Sudan Archives Announced as 2020 Guest Curator


The first major announcement of Sled Island 2020 is upon us. We are thrilled to reveal that electronic and R&B infused violinist/vocalist Sudan Archives will be joining us as guest curator for this year’s festival!

Each year, Sled Island’s guest curator puts their stamp on the festival through special programming choices and with their presence at the event. Sudan Archives’ curatorial selections, to be announced in the coming months, will join roughly 250 additional bands, comedy, film and visual art projects chosen by the festival in more than 30 venues across Calgary from June 24 - 28, 2020.

In addition, Sudan Archives will perform at Central United Church (131 7th Ave. SW) on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Sled Island passes grant access (subject to capacity) and are currently on sale at, Sloth Records (736B 17th Ave. SW) and Lukes Drug Mart (112 4th St. NE). Single tickets will be available in spring 2020.

A friendly reminder that Sled Island 2020 Discovery and Discovery Plus Passes are currently 15% off! Regular pass rates go into effect on February 27, 2020. 

Also, from now up until mid-May we are offering payment plan options! If you are looking to break up your spending this year, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of this unique offer. For more information visit


Sled Island Testimonials

We've been asking members of the Sled Island community to tell us what the festival means to them. Check them out below! We'll continue to add new testimonials over the next while as we carry on with our fundraising campaign. Please consider donating! We are grateful for donations of all sizes and all donations will contribute to Sled Island’s operating and programming costs.



Donate to Sled Island: Our December Fundraising Campaign Kicks Off Today


2019 has been another incredible year for Sled Island, marked by a mind-melting 13th festival and the launch of a seasonal concert series in partnership with the National Music Centre.

We proudly presented 253 musical acts, including 132 from Alberta and 87 from Calgary, alongside 61 local visual artists and comedians, in 30 venues across Calgary’s inner city. We hosted 163 events, including 83 all-ages and 55 free events, and partnered with 172 businesses and organizations in and outside of the art sector.

None of this work would have been possible without the support of our community and we are deeply grateful to anyone who attended, participated or helped us out in any way.

Since we can’t wait to do it all over again, today we’re kicking off a month-long fundraising campaign with the ambitious goal of raising $25,000 to go towards Sled Island’s 2020 programming.

While our passion for music discovery remains unwavering, we are facing growing financial obstacles to continue bringing you high-quality programming that is affordable and accessible. Between public funding cuts, decreased sponsorship investment and a very high American dollar, the gap to balance our budget is becoming larger and larger.

If you think our work is meaningful and brings value to Calgary’s community, please consider making a monthly or one-time donation to help ensure Sled Island will be here for years to come.

ATB is currently matching 15% of donations to charities, so your donation dollars can stretch even further! Please use the button below to make a donation, or visit to learn more about our organization and alternative ways to give. 

Thank you for your generous support!

(Photo: Jarrett Edmund)


CJSW 90.9FM & Sled Island present: Deep Space 90.9

Our annual Halloween party with CJSW returns to the #1 Legion!

Friday, October 25
Doors at 8pm, bands at 9:15pm sharp
Royal Canadian Legion #1 (116 7th Ave. SE)


Every year, Sled Island and CJSW 90.9 join forces to cap off the CJSW Funding Drive by throwing an epic three-floor Halloween bash! This year, we’re blasting off into the cosmos with over 13 local bands covering all your favourite songs about space! This incredible lineup of live music will be taking place on the main floor, with a non-stop dance party upstairs, and DJs in the basement.

This year’s lineup includes:

CJSW Family Bands


The Evan Wilson Sexperience

Khillah Khills

Known Local Babes

Krill Williams


Ocean Bacon

Rifle County Players



Thomas Thomas

… and more


Youth Central Review: All-Ages Programming at Sled Island 2019

Sled Island this year was absolutely unreal. Being sixteen, I wasn’t able to go to every show or every location, but that didn’t make the days any less memorable or impactful. I decided that for my first ever Sled Island, I wanted to remember every moment. My favourite way to do that is through photos, and so I bought a couple cheap disposables, took pictures throughout the week, and re-lived every minute when I got them printed. Going into the festival, I was nervous. I wasn’t familiar with Calgary’s, let alone the world’s more underground and independent music scene. When I looked at the list of performers, I can confidently say I didn’t know anyone. However, the culture surrounding this music was unbelievably welcoming. I knew no one and nothing, and yet, at the end of the week, I felt like an expert. The performers and the performance goers were kind and genuinely excited to be there. I’m so grateful to have
experienced such an amazing experience and catch a few moments along the way on
my London Drugs camera.