Music, sunshine and community conversations

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Hillside shines a light on some of the greatest things about Guelph: music, community and being outside together. July 13 through 15, people of all ages, races, orientations and abilities came together to sing and dance in the Guelph Lake Conservation Area.

This three-day festival created the perfect environment for us to ask: What’s next for Guelph?

When completing our headline activity; affordable housing, biking infrastructure, public transit and traffic were popular topics of conversation amongst Hillsiders. Some ideas were big and far-reaching, while others were very specific.

Here are a few of the headlines from Hillside Festival:


  • Guelph Celebrates 10 Years Free of Single-Use Plastic
  • Guelph Reaches 70% Tree Canopy!
  • Guelph is Self-Sufficient in Water Supply
  • Guelph Well on its Way to Net Carbon Zero by 2050


  • Guelph Declared Culture Capital and Champion of SDG Intersectionality
  • Community Singing in every Community Health Center!
  • Guelph Found Most Liveable City in Canada
  • Guelph is Innovative Hub for New Concept “Evening Life” for Aging Baby Boomers & Gen-Xers


Downtown Library Celebrates its 10th Year! Baker St. & Downtown Businesses are Flourishing


  • No Pedestrian or Cyclist Fatalities in 2030 in Center Wellington
  • Guelph Becomes the Top City in Canada for Cyclists & Pedestrians!


Guelph reaches 40% Affordable Housing Stock in 2030

Although we did talk a lot about what we can do better, Hillsiders overwhelmed us with the outpouring of what they loved most about Guelph from both Guelphites and out-of-towners alike.

Of course, there was also some talk about how we might keep the magic of Hillside alive all year long, which sparked the headlines:

  • Hillside Celebrates 20 Years of Year-Round Community Hub!
  • Hillside All Year Long!

We can’t wait to hear what you have to say about the future of Guelph. If you haven’t already, visit to Make Your Mark.

Community Connector