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Where to Hear our 2017 Lineup

It's been one week since the second wave of Sled Island 2017 acts was unveiled and we've updated both our handy web player and Spotify playlist with highlights! We could tell you how awesome these artists are all day, but the best way to get excited is to take a listen for yourself. While you're at it, why not catch up with the Sled Island Podcast?

Stay tuned for our full lineup (including additional headliners, 185 more bands as well as film, visual art and special events) coming in the next several weeks.

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Sled Island 2017 Second Wave Lineup Announced

The second wave of Sled Island 2017 acts has arrived! Today's list features a whopping 57 artists from around the world and right here at home, including picks from 2017 guest curator Flying Lotus. Read on for details!

Joining this year's lineup is West Coast hip-hop legend DJ Quik (playing The Palace Theatre on June 23), Japanese post-rock four-piece MONO (who will play the beautiful Central United Church on June 23), Japanese pop-punk heroes Shonen Knife (playing the only Canadian date on their upcoming tour), futuristic techno and funk producer Jimmy Edgar, seminal punk bassist Mike Watt + The Missingmen (playing the beloved #1 Legion on June 24), pioneering Japanese garage-punk power-trio Guitar Wolf, creamy-smooth synth-pop group DIANA, cult favourite Canadian proto-punk legends Simply Saucer (making a very rare appearance at The Palomino on June 21), ambient synth experimentalist Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (also doing a residency at the National Music Centre), UK trap producer OZZIE, scruffy garage rock project Meatbodies, experimental psych and krautrock group Pinkish Black, Tuareg guitar three-piece Les Filles de Illighadad (embarking on their first North American tour), rank and ruthless noise-punk band Uniform (featuring members of The Men and York Factory Complaint), fuzzy Swami Records surf-pop group Mrs. Magician, offshoot of Tricky Woo and DFA 1979 American Lips and buzzy synth-pop project Half Waif.

FLYING LOTUS SELECTIONS
As previously announced, Sled Island is excited to welcome visionary producer, rapper, DJ, label owner and filmmaker Flying Lotus as 2017 guest curator. Today’s announcement offers a first look at some of Flying Lotus’ selections, including the previously mentioned DJ Quik, digital funk party-starter Seven Davis Jr, fragmented ambient experimentalist Yves Tumor, ambient, breakcore and drone soundscaper Dedekind Cut, Tehran Conservatory of Music-trained experimental electronic artist Ash Koosha and zigzagging hip-hop talent Tierra Whack. Additional selections will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Sled Island 2017 Comedy Lineup Announced

Get your reading glasses, grab a drink and settle in for four or five paragraphs of excitement and hilarity—it's time again for one of our favourite announcements of the year! You may think we’re kidding, but trust us, the really great jokes start this June. Until then, read these and just imagine!

Sled Island 2017 comedy headliners include the Tig Notaro-approved Aparna Nancherla (pictured), absurdist substitute teacher Brent Weinbach, and the Johnny Appleseed of Calgarians who grew up to write for Conan O’Brien, Levi MacDougall.

Don’t stop reading, though—we’ve got so much more comedy to very quickly describe for you! Our lineup is so jam-packed, you’d think it was sponsored by Smuckers. (Don’t you dare tell us they make jelly.) Also on this year’s lineup is the pathetic Marty Topps, the raunchy, pop culture-obsessed and fashion-hungry Tranna Wintour, as well as host of the Unofficial Oprah Winfrey Comedy Show Nour Hadidi. All this, plus we shine a spotlight on local vaudevillian Bobby Warrener and one more special Albertan yet to be announced!

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