Sled Island 2019 Comedy Lineup Announced

Get ready to laugh this summer, because the Sled Island 2019 Comedy lineup is here!

We don’t often throw the word legend around, so in the case of our comedy headliner, let’s just say that we are thrilled that Sled Island is becoming part of the Andy Kindler Saga. That’s right, for one night only, Calgary will be treated to the highs and lows of the Andy Kindler Particular Show. This show, and its cousin, the Andy Kindler Alternative Show, has been celebrated, feted, lauded, and even raved about among the comediarati in cities like Los Angeles (at Dynasty Typewriter, which is very au courant), Montreal (for Just For Laughs, perhaps you’ve sampled their Gags?), Vancouver (for Just for Laughs Northwest, perhaps you’ve sampled their Gags Northwest?), Austin (for the Moontower Festival), and Toronto (for Just For Laughs 42, perhaps you’ve sampled A THIRD THING??). With appearances on countless television shows (including The Late Show with David Letterman, Maron, and Bob’s Burgers) and his all-star stand-up track record, Andy Kindler’s appearance at Sled Island is sure one for the books.

Joining Andy on his show and participating in the Sled Island Comedy Showcase are Schitt’s Creek featured guest Adam Christie, Just For Laughs Northwest and Bumbershoot comedy alum Katie-Ellen Humphries, multi-hyphenate Sean Devlin and Calgary comedy catalyst Amy Edgar, plus several more to come!


Sled Island 2019 Second Wave Lineup Announced

The second wave of Sled Island 2019 artists has arrived! With something for everyone, this diverse selection features both local and international artists spanning a wide array of genres. 

Newly announced additions to this year’s lineup include the incomparable hip-hop stylings of Rapsody, one of only six women ever nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rap Album category, the beautiful freak folk of Jessica Pratt, the sultry, sweaty R&B of Har Mar Superstar, Louisville-based trap prodigy Jack Harlow, the light-hearted indie-rap of Michael Christmas, experimental Palestinian producer Muqata’a (known as the godfather of underground hip-hop in Ramallah), and traditional Ghanian musician King Ayisoba. On top of that, the festival welcomes poet, activist and soulful singer-songwriter Tasha, handpicked by our guest curator Julien Baker, Ian Blurton’s Future Now, the latest righteous offering from the national treasure (C’mon, Change Of Heart, Public Animal), and indie-rocker turned electronic sensation Graham Van Pelt (Miracle Fortress, Think About Life). These acts join already announced artists such as guest curator Julien Baker, Japanese Breakfast, JPEGMAFIA, Le1f, Hop Along, Bully, Oblivians, Man Or Astro-Man?, Cate Le Bon, The Messthetics, Fly Pan Am, William Basinski, Kid Congo Powers + the Pink Monkey Birds and many, many more.

As always, this year will feature plenty of local Calgary talent as well, including post-punks Melted Mirror, industrial noise outfit DRI HIEV, riot grrl favorites The Shiverettes, alternative dream-rockers Lashes, and the fast-paced indie licks of Sunglaciers. This is rounded out with the fuzzy 90s love letter of Paradise, the smooth flow of hip-hop veteran Sinzere, the seasoned indie rock stylings of Clinton St. John’s Ig Bo Lyn, stoner rockers Chron Goblin, experimental electronic act Corinthian, and 80s-influenced synthwave band NETRVNNNER.

We are very excited to announce two Korean bands joining this year’s festival: the psych-rock of DTSQ, and the electro-pop trio numnum. For those who prefer the indie side of things, we’re adding anybodys, Blessed, Blue Odeur, The GarrysJo Passed, Lemongrab, Marlaena Moore, Motherhood and Sister Ray. On the rockier end, we’re happy to have Big Evil Rat, EXITS, GYM Tonic, Life In Vacuum and Wine Lips. For fans of electronic, experimental and hip-hop, join us in welcoming Justin Wright, Leucrocuta, Lex Leosis, Matthew CardinalNatural Sympathies, Physical Copies and Psychic Pollution.

The complete lineup, including 180+ more bands, as well as comedy, film, art and special events will be announced in the coming months.

Watch the Sled Island 2019 festival trailer!

Illustration: Josh Holinaty
Animation: Jarett Sitter  



Sled Island 2019 First Wave Lineup Announced

Start getting excited! The first wave of Sled Island 2019 artists is here! 

This year, acclaimed indie singer-songwriter and Sled Island guest curator Julien Baker is joined by a diverse gathering of some of today's most exciting artists. This cross-section includes Japanese Breakfast's shimmering space-pop, the politically-charged, experimental noise-rap of JPEGMAFIA and the subversive trap-influenced hip hop of Le1f. The perfectly-penned tunes of raspy alt-rockers Hop Along are paired with the anthemic grunge rock of Bully, and the undeniable free-form brilliance of Cate Le Bon is met with the idiosyncratic folk-rock of Cass McCombs.

In addition to these much buzzed-about artists are bucket list acts who have already left an undeniable mark on music history. The garage-punk godfathers themselves, Oblivians, are flanked by the psychedelic surf rock sounds of Man or Astro-Man? and honest-to-goodness punk rock legend Kid Congo Powers + the Pink Monkey Birds (The Gun Club, The Cramps, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds). Sled Island is ecstatic to announce that post-Fugazi instrumental trio The Messthetics will join recently reunited Montreal experimental rock outfit Fly Pan Am. Chandra, the post-punk sensation that first fronted a band at the age of 12, returns to wow audiences after three decades away from music.

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