Sled Island 2019 Second Wave Lineup Announced

The second wave of Sled Island 2019 artists has arrived! With something for everyone, this diverse selection features both local and international artists spanning a wide array of genres. 

Newly announced additions to this year’s lineup include the incomparable hip-hop stylings of Rapsody, one of only six women ever nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rap Album category, the beautiful freak folk of Jessica Pratt, the sultry, sweaty R&B of Har Mar Superstar, Louisville-based trap prodigy Jack Harlow, the light-hearted indie-rap of Michael Christmas, experimental Palestinian producer Muqata’a (known as the godfather of underground hip-hop in Ramallah), and traditional Ghanian musician King Ayisoba. On top of that, the festival welcomes poet, activist and soulful singer-songwriter Tasha, handpicked by our guest curator Julien Baker, Ian Blurton’s Future Now, the latest righteous offering from the national treasure (C’mon, Change Of Heart, Public Animal), and indie-rocker turned electronic sensation Graham Van Pelt (Miracle Fortress, Think About Life). These acts join already announced artists such as guest curator Julien Baker, Japanese Breakfast, JPEGMAFIA, Le1f, Hop Along, Bully, Oblivians, Man Or Astro-Man?, Cate Le Bon, The Messthetics, Fly Pan Am, William Basinski, Kid Congo Powers + the Pink Monkey Birds and many, many more.

As always, this year will feature plenty of local Calgary talent as well, including post-punks Melted Mirror, industrial noise outfit DRI HIEV, riot grrl favorites The Shiverettes, alternative dream-rockers Lashes, and the fast-paced indie licks of Sunglaciers. This is rounded out with the fuzzy 90s love letter of Paradise, the smooth flow of hip-hop veteran Sinzere, the seasoned indie rock stylings of Clinton St. John’s Ig Bo Lyn, stoner rockers Chron Goblin, experimental electronic act Corinthian, and 80s-influenced synthwave band NETRVNNNER.

We are very excited to announce two Korean bands joining this year’s festival: the psych-rock of DTSQ, and the electro-pop trio numnum. For those who prefer the indie side of things, we’re adding anybodys, Blessed, Blue Odeur, The GarrysJo Passed, Lemongrab, Marlaena Moore, Motherhood and Sister Ray. On the rockier end, we’re happy to have Big Evil Rat, EXITS, GYM Tonic, Life In Vacuum and Wine Lips. For fans of electronic, experimental and hip-hop, join us in welcoming Justin Wright, Leucrocuta, Lex Leosis, Matthew CardinalNatural Sympathies, Physical Copies and Psychic Pollution.

The complete lineup, including 180+ more bands, as well as comedy, film, art and special events will be announced in the coming months.

Watch the Sled Island 2019 festival trailer!

Illustration: Josh Holinaty
Animation: Jarett Sitter  



Sled Island 2019 First Wave Lineup Announced

Start getting excited! The first wave of Sled Island 2019 artists is here! 

This year, acclaimed indie singer-songwriter and Sled Island guest curator Julien Baker is joined by a diverse gathering of some of today's most exciting artists. This cross-section includes Japanese Breakfast's shimmering space-pop, the politically-charged, experimental noise-rap of JPEGMAFIA and the subversive trap-influenced hip hop of Le1f. The perfectly-penned tunes of raspy alt-rockers Hop Along are paired with the anthemic grunge rock of Bully, and the undeniable free-form brilliance of Cate Le Bon is met with the idiosyncratic folk-rock of Cass McCombs.

In addition to these much buzzed-about artists are bucket list acts who have already left an undeniable mark on music history. The garage-punk godfathers themselves, Oblivians, are flanked by the psychedelic surf rock sounds of Man or Astro-Man? and honest-to-goodness punk rock legend Kid Congo Powers + the Pink Monkey Birds (The Gun Club, The Cramps, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds). Sled Island is ecstatic to announce that post-Fugazi instrumental trio The Messthetics will join recently reunited Montreal experimental rock outfit Fly Pan Am. Chandra, the post-punk sensation that first fronted a band at the age of 12, returns to wow audiences after three decades away from music.


