Donate to Sled Island: Our December Fundraising Campaign Kicks Off Today

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2019 has been another incredible year for Sled Island, marked by a mind-melting 13th festival and the launch of a seasonal concert series in partnership with the National Music Centre.

We proudly presented 253 musical acts, including 132 from Alberta and 87 from Calgary, alongside 61 local visual artists and comedians, in 30 venues across Calgary’s inner city. We hosted 163 events, including 83 all-ages and 55 free events, and partnered with 172 businesses and organizations in and outside of the art sector.

None of this work would have been possible without the support of our community and we are deeply grateful to anyone who attended, participated or helped us out in any way.

Since we can’t wait to do it all over again, today we’re kicking off a month-long fundraising campaign with the ambitious goal of raising $25,000 to go towards Sled Island’s 2020 programming.

While our passion for music discovery remains unwavering, we are facing growing financial obstacles to continue bringing you high-quality programming that is affordable and accessible. Between public funding cuts, decreased sponsorship investment and a very high American dollar, the gap to balance our budget is becoming larger and larger.

If you think our work is meaningful and brings value to Calgary’s community, please consider making a monthly or one-time donation to help ensure Sled Island will be here for years to come.

ATB is currently matching 15% of donations to charities, so your donation dollars can stretch even further! Please use the button below to make a donation, or visit SledIsland.com/Donate to learn more about our organization and alternative ways to give. 

Thank you for your generous support!



(Photo: Jarrett Edmund)
 

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CJSW 90.9FM & Sled Island present: Deep Space 90.9

Our annual Halloween party with CJSW returns to the #1 Legion!

Friday, October 25
Doors at 8pm, bands at 9:15pm sharp
Royal Canadian Legion #1 (116 7th Ave. SE)

SOLD OUT

Every year, Sled Island and CJSW 90.9 join forces to cap off the CJSW Funding Drive by throwing an epic three-floor Halloween bash! This year, we’re blasting off into the cosmos with over 13 local bands covering all your favourite songs about space! This incredible lineup of live music will be taking place on the main floor, with a non-stop dance party upstairs, and DJs in the basement.

This year’s lineup includes:

CJSW Family Bands

DRI HIEV

The Evan Wilson Sexperience

Khillah Khills

Known Local Babes

Krill Williams

NETRVNNER

Ocean Bacon

Rifle County Players

Selci

Sunglaciers

Thomas Thomas

… and more

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Youth Central Review: All-Ages Programming at Sled Island 2019

Sled Island this year was absolutely unreal. Being sixteen, I wasn’t able to go to every show or every location, but that didn’t make the days any less memorable or impactful. I decided that for my first ever Sled Island, I wanted to remember every moment. My favourite way to do that is through photos, and so I bought a couple cheap disposables, took pictures throughout the week, and re-lived every minute when I got them printed. Going into the festival, I was nervous. I wasn’t familiar with Calgary’s, let alone the world’s more underground and independent music scene. When I looked at the list of performers, I can confidently say I didn’t know anyone. However, the culture surrounding this music was unbelievably welcoming. I knew no one and nothing, and yet, at the end of the week, I felt like an expert. The performers and the performance goers were kind and genuinely excited to be there. I’m so grateful to have
experienced such an amazing experience and catch a few moments along the way on
my London Drugs camera.

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Guest Blogger: Connor Lang from Youth Central

Every week between now and the start of the festival, we will have special guest bloggers writing about their top picks for Sled Island 2019! Check out their selections for a taste of what you can discover at this year's festival.

This week we have Connor Lang, high school student and blogger at Youth Are Awesome, who has picked some of his favourite artists playing all-ages venues!

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Sled Island Survival Guide

With over 250 bands, 30 venues and 40,000 attendees spread out over 5 glorious days, Sled Island may seem a little intimidating to those new to the festival. But fear not! We've polled seven Sled Island pros who have given us their best tips and tricks for taking on the festival.

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Sled Island 2019 Schedule Changes

The following changes have been made to the Sled Island schedule since it was printed in our physical program guides. 

