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Hillside 25

Hillside 25
Created by: meander
Tracks: 21
Length: 01:16:32
Keywords 1. hillside
2. hillside
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Created on 11/22/08 11:13pm
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description:
I love Hillside. I plan my summer vacation around the “Celebration of music and community” that happens every year in Guelph, Ontario the last weekend in July.

I love Hillside for the music, the chance to hang out with some good friends, for the community spirit, for the fact that it’s in Guelph so I get to go back there to visit, but most of all I love Hillside for it’s environmental ethic.

Hillside is possibly the best example of how to do a big event well. I think a lot of festivals could pick up a few pointers from Hillside. For starters, it’s small, there is no corporate sponsorship and it is run almost exclusively on volunteer labour. All of the food vendors are local businesses, there is a plethora of vegetarian options, and instead of disposable plates all of the dishes are reusable. You sort your garbage into recycling, composting, and dirty dishes that are washed by volunteers in a tent facing the Main Stage. The Main Stage has a green roof, one of the side stages is run off of photovoltatics, and there are various workshops on environmental, social, and musical topics. To get people out of their cars there is a fee for parking but bike parking and a shuttle bus from downtown are free. If you want a beer, you can get a local, organic, microbrew from one of the side stages, but only if you have a reusable Hillside beer mug. These mugs are seen as badges of honour, especially if you have an older mug from years gone by. If you want water you simply go to the milk truck beside the Main Stage that is filled with municipal tap water and fill up your bottle for free. This not only eliminates the waste from tens of thousands of water bottles (not to mention the bisphenol A) it also ensures that people stay hydrated in the hot Ontario summer. Which is really smart. So is their pricing. Weekend passes are about $100 but free if you’re over 60 or under 12. As a result, there is a wonderful diversity in ages at the fest. I’ve seen babies 2 weeks old and grandmas much much older. Weekend passes sell out within hours of going on sale – which is usually before the line up is fully announced.

And I haven’t even mentioned the line up. Ahhhh, the lineup! It is been consistently kick ass for the last few years. It is heavy on the Canadian Indie Rock (which I love) and in 2008 it was definitely a bit more folky/alt country. It’s all awesome though.

This cd is my musical memento from that weekend. It’s a collection of songs by artists that played, songs we were singing, or songs that are appropriate for the weekend. It’s my way to relive the fest.

A few songs I could have put on, but didn’t: “The Circle of Life” – for you Kerrie. Well, you and Mofassa. “Barking at the Moon” by Ozzy Osbourne – that would be for you Ryan. “We Didn’t Start the Fire” – our quest for not actually making our own fire, just stealing warmth from those do. “I’ve got spurs that jingle jangle jingle.” No idea where that one came from, but it was often sung during the weekend.


Happy Hillside!
www.hillsidefestival.ca

[Photos by me]

tracklist

1 Stewart McLean : live from Hillside...
(Canadian) There’s a soft spot in my heart for Stewart McLean and his stories – even if I have a hard time [...]
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Track 0 from CBC Radio: The Vinyl Cafe
Length: 00:00:07
Year: 0000
Track Description:
(Canadian) There’s a soft spot in my heart for Stewart McLean and his stories – even if I have a hard time reading them in public because I end up breaking into laughter and then I’m “That Girl.” Regardless, I love his stories, and love that now you can get them on podcast now. This Hillside he taped a Vinyl Café with Ron Sexsmith as his special guest. This intro is from that show. He told a lovely story about Hillside and the community spirit that it nurtures. You can hear it here: http://www.cbc.ca/v inylcafe/shows.php?vShowID=1044

