Hillside Music Festival: Five Artists To Watch

16 July 2018 / by Graeme Thomson
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Hillside Music and Arts Festival starts tonight! The festival is set in the middle of the beautiful Guelph Lake Conservation Area and it always promises to bring great music, amazing food and positive vibes. I will be attending the festival all weekend long, and you can keep up with what I’m doing on Twitter @gramonthomson and @CJRU1280. To get you excited for the weekend to come, here are my five artists to look out for!


Adrian Underhill

If you’re a regular listener of my Thursday show of CJRU 30, then you know about my love for Adrian Underhill. His music is explorative, yet introspective. His soft, earnest voice evokes summery vibes that are elevated by the combination of tight beats and tasteful keyboards. If you’re to listen to just one of his songs, make sure it’s “Cruel”. It has so much depth from the bass line and higher-pitched guitar picking, which make it the album’s standout song.

Adrian Underhill plays Friday, July 13th at 8:00PM on Island Stage



Rhye first broke onto the scene in 2012 with the breakthrough album, Woman, and now Michael Milosh is back with another masterful record, Blood. Simply put, Milosh creates music that leaves you with chills. The live band is 10 or 11 pieces large and it’s more like an orchestra with the cello, violin, bass, keyboards and more. What makes Rhye so special is how Milosh is able to create so much intimacy with his voice. What Milosh understands more than anything in an era of heavy compression is how to use the fullest dynamic range. Although Rhye released a new album in February, I’m going back to 2012; here’s my favourite song by Rhye, “The Fall.”

 Rhye plays Saturday, July 14th at 9:50PM on Main Stage


Hollerado have been one of Canada’s indie mainstays for over 11 years now! Their music is fun and full of energy, which makes sense when you see them on stage. Their presence makes you want to sing and dance, which makes it hard not to enjoy them (plus it helps that they’re four of the nicest and most genuine dudes out there). Hollerado are a friend of Hillside and are ready to return for the third time! To get you excited for tonight’s show, here’s a throwback to one of the best songs of their first album: “Got To Lose”; because really – what have you got to lose?

Hollerado plays Friday, July 13th at 8:35PM on Main Stage

U.S. Girls

In A Poem Unlimited is currently the top charted album on the CJRU charts, and that’s one of the reasons why I’m excited to see U.S. Girls. U.S. Girls is the experimental pop project ironically done by one woman, Meghan Remy. The music sounds as if Remy tripped on acid and travelled through a musical time warp. The fuzzy electric guitar sounds like it came straight from the 70’s and when its paired with the wild saxophone, it sounds very psychedelic. If you want a taste of U.S. Girls, then listen to “Mad As Hell”; it sounds like Gwen Stefani singing Blondie’s “Heart of Glass”. Now that’s a sales pitch!

 U.S. Girls plays Saturday, July 14th at 12:05PM and 9:10PM on Island Stage

A Tribe Called Red

A Tribe Called Red is bringing new life to the electronic music scene with their unique sound. The duo are both Indigenous Peoples and they make sure to bring their influences into their music. Their name is an homage to A Tribe Called Quest, a 90’s hip-hop group that tackled African-American social issues and ATCR are doing the same for the Indigenous community. They’re doing so by bringing traditional powwow music to a modern audience. They describe their music as “powwow step,” a fresh take on powwow music that translates it to the urban, dance audience. The band’s biggest success was in 2017 when they won the JUNO Award for Group of the Year. This will be a can’t miss performance!

A Tribe Called Red plays Sunday, July 15th at 1:05PM and 9:50PM on Main Stage