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More than music on tap at Hilside Inside

This year’s Hillside Inside festival, set for Feb. 1-3, won’t just be about music.
The winter festival put on by Hillside organizers will provide “two days full of fun, family-friendly activities for all to enjoy,” along with the music, a news release said.
For example, the outdoor fun will include curling lessons at the rink on front of city hall from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday Feb. 2.
Also starting at 10 a.m. on Feb. 2 will be “Hillside Hockey,” which will happen at the Royal Bank parking lot next to The Bookshelf on Quebec Street. People can watch the action, or they can sign up a team in advance by contacting Hillside. There will be hot chocolate, and donations will go to the Nicholas Lambden Memorial Children’s Foundation to help create and maintain rinks in Guelph, the release said.
On Sunday Feb. 3 at 11:30 a.m., people can participate in a free Afro-Caribbean dance workshop, presented by Ballet Creole in the River Run Centre’s Cooperators Hall. “This workshop will give participants an excellent opportunity to express themselves through dance while getting their hearts pumping!” the release said.
The music side of Hillside Inside starts with an evening show on Friday Feb. 1 at the River Run Centre featuring the melodic folk rock of Great Lake Swimmers and the Toronto alt-country trio Elliot Brood.
Taking the stage on the afternoon of Feb. 2 at St. George’s Church will be Toronto’s Doug Paisley and the “distinctive voice, heartfelt lyrics and playful melodies” of Vancouver’s Hannah Georgas, the release said.
That evening at St. George’s church, the Toronto indie rock band Born Ruffians will be the opening act in a show headlined by the Ottawa indie rock band Hollerado.
The music side of the festival ends on Sunday Feb. 3 with an evening show at the River Run Centre headlined by K’naan, the Somali Canadian poet whose single titled “Waving Flag” was selected as the promotional anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He composed his debut album in 2005, winning a Juno for Rap Recording of the Year.
Opening this show is Sarah J. Felker, a 19-year-old Guelph singer-songwriter “whose style can be described as the soulful power of Tracey Chapman, the pop passion of Avril Lavigne plus the melodic playfulness of John Mayer,” the release said. “Since the age of 10, when she picked up her first guitar, Felker has been showing a natural passion and instinct for music,” it said.
For Hillside Inside ticket information, call the River Run Centre box office at 519-763-3000.

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