – valid ID required)
eyeGO: $5.00 (High School Student – valid ID required)

Shane Koyczan & The Short Story Long

Hillside Inside is continuing to develop it’s own identity. After some very successful 2012 shows featuring Kim Churchill, Harry Manx, Dan Mangan, The Wooden Sky and Lowlands, there are two more shows coming up… Cold Specks and Special guests at the Co-operator’s Hall, River Run Centre on March 21 and Shane Koyczan & The Short Story Long at the Red Papaya in Old Quebec St Mall on April 5.

Ticket information for Cold Specks has yet to be announced.Tickets for Shane Koyczan go on sale on Saturday February 25 and are available at Ticketbreak.com, Ground Floor Music and Hempire.

About Shane Koyczan (courtesy Hillside Festival)
With self described “Experimental Acoustic Folk” music by The Short Story Long, Shane moves from subdued, deep, sad love poetry to power chord hip-hop. He brings enormous vitality and virtuosity to every performance. His warmth, wit and sincerity are a hit with crowds and his lyricism inspires all who listen.

Shane Koyczan is one of the world’s premier spoken word performers. His performance at the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies brought the 55,000 seat house to their feet with his tear-jerking homage to Canada “We Are More”. The Guardian (UK) and the Globe and Mail (Canada) hailed his book, Visiting Hours, as a Book of the Year Selection. His second book, Stickboy, is a novel in verse. Written for anyone who has ever been a child, Stickboy continues to be hailed by teachers, academics, and mental health experts alike for its deft handling of the subject of bullying. Shane’s third book, Our Deathbeds Will Be Thirsty, released in 2012, proves once again to be an outstanding addition to an amazing repertoire.

Now the multi award-winning spoken word performer breathes life into the new genre of talk rock with his band The Short Story Long: a group whose musical range stretches from folk to funk, from ambient to rock.  Their sound showcases a blend of original music and Shane Koyczan’s remarkable performance poetry.  Along with Koyczan, the group has created a whole new style of song/verse. This is Talk-Rock.  This is something new. This is worth checking out. Winning “Best New Artist” at the BC Interior Music Awards in 2009, receiving standing ovations at festivals across Canada, and selling out theatres and cafés alike, the band is turning heads on the Canadian independent music scene. Their soon-to-be released album ‘Remembrance Year,’ (due out on March 16th, 2012) has already garnered acclaim from music reviewers and fans alike.

“Listening to ‘My Darling Sara’ (I left the ignition on, long after I’d parked, to hear the end of that one)… it all sounds like something’s coming – a sound everyone asks for.”
– Gordon Downie of The Tragically Hip

Shane Koyczan & The Short Story Long:
Shane Koyczan – Poetry & Vocals
Maiya Robbie – Guitar & Vocals
Olivia Mennell – Keyboard & Vocals
Jesse Lee – Stand Up Bass
Jordie Robinson – Cello

Bry Webb – In The Studio

Bry Webb, formerly of The Constantines joined us in the studio on March 17 2012 to chat about his new solo album “Provider” and play a few tunes. It was one of our best live performances ever, and a great conversation. Enjoy!
For more information on Bry Webb, visit Bry Webb Was Here

John Hall – In Memoriam Part 2

My father, John, passed away on August 6 2011. In his memory, my mother Jean, and, Susan Wheeler, joined me for a very special show on November 5 2011, featuring a lot of the music my father loved and enjoyed. It was a great show and one that deserved to be repeated. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you.

Listen to part 1 HERE.

John Hall – In Memoriam Part 1

My father, John, passed away on August 6 2011. In his memory, my mother Jean, and, Susan Wheeler, joined me for a very special show on November 5 2011, featuring a lot of the music my father loved and enjoyed. It was a great show and one that deserved to be repeated. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you.

Listen to part 2 HERE.

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