FAQ

About Sled Island

What is Sled Island, anyway?
Sled Island is an annual five-day music and arts festival in Calgary, Canada. Since 2007, Sled Island has presented 250+ bands, comedy, film and art in 35+ venues across the city each June.

What does Sled Island’s name mean?
Sled Island is an actual place in northern Alberta, but really, it means whatever you want it to mean. A two-word poem? Sure. A magical place where dreams come true? Yup. A one-of-a-kind music and arts festival? Definitely.

Where can I find Sled Island on social media?
We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and Spotify. We also have a podcast!

What does Sled Island’s guest curator do?
Each year, Sled Island’s guest curator puts their stamp on the festival through special programming choices and with their presence at the event. Curator picks join over 250 additional bands, comedy, film and art chosen by the festival annually.

What was the name of that band I saw at Sled Island a few years ago?
Our Past Lineups page may have the answer!

Passes & Tickets

I’m having a technical difficulty while trying to purchase a pass or ticket. What can I do?
Please contact our ticket provider, Showpass, at 1-844-307-SHOW.

What kinds of passes does Sled Island offer?
Read all about ‘em on our Passes page! We even offer a payment plan for Discovery and Discovery Plus passes.

Does Sled Island offer day passes?
No. Please see our Passes page for pass options.

Does Sled Island offer single tickets?
Yes. We offer a limited number of advance tickets to select Sled Island shows. Visit our Tickets page for details.

Do single tickets guarantee show access?
Yes.

Does Sled Island offer door tickets?
Door tickets will be available for all shows not sold out at the time of the festival, subject to capacity. Show up early to get in!

A show I want to go to is sold out. Can I still get in with a pass?
As a general rule, we reserve 2/3 of venue capacities for passholders. Access is always subject to capacity, so we encourage you to arrive early for any shows you just can’t miss.

How do I pick up my pass?
To access festival events, all Sled Island passholders must first pick up a wristband. Pass pick-up opens in the Fairmont Palliser (133 9th Ave. SW) starting on the Monday preceding each year’s festival. For details and hours, visit our Pass Pick-Up page.

I bought a pass/tickets and can't attend anymore. Can I transfer my pass/tickets to a friend?
Yes. To transfer a pass, follow the instructions at this link.

I’m over 18 but I only want to go to all-ages shows. Can I buy an All-Ages Pass?
Sorry, but our All-Ages Pass is for attendees under 18 years of age only. If you’re over 18, we have plenty of other great pass and ticket options to choose from! Visit our How to Sled page for details.

Schedule

When does the Sled Island schedule get released?
The Sled Island schedule is released in late spring each year.

What happened to Olympic Plaza?
We're switching things up in 2017 and have added more shows at some of our favourite venues as well as at some new ones. Check out extra programming at The Palace Theatre and Central United Church, plus more all-ages shows than ever before at venues like the King Eddy, The Good Life Community Bicycle Shop and Studio Bell, Performance Hall.

Get Involved

I’m a musician/comedy act/filmmaker/visual artist. Can I apply for Sled Island?
Yes. Applications open in October and close in February of each year. Visit our Apply page for details.

Can I volunteer at Sled Island?
Yes! Sled Island happens each year thanks to our hundreds of volunteers. Applications open in spring of each year on our Volunteer page.

Is Sled Island hiring?
For current openings, visit our Jobs & Internships page. If you are enrolled in a school program that allows an internship for course credit, please contact us at info@sledisland.com.

Who can I talk to about sponsoring or partnering with Sled Island?
To discuss opportunities or to request a copy of Sled Island's sponsorship information package, please email Kalynn Crump at kalynn@topshelfpr.ca. To discuss community partnerships, please email Maud Salvi at maud@sledisland.com.

Can I be a vendor at Sled Island?
Sled Island has limited vendor opportunities. Please email info@sledisland.com for more information.

Accessibility

Is Sled Island open to minors?
Yes. In fact, we’re proud to offer more than 50 all-ages events each year! Visit our All Ages page for details.

Are Sled Island venues wheelchair accessible?
Most Sled Island venues are wheelchair accessible. Please visit our Venues page for accessibility details.

Safer Spaces

Does Sled Island have a safer spaces policy?
Yes. Please visit our Safer Spaces & Inclusion Initiatives page to learn more.

Other

Can I bring professional camera equipment to Sled Island?
No. To help ensure the best possible experience for festival attendees, only accredited media are permitted to use professional camera equipment at Sled Island. To apply for media accreditation, please visit our Media page.