Internship Opportunity: Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Position: Assistant Volunteer Coordinator
Contract: Type: Internship, 30h/week for 2 months
Start date: April 29, 2019
Reports to: Volunteer Coordinator

Please note, this is an unpaid internship that can count towards school credits.There is a possibility for the position to be funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program. Results for the program will be announced at the end of April. If you meet Canada Summer Jobs eligibility criteria, please mention it in your application.

Sled Island is seeking a highly organized and dedicated individual for the position of Assistant Volunteer Coordinator. The intern will report to and work alongside the Volunteer Coordinator to recruit, schedule, train and manage a group of over 400 volunteers, leading up to and during the 2019 edition of the Sled Island Music & Arts festival (June 19-23).


2019 Visual Arts Internship Opportunities

Sled Island is currently hiring for two visual arts internships.


Position: Visual Arts Programming Assistant
Timeframe: March – May (2-6 hrs/week)
Reports to: Visual Arts Curator

This is an unpaid internship, however students who meet SCIP eligibility criteria are eligible for a $1000 bursary:

The Programming Assistant will work directly with the Visual Art Curator and have a working relationship with artists and community partners. Training specific to the role will be provided.


  • Assist with organization of annual Visual Art fundraising event
  • Liaise with artists and venues
  • Draw artist and partnership contracts


  • Strong interest in and knowledge of contemporary art, art history, and Calgary’s arts and culture sector
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and willing to learn
  • Strong problem-solving and communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of power tools and painting, an asset

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to the attention of Areum Kim, Visual Arts Curator, at by February 21, 2019 at 11:59pm MST and indicate Visual Arts Program Assistant Internship in the subject.

Sled Island is an equal opportunity employer. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.


Internship Opportunity: Sled Island Program Guide Coordinator

Position: Program Guide Coordinator
Timeframe: End of March to mid-May
Reports to: Marketing & Communications Manager 

This is an unpaid internship, however students who meet SCIP eligibility criteria are eligible for a $1000 bursary:

The Program Guide Coordinator will be responsible for managing and coordinating the content, delivery, and production of the 2019 Sled Island program guide.


Julien Baker Announced as 2019 Guest Curator

The first big announcement of Sled Island 2019 is here. We are beyond excited to reveal that acclaimed indie singer-songwriter Julien Baker will be joining us as guest curator for this year’s festival!

Each year, Sled Island’s guest curator puts their stamp on the festival through special programming choices and with their presence at the event. Julien Baker’s curatorial selections, to be announced in the coming months, will join over 250 additional bands, comedy acts, films and visual art projects chosen by the festival in more than 30 venues across Calgary from June 19 - 23, 2019.

In addition, Julien Baker will perform at The Palace Theatre (219 8th Ave. SW) on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Sled Island passes grant access (subject to capacity) and are currently on sale at, Sloth Records (736B 17th Ave. SW) and Lukes Drug Mart (112 4th St. NE). Single tickets will be available in spring 2019.

A friendly reminder that today is your last chance to save 25% on Sled Island 2019 Discovery and Discovery Plus Passes! Semi-early bird pricing begins tomorrow and will last until February 12, 2019.

Also, from January 15 – April 14, 2019 we will be offering four-month payment plans! If you are looking to break up your spending, you definitely want to check out this unique offer. For more information visit


Job Opportunity: Volunteer Coordinator

Position: Volunteer Coordinator
Employment Type: Full-time (40h/week), Seasonal contract
Start date: Mid-March 2019 / Early April 2019
Reports to: Executive Director

Sled Island is seeking a highly organized and dedicated individual for the position of Volunteer Coordinator. Reporting to the Executive Director and Festival Manager, The Volunteer Coordinator will work alongside the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator to recruit, train, schedule and manage volunteers leading up to and during the 2019 edition of the Sled Island Music & Arts festival.


