About Sled Island

Since 2007, Sled Island's thoughtful, eclectic programming and independent spirit have fused to produce a one-of-a-kind festival experience. Each June, the five-day music and arts festival brings together a community of more than 250 bands, comedy, film and art as well as over 30,000 attendees in more than 35 venues, earning rave reviews from attendees, artists and media across the globe.


“[Sled Island] puts music discovery, artist investment, and diversity over big, popular names or trendy headline-grabbing side shows…As cliche as it may be to praise a festival for really being about the music, it isn’t fully apparent just how many of these events aren’t anymore, until I attended one that wholeheartedly is—it made all the difference in the world.” Uproxx

“During the Sled Island Music & Arts Festival, the city hosts one of the best à la carte club-hopping experiences, drawing both international and homegrown headliners.” THUMP

“Be it a new style of music, trying a new bar or interacting with new people, what I love most about Sled Island is that it challenges us all to step outside of our comfort zones and spend a little time exploring our own backyard.” Life in Calgary

“Sled Island has grown to become one of Canada's most popular inner-city music festivals, choosing an artist to curate across the city's myriad downtown venues, finding a balance of genres and styles in the process.” Drowned in Sound

“Every Sled Island, I learn about at least five artists I didn’t know before June...The lineup is stacked, and there is just so much to do and see.” Freq. Magazine


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 Piikuni, 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.