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Sled Island 2024 First Wave Lineup Announcement

The official poster for Sled Island Music & Arts Festival, presented by connectFirst Credit Union. June 19-23, 2024. Diverse venues across Calgary/Mohkinstsis. Get passes and tickets at SledIsland.com.

The first wave of Sled Island 2024 artists is here! 

Joining Sled Island's previously announced 2024 guest curator, Show Me the Body, is incisive Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins (performing with a full band at The Palace Theatre), Los Angeles indie rockers Cherry Glazerr, genre-bending rap artist Kari Faux, Montreal-based hip-hop trio Planet Giza, '70s Zamrock revivalists W.I.T.C.H., renowned soundscape composer Laurel Halo, British electronic producer Forest Swords, eminent post-punk three-piece Wombo, and Philadelphia hardcore punk group Soul Glo (selected by Show Me the Body). 

Also included in the first wave lineup is acclaimed Toronto-based death metal band Tomb Mold, avant-garde ambient composer and Calgary native Sarah Davachi, hypnotic indie-pop musician Lael Neale, free jazz collective Irreversible Entanglements (led by poet and musician Moor Mother), illustrious multidisciplinary artist Malcolm Mooney (best known as the original singer of the '70s German krautrock group Can) with his new project Malcolm Mooney & The Eleventh Planet, and Canadian “doom-esque” metal group Ethereal Tomb.

Each year, Sled Island's guest curator helps to shape the festival's programming. Show Me the Body’s previously mentioned curator pick, Soul Glo, will be joined by several other exciting selections, including prolific underground rap artist WiFiGawd, experimental pop artist LUCY (Cooper B. Handy), digital hardcore-meets-hip-hop act LustSickPuppy, industrial noise project NGHTCRWLR (the latest embodiment from King Woman’s Kris Esfandiari), and more still to be announced.

Rounding out today’s announcement is some incredible Alberta-based talent, including psych-infused indie group Kue Varo & The Only Hopes, wildly energetic post-punk outfit Brain Bent, Edmonton indie-punks Stem Champ, hip-hop powerhouse Tea Fannie & The Collective, and retro-pop supergroup Ginger Beef, featuring award-winning flutist Jiajia Li and veteran producer/multi-instrumentalist Warren Tse. 

Sled Island’s complete 2024 lineup will be announced in the coming months, including additional headliners, over 150 more bands as well as comedy, film, visual art, special events and conference programming. For now, start checking out these newly announced artists on our Sled Island 2024 Spotify playlist!

Sled Island passes are currently on sale at SledIsland.com/PassesToday is the final day to save 20% on select Sled Island passes. Regular prices go into effect tomorrow, February 7 at 12:00am MST.

For those who can't attend the whole festival, a limited number of single show tickets to select Sled Island 2024 shows will go on sale this Friday, February 9 at noon MST.

For more information and to check out the first wave lineup, visit SledIsland.com.

Thanks again to Becca Lowe for the awesome poster art!

Thank you to our sponsors and funders at connectFirst Credit UnionEighty-Eight Brewing CompanyDandy BrewingCalgary Arts Development, The City of CalgaryAlberta Foundation for the ArtsStructured AbstractionSOCAN FoundationVenture for Canada, and the Government of Canada.

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Show Me the Body Announced as 2024 Guest Curator

Image description: A black and white press photo for the hardcore trio Show Me the Body, where the three men stand in a line. The bass player and drummer appear shirtless, and the frontman stands in the middle in a plaid jacket, grinning with a cigarette in his mouth.

We're thrilled to announce that New York experimental hardcore trio Show Me the Body will be joining us as guest curator for Sled Island 2024, running June 19 - 23! The group’s cross-genre musical approach, ceremonial live shows, dedication to creating inclusive spaces, and commitment to fostering a global sense of community made them a very fitting choice for this role, and we’re excited to be working with them for next year’s festival.

Along with guest curator duties, Show Me the Body will perform at the #1 Royal Canadian Legion (116 7th Ave. SE) on Saturday, June 22, 2024. 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. Show Me the Body’s curatorial selections, to be announced in the coming months, will join over 200 additional bands, comedy, film, visual art and conference programming chosen by the festival in multiple venues across Calgary.

Passes go on sale this Friday, December 8 at noon MST at a special early bird rate of 20% off, and will be available at SledIsland.com, and Lukes Drug Mart (112 4th St. NE). Payment plans and all-ages passes will also be available. For more information, visit SledIsland.com/Passes.

Unfamiliar with Show Me the Body? Start with their 2022 LP Trouble The Water, about which Pitchfork said the band “strike gold” with “daring” music in a glowing review. Also, be sure to check out some of their live footage available on YouTube to get a sense of what we're in store for this June! 

Thank you to our sponsors and funders at connectFirst Credit UnionLukes Drug MartEighty-Eight BrewingDandy Brewing CompanyCalgary Arts Development, The City of CalgaryAlberta Foundation for the ArtsStructured AbstractionVenture for Canada, and the Government of Canada.

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#KeepOnSleddin Fundraising Campaign

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This holiday season, we are asking for your help to get us to our $25,000 fundraising goal, which will be directly invested in the production of our 2024 festival. The Government of Alberta will match 30% of funds raised (up to a max of $15,000) for eligible campaigns that raise a minimum of $5,000. A tax receipt will be issued in exchange of donations of $10 or more!

To donate, visit SledIsland.com/Donate.

If you have attended Sled Island in the past, you know that it is a one-of-a-kind music festival full of new experiences, friendships and connections. Sled Island is dear to attendees, local artists, small businesses and hundreds of community partners who come together each June to celebrate our independent music and arts scene, while also welcoming exciting talents from far and wide.

Beyond our annual festival, we work hard year-round to nurture the local music scene, advocate for our sector, give opportunities to local musicians and offer you more unique shows, all while operating with a small permanent staff of four people.

Putting on a festival like Sled Island in Calgary is expensive. The current high inflation rate, coupled with the increasing price of flights and a weak Canadian dollar are putting unprecedented stress on our budget. We are committed to our event remaining financially accessible but for that, we need your help. 

Thank you for your generous support!

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