A Monster And An Animal has been cancelled. There are no longer any art exhibits taking place in the #1 Royal Canadian Legion (Basement). 

Big Evil Rat is unable to make it to Sled Island. Their previously scheduled performance will be replaced by:

  • Hairnet - Saturday, June 22, 9:00pm @ Ship & Anchor

Blue Odeur is unable to perform at Sled Island. Their previously scheduled performances will be replaced by: 

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Four Ways to do Sled Island Saturday

Congratulations, you’ve made it to Saturday! But don’t slow down yet, because the busiest day of the festival is still ahead of you. We have events from morning to night at more than twenty venues, so chug those electrolytes and strap on your dancing shoes, because it’s going to be a long one! Here are four of our best bets to take on Sled Island Saturday

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Guest Blogger: Kate Roberts from AEMCON

Every week between now and the start of the festival, we will have special guest bloggers writing about their top picks for Sled Island 2019! Check out their selections for a taste of what you can discover at this year's festival.

This week we have Kate Roberts, Content and Media Coordinator at the Alberta Electronic Music Conference.

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Four Ways to do Sled Island Friday

Congrats, you’ve made it to Friday! But don’t relax yet, because the two most jam-packed days of Sled Island are still ahead of you. Are you remembering to drink water? Are you wearing your earplugs? (Tinnitus is no joke, my friends) Are you discovering some incredible new bands? Good, you’re doing it right!

Friday is when things really start to kick in high-gear, so here are four of our best-bets on how to take on Sled Island Friday.

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Guest Blogger: Audrey Niksic from Femme Wave and CJSW

Every week between now and the start of the festival, we will have special guest bloggers writing about their top picks for Sled Island 2019! Check out their selections for a taste of what you can discover at this year's festival.

This week we have Audrey Niksic, co-music curator at Femme Wave and host of Glass Ceiling on CJSW.

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Three Ways to do Sled Island Thursday

You’ve made it to day two of Sled Island and you’re feeling good. Remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint, and you want to pace yourself! Just like Wednesday, Thursday is stacked with bands and you’re probably a little overwhelmed by all the amazing options, but fret not, dear Sled Island-er! We have laid out three of our best-bets on how to take on Sled Island Thursday.

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Guest Blogger: Helen Young from CJSW

Every week between now and the start of the festival, we will have special guest bloggers writing about their top picks for Sled Island 2019! Check out their selections for a taste of what you can discover at this year's festival.

This week we have local artist and DJ Helen Young, host of The Future Language on CJSW!

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Three Ways to do Sled Island Wednesday

Wednesday, the first official day of Sled Island. Also known as the first official day of the best week of your life. Think we’re exaggerating? Take a look at that lineup and get back to us. Were we lying? With such a stacked first day of bands, planning your Wednesday night schedule might seem a little daunting, but fear not! We’ve laid out three of our best bets on how to take on Sled Island Wednesday.

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Guest Blogger: DJ WyzeWon from CJSW

Every week between now and the start of the festival, we will have special guest bloggers writing about their top picks for Sled Island 2019! Check out their selections for a taste of what you can discover at this year's festival.

This week, we have DJ WyzeWon from the syndicated hip-hop show, DirtyNeedles, on CJSW!

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Guest Blogger: Pink Flamingo

Photo by Michael Grondin

Every week between now and the start of the festival, we will have special guest bloggers writing about their top picks for Sled Island 2019! Check out their selections for a taste of what you can discover at this year's festival.

This week, we have the team behind Pink Flamingo, a local LGBTQQIP2SAA+ pop-up party!

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Sled Island 2019 Full Lineup Announced

Our full lineup is finally here! The 180+ additions announced today join a list of over 65 previously announced artists, confirming 250+ bands to play the festival this June! 

