Sled Island 2019 First Wave Lineup Announced

Start getting excited! The first wave of Sled Island 2019 artists is here! 

This year, acclaimed indie singer-songwriter and Sled Island guest curator Julien Baker is joined by a diverse gathering of some of today's most exciting artists. This cross-section includes Japanese Breakfast's shimmering space-pop, the politically-charged, experimental noise-rap of JPEGMAFIA and the subversive trap-influenced hip hop of Le1f. The perfectly-penned tunes of raspy alt-rockers Hop Along are paired with the anthemic grunge rock of Bully, and the undeniable free-form brilliance of Cate Le Bon is met with the idiosyncratic folk-rock of Cass McCombs.

In addition to these much buzzed-about artists are bucket list acts who have already left an undeniable mark on music history. The garage-punk godfathers themselves, Oblivians, are flanked by the psychedelic surf rock sounds of Man or Astro-Man? and honest-to-goodness punk rock legend Kid Congo Powers + the Pink Monkey Birds (The Gun Club, The Cramps, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds). Sled Island is ecstatic to announce that post-Fugazi instrumental trio The Messthetics will join recently reunited Montreal experimental rock outfit Fly Pan Am. Chandra, the post-punk sensation that first fronted a band at the age of 12, returns to wow audiences after three decades away from music.

The first wave of acts continues with a mix of experimental, audio visual and live freakouts including illustrious pianist and composer Lubomyr Melnyk, whose ability to play 19.5 notes/second is unverifiable by the human ear, and highly-regarded avant-garde composer William Basinksi. It's difficult to judge which will be the most revelatory live set of the festival: the experimental and spectral RnB of Ouri, the innovative audio-visual mind-melt of Sinjin Hawke + Zora Jones Live AV or the electro-psych and nu-jazz stylings of The Comet Is Coming.

Each year, Sled Island's guest curator helps to shape the festival's programming. Julien Baker's previously mentioned selections Japanese Breakfast, JPEGMAFIA, Hop Along and Bully, are rounded out by electro-popster TORRES, the Brooklyn-based pop-punk outfit Worriers, brooding post-punks Death Bells, and the stunningly introspective Squirrel Flower. Look out for more of Julien Baker's selections in the coming months!

Sled Island’s complete 2019 lineup, including additional headliners, over 225 more bands as well as comedy, film, visual art, special events and conference programming will be announced soon! For now, start checking out these newly announced artists through our web player, or visit our Sled Island 2019 Spotify playlist

A friendly reminder that today is your last chance to save 15% on Sled Island passes! Prices jump at midnight MST tonight. Also, for those who are looking to break up their spending we are still offering a four-month payment plan. In order to qualify, your initial purchase must be made before April 15, 2019.

For those who can't attend the whole festival, a limited number of single tickets to select Sled Island 2019 shows will go on sale this Friday, February 15 at noon MST.

Huge shout out to Josh Holinaty for the amazing poster art! 


Internship Opportunity: Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Position: Assistant Volunteer Coordinator
Contract: Type: Internship, 30h/week for 2 months
Start date: April 29, 2019
Reports to: Volunteer Coordinator

Please note, this is an unpaid internship that can count towards school credits.There is a possibility for the position to be funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program. Results for the program will be announced at the end of April. If you meet Canada Summer Jobs eligibility criteria, please mention it in your application.

Sled Island is seeking a highly organized and dedicated individual for the position of Assistant Volunteer Coordinator. The intern will report to and work alongside the Volunteer Coordinator to recruit, schedule, train and manage a group of over 400 volunteers, leading up to and during the 2019 edition of the Sled Island Music & Arts festival (June 19-23).


2019 Visual Arts Internship Opportunities

Sled Island is currently hiring for two visual arts internships.


Position: Visual Arts Programming Assistant
Timeframe: March – May (2-6 hrs/week)
Reports to: Visual Arts Curator

This is an unpaid internship, however students who meet SCIP eligibility criteria are eligible for a $1000 bursary:

The Programming Assistant will work directly with the Visual Art Curator and have a working relationship with artists and community partners. Training specific to the role will be provided.


  • Assist with organization of annual Visual Art fundraising event
  • Liaise with artists and venues
  • Draw artist and partnership contracts


  • Strong interest in and knowledge of contemporary art, art history, and Calgary’s arts and culture sector
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and willing to learn
  • Strong problem-solving and communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of power tools and painting, an asset

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to the attention of Areum Kim, Visual Arts Curator, at by February 21, 2019 at 11:59pm MST and indicate Visual Arts Program Assistant Internship in the subject.

Sled Island is an equal opportunity employer. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.


Internship Opportunity: Sled Island Program Guide Coordinator

Position: Program Guide Coordinator
Timeframe: End of March to mid-May
Reports to: Marketing & Communications Manager 

This is an unpaid internship, however students who meet SCIP eligibility criteria are eligible for a $1000 bursary:

The Program Guide Coordinator will be responsible for managing and coordinating the content, delivery, and production of the 2019 Sled Island program guide.


Julien Baker Announced as 2019 Guest Curator

The first big announcement of Sled Island 2019 is here. We are beyond excited to reveal that acclaimed indie singer-songwriter Julien Baker 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. Julien Baker’s curatorial selections, to be announced in the coming months, will join over 250 additional bands, comedy acts, films and visual art projects chosen by the festival in more than 30 venues across Calgary from June 19 - 23, 2019.

In addition, Julien Baker will perform at The Palace Theatre (219 8th Ave. SW) on Saturday, June 22, 2019. 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 2019.

A friendly reminder that today is your last chance to save 25% on Sled Island 2019 Discovery and Discovery Plus Passes! Semi-early bird pricing begins tomorrow and will last until February 12, 2019.

Also, from January 15 – April 14, 2019 we will be offering four-month payment plans! If you are looking to break up your spending, you definitely want to check out this unique offer. For more information visit