Sled Island is thrilled to announce its first wave of 2015 festival artists.
In addition to previously announced guest curators Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Sled Island will continue in the tradition of bringing you some of music's most beloved and respected minds with such acts as post-punk legends Television, the recently reunited Drive Like Jehu, Mary Timony of Helium and Wild Flag's Ex Hex, doom pioneers Pentagram, fuzzed-out stoner rock icons Fu Manchu and the ruthlessly highbrow Oxbow, while continuing to bring more contemporary and growing talents like the furious noise rock duo Lightning Bolt, neo-garage maestro King Tuff, Calgary's own Viet Cong, the ragingly grotesque Pissed Jeans, breathtaking jazz ensemble Jaga Jazzist, word whiz Black Milk, haunting electro-folk act Hundred Waters, digital composer Son Lux, eerie popster Lydia Ainsworth, ripping partiers The Coathangers and the affectingly broody Iceage.
One very special booking for 2015 is Daniel Lanois, who will be doing a residency and artist talk at the National Music Centre, culminating in an intimate performance of his pulsating ambient work from latest release Flesh & Machine later in the week at Republik. This exclusive engagement will uncover his one-of-a-kind journey through music and provide a look at his enduring brilliance in the field.
Now, we are extremely pleased to announce Godspeed's list of eclectic and well-balanced selections, including Kim Gordon's latest band Body/Head, avant-jazz renegade Matana Roberts, garage and folk icons Fred & Toody, indelible songwriter Carla Bozulich, Constellation Records "supergroup" Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche, the bombastic Big Brave, lauded folk act David Dondero and anarchist jazz punks The Ex, we welcome you.
Thanks for sharing our joy in revealing this first peek at Sled Island! Expect a lot more to come, spread across our festival's 30+ venues where we bring you big talent in small spaces. A pass is the best way to experience the festival and can be purchased today. See you in June!