Newly announced artists include heavy metal favourites TORCHE, Jersey punk trio Screaming Females, hip-hop soaked garage rocker Obnox, English electronic duo My Nu Leng, Oakland-based sludge rockers Kowloon Walled City, reunited riff machines Barn Burner, indie-rock up-and-comer Stef Chura and emotional alternative project Black Belt Eagle Scout, the final pick from our guest curator Julien Baker. On top of that, we are joined by Anishinaabe singer-songwriter Ansley Simpson, last year’s Indigenous Music Award winner for Best New Artist, gloomy alt-pop group Little Destroyer and Vancouver post-punks NOV3L. These acts join already announced artists such as guest curator Julien Baker, Japanese Breakfast, Rapsody, JPEGMAFIA, Le1f, Hop Along, Bully, Oblivians, Man Or Astro-Man?, Cate Le Bon, Cass McCombs, Jessica Pratt, The Messthetics, Fly Pan Am, William Basinski, Kid Congo Powers + the Pink Monkey Birds and many, many more.

Today’s announcement also includes accomplished avant-garde composer Jonathan Kawchuk, doom-infused post-punkers Bonnie Doon, Edmonton grunge trio Dead Fibres, Mint Records staple dumb, playful pop-punks Necking, psych-meets-post-punk outfit Peeling, experimental electronic hip-hop duo PLAINS (featuring Trent Reznor/Saul Williams collaborator Thavius Beck), Toronto folk-pop project Quaker Parents, the vintage sounds of power-pop four-piece The Sick Things and emerging indigenous electronic producer Ziibiwan.

As always, we love to showcase local talent and have plenty of Calgary artists joining the 2019 lineup, including art-rock septet 36?, country crooner Amy Nelson, electro-pop duo Beach Season, the snarly punk of Hairnet, trap whiz Jae Sterling, experimental flautist Jiajia Li, indie-pop idols Lab Coast, precocious punks Slut Prophet, pastel-bathed bedroom-pop act soft cure and the riff-laden intensity of beloved metalheads Woodhawk.

To see the complete lineup including comedy, film and art, visit SledIsland.com. The Sled Island 2019 schedule will be announced in the coming weeks, along with special events and conference programming.

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Sled In A Can: A Sled Island Fundraiser

Please join us for Sled In A Can, a Sled Island Fundraiser presented by The HiFi Club on Saturday May 4.

We will have an epic night featuring music from Melted Mirror, Selci, Lashes and DJ ROYLT. Plus comedy and a silent auction featuring items from Chad VanGaalen, Gorilla Whale, CJSW, Alberta Ballet, the National Music Centre, and more!  

All proceeds go to Sled Island, so come out and show your support!

Click here for tickets.

For more information, vist our Facebook event.

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Sled Island 2019 Comedy Lineup Announced

Get ready to laugh this summer, because the Sled Island 2019 Comedy lineup is here!

We don’t often throw the word legend around, so in the case of our comedy headliner, let’s just say that we are thrilled that Sled Island is becoming part of the Andy Kindler Saga. That’s right, for one night only, Calgary will be treated to the highs and lows of the Andy Kindler Particular Show. This show, and its cousin, the Andy Kindler Alternative Show, has been celebrated, feted, lauded, and even raved about among the comediarati in cities like Los Angeles (at Dynasty Typewriter, which is very au courant), Montreal (for Just For Laughs, perhaps you’ve sampled their Gags?), Vancouver (for Just for Laughs Northwest, perhaps you’ve sampled their Gags Northwest?), Austin (for the Moontower Festival), and Toronto (for Just For Laughs 42, perhaps you’ve sampled A THIRD THING??). With appearances on countless television shows (including The Late Show with David Letterman, Maron, and Bob’s Burgers) and his all-star stand-up track record, Andy Kindler’s appearance at Sled Island is sure one for the books.

Joining Andy on his show and participating in the Sled Island Comedy Showcase are Schitt’s Creek featured guest Adam Christie, Just For Laughs Northwest and Bumbershoot comedy alum Katie-Ellen Humphries, multi-hyphenate Sean Devlin and Calgary comedy catalyst Amy Edgar, plus several more to come!

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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  

 

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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.

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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).

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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: https://www.joinscip.ca/student-eligibility/

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.

Duties

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

Qualifications

  • 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 art@sledisland.com 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.

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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: https://www.joinscip.ca/student-eligibility/

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

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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 SledIsland.com, 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 SledIsland.com/PaymentPlan

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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.

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