Right before Stewart was supposed to play, the skies opened up and it started to rain. At first Kerrie and I who were sitting on our blanket on the grass were like, “no problem” and put up our umbrella. Then it started to pour. Then it started to rain from all angles and our poor little umbrella was powerless against the onslaught and we were forced to concede to being wet. Very very wet. So wet I was wringing out my dress afterwards and buckets of water came out. It was insane! Looking up we saw Pete and Ryan in plastic rain suits having a casual conversation. It looked like they were plastic wrapped for freshness. Then as quickly as the rain arrived, it stopped, leaving a gorgeous rainbow over the main stage. It was beautiful and so very Hillside.
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2 Jackson 5 : I Want You Back
This was the first song that Hawksley Workman played on Friday night. He did a lot of covers that night, incl [...]
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Track 0 from The Ultimate Collection
Length: 00:02:58
Year: 1996
Track Description:
This was the first song that Hawksley Workman played on Friday night. He did a lot of covers that night, including Record Body Count by the Rheostatics, which I missed as we were at the lake stage watching the Most Serene Republic. I love this Jackson Five song. It always makes me want to dance.
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3 This is Ivy League : You and Me and the Moon
“So, have you ever mooned the moon??”- An innocent question to Pete that somehow got turned into a dare. [...]
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Track 1 from Magnetic Field Cover Song
Length: 00:03:10
Year: 0000
Track Description:
“So, have you ever mooned the moon??”- An innocent question to Pete that somehow got turned into a dare. My answer now: check.
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4 Hawksley Workman : Jealous of your Cigarette
(Canadian) I thought I should put a Hawsley Workman song on here since the “Hawkman” is Ryan’s favourit [...]
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Track 3 from (Last Night We Were) The Delicious Wolves
Length: 00:02:26
Year: 2002
Track Description:
(Canadian) I thought I should put a Hawsley Workman song on here since the “Hawkman” is Ryan’s favourite. So there you go Ryan. Stop calling me Rape Shack.
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5 Danny Michel : Tell Sally
(Canadian) Danny prefaced this track by saying he was the worst harmonica player in the world, but it sounded [...]
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Track 4 from Feather, Fur and Fin
Length: 00:03:56
Year: 2008
Track Description:
(Canadian) Danny prefaced this track by saying he was the worst harmonica player in the world, but it sounded good to me. I forgot how much fun Danny’s live performances are – especially if he’s playing solo. On Friday night he played with a band on the main stage, then on Saturday he played a solo workshop on the Sun Stage. That workshop was awesome. One of the other performers asked for help making “pong-like” noises and Danny delivered – upstaging the guy leading the song in the process. He was going on about how much he loves pong, then made his guitar make all these crazy computer-like noises with his guitar. It was geeky and earnest and it made me love him more.
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6 Old Man Luedecke : Yodelady
(Canadian) I love the banjo. Love it! And I really would like to learn how to play. Seeing Old Man Ludecke [...]
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Track 6 from Mole In The Ground
Length: 00:03:19
Year: 2003
Track Description:
(Canadian) I love the banjo. Love it! And I really would like to learn how to play. Seeing Old Man Ludecke just solidified that thought. This track was a lot of fun live and I have to say that Chris Ludecke is quite the gentleman as he emailed me this mp3 since the album this song is on is no longer available. Classy man, great songwriter, go see him live.
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7 The Burning Hell : Grave Situation Pt. 1
(Canadian) First of all, great name. Their live show was very energetic! It was reminiscent of watching the H [...]
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Track 6 from Happy Birthday
Length: 00:02:51
Year: 2008
Track Description:
(Canadian) First of all, great name. Their live show was very energetic! It was reminiscent of watching the Hidden Cameras as they have a similar energy and similar theatrics. For this performance there were at least ten people on stage and all manner of instrumentation – from glockenspiel to fiddle, accordion to bass, and their keyboard player was wearing a helmet with tissue paper flames coming off the top. I loved it. Their sound reminds me of Tom Waits crossed with the Magnetic Fields only with more ridiculous lyrics (in a good way). I bought their Happy Birthday album and was a little disappointed as it doesn’t capture the energy of their live performance. Their first album is quite good though.
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8 Regina Spektor : Summer in the City
Hillside is much more than just a music festival. It’s a community event and a communal experience. Half o [...]
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Track 12 from begin to hope
Length: 00:03:50
Year: 2006
Track Description:
Hillside is much more than just a music festival. It’s a community event and a communal experience. Half of the fun of Hillside is the random encounters that lead to magical moments. The campfires in overflow camping are no exception. The fire we parked ourselves at that first night featured some amazing singers. This was one of the songs in the repertoire. I love the line “Summer in the city, I’m so lonely, lonely, lonely. So I went to a protest just to rub up against strangers.” And then there’s “Summer in the city, means cleavage, cleavage, cleavage.” So true.
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9 Martha Wainwright : Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole
(Canadian) This was another campfire song from Friday night. Awesome tune, yet it always gets stuck in my hea [...]
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Track 9 from Martha Wainwright
Length: 00:03:14
Year: 2005
Track Description:
(Canadian) This was another campfire song from Friday night. Awesome tune, yet it always gets stuck in my head then I walk around singing lyrics like “you bloody mother fucking asshole” unknowingly. Bit of a problem really.
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10 Kelly McMichael : One Day
(Canadian) The lovely and talented Kelly McMichael is from Guelph and has the voice of an angel. She was one [...]
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Track 0 from myspace
Length: 00:01:26
Year: 0000
Track Description:
(Canadian) The lovely and talented Kelly McMichael is from Guelph and has the voice of an angel. She was one of the women around that campfire on Friday night.
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11 Elliott Brood : the valley town
(Canadian) Elliott Brood played the Main Stage on Saturday afternoon. The Brood played a characteristically e [...]
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Track 6 from mountain meadows
Length: 00:03:41
Year: 2008
Track Description:
(Canadian) Elliott Brood played the Main Stage on Saturday afternoon. The Brood played a characteristically energetic performance –which was taped for a CBC Radio 2 Concerts on Demand session.
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12 Jason Collett : No Redemption Song
(Canadian) I have a fondness for songs with place names and songs. This is a song about traveling along the 40 [...]
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Track 7 from here's to being here
Length: 00:02:53
Year: 2008
Track Description:
(Canadian) I have a fondness for songs with place names and songs. This is a song about traveling along the 401 from Montreal to Toronto via Kingston. It’s a great road song (hmmm… perhaps another mix?). Jason Collett played the main stage on Saturday night. I love how he looks more like a carpenter than a rock musician – which makes some sense because he is. But on stage it’s a different story. All of the sudden he’s channeling Bob Dillon and singing these awesome songs with a confident swagger. It’s delightful.
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13 hayden : Where and When
(Canadian) The last time I saw Hayden it was after his first release. I was in High School, and he was opening [...]
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Track 0 from In field & town
Length: 00:03:18
Year: 2008
Track Description:
(Canadian) The last time I saw Hayden it was after his first release. I was in High School, and he was opening for Weezer on their blue album tour. It was a strange pairing with Weezer’s 60’s inspired pop rock songs coupled with the melancholy sounds of Hayden. I always thought that if someone had any inkling towards suicide, they should never listen to Hayden. I didn’t listen to him much after that show (or Weezer – I was crushed in the mosh pit which left me winded and bruised my feelings towards them).

