Sun Ra Arkestra Joins Sled Island 2023 Lineup


Today we’re very excited to announce that cosmic free jazz legends Sun Ra Arkestra will be joining us for Sled Island 2023!

The pioneering afro-futurist big band will perform at Central United Church on Thursday, June 22!

Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 17 at noon MDT. Sled Island passes grant entry, subject to capacity.

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About Sun Ra Arkestra

There aren’t many musical groups that are still going strong 30 years after their leader’s death, but then again, there aren’t any groups in the universe like the Sun Ra Arkestra. Since the passing of Sun Ra in 1993, the pioneering afro-futurist, avant-garde big band has been spreading the immensely influential music and philosophy of their late bandleader, Le Sony'r Ra.

With an ever-flexible lineup and a gargantuan catalog of music spanning from cosmic jazz to disco to free jazz to bop, Sun Ra’s influence can be seen in every corner of contemporary music. From legends like John Coltrane to indie icons Yo La Tengo and punk forebears MC5, Sun Ra’s influence is so far-reaching that it’s hard to imagine modern music being the same without him.


Sled Island 2023 First Wave Lineup Announced


The first wave of Sled Island 2023 artists is here! 

Joining Sled Island's previously announced 2023 guest curator, Bartees Strange, are garage rock chameleons Osees, Chicago-based indie rock three-piece DEHD, Latin folk innovator Helado Negro (selected by Bartees Strange), Toronto’s viral hip-hop sensation Akintoye, gothic folk artist Emma Ruth Rundle (playing a solo piano set at Central United Church), Philadelphia-based punk rock revolutionaries Mannequin Pussy, alternative R&B/hip-hop artist Amindi, Toronto-based rapper and 2019 Polaris Music Prize winner Haviah Mighty, and indie pop musician SPELLLING.

Also included in the first wave lineup is post-metal supergroup SUMAC, progressive black metal outfit Liturgy, experimental electro-pop duo Water From Your Eyes, bossa nova-infused psych-folk artist Sessa (formerly of Yonatan Gat), Brooklyn-based garage rock trio THICK, Montreal electronic punk duo Pelada, ambient metal trio BIG|BRAVE, genre-bending death metal three-piece Suffering Hour, and self-proclaimed “pow wow punk rockers” 1876


connectFirst Rejoins Sled Island as Official Presenting Sponsor


We’re very excited to announce that connectFirst Credit Union has rejoined Sled Island as our official presenting sponsor!

Since 1938, connectFirst has been dedicated to strengthening their communities and finding ways to help Albertans build a brighter future, and for this reason we are very excited to have them back on the Sled team. Thanks to them, we are once again able to increase local artist fees this year, bringing us closer to our goal of improving equity and compensation for all artists!

After lots of exciting activations at Sled Island 2022 (remember that epic pizza ATM at the Legion?), we can’t wait to see what their team has in store for us next, and we're thrilled to have them back!

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