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 Comedy Lineup Announced

Okay, okay, you can stop holding your breath—the Sled Island 2018 comedy lineup is here!

Our 2018 comedy headliner is Netflix The Standups sensation Beth Stelling (pictured)! Star of one of Vulture’s “Best Stand-Up Specials” and a Time Out Magazine “Comedian to Watch,” we’re thrilled that you’ll get the chance to add her to your own personal list of the funniest comedians you’ve ever seen!
Believe it or not, there’s even more to announce. Beth will be supported by several other incredible acts, including the Deerhoof-selected George Chen, writer on cult classic television programs The Chris Gethard Show and Baroness Von Sketch Show Robby Hoffman, SNL Brazil alumnus Carol Zoccoli and the San Francisco Sketchfest Fresh Voices-endorsed Hoodo Hersi! All this plus local host of the most of it, Jeremy Furlong!


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.


Job Opportunity: Office Manager

Are you a well-organized student with awesome people skills? We're seeking an Office Manager for our 2018 festival season!

Contract dates: May 14, 2018 - June 30, 2018 (30hrs/week)
Application deadline: May 4, 2018 at 5:00pm MDT


Sled Island 2018 Full Lineup Announced

The wait is officially over—the full Sled Island 2018 lineup is here!

Newly-announced acts include bass-wielding funk warrior Thundercat (headlining The Palace Theatre on Wednesday, June 20), veteran psychedelic act The Flaming Lips (appearing at MacEwan Hall on Thursday, June 21) and Canadian hardcore legends No Warning (performing at Dickens on Wednesday, June 20).

Additional talent announced today includes critically-acclaimed songwriter Common Holly, dance-friendly noise-punks Eyeballs, multi-genre solo experimentalist Petra Glynt, bone-rattling noise rockers Kandekt, furious post-punk band Lié, beloved singer-songwriter Marlaena Moore, veteran psych pop act Mahogany Frog, howlin' indie punk Eamon McGrath, a double-dose of buzzworthy Indigenous hip-hop from Mob Bounce and Snotty Nose Rez Kids, theatrical pop star in the making NOVEMBER, experimental dance music maker Russell Louder, the always face-melting Shearing Pinx, snotty punks wlmrt, doom and psych purveyors WHOOP-Szo and Berlin's new wave wonder WORLD BRAIN.


Sled Island 2018 Film Lineup Announced

Our 2018 film lineup has arrived!

We’re thrilled to present a program that emphasizes what Sled Island does best: showcase the work of emerging homegrown and international talent, present one-of-a-kind cinematic and musical experiences and explore art and music through film.

This year’s theme? We have a few. Counterculture, 20th century icons, emerging talent and collaboration all make appearances in this year’s film program.


The Flaming Lips Announced for Sled Island 2018

You might want to sit down for this: veteran psychedelic act The Flaming Lips are coming to Sled Island 2018! The band will bring their dazzling live show to MacEwan Hall on Thursday, June 21 in support of their most recent release, 2017’s acclaimed Oczy Mlody.

Sled Island passes grant entry (subject to capacity), and are currently available here.

Tickets go on sale here on Friday, April 13 at 10am MST.


Win the Ultimate Sled Island Experience

Contest now closed. The winner has been notified via email.

Want to turbocharge your Sled Island? Purchase a Sled Island 2018 Discovery Pass or Discovery Plus Pass by April 30, 2018 at 4pm MST and you'll be entered to win the ultimate Sled Island experience!

It includes:

  • Four nights (June 20 - 24, 2018) in Sled Island's host hotel, the Fairmont Palliser
  • If you're a Discovery passholder, we'll upgrade your pass to the Discovery Plus level, which includes:
    • Priority access (jump to the front of lines!) at all Sled Island 2018 events, including 250+ bands, comedy, film and art (subject to capacity)
    • Access to Sled Island’s exclusive Artist Lounge at the top of the Calgary Tower, including two drink tickets and complimentary snacks
    • A ticket to Owen Pallett in Concert with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, June 23 in section B
    • Exclusive discount code for 15% off additional tickets to Owen Pallett in Concert with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, June 23 in sections A - D (subject to availability)
    • A Sled Island 2018 t-shirt (art by Josh Holinaty)
    • A Sled Island 2018 limited edition silkscreened poster (art by Josh Holinaty)
    • A Sled Island 2018 tote bag (art by Josh Holinaty)
    • Exclusive discounts at more than 60 Calgary restaurants, shops and services during Sled Island 2018