Sweet Static

Yes, another mp3 blog. Trying to share what I like with the world. The music here is for sampling only and are up for a limited time. It's simple really you see. If you like the music then go out and support the artists. Buy a cd/mp3/eight track, make a request on radio, see them live, tell others about it. This way this wonderful medium hopefully won't be stomped on.

Location: Windsor, Ont, Canada

Sweet Static is an mp3 blog that allows me to share the music I love and also to point out other cool things around the internet that catch my attention. It is also a place where I can talk about my radio show by the same name, now on Thursday nights from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on CJAM 91.5 FM in Windsor, Ontario. Got something I should hear? Email me at sweetstatic @ gmail.com. All comments left here are emailed to my inbox, so you can get a hold of me that way also. You can also follow the show/me on twitter at sweetstaticcjam.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Hillside Festival

For those of you who don't know, the Hillside Festival is in Guelph, Ontario. It's not a folk festival in the traditional sense. Instead it's a music festival that incorporates anything and everything for two and a half days of beautiful bliss.

The festival means a lot to me personally. Years ago I went there on a whim. I lived a half hour away and wanted to see a couple of bands that were playing. So a friend and myself went and camped. Of course we weren't much of campers and ended up hardly sleeping and instead driving into the city and playing video games at a 24 hour bowling alley...but that's another story.

Anyways I spent two days there and came away from it with a new appreciation, hell a love for music. I've thought about this and I can honestly point to that as one of those watershed moments in my life that pushed me to the direction that I have taken.

My life kept me away from the festival though for a long time. Ten years to be exact. I returned there to see if I had romanticized the festival and the impact I believed it had on me. But I hadn't. It was as magical, if not more so then my first time ten years earlier. Great music, great spirit, great times. Of course the line-up helped. Just some of the bands included Sarah Harmer, Broken Social Scene, Rheostatics, Cuff The Duke, Fembots, The Dears, Kathleen Edwards, The Neutron Stars, The Barmitzvah Brothers, Buck 65 and tons more.

The last two years I've had to stay away for various reasons but this summer I'm planning on making it up. This year's festival runs July 28-30th.

The official list does not come out until May or so but that doesn't stop people from supplying their tourdates to listing websites like Pollstar of CLIVE and people like me with too much time can keep an eye out on who's playing.

So for this year's list looks like this

-The Sadies
-Final Fantasy
-Cuff The Duke
-Sarah Borges
-Martin Joseph
-The Corb Lund Band

There will be more and I've heard some rumours but no use in putting them out there. However I will say it's looking to be fairly kick ass again this year.

That's it for now. More on this in the weeks to come.


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