This year's Hillside Inside lineup has been announced.
The event takes place Feb. 9 to Feb. 12 and includes a number of free events, including the Girls And Guitars showcase in six Downtown Guelph venues.
The Canadian funky power pop duo BROS kick off the main events when they play the University of Guelph's Peter Clark Hall on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. along with an as-yet to be announced opening act. BROS is brothers Ewan and Shamus Currie, front man and keyboardist with Canadian rockers The Sheepdogs.
From the artist web site: "This isn’t Sheepdogs-style rawk; in fact, there’s not a lot of guitar on the album at all. Instead, the sound of BROS, encapsulated in the album’s first single “Tell Me,” combines vintage funk and power pop in the spirit of what Sly and The Family Stone once called a whole new thing."
Multi-dimensional Steve Poltz and special guests Murder Murder will play Feb. 10 at 9 p.m. at St. George's Church.
From Hillside: "At Hillside this past summer, Steve Poltz got up on our Main Stage and we’ve been hooked ever since. A serious favourite amongst Hillsders, Poltz is a stand-out performer who has captivated audiences far and wide with a mix of singing, storytelling, (and) shredding.”
Joining Poltz from Northern Ontario is Murder Murder, a full string band who blends bluegrass and country to put their unique spin on traditional murder ballads."
DJ Shub with special guests Lido Pimienta and HEAT play St. George's Church Mitchell Hall at 8 p.m. on Feb. 11.
From Hillside: "DJ Shub boasts several Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, a Juno award, as well as two DMC Canadian DJ Championship titles, a DMC Canadian Battle for Supremacy title, and more.
Returning for her second appearance at Hillside Inside, Lido Pimienta is fresh from releasing her second album this past fall, with songs “full of range and expression as they deliver Spanish-language lyrics examining life and love within a patriarchal society, heteronormativity, the global water crisis.” The night is jammed packed and will also feature Montreal post-punks, HEAT. This threesome will be bring their ”blend of post-punk, shoegaze and noise rock that makes for a pristine batch of tunes.”
On Feb. 12 Miijidaa Cafe and Bistro will host Sunday Morning Brunch with Begonia.
From Hillside: " Last year we had the delight of relaxing on a Sunday morning and enjoying a delicious brunch by Miijiidaa while being serenaded by The Strumbellas. It was a magical morning and we’re doing it again this year with the incredibly talented Begonia. Known for her voice in the Juno Award winning harmony driven group Chic Gamine, (Alexa) Dirks has a timbre that recalls the golden age of soul, proud and courageous.
Weekend packages are $59. That does not include the Sunday brunch event.
More information and tickets can be found at www.hillsidefestival.ca.