We're thrilled to announce our 2013 guest curators, Sled Island festival alumni, John Dwyer and Tim Hecker! The guest curators work each year to help to set festival's specific tone through programming selections and with their presence at the festival.
JOHN DWYER (THEE OH SEES)
Festival favourite, John Dwyer, singer and guitarist for the critically-acclaimed San Francisco-based, psych-tinged, Krautrock-inspired garage rockers, Thee Oh Sees, returns as guest curator for Sled Island 2013. The former member of Coachwhips, The Hospitals and Zeigenbock Kopf, has earned his reputation as a wholly engaging live entertainer and as one of the best and most challenging independent songwriters working today. This reputation was cemented with Sled Island festival-goers at Thee Oh Sees still-talked about, jaw-dropping 2011 set.
Joining Dwyer is the celebrated and hugely influential Montreal-based electronic artist, Tim Hecker. Oft hailed as one of the most significant ambient musicians since Brian Eno, Hecker has been staggeringly consistent in his recorded and live output under the Jetone moniker, under his own name and through collaborations with Oren Ambarchi, Aidan Baker (Nadja) and Fly Pan Am. Following his superb and powerful Hillhurst United Church set at Sled Island 2012, Hecker will bring his uniquely cerebral and emotive touch to programming as the festival’s first electronic music curator.
Past Sled Island curators have included: Andrew W.K., Danny Vacon (The Dudes, Dojo Workhorse, HighKicks), Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Fucked Up, Bogus Tokus, Colin Newman, Scott Kannberg (Pavement, Spiral Stairs) and Mark Hamilton (Woodpigeon) among others.