Today we're proud to announce a new video series resulting from our Postcards From Sled Island initiative. The series launches today and will continue to run into March of 2022, and is free to watch now at Sled Island's new YouTube channel.
This past June we launched Postcards From Sled Island as a way to stay in touch with the music community in the midst of a pandemic, commissioning "video care packages" from many of our favourite local and international artists. We're now very excited to share the full versions of all the videos we received, including 11 live sets, music videos, and short films that previously premiered in short form at Camp Sled Island in August.
Aimed at showcasing both the wealth of talent in Calgary's music & arts scene, as well as the broader artistic community that has rallied around the festival over the years, these creative, professionally shot and recorded live sets, music videos, and intimate short films are a far cry from the Instagram live sets that have become ubiquitous during the pandemic.
Today we're proud to announce two new Tête-à-Têtes sessions in partnership with Byta!
The series of online conversations will continue August 16 at 2:30pm MST with What Is A̵c̵c̵e̵s̵s̵i̵b̵l̵e̵ Acceptable Music Technology? Presented in partnership with National accessArts Centre, this exciting new session will join Stefana Fratila of CRIP RAVE Collective, and Gift Tshuma & Charles Matthews of Blurring the Boundaries as they offer insights and perspectives on accessible music technology, musical environments, and music culture.
Then, on August 22 at noon MST we'll present Don’t Box Me In: Visual Artists Making Music and Musicians Making Visual Art. Hosted by Byta’s Marc Brown, this session will see multidisciplinary artists Eric San (Kid Koala), Iona Rozeal Brown (Rozeal) and Jae Sterling wax poetic about creativity and artistic process for both music and visual art alike; how it differs, how it’s similar, and how it all intermingles to create something extraordinary. Does the creative vision dictate the medium they work in, or does the medium inspire that vision? Or is there no reason to answer those questions in the first place?
Camp Sled Island is a three-day event taking place at Beltline’s High Park (340 10 Ave SW), running August 19 - 21! Throughout the year, we’ve been collecting video content from local and international artists, and now we are very excited to finally share them on the big screen. With three unique nights of programming, you can expect pre-recorded performances, film screenings, special guest video appearances, snacks from Via Convenience, beer service courtesy of Eighty-Eight Brewing, and even live music (if restrictions allow). Tickets go on sale July 23, 2021 at noon MDT. Visit our ticket page for more information.
For this year’s event, we’ve commissioned some of our favourite Calgary artists to film very special one-of-a-kind performances, each with a unique concept and location, and it’s all exclusive to Sled Island! Think recorded performances aren’t that exciting? We might just be able to change your mind. Come see what kind of magic happens when industrial noise punks DRI HIEV, feminist post-punks Slut Prophet, hip-hop connoisseur TeaFannie, indie psych mainstays Sunglaciers, experimental improv collective Bug Incision, old-timey country singer-songwriter Amy Nelson and funky punk four-piece Hairnet are given the resources to execute their vision. Not only that, but these video performances are the first of an ongoing effort from Sled Island to properly document Calgary's incredible, often under-heard music community, so you can expect a lot more to come.
The wild and unpredictable Sled Island Rock Lotto makes its triumphant return this August with one heck of a twist: the release of a nine-song album of original songs recorded by newly formed, one-off Canadian supergroups!
Like the annual tradition it's based on, these bands were formed by drawing the names of the 45 participating musicians from across Canada at random, but this time they were tasked with writing and recording a brand-new song solely by sending ideas and tracks to each other from afar. All these brave and fearless bands will have released a song together before ever meeting each other in person!
What will Edmonton indie soul meets Saskatoon and Nanaimo psych rock meets Calgary hard rock and hip-hop sound like? Your guess is as good as ours, but we can't wait to hear it, and have faith that it'll be an absolute mind-melter. The full album will be released on August 6, but keep an eye on our social channels as we'll be announcing each band and its members over the coming weeks!
Pre-order your digital copy today!
Amazing cover art by Olivia Forsyth.
It’s summertime and we’re ready for new tunes and new pals. Share the hidden gems and heavy hitters on your personal rotation by taking part in the 2021 Sled Island Mixtape Exchange!
Sign up to create a custom virtual mixtape for another Sled Island friend, and they’ll make you a custom playlist in return!
You only have until June 28 at 5pm MDT to sign up to participate, so get to it! Discovering new music and making new friends, does it get any better than that?