Sled Island 2023 First Wave Lineup Announced


The first wave of Sled Island 2023 artists is here! 

Joining Sled Island's previously announced 2023 guest curator, Bartees Strange, are garage rock chameleons Osees, Chicago-based indie rock three-piece DEHD, Latin folk innovator Helado Negro (selected by Bartees Strange), Toronto’s viral hip-hop sensation Akintoye, gothic folk artist Emma Ruth Rundle (playing a solo piano set at Central United Church), Philadelphia-based punk rock revolutionaries Mannequin Pussy, alternative R&B/hip-hop artist Amindi, Toronto-based rapper and 2019 Polaris Music Prize winner Haviah Mighty, and indie pop musician SPELLLING.

Also included in the first wave lineup is post-metal supergroup SUMAC, progressive black metal outfit Liturgy, experimental electro-pop duo Water From Your Eyes, bossa nova-infused psych-folk artist Sessa (formerly of Yonatan Gat), Brooklyn-based garage rock trio THICK, Montreal electronic punk duo Pelada, ambient metal trio BIG|BRAVE, genre-bending death metal three-piece Suffering Hour, and self-proclaimed “pow wow punk rockers” 1876


connectFirst Rejoins Sled Island as Official Presenting Sponsor


We’re very excited to announce that connectFirst Credit Union has rejoined Sled Island as our official presenting sponsor!

Since 1938, connectFirst has been dedicated to strengthening their communities and finding ways to help Albertans build a brighter future, and for this reason we are very excited to have them back on the Sled team. Thanks to them, we are once again able to increase local artist fees this year, bringing us closer to our goal of improving equity and compensation for all artists!

After lots of exciting activations at Sled Island 2022 (remember that epic pizza ATM at the Legion?), we can’t wait to see what their team has in store for us next, and we're thrilled to have them back!

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Bartees Strange Announced as 2023 Guest Curator


We’re thrilled to announce that genre-defying indie/alternative artist Bartees Strange will be joining us as guest curator for Sled Island 2023, running June 21 – 25!

Bartees’ wide range of musical influences, unique style, and dedication to fostering more diverse audiences and music scenes made him the perfect candidate to take on this role, and we could not be more excited to be working with him on next year’s festival!

Along with guest curator duties, Bartees Strange will perform at the #1 Royal Canadian Legion (116 7th Ave. SE) on Wednesday, June 21, 2023. Sled Island passes grant access to this show (subject to capacity). 

Each year, Sled Island’s guest curator puts their stamp on the festival through special programming choices and their presence at the event. Bartees Strange’s curatorial selections, to be announced in the coming months, will join over 200 additional bands, comedy, film, and visual art chosen by the festival in multiple venues across Calgary.

Passes go on sale this Friday, December 9 at noon MST at a special early bird rate of 20% off, and will be available at, and Lukes Drug Mart (112 4th St. NE).

Unfamiliar with Bartees Strange? Check out his latest LP Farm to Table – recently ranked #16 on Rolling Stones’ 100 Best Albums of 2022 – and be sure to give him a follow on Instagram to get a glimpse at the last leg of his 2022 tour!

Thank you to our sponsors and funders at Lukes Drug Mart, Eighty-Eight Brewing, Dandy Brewing Company, Calgary Arts Development, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Structured Abstraction, Venture for Canada, and the Government of Canada.

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