Sudan Archives Announced as 2020 Guest Curator


The first major announcement of Sled Island 2020 is upon us. We are thrilled to reveal that electronic and R&B infused violinist/vocalist Sudan Archives will be joining us as guest curator for this year’s festival!

Each year, Sled Island’s guest curator puts their stamp on the festival through special programming choices and with their presence at the event. Sudan Archives’ curatorial selections, to be announced in the coming months, will join roughly 250 additional bands, comedy, film and visual art projects chosen by the festival in more than 30 venues across Calgary from June 24 - 28, 2020.

In addition, Sudan Archives will perform at Central United Church (131 7th Ave. SW) on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Sled Island passes grant access (subject to capacity) and are currently on sale at, Sloth Records (736B 17th Ave. SW) and Lukes Drug Mart (112 4th St. NE). Single tickets will be available in spring 2020.

A friendly reminder that Sled Island 2020 Discovery and Discovery Plus Passes are currently 15% off! Regular pass rates go into effect on February 27, 2020. 

Also, from now up until mid-May we are offering payment plan options! If you are looking to break up your spending this year, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of this unique offer. For more information visit


Sled Island Testimonials

We've been asking members of the Sled Island community to tell us what the festival means to them. Check them out below! We'll continue to add new testimonials over the next while as we carry on with our fundraising campaign. Please consider donating! We are grateful for donations of all sizes and all donations will contribute to Sled Island’s operating and programming costs.



Donate to Sled Island: Our December Fundraising Campaign Kicks Off Today


2019 has been another incredible year for Sled Island, marked by a mind-melting 13th festival and the launch of a seasonal concert series in partnership with the National Music Centre.

We proudly presented 253 musical acts, including 132 from Alberta and 87 from Calgary, alongside 61 local visual artists and comedians, in 30 venues across Calgary’s inner city. We hosted 163 events, including 83 all-ages and 55 free events, and partnered with 172 businesses and organizations in and outside of the art sector.

None of this work would have been possible without the support of our community and we are deeply grateful to anyone who attended, participated or helped us out in any way.

Since we can’t wait to do it all over again, today we’re kicking off a month-long fundraising campaign with the ambitious goal of raising $25,000 to go towards Sled Island’s 2020 programming.

While our passion for music discovery remains unwavering, we are facing growing financial obstacles to continue bringing you high-quality programming that is affordable and accessible. Between public funding cuts, decreased sponsorship investment and a very high American dollar, the gap to balance our budget is becoming larger and larger.

If you think our work is meaningful and brings value to Calgary’s community, please consider making a monthly or one-time donation to help ensure Sled Island will be here for years to come.

ATB is currently matching 15% of donations to charities, so your donation dollars can stretch even further! Please use the button below to make a donation, or visit to learn more about our organization and alternative ways to give. 

Thank you for your generous support!

(Photo: Jarrett Edmund)

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