About Sled Island
Since 2007, Sled Island's thoughtful, eclectic programming and independent spirit have produced a one-of-a-kind festival experience. Each June, the five-day music and arts festival brings together a community of music, comedy, film and art as well as over 30,000 attendees across multiple venues, earning rave reviews from attendees, artists and media across the globe.
“Whether it was hardcore, experimental, electronic, indie, rock, jazz or hip-hop, every niche had a gaggle of eager fans. For those wearing boots and all black, there were plenty of sweaty mosh pits to throw themselves into, and for those wanting a quieter experience, Central United Church housed a lineup of more contemplative acts. If the wide range of music wasn't enough, there was also the Ramsay block party, an artist showcase, a mobile skatepark, pig roast, and the list goes on — Sled is truly a community celebration.” - Exclaim!
“The vibrant city of Calgary is once again set to embrace an exhilarating convergence of music, art and community spirit as the highly anticipated Sled Island Music Festival returns for another remarkable year. This annual extravaganza, known for its eclectic blend of genres and boundary-pushing performances, has established itself as a cultural landmark, drawing artists and enthusiasts from around the globe.” - Calgary Journal
“Another Sled year in the books and this one felt particularly successful. Everywhere I went, shows were packed, people were stoked, and the festival continued to cement itself as one of the best gems in Calgary’s packed summer festival season.” - RANGE
“Since its inception in 2007, the festival has remained true to its roots, boasting a musical kaleidoscope of artists across genres who transform Calgary’s downtown core into a slapdash venue-hop, replete with marquee names and undiscovered gems jam-packed into venues ranging from 1800-seater open theatres to churches and veteran’s clubs.” - The New LoFi
Sled Island acknowledges Calgary as the traditional territory of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Ĩyãħé Nakoda First Nations, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations. Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.