Save 25% on Sled Island 2019 Passes

Sled Island 2019 passes are now available at a special early bird rate!

Discover 250+ bands, comedy, film and art in 30+ venues, plus enjoy perks like exclusive discounts, limited-edition merch and more. Save up to 25% when you purchase by January 15, 2019 at, Sloth Records (736b 17th Ave. SW) or Lukes Drug Mart (112 4th St. NE)!

For the second year in a row, we’re also glad to offer payment plans for Discovery and Discovery Plus passes. Purchase by January 14, 2019 and pay in seven manageable monthly credit card installments!

(Photo: Mat Simpson)


Donate to Sled Island

Today, we’re excited to launch a new way for you to show your support for Sled Island.

Sled Island recently became a charitable organization, meaning we can now issue tax receipts for generous giving. We’re looking to our community for monthly or one-time donations that are an investment not only in the festival we all look forward to each year, but in our year-round support of Calgary’s music and arts scene. This is not a one-time campaign, but a new reality for ensuring a sustainable Sled Island.

To learn more or donate, visit

(Photo: Elyse Bouvier)


Sled Island Gong Show

Sled Island is hosting a super fun, super weird talent show! If you have a bizarre or surprising talent, we want to see it at the Sled Island Gong Show on December 15, 2018 at the Palomino Smokehouse & Social Club. Bonus: it’s a Sled Island fundraiser!

Participants will compete in front of our panel of completely unqualified judges for one of several great prizes, including Sled Island 2019 Discovery Plus Passes. Hosted by John Frosst (pictured).

Anyone can enter! All you need to do is complete a short submission form to be considered. Successful submissions will be notified ahead of the event date.

Tickets are $10 advance.

(Photo: Arif Ansari)


Sled Island presents: Forbidden Dimension 30th Anniversary & Album Release

Sled Island presents the Forbidden Dimension 30th Anniversary & Album Release! 

Saturday, October 20
Doors at 7pm
Palomino Smokehouse & Social Club (109 7th Ave. SW)
Tickets $12 advance

These ghoulish purveyors of garage punk celebrate 30 years of yowling and spreading darkness by releasing a killer new album and hosting a party for the ages.

Fiends included in this evening of punk, metal, psych-rock, synth and twang are Napalmpom, The Shiverettes, DRI HIEV, Conniving Cadavers, Body Break, Polly Orgy, Los Greasy Bombers, DS Lori and Liquor Mountain.



CJSW 90.9FM and Sled Island present: TROPIC LIKE IT'S HOT Halloween

Our legendary Halloween bash at the #1 Legion is back!

Friday, October 26
Doors at 8pm, bands at 9:15pm sharp
Royal Canadian Legion #1 (116 7th Ave. SE)

Each year, Sled Island teams up with CJSW 90.9FM to close out the CJSW Funding Drive with a three-floor Halloween blowout. This year's party celebrates Calgary's FM "anchor" with more than 15 local bands covering iconic yacht rock, surf rock and beachy summer classics on the main floor, a dance party upstairs and karaoke in the basement! Lineup coming soon.


Sled Island & Afros In Tha City present: Bonbon Kojak

We're teaming up with Afros In Tha City to present UMOJA featuring Bonbon Kojak, Dudu Sauce, DJ Wale and Ra / Sol on September 29 at BLK RBT!

For the past few years, full moons in Montréal have come with the promise of skilfull curation by an enigmatic DJ who goes by Bonbon Kojak. He takes listeners on a high-octane journey through carefree tropical rhythms, exuberant Afro-house, brain-bending favela funk and all-around percussive hedonism.

Sled Island & POP Montreal present: Wolf Parade w/ Freak Heat Waves

POP Montreal runs September 26 - 30, 2018! If you're in Montreal or making the trip, don't miss our showcase featuring Wolf Parade and Sled Island alums Freak Heat Waves at La Sala Rossa on Sunday, September 30 at 9pm.

