Sled Island 2016 Schedule Announced

The full Sled Island 2016 schedule is here!

Start planning the five best days of your summer with all the details on what we've packed into this year's festival. Click the heart button on schedule items to save them to our "My Schedule" function and get a direct link to your picks to share with friends.

Look closely and you'll notice a few surprises, too! Check out special additions to this year's music and art lineups, plus this year's just-announced lineup of special events!

Want to see it all? Remember that a Sled Island pass is your best bet for discovering all the music, comedy, film, art and special events happening this June.


Sled Island Bike Scavenger Hunt

Do you like bikes and needlessly competing with your friends?

For the fourth year in a row, Sled Island is happy to present the Green Island Bike Scavenger Hunt! Sponsored by Big Rock Brewery, the event aims to promote bike culture in the city, support green initiatives and help get you familiar with a bunch of awesome Sled Island venues.

Saturday, June 11
12:00pm - 4:30pm
Meet at Enmax Stage, Prince's Island Park
$40/team of four, $10/individual


Sled Island Presents: Before the Last Curtain Falls

Sled Island is pleased to present Before the Last Curtain Falls at Fairy Tales Film Festival.

Saturday, May 28 at 7:00pm
The Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Road NW)
Tickets at

This documentary tells a story of great love, bitter disappointments and self-doubts, but most of all, courage—the courage to take risks, try something new and be yourself no matter what age. The film dives deeply into the exceptional and heartwarming stories of a group of transsexuals and drag queens in their sixties and seventies, who summon their bravery to take to the stage one last time. For two years they have been touring on five continents, basking in the success of a spectacular show called Gardenia, directed by Alain Platel and Frank Van Laecke. Now, as the show comes to a close, the glamorous aging performers must leave the limelight and go home to the quiet lives they left behind.


Jeremy Carter Cancellation

We're sorry to announce that due to circumstances beyond our control, comedian Jeremy Carter won't be able to make it to Sled Island 2016. Don't be too sad, though—we still have two packed comedy shows happening on June 24 and 25 at Theatre Junction GRAND, plus Late Night at the Plaza and even a podcast taping! Browse the full comedy lineup now.

Those who purchased tickets to either of the Theatre Junction GRAND shows can request a refund by contacting, but we hope you'll reconsider! Each show has eight gut-busting acts that we're sure you'll love.


Job Opportunity: Hospitality Coordinator

Wanna join our team? Sled Island is hiring a Hospitality Coordinator (Contract) to make sure our artists get the food and beverages they need to keep them in top shape for performances at Sled Island 2016.

Full details on the position are available here. Apply by May 26, 2016 at 4pm MDT.


Sled Island Rock Lotto

What do you get when you throw 30 of Calgary's best-loved musicians in a room, have them draw names from a hat to form new bands on the spot, and give them less than 12 hours to write and perform new material? Find out at the next Sled Island Rock Lotto!

Saturday, May 21, 2016
The Palomino Smokehouse & Social Club (109 7th Ave. SW)
Doors at 9pm, $10 at the door

The lineup has just been announced and can be found after the jump!

RSVP on Facebook


Lukes Drug Mart and CBC Calgary Present: The 4th Annual Sled Island Pre-Party

It's back! We've teamed up with Lukes Drug Mart and CBC Calgary for another awesome, free, outdoor, all-ages party!

Sunday, June 12 at 12pm
Lukes Drug Mart (112 4th St. NE)
All ages (beer garden open to attendees 18+)

Join us for sets by our dear friend Chad VanGaalen, Sled Island 2011 alumni Hooded Fang, experimental pop band We Are The City and emotionally heavy act We Knew. This is the perfect way to get in the mood for Sled Island.


Sled Island 2016 Full Music Lineup Announced

The time has finally come for us to announce the full Sled Island 2016 music lineup!

Today we unveil nearly 200 bands that will be joining us this June 22 - 26. Some new and exciting headliners include dancefloor-slaying producer Kaytranada at Flames Central on Friday, June 24, influential no wave act ESG at the #1 Legion on Wednesday, June 22, New England indie rockers Speedy Ortiz at Olympic Plaza on Saturday, June 25, kraut-tinged indie pop band Moon King at Broken City on Friday, June 24 and Olympic Plaza on Saturday, June 25, and psych-rock heavy weights The Besnard Lakes at The Palomino on Wednesday, June 22.