In light of Hayden’s last album “In Field and Town” I am forced to eat my words and reconsider all of my thoughts about his music. This is a solid album that I have played many times this year. Not to mention that the packaging and insert are just oh so cute. I did have to laugh during his Hillside performance though. At one point he was complaining that the sound wasn’t right, that there was some sort of buzz – then he realized that it was one of his pedals that was on. Funny!
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14 The Acorn : Flood Pt. 1
(Canadian) The Acorn played Hillside this year! A friend of mine fronts this band and I have watched with pri [...]
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Track 2 from Glory Hope Mountain
Length: 00:04:22
Year: 2007
Track Description:
(Canadian) The Acorn played Hillside this year! A friend of mine fronts this band and I have watched with pride over the last few years as they have developed into amazing musicians and have started to gain some much deserved attention. Actually, as I write this, they just finished touring the States opening for Calexico and they are now in the UK. Not too bad.

Their Hillside set was fabulous. They were playing the same time as Stewart MacLean (a challenging spot). They played a tight set with high energy that got a tent full of people on their feet and dancing. But with two drummers, and an arsenal of well-crafted songs, how could you not?

As an Acorn-related aside, we decided to stay the Sunday night in overflow camping to avoid fighting the crowds exiting the park. After the music finished on Sunday night, Kerrie, Pete and I grabbed some food, and headed back to the campsite. The night was so gorgeously clear and the stars were so incredibly bright, that we dragged the inflatable mattress out of the tent and onto the grass. We spent the next few hours chatting, drinking beers, and wishing on shooting stars. I was utterly content. Then the neighbouring campsite put on the Acorn’s brilliant album Glory Hope Mountain and that feeling escalated to bliss.
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15 cowboy junkies : Murder, Tonight, In the Trailer Park (live)
(Canadian) Margo Timmons is perhaps the coolest person on the planet. She just oozes cool in an nonchalant, e [...]
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Track 11 from 200 More Miles: Live Performances 1985-1994 [Disc 1]
Length: 00:07:38
Year: 1992
Track Description:
(Canadian) Margo Timmons is perhaps the coolest person on the planet. She just oozes cool in an nonchalant, effortless style. Her signing is powerful and raspy and she commands attention on stage. I haven’t seen the Cowboy Junkies in several years, and I just loved seeing them again. Margo was nurturing a sore throat and was drinking tea during the set. During one song, there was a long instrumental break so she sauntered to the back of the stage and sat down to drink her tea, thereby giving her fellow musicians the space to play. I found it classy – in an aloof and commanding way.

