Drumroll, please! We are bursting with excitement over our first wave of Sled Island 2016 artists.
We're proud to share that in conjunction with today’s announcement, legendary lo-fi indie rock band Guided By Voices have announced a stop at the festival. The band (consisting of Robert Pollard with Bobby Bare Jr., Kevin March, Nick Mitchell and Mark Shue) will headline Sled Island’s main outdoor show at Olympic Plaza on June 25, 2016 in what is their only date announced thus far, and their first-ever appearance in Calgary. Guided By Voices have been a bucket list act for the festival since day one, and we couldn't be more thrilled to be the first to confirm a show for the band. They’ll be joined by indie rock icons Built To Spill (who return to Sled Island following a memorable show in 2010), krautrock-inspired experimenters SUUNS and additional artists to be announced.
Also appearing at the festival is boundary-pushing black metal band Deafheaven, 1960s garage-rock pioneers The Sonics, enchanting indie-folk songwriter Angel Olsen, left-field pop experimentalist Julia Holter, industrial dance noisemakers HEALTH (returning to the festival after an appearance in 2009), genre-defying instrumentalists Tortoise, venomous post-punk band Protomartyr and unpredictable psych adventurers (and project of Throbbing Gristle frontperson Genesis Breyer P-Orridge) Psychic TV.
Recently, Sled Island announced provocative musician/producer/filmmaker/performance artist Peaches as 2016 guest curator. Each year, Sled Island’s guest curator puts their stamp on the festival through special programming choices and with their presence at the event. Peaches’ curatorial selections will be announced in the coming months, along with additional festival acts.
The artists announced today represent just a sample of the 250+ bands, comedy, film and art that will descend on more than 35 Calgary venues from June 22 - 26, 2016. Stay tuned for our next announcement in early March!
Passes & Tickets
Sled Island passes, which grant access to all Sled Island shows (subject to capacity) are currently available at SledIsland.com,Sloth Records (736B 17th Ave. SW) and Lukes Drug Mart (112 4th St. NE).
Tickets to select Sled Island shows go on sale Friday, February 12 at 10am MST at SledIsland.com, Sloth Records (736B 17th Ave. SW) and Lukes Drug Mart (112 4th St. NE).
Sled Island is thrilled to announce provocative musician-producer-filmmaker-performance artist Peaches as 2016 guest curator.
Each year, Sled Island’s guest curator puts their stamp on the festival through special programming choices and with their presence at the event.
Peaches’ curatorial selections will join over 250 additional bands, comedians, filmmakers and artists chosen by the festival in more than 35 venues across Calgary from June 22 - 26, 2016.
In addition, Peaches will perform at Flames Central on June 25, 2016. Tickets go on sale February 12, 2016 at 10am MST at SledIsland.com. Sled Island passes grant access (subject to capacity) and are currently on sale at SledIsland.com, Sloth Records (736B 17th Ave. SW) and Lukes Drug Mart (112 4th St. NE).
To celebrate the news, we’re offering all Sled Island passes at a special semi-early bird rate (up to 18% off!) until February 8, 2016!
“The boys wanna be her. The girls wanna be her. I wanna be her. So do you!”
So go the lyrics to just one of Peaches’ empowering and endlessly listenable songs. This has grown to be an apt description for the larger-than-life artist herself. In the 16 years she’s been releasing albums under this name, the icon born Merrill Nisker has bared it all—both literally and figuratively. Primarily using rhymes and electronic beats, she is never beholden to anything but her own irresistible swagger and unabashed body politics.
Throughout her life she’s worn many hats. Leaving behind a career as a librarian, Peaches has used music, film, theatre and many other disciplines to challenge and delight the public on identity issues including sex, gender and power. What makes this all so important is that she has proven that liberating yourself (and getting pissed off at the systems that aim to inhibit us) can be a hell of a lot of fun.
From the pervasive power of Teaches of Peaches single “Fuck the Pain Away” to the recent sexually-celebrant title track of Rub, Peaches has never ceased to push as hard as she can to destroy the barriers that keep expression of self in line. She’s a provocateur and a punk, an assault and an icon. She’s the loudest voice with the most to say. For these reasons and so many more, Sled Island is proud to collaborate with her in the role of guest curator.
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 on Saturday, December 19 at 9:00pm at the Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club (109 7th Ave. SW)!
Tickets are $10 at the door. Presented by Big Rock Brewery.