Sled Island and Byta present: Tête-à-Têtes


Sled Island is proud to announce that we're partnering with Byta, the platform for sending digital audio files and streams, to present Tête-à-Têtes, a series of intimate conversations between emerging and established musicians and industry leaders alike. These free online, publicly accessible conversations will address the most vital questions relating to the creative, technical, financial and social sides of music-making in an industry that has seen unprecedented changes in recent times. They will range from artistic exchanges between trailblazing musicians working in different genres to innovative thinkers unpacking lessons that can be learned from investigating how we make and consume music across the globe.

These conversations and their resulting takeaways will also help to dictate the direction of a slate of programming for an expanded in-person industry & conference component of Sled Island in June of 2021. This programming will include artist talks, panel discussions and information sessions.

Sled Island & Byta's Tête-à-Têtes is scheduled to launch in December of 2020, with new conversations occurring on a bi-monthly schedule. The year-long program will aim to be as responsive as possible to the changing landscape for the music industry during a global pandemic.

Our first Tête-à-Têtes session with Radio Alhara aired on December 1, 2020. Find out more about it here.

To read more about our last session, Kicking Against It: Ageism & Women In The Music Industry, and to find out what's next for the series, visit our blog post.

This project was made possible by the generous support of the Rozsa Foundation, and our public funders Calgary Arts Development and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.


Sled Island is an annual five-day independent music and arts festival in Calgary, Alberta that brings together a community of more than 250 bands, comedy, film and art as well as over 44,000 attendees in more than 30 venues across the city. Since 2007, Sled Island has produced a thoughtful, eclectic and one-of-a-kind festival that earns rave reviews from attendees, artists and media across the globe. Visit for more information.


Byta (“Bee-tah”: the Swedish word for exchange) is run as a distributed team across three continents. Byta is unrivaled in taking advantage of the unique properties found in audio files – reading and writing file metadata, converting file formats and delivering fast yet secure streaming. Byta recently launched their #HowWeListen not-for-profit, dedicated to providing musicians and their teams with the knowledge required to move their careers forward.


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