Sled Island 2013 Guest Curators Announced

We're thrilled to announce our 2013 guest curators, Sled Island festival alumni, John Dwyer and Tim Hecker! The guest curators work each year to help to set festival's specific tone through programming selections and with their presence at the festival. Dwyer and Hecker join an impressive list of past Sled Island curators which has included Andrew W.K., Danny Vacon (The Dudes), Fucked Up, Colin Newman (Wire), Scott Kannberg (Pavement), Mark Hamilton (Woodpigeon), among others.

Festival favourite, John Dwyer, singer and guitarist for the critically-acclaimed San Francisco-based, psych-tinged, Krautrock-inspired garage rockers, Thee Oh Sees, returns as guest curator for Sled Island 2013. The former member of Coachwhips, The Hospitals and Zeigenbock Kopf, has earned his reputation as a wholly engaging live entertainer and as one of the best and most challenging independent songwriters working today. This reputation was cemented with Sled Island festival-goers at Thee Oh Sees still-talked about, jaw-dropping 2011 set.
Twitter: @TheeOhSees

Joining Dwyer is the celebrated and hugely influential Montreal-based electronic artist, Tim Hecker. Oft hailed as one of the most significant ambient musicians since Brian Eno, Hecker has been staggeringly consistent in his recorded and live output under the Jetone moniker, under his own name and through collaborations with Oren Ambarchi, Aidan Baker (Nadja) and Fly Pan Am. Following his superb and powerful Hillhurst United Church set at Sled Island 2012, Hecker will bring his uniquely cerebral and emotive touch to programming as the festival’s first electronic music curator.
Twitter: @tim_hecker

Sled Island 2013 will also feature parties hosted by TSN’s Jay Onrait & Dave Hodge
We're also giddy to welcome TSN's Jay Onrait and Dave Hodge into the festival to host a special Sled Island 2013 concert series! While Onrait and Hodge might not be the first, second (or even hundredth) names to come to mind when thinking about Sled Island, Calgary has a rich history of combining independent music with sport; from local campus radio station CJSW’s long-standing street hockey tournament, Slurpee Cup, to the inception of Dirtbag Baseball, a baseball league composed primarily of Calgary music scene mainstays. Onrait and Hodge, well-loved Canadian sports television personalities, are avid music fans excited to be showcasing their passion for music with a special Sled Island concert series.
Jay Onrait's Twitter: @JayOnrait
Dave Hodge's Twitter: @TSNDaveHodge

...and that's just a peek at how 2013 is shaping up. Like where it's going? Why not pick up a Sled Island pass while you're here? Check back in in a month to see our first wave of bookings get announced (hint: it's gonna' be a good year).