Kick-Off to Sled Island 2013!
It's the eve of Sled Island and we're getting this party started early!
Join us tonight for the Nudie Presents Sled Island Kick-Off Show featuring a stacked lineup of locals including Teledrome, Gold, Samantha Savage Smith and HighKicks plus returning festival faves Chains of Love and Wild Rose Soul Club DJs to cap off the night. Don't forget to post your best party photos during the show and tag @nudiejeans and #sledxnudie for you chance to win 1 of 5 pairs of Nudie Jeans along with a Sled Island 2013 shirt of your choice!
Start your night right at Milk Tiger Lounge for the 7th annual Sled Island Poster Show and get a first look at the 13 hand silk-screened posters each designed by a local artist for a specific artist and/or film at Sled Island 2013. Speaking of films, we've got a bunch of great ones lined up starting with Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film following the pre-screening patio party at Broken City and Museum Hours screening at the Glenbow Museum.
Check the online schedule to get up-to-date set times and don't forget to use our Mobile Version for access on the go.
Keep up on and participate in all the Sled Island action! Follow us on Facebook, @sledisland on Twitter and Instagram and now on Vine! Connect with the others around the fest using #sledisland to share what's going on.
Still not sure what to check out tonight? Here's a list of not-to-be missed shows!
Bill Callahan fan-flick:Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film @ Broken City
Locally-designed art: Sled Island Poster Show @ Milk Tiger Lounge
Opening night excitement: Sled Island Kick-Off Party @ Commonwealth
Exploratory art narrative: Museum Hours @ Glenbow Museum - ConocoPhillips Theatre
Get your pass now! A festival pass is your best bet to get the full festival experience. Festival passes are available online or at the pass pickup. Festival pass pickup is open today from 10am to 6pm and during the festival from June 19th - 22nd from 10am - 10pm at the historic Fairmont Palliser (133 9th Ave SW) in downtown Calgary. Visit the shop for more information.
Mobile Version Launch!
Sled Island is one week away! We're proud to announce the mobile version of the website is now available on all smart phone devices.
Visit m.sledisland.com on your mobile device and follow the prompt to the mobile version of the website. Make sure to add the page to your home screen for quick access. Our mobile version was designed specifically for use on the go. On here you'll find access to the customizable schedule, venue locations and more.
Special thanks to Structured Abstraction for designing the awesome-to-use mobile version, now available!
Sled Island 2013 Pass Pickup
Sled Island 2013 is right around the corner! We're happy to announce that Pass Pickup is at the historic Fairmont Palliser, located at 133 9th Ave SW. Pass pickup starts prior to the festival from June 14th to 18th from 10am to 6pm. Make sure to get your pass ahead of time to gain access to all the great kick-off events on Tuesday, June 18th. Pass Pickup carries on throughout the festival from June 19th to 22nd from 10am to 10pm. We're happy to provide the extended hours for those travelling from out of town and others coming in later than usual.
Sled Island offers a variety of pass options to explore and discover the staggering amount of music and art. The Festival Discovery Pass provides access to all shows subject to venue capacity during the festival. A Festival Discovery Plus Pass provides all the same benefits with skip-the-line priority access (subject to capacity) and more! An All-Ages Pass provides anyone under the age of 18 with access to every single All-Ages show including both days at Olympic Plaza. The Film Pass is for those only interested in catching Sled Island Film events from June 18th to 25th.
Festival passes and merchandise will be available at the Pass Pickup starting on June 14th at 10am! In the meantime festival passes are on sale now at the shop, order yours today!
Visual Art Lineup Revealed!
Sled Island is happy to announce that the Visual Arts lineup for the 2013 festival edition is now finalized! This year we received the strongest and highest volume of submissions in our 7 years of existence. Together, with the support of ACAD, Sled Island plans to feature a variety of art openings starting on Tuesday, June 18th. These include the highly anticipated Poster Art Kick-Off Show at Milk Tiger and exhibitions at established independent galleries such as Avalanche, Haight Gallery, and UAS. We're also proud to announce the winner of the nationwide Etsy contest is Bryce Evans; his artwork will premiere at MOCA on Thursday, June 20th. The festival will also feature some unconventional art spaces and site-specific installations at music venues throughout the festival, adding to the festival-goers' overall experience. We'd also like to mention that Art at Sled Island is setting up in Victoria Park to create a series of commissioned murals and make use of a long forgotten hair salon by transforming it into Sled Island's first Contemporary Art Salon.
Check out the full Visual Art lineup page for more details on this year's program!
Sled Island Launches Full 2013 Schedule!
Sled Island is proud to release its full 2013 festival schedule, featuring over 280 genre-defying bands across over 35 venues in Calgary, Alberta, happening day and night from June 19-22, 2013. Beyond the festival's headlining performers at Sled Island's main outdoor venue, Olympic Plaza, including Explosions In The Sky and The Jesus And Mary Chain, the festival includes jaw-dropping line-ups and surprises in unique and intimate settings around every corner. From festival curator-selected line-ups, including John Dwyer's (Thee Oh Sees) two-floor, eight-band party at the iconic #1 Royal Canadian Legion and Tim Hecker's mind-melting five band bill at the beautiful and new-to-Sled Island venue, Vertigo Theatre, to shows curated by TSN's Jay Onrait and Dave Hodge featuring indie darlings Joel Plaskett Emergency and Divine Fits (members of Spoon, Wolf Parade) at Flames Central.
The newest additions to Sled Island's line-up include experimental-folk favourites Akron/Family, soul-shaking Vancouver-based rock & roll duo The Pack A.D. and the return of San Francisco indie-rockers The Dodos, who have a strong relationship with Calgary and its music fans through their touring work with the late Christopher Reimer of the band Women. From that same band, Matt Flegel's newest outfit, Viet Cong, make their festival debut while Calgary-heroes Ghostkeeper are sure to win over fans at Olympic Plaza.
The overwhelming amount of music to be heard from June 19-22 is easier to navigate than ever before. Thanks to the Sled Island website's feature set, including a new-to-2013 personalized schedule as well as artist recommendations and genre sorting, the staggering amount of music to uncover is just a few simple clicks away.
Of course, Sled Island is more than just music - with film screenings, art openings, comedy performances, panel discussions and more at all hours, there's something, well, many things actually, for everyone at this year's festival. Festival passes are on sale now online - a festival pass grants access to all music, art, comedy, film and workshop event at Sled Island subject to venue capacity. The Festival Discovery Pass is $199, the Festival Discovery Plus Pass is $349, the All-Ages Pass is $50 and the Film Pass is $30. More info at the Sled Island shop.
Also, for a limited time EQ3 is offering a chance to win $1000 in credit towards Canadian-made custom upholstry when you purchase a Sled Island pass! Find out more details here.