Sled Island at Market Collective: May 1-3

This weekend, Sled Island is hanging out with our pals at Market Collective! We're setting up camp with raffle tickets, merch and more. On top of that, Sled Island staffers will be spinning tunes from some of our festival favourites!

Admission is $5 and is good for the entire weekend (May 1 - 3, 2015). Come on out to support local artists and have a blast!

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Film Program Announced

The Sled Island experience is about more than just music. With that in mind, we are proud to announce this year's robust film program! With docs chronicling music from Montreal to Cambodia, the unlikely rock royalty story of a Harvard dropout, and a loose Tuareg take on Prince's Purple Rain (starring none other than Sled Island 2015 artist and Godspeed You! Black Emperor pick Mdou Moctar), this may be Sled Island's most memorable film lineup yet.

Our 2015 program offers a wealth of documentaries, including A City Is An Island, which explores the rich musical talent in Montreal and the relationship that language has to the city's musical output; Danny Says, the unexpected story of a Harvard dropout who went on to work with a veritable who's who of musicians that shaped 20th century music (Danny Fields and filmmaker Brendan Toller in attendance!); and Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll, a one-of-a-kind look at a music scene formed out of conflict. As a very special booking, we've tapped Akounak Teggdalit Taha Tazoughai, the first-ever feature-length film with dialogue exclusively in Tuareg. The film, which translates to Rain the Colour of Red with a Little Blue In It, is a gorgeously shot homage to Prince's Purple Rain, starring Mdou Moctar.

Tickets will be available soon, but don't forget—a festival pass is the best way to experience film, music and more at Sled Island!


Cancer Bats Cancellation

Sled Island regrets to announce that due to circumstances beyond the festival's control, Cancer Bats will no longer be appearing at Sled Island 2015. Please direct any questions or concerns to


Volunteer Applications Open

Sled Island happens each year thanks to our hundreds of volunteers!

Want to lend a hand? Applications to volunteer are now open, and we have a wide range of crews you can join before or during the festival. We can't wait to see you all in 2015!


Olympic Plaza Lineup Revealed

Sled Island is excited to reveal the lineup for our 2015 Olympic Plaza stage!

This centrepiece of Sled Island's programming will feature post-punk legends Television, the recently-reunited Drive Like Jehu, Calgary's own Viet Cong, neo-garage maestro King Tuff, Mary Timony of Helium and Wild Flag's Ex Hex, bad boys of jazz Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and more on Saturday, June 27 in downtown Calgary's Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE).

Best of all, the event is all-ages, free for kids under 12 and fully licensed! Expect an outdoor festival experience like no other.

Tickets are $50 online or $55 at the gate, but remember that festival passes gain entry (and get you access to all access to all Sled Island events, including 250+ bands, film, visual art and comedy)!

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