Near the end of their last song (which I believe was this one) Margo essentially hit this long, sustained powerhouse of a note, then turned around and walked off stage while the rest of the band finished. It was AWESOME.
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16 islands : Rough Gem
(Canadian) We only saw one song by Islands as they were on at the same time as Black Cabbage (A Guelph based b [...]
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Track 4 from return to sea
Length: 00:03:36
Year: 2006
Track Description:
(Canadian) We only saw one song by Islands as they were on at the same time as Black Cabbage (A Guelph based band I had never seen until Hillside. They had broken up for a long time and this was a reunion show. They were amazing! I wish I bought their album. They are not on here since it is hard to find their music). Anyways, we only caught one song of Islands, who were then informed that they had to be off stage at 11:00 and they threw a bit of a hissy fit. They were completely indignant that they couldn’t play a full set and kept throwing in comments like “this is bullshit.” Decidedly ungracious.
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17 Miracle Fortress : Hold your secrets to your heart
(Canadian) Pop Montreal curates a set at Hillside where they showcase 3 artists who will be playing later that [...]
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Track 6 from Five Roses
Length: 00:03:35
Year: 2007
Track Description:
(Canadian) Pop Montreal curates a set at Hillside where they showcase 3 artists who will be playing later that year at Pop Montreal as a cross-promotional kind of a thing. This year, Miracle Fortress was on the list. I played this album a lot this year so it was great to see how the infectious atmospheric pop was put together.
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18 Sarah Slean : Weight
(Canadian) Sarah Slean won me over this year. I have never really been a fan of hers, but a friend of mine ha [...]
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Track 2 from Night Bugs
Length: 00:03:16
Year: 2002
Track Description:
(Canadian) Sarah Slean won me over this year. I have never really been a fan of hers, but a friend of mine has a friend who plays with Sarah Slean and had VIP passes when they stopped in Vancouver earlier this year. I went, and left with a new respect for her. She has an adoring fan base, and was really engaging on a small stage.
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19 Akron/Family : Love, Love, Love (Everyone)
Holy shit! Talk about a love-in! Akron/Family were supposed to perform Saturday but had trouble at the boarde [...]
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Track 1 from love is simple
Length: 00:01:46
Year: 2007
Track Description:
Holy shit! Talk about a love-in! Akron/Family were supposed to perform Saturday but had trouble at the boarder and didn’t make it. They ended up playing their set during the workshop that was scheduled on Sunday between them and the Burning Hell. It was AMAZING! The tent was packed, and Akron/Family invited all of the Burning Hell onstage adding to the big ol’love-in. Very grand.
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20 Po' Girl : Til it's Gone
(Canadian) If you listen to Steward McLean’s podcast from Hillside, he gives a nod out to this East Van band [...]
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Track 3 from Home to you
Length: 00:05:15
Year: 2007
Track Description:
(Canadian) If you listen to Steward McLean’s podcast from Hillside, he gives a nod out to this East Van band. I was amazed at how affectionate the crowd was for these guys. The side tent was standing room only, and everyone was standing. It was a good reception.
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21 Broken Social Scene : It's All Gonna Break
(Canadian) I had never seen BSS play until Hillside. For some reason or other I keep missing them, so I was t [...]
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Track 14 from Broken Social Scene
Length: 00:09:55
Year: 2005
Track Description:
(Canadian) I had never seen BSS play until Hillside. For some reason or other I keep missing them, so I was thrilled to finally see them. It was mesmerizing how many people were on stage – including Andrew Whiteman, Brendan Canning, Kevin Drew, Jason Collette (for a song or two), Torque Campbell, a bunch of Do May Say Thinkers that I don’t know including a saxophone player who only played with one hand and reserved the other to dance with. Amy Milan, Emily Haines, and Fiest all were not there so they had another woman vocalist (with a great big up do hairstyle) singing with them. All in all there were about 15 people on stage. Which, caused me to remark to my friend:

Me: “Wow, I can’t believe how many people are on stage!”
Pete: “I know. It’s kind of disappointing. It’s the smallest group I’ve ever seen them with.”
Me: “What?!?”

That just goes to show the importance of perspective.

It’s All Going to Break was the last song they played and the last song of Hillside 25. A song where there is really no need to bring them back for another kick at the can because when the song was finished, it left you feeling fulfilled. Like you couldn’t possibly need to have them back again as you didn’t know how they could top an all out, emotional and acoustical blow out like that. I was amazed. And then saddened that Hillside was finished for another year.
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