The soaring choruses, rousing anthems, sprawling guitars and chaotic keys that make up Wolf Parade are on proud display over the course of Cry Cry Cry, the band’s thunderous first album in seven years. That unique combination of sounds and influences, spearheaded by electric co-frontmen Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner—a complex yet relatable, energetic brew of glam, prog, synth-rock, and satisfying discomfort—helped define 2000s indie rock with three critically celebrated albums, and propelled a growing Wolf Parade fandom even after the band went on a then-indefinite hiatus in 2010.


Sled Island presents: Jean-Michel Blais

Sled Island is proud to present pianist and composer Jean-Michel Blais with opener Jiajia Li at Studio Bell on Thursday, October 4 at 7:00pm.

Dans ma main, Jean-Michel Blais' sophomore release, is an expansive album of post-classical piano with strands of electronic detail. Blending his conservatory skill and precise pop sensibility with synthetic accompaniment, Blais creates unique environments where the piano’s intimacy can be subtly disrupted at any time.

Classically trained flutist Jiajia Li is being praised as "one of the city's finest and most adventurous flautists." She was the 2016 recipient of Canada’s JUNO award micro grant and a multi-time scholarship recipient from the Banff Centre. Since her arrival in Calgary in 2014, Jiajia has forged her identity through music and performance, cutting across a wide range of modern musical experimentations and traditions. Currently a faculty member at the Mount Royal Conservatory, Jiajia is an active performer and has joined the sublist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Advance tickets are $20 at


Sled Island presents: Beverly Glenn-Copeland with Indigo Rising and FOONYAP

Sled Island is pleased to partner with The King Eddy to present Beverly Glenn-Copeland with Indigo Rising and FOONYAP on Monday, September 10 at 8pm.

A classically-trained musician, Beverly Glenn-Copeland has been writing, recording and performing music for over 40 years, including a large body of music for adults, music for film, six albums of his own songs (from folky jazz in the vein of Joni Mitchell to soulful electronic music), and four musicals for children. His songs have been performed by various Canadian artists including Rita MacNeil and Jackie Richardson, as well as by the Toronto Pops Orchestra under the direction of David Warrack.


Thank You!

Sled Island 2018 is officially done! As sad as we are to have it end, we're filled with gratitude for our volunteers, staff, artists, sponsors, partners and you.

Extra-special thanks to Deerhoof, Steam Whistle, First Calgary, Lukes Drug Mart, Structured Abstraction, Four20, Green Event Services, the Fairmont Palliser, the Inglewood BIA, Victoria Park, Showpass, Sunrise Records, RNDSQR, the Alberta College of Art + Design, Citizen Dental Hygiene, KIND Snacks, the Calgary Tower, Uncommon Cider, Eau Claire Distillery, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and all of our venues. We couldn't have done it without you!

Miss us already? Revisit festival highlights on Flickr!

(Photo: Mike Tan)


Schedule Changes

With more than 250 bands, comedy, film, art and special events happening at Sled Island 2018, a couple hiccups are only to be expected! We've compiled all of them in this handy blog post and will be updating it if any more tweaks happen. This is the most up-to-date information about all scheduling.

(Photo: Mat Simpson)


Win Flights from WestJet at Lilac Festival

Lilac Festival returns to 4th St. SW on Sunday, June 3 from 10am to 6pm. Come check out the Sled Island booth between 22nd Ave. and 23rd Ave. and you could win one round trip flight for two guests to any regularly scheduled and marketed WestJet destination*!

Raffle tickets for this amazing prize will be available for $5 each. A winner will be drawn at random and notified on Monday, June 4. Our amazing volunteers will also be selling Sled Island 2018 passes, tickets and other goodies to kick off your festival season right.


