Danny Vacon Curates Rdio Playlist

Sled Island is excited to debut the Rdio playlist! 

Each week will feature a new playlist with a variety of exciting artists performing at the festival. Guest curator Danny Vacon of The Dudes, Dojo Workhorse has put together his picks of Sled Island 2012 artists for the debut playlist. Click on the link above and sign up for Rdio today to get the full music-streaming experience. Rdio lets you listen to millions of songs ad-free wherever you are – on the web and on your phone, even offline.

Stay tuned for more awesome playlists from curators, performers, staff and others coming soon! 


Sled Island Podcast Series is Back!

Sled Island is pleased to partner with CJSW to present the 2012 festival podcast series hosted by the one and only, Gary Powers

This week's episode features an insider's perspective into all things Sled Island with tracks from Olympic Plaza headliners Feist and The Hold Steady, one of Danny Vacon's picks Reigning Sound, politcal commentary from Tim Heidecker, 10 questions with local songstress Samantha Savage Smith, and Doldrums who are making their exicting Calgary debut. 

Check out the podcast on CJSW's website here, or subscribe to the RSS or iTunes feed today! 


Sled Island Warm Up Parties!

Spring is here, summer is right around the corner! Sled Island is pleased to present several Warm Up Parties for film, music and comedy in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary leading up to the festival! 

The first of the exciting Warm Up Parties is Thursday, April 26th at the Globe Cinema in Calgary. Sled Island Presents Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie with local funny guys Jesse and Evan from CJSW's Am I Right? as hosts. Tickets are available for $10, or $8 with Student ID. This event is sponsored by CJSW and Calgarymovies.com. 

Next up, Sled Island is hosting an Edmonton Warm Up Party on May the 4th (be with you) featuring The Wicked Awesomes!, Brazilian Money, The Allovers, and Renny Wilson at the Wunderbar. Tickets are $10 at the door. 

Returning to Calgary after their epic IMAX theatre show in the old science centre at Sled Island 2011 is SF psych rockers Sleepy Sun performing with Hollow Brethren at Broken City on May 8th. Tickets are available on Prime Box Office for $8 in advance, $11 at the door. RSVP for the event here.

Lastly, Sled Island has teamed up with Beatroute to put on a Vancouver Warm Up Party at the Biltmore Cabaret on May 9th. This rad event will feature performances by No Gold, Korean Gut, White Poppy (formerly known as My Friend Wallace), and Bankrobber. Tickets $10 at the door. Event sponsors are Beatroute and CITR. 


Advance Tickets On Sale!

While the Festival Discovery Pass is the reccomended way to experience the overall festival, we realize not everyone has the chance to attend all four jam-packed days of Sled Island. As such we have made a limited amount of Advance Tickets available for select shows, including The Antlers at Republik, Archers of Loaf at MacEwan Ballroom, Willis Earl Beal at Ironwood, and more through out the fesitval. Check out the Advance Tickets page to find a complete list of shows and ticket prices. Act quick! Only a limited amount of tickets are on sale for each show and they won't last long! 

Tickets for Olympic Plaza events are on sale and going fast! Visit Olympic Plaza Tickets to purchase your tickets for Feist, Timber Timbre and guests on Friday, June 22nd and The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks plus guests on Saturday June 23rd. Olympic Plaza tickets are $45 + fees per day at Ticketmaster and retail outlets.


Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Screening

Comedy and film enthusiasts mark your calendars! On Thursday April 26th, Sled Island is hosting a warm up to the festival with a screening of Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie at the Globe Cinema (617 8 Avenue SW). Doors open at 6:30pm and the screening starts at 7pm. The evening will be hosted by Jesse Pruden and Evan Wilson from Am I Right?. Tickets are $10 and $8 for student with valid ID.  This event is sponsored by Sled Island, CJSW and Calgarymovies.com. 

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie is a new feature film from the twisted minds of cult comedy heroes Tim Heidecker and Eric Warheim ("Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!"). The premise of the film begins when Tim and Eric are given a billion dollars to make a movie, but comically squander every dime! The sinister Schlaaangcorporation is mega pissed and Tim and Eric's lives are at stake. The comedic duo are forced to skip town to search for a way to pay the money back. Expect the usual jaw dropping hilarity of Tim and Eric's misadventures along with dozens of cameos from Awesome Show regulars! 

The last day for submissions to be considered for Sled Island Film is tomorrow, Friday April 6th.  All submissions are subject to Festival Submission Guidelines and Regulations, listed at the bottom of the form found on the Film Submissions page. To access the submission form please click HERE

Sled Island Film happens June 18 - 20, 2012, a few days before the fesitval dates. Stay tuned for the film schedule and information to be announced on May 1st! 


More Headliners and Comedy Added!

Western Canada's largest independent music and arts festival just got a whole lot bigger! The lineup for Sled Island 2012, happening June 20th - 23rd across multiple venues in Calgary, Alberta, now includes Canadian alt-country veterans The Sadies, garage-gospel punk legends Reigning Sound, ambient experimentalist Tim Hecker, The Hold Steady's Craig Finn and indie folk rockers The Antlers. Also joining the Sled Island 2012 lineup are The Strange Boys, How To Dress Well, Willis Earl Beal, NoMeansNo, Bonjay, Hayes Carll, And So I Watch You From Afar, Cadence Weapon, Duchess Says, Terry Malts and many more!

Sled Island's comedy lineup has expanded from two nights to four due to popular demand for the 2012 festival. This year's comedy lineup features veteran stand up comedian Todd Barry, Tim Heidecker from Tim & Eric's Awesome Show, Neil Hamburger making his brave return, jaywalking New Yorker Hannibal Burress and L.A. actress and comedian Natasha Leggero.

A limited amount of advance tickets for select shows including Archers of Loaf at MacEwan Ballroom, Thurston Moore at the Grand Threatre, go on sale this Saturday, April 7th at 10am MST. Festival passes are on sale at $199 for the Discovery Pass, $349 for the Discovery Plus Pass and only $50 for the All Ages Pass for those under 18 years old via the Shop. Olympic Plaza Tickets are on sale for Feist (2012 Juno Artist of the Year!), Timber Timbre, plus guest on Friday June 22nd and The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, plus guests on Saturday, June 23rd at $45 per day via Ticketmaster here and here.