Sled Island Announces Comedy Program!

Sled Island is proud to announce the 2014 edition of its fan favourite and hot ticket comedy program, which is sure to be a bigger favourite and hotter ticket than ever!

This year, we're welcoming the voice of Comedy Central, Kyle Kinane, the mastermind behind both the Kroll Show and the world's greatest ever Red Hot Chili Peppers-based hoax, Jon Daly, plus Hari Kondabolu, writer for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, who was hand-picked by Sled Island Guest Curator Kathleen Hanna. But that's not all! Also joining the line up we have the star of Rollertown and the annual "Pats 24 Hours" comedy marathon, Pat Thornton, Laugh Sabbath stalwart, Kathleen Phillips, and introducing hometown weirdo and Comedy Network contest winner, Amanda Brooke Perrin!

To top it off, thanks to our generous partner One Yellow Rabbit we have the pleasure to add the beautiful Big Secret Theatre to our comedy venues. The Big Secret Theatre will also host two presentations of Radioheaded 2: A Listening Party to Watch during the festival, a creation of Denise Clarke mixing dance, theatre and music, based on 2007 Radiohead album In Rainbows.

More comedy details including additional acts, ticketing info and schedule to follow over in the coming weeks!


Lukes Pre-Fest Party Returns!

Sled Island is excited to partner with Lukes Drug Mart to host our second annual pre-festival party on Sunday, June 8th from noon to 5pm. The event will feature a free concert and is open to all ages. It will be taking place outside of Lukes Drug Mart’s Bridgeland location at 112 4TH St. NE. 

Canadian hip-hop extraordinaire Shad will headline the party along with northwest pop-punk sensations, Tacocat as direct support. Vancouver’s Dead Soft and local Calgary band Night Committee will round out the bill.

This is our second annual event in partnership with Lukes Drug Mart, one year removed from the highly successful 2013 inaugural Sled Island pre-festival party which featured Rural Alberta Advantage and Ladyhawk as performers. As mentioned, once again it's free and all-ages. Join us for an awesome afternoon of total fun. RSVP for the Facebook event here.


We Support the Cycle Track Network

Sled Island supports the creation of a Cycle Track Network based on the positive impact it would have on our festival-goer's experience and the boost to our city. Read what executive director, Maud Salvi has to say about it below. 

On April 28 Calgary City Council will vote on a plan for a separated Cycle Track Network in Calgary. This project will put more people on bicycles, reduce the amount of cars on our roads and benefit the health and safety of Calgarians. The vote at City Council is going to be very close. Tell your Council representatives that you support the Cycle Track Network by calling 403-268-2430. More information about the Cycle Track Network can be found here.

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Second Wave Lineup Announcement!

We're excited to announce our second wave of headliners playing this year's festival: Boston post-punk legends and long-time festival wishlist performers Mission of Burma, Portland-based freak-folk flag bearers Blitzen Trapper, The Fresh & Onlys' fuzz pop from San Francisco, punk'd-up thrash metal from Dallas Power Trip, indie shoegaze Krautrock and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) collaborators Disappears, Vancouver punk rock DIY stalwart White Lung, doo-wop garage rock from Shannon & The Clams, Brooklyn-based experimental and ethereal pop artist Julianna Barwick, lo-fi, fuzzed out Mississippi garage rockers Bass Drum of Death, U.S. Girls' experimental 60s AM radio-inspired pop, Canadian alt-country heroes Elliott Brood, Berlin-via Montreal DJ Deadbeat, and Jerusalem In My Heart's return to Calgary post-2013 flood to finish their National Music Centre residency.

In addition, guest curator and Riot Grrl co-founder Kathleen Hanna's personal picks include Screaming Females, Hunx And His Punx, Younger Lovers, Mindtroll, and Roman Polanski's Baby. Hanna will be performing with The Julie Ruin and the festival will also feature a screening of the documentary based on her life, The Punk Singer, with a special Q&A with Hanna.

These artists join over 35 other artists, including previously announced headliners: Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket From The Crypt, St. Vincent, Touché Amoré, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Rhye, Killer Mike, Earthless, Bob Mould and Chelsea Wolfe. Festival goers can expect over 250 bands plus film, comedy, visual art, and special events in the 30+ venues from June 18-22, 2014. Stay tuned for comedy, film, and the full line-up announcements in the coming month.

Click here to view the Sled Island trailer

Festival passes, offering access to every event at the festival subject to capacity, are now on sale for $199 (Discovery Pass) and $349 (Discovery Plus Pass) on our website. All-Ages Passes, giving those under the age of 18 access to the festival's all-ages programming, are also on sale for $50.

A limited number of individual tickets for select shows go on sale April 11th via our website and Ticketfly


Volunteer Call Is Open!

Are you interested in volunteering for Sled Island this year? The volunteer sign-up form is now live, get it here! and fill it out completely for maximum good times this summer.

If you're looking for pre-festival volunteering hours, we have an opportunity coming up. A casino fundraiser on Saturday, May 31st and Sunday June 1st. Please email directly or indicate on the form if you're interested in this opportunity.

Now is the time! Go ahead, sign up! After that, you can expect an email from Briana, our volunteer coordinator later this month regarding an orientation session (date TBA). You may also want to add to your contacts or safe list to ensure future emails don't end up in your spam folder.

Thanks to everyone who offers thier time and effort by signing up to volunteer for Sled Island! Excitement is high this year, and we're looking forward to being able to work with all of you. Don't hesitate to contact with any questions.

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