Sled Island Block Party 2018

Get ready for the sixth annual, free, outdoor, all-ages Sled Island Block Party! We’ve planned a serious rager for Saturday, June 23, 2:00pm - 10:00pm.

The Sled Island Block Party is the biggest dance party at the festival! We’re back in Inglewood and have lined up Bristol’s house head honcho Will Clarke, R&B all-star Harrison Brome, bass monster josh pan, rave expert Carissa Gem, warehouse bass act Dillon Nathaniel, dynamic duo Magic & Johnson, electro-pop ingenue Selci, minimalist badass BB Mars, party wrecking crew B*les & The Suede, multi-lingual pop act Strangerfamiliar and the serious pipes of Symfan. Major thanks to our friends at the Hifi Club for curating this special lineup.


National Indigenous Peoples Day at Sled Island 2018

Sled Island is excited to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on Thursday, June 21 with all-day programming at Arts Commons and an evening show at Commonwealth Bar & Stage.

Join us and partners Indigenous Resilience in Music, Drum Beat, imagineNATIVE, Treaty 7 Film Collective, CBC Calgary and Arts Commons for a day of events at Arts Commons, beginning with a Mini Pow Wow at 11:30am. At 1:00pm, there will be a Rhythm of the People workshop with Sled Island 2018 artists Snotty Nose Rez Kids and Mob Bounce, who will present a talk, conduct a writing workshop and give a mini-performance. At 5:00pm, catch the imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour, featuring shorts made by Indigenous filmmakers from across the country. All of these events are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.


Sled Island 2018 Schedule Announced (With New Lineup Additions!)

The time has finally come! The full Sled Island 2018 schedule is here. Start planning the five best days of your entire freakin' life with all the what, when and where there is to know about Sled Island.

Today's announcement also includes new artist announcements including R&B sensation Kari Faux (pictured) and noise rock gods Cherubs, plus Sled Island Block Party performers Will Clarke and Dillon Nathaniel (who will also perform later on Saturday, June 23 in a special B2B set at the HiFi Club). Other new Block Party acts include B*les & The Suede, BB Mars, Magic & Johnson and Selci, all of whom join previously announced performers Symfan, Strangerfamiliarjosh pan and Harrison Brome.

Also added today are indie rockers nêhiyawak, blues rock powerhouse Bebe Buckskin, roots rattlers Cold Water and the stoner stomp of Gone Cosmic. Rounding things out are electronic entertainers Carissa Gem, HUNDRED% (Yung Nino + DJ C-Sik), OAKK and OpenEnd.


Sled Island 2018 Special Events and Conference Programming Announced

Sled Island is thrilled to unveil this year's lineup of Special Events and Conference programming.

New activities under the Special Events heading include a partnership with IRIM, Drum Beat and Arts Commons for a series of events in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day, featuring a Mini Pow Wow, a Rhythm of the People workshop co-led by Snotty Nose Rez Kids (pictured) and Mob Bounce, as well as an imagineNATIVE shorts package (outlined in our Film lineup). Look for more information on Sled Island's National Indigenous Peoples Day programming next week.

Another addition to the Special Events portion of Sled Island is a weekend of fun and learning at the Memorial Park Library, where music-lovers of all ages are invited to take music lessons and jam with fellow festival attendees.


Sled Island 2018 Visual Art Lineup Announced

Sled Island’s 2018 visual art lineup is here! We're delighted to feature projects by some of Alberta's most exciting artists at this year's festival.

Discover work by Ashley Bedet; Brett Bonk, May G N and Sean Taal; Seth Cardinal; Craig Fahner and Matthew Waddell; Megan Feniak and Kerry Maguire; NIK (pictured); Bronson Smillie and the return of the WE ARE NOT AN ISLAND Queer Zine Fair; plus projects by Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter, Anna Semenoff, Teresa Tam and Marika Vanderkraats (details coming soon). Schedule information, as well as a handful of additional projects, will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Explore the lineup here.