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Hillside 1992-2004

My family is gearing up for our first of 3 music festivals this summer.  The Hillside Festival, which takes place at Guelph Lake, was our favourite for many years.  We stopped attending 4 or 5 years ago for a number of reasons, but we’ve decided to give it another shot this year.  I give the festival a lot of credit for helping me discover many of my favourite musical artists.  I also think it helped inspire my love of photography, as many of my favourite photos were taken at the festival.

To celebrate Hillside’s 30th anniversary, I thought I would share some of my photos from the last 20 or so years.

We attended our first Hillside in 1992 (or maybe 1991 – not sure I took any photos the first year).  It was a very different experience than today.  I remember arriving at Guelph Lake on Friday evening and being told to simply drive to the site we wanted and to set up camp.  We ended up on a site very close to the island.  I think we also bought our tickets at the gate.  Today, the weekend passes sell out in minutes (long before the lineup is announced) and the campsites are reserved 6 months in advance.

This photo of Valdy on the main stage, taken with my film camera, is one of my first photos of the festival.  My guess is this was the 9th festival (although it could be 8), which means it was 1992.


The only other film photos worth sharing may be from the same festival, but they may also be from the following year.  Hillside was where I first saw the Rheostatics, a band that I went on to see at least half a dozen more times before they disbanded.  I think these may be from their infamous performance with Jane Sibbery.

Rheostatics - Martin Tielli

Martin Tielli.

Rheostatics - Dave Bidini and Tim Vesley

Dave Bidini and Tim Veseley. Continue reading »

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The Spotted Cat

We found the good music.


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“Two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl”

In search of some good music in New Orleans.


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This picture sticks out right now.  I’m embarrassed to admit that I don’t know the name of the gentleman with the bandaged hand, but I do know the guy on the right is from The Arrogant Worms.  They were part of the mixed-up bands at the beer tent.  Now I need to get back to the OTHERfolk photos.  And maybe back to May and the New Orleans photos.

Although Summerfolk was very wet, it was highly enjoyable.  Ran into a lot of old friends and made some new ones.


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The Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival begins this Friday.  Even though I am not taking pictures for the festival, like I did last year, I am looking forward to a fun weekend.


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