Sled Island and Live Nation present: Explosions in the Sky

A graphic for Explosions in the Sky "The End Tour" - taking place September 21 at the Palace Theatre in Calgary, AB. Presented by Live Nation and Sled Island. Behind the text is a sepia tone photo of mountains with a cloudy sky above.

Sled Island and Live Nation are very proud to present Explosions in the Sky at The Palace Theatre on Saturday, September 21! ⁠

The iconic post-rock outfit was originally slated to take the stage at Sled Island 2013 before the festival was forced to cancel due to the Alberta floods. Now the group is bringing The End Tour to Calgary in a highly celebrated return! ⁠

Tickets are on sale NOW. Get yours here


Sled Island 2024 Schedule Changes

The official cover for the Sled Island 2024 program guide. Colourful bubbles fill the image, and inside select bubbles it reads "Sled Island Music & Arts Festival. Presented by connectFirst Credit Union. Program guide. June 19-23, 2024. Diverse venues across Calgary/Mohkinstsis.

Tuesday, June 18

  • Oranje will be on CJSW 90.9 @ 11:10am

Wednesday, June 19

  • Banggz will be on CJSW 90.9 @ 9:15am
  • Laughing will be on CJSW 90.9 @ 12:15pm
  • The Serfs will be on CJSW 90.9 @ 2:30pm
  • Last Waltzon will be on CJSW 90.9 @ 4pm
  • Unfortunately, due to reasons beyond our and the band’s control, the lead singer of W.I.T.C.H., Jagari, was not able to enter Canada. The show will still take place as scheduled with the rest of the band performing a slightly modified set, with the other original member, Patrick, taking on vocals.

Sled Island 2024 Full Lineup and Schedule Announcement

The official poster for Sled Island Music & Arts Festival, presented by connectFirst Credit Union. June 19-23, 2024. Diverse venues across Calgary/Mohkinstsis. Get passes and tickets at Colourful waves and bubbles fill up the poster. All other poster details can be found in the caption.

Today we're very excited to announce over 150 more bands, comedy, film, art, special events and conference panels, as well as the full schedule for all of this year’s programming. To see the complete lineup and schedule, visit

On top of all the incredible music this year, Sled Island is proud to announce that the 2024 comedy headliner will be JUNO-nominated stand-up comedian, television writer and Canada's Got Talent finalist Courtney Gilmour, whose comedic work focuses on her unique experiences as a congenital triple amputee. She will be joined by other hilarious acts including Dakota Ray Hebert, Jacob Balshin, Nathan Hare, and host Faris Hytiaa.

Presented in partnership with the Calgary Downtown Association, Sled Alley is a family-friendly, all-day party that has been extended from the alley behind The Palace Theatre onto 1st Street SW, between Stephen Avenue and 9th Avenue. The event takes place on Saturday, June 22, and will feature DJs, a local art market, skateboarding from The Compound Mobile Skatepark, food trucks, a non-alcoholic bar, and free art activities for all ages, including an interactive augmented reality experience from Calgary-based AR gaming studio EarthMMO. Other special events at this year’s festival include the Sled Island Drag Brunch, Punk Rock Bingo, Quiz Shoe, the annual Wrap-Up Pig Roast, and more.

Sled Island Film will feature the Alberta premiere of Swamp Dogg Gets His Pool Painted, a wildly entertaining documentary that follows legendary cult musician Swamp Dogg as he transforms his LA home into an artistic playground. This endearingly quirky new film will help kick off the festival on Tuesday, June 18 at the Globe Cinema.

2024 art programming includes the Alcove Centre for the Arts Exhibit, taking place at Alcove (244 7th Ave SW) and showcasing a selection of talented local artists. Also, the festival will once again present the annual Sled Island Poster Show, which pairs local artists with musicians playing the festival to create limited-edition, hand silk-screened posters by Burnt Toast Studio. Posters will be on display and available for purchase. Both art shows will run for the entirety of the festival.

Lastly, all conference panels will take place at the beautiful Central Library on Friday, June 21, where attendees will learn about DIY album releases, self-marketing, tax management, booking abroad, navigating AI, and harm reduction in the music industry.

Passes and tickets are on sale now. A limited number of single tickets to newly-announced shows and day passes will go on sale this Friday, May 17 at 12pm MDT.

For more information, visit

Thanks to our funders and sponsors at connectFirst Credit UnionEighty-Eight Brewing CompanyDandy BrewingThe Beltline BLOX, Calgary Downtown AssociationConfluence DistillingCalgary Arts DevelopmentThe City of CalgaryTravel Alberta, Calgary Foundation, Rozsa FoundationGovernment of AlbertaAlberta Foundation for the Arts, Calgary's FutureStructured Abstraction, Canada Council for the ArtsSOCAN FoundationFACTOR CanadaVenture for Canada, and the Government of Canada.


Sled Island Rock Lotto 2024

The official poster for the Sled Island Rock Lotto. Colourful illustrated characters populate the poster. The characters are different shapes and sizes, and all have eyes, mouths, legs and feet. All other poster information can be found in the caption.

We're back with an all-new Sled Island Rock Lotto on Saturday, May 18!

Join us at the Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club, where we’ll bring together 25 musicians from various backgrounds and draw names from a hat to form one-off bands for one night only, with less than 10 hours to write and perform new material!

Once again, this year's event is focused on creating meaningful connections between musicians just starting their music journey in the city and artists more familiar with the Calgary music scene, with the goal of fostering a more diverse music ecosystem and increasing equitable access to creative opportunities for all.

The lineup of participating musicians will be announced in the coming weeks!

Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 26 at noon MDT. For more information and for tickets, visit

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. If you would like to attend but ticket prices are a barrier, please contact

Thanks to Calgary Arts Development for making this event possible!

Huge shout out to Becca Lowe for the poster art!