Sled Island 2018 First Wave Lineup Announced

Get your airhorns out! The first wave of Sled Island 2018 artists is here.

We're pleased to announce that we've tapped experimental indie pop titan Dirty Projectors, spooky pop sensation John Maus, heart-wrenching Sled Island alum Mount Eerie, ambient singer-songwriter Grouper and boundary-breaking pop act Lido Pimienta.

Also confirmed is your first round of picks from Sled Island 2018 guest curator Deerhoof. They've selected versatile indie-rock duo Wye Oak, futuristic hip-hop act Shabazz Palaces, fun-loving garage-rockers Cherry Glazerr, ex-Battles composer Tyondai Braxton, cosmic punks Guerilla Toss, electronic improviser Eucademix (Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto) and no wave deadpanners Lithics. Look out for even more of the band's picks later this spring.

Rounding things out are Italian metal legends Ufomammut, revived grunge punks Slow, moody electronic producer Synkro, longform experimentalists 40 Watt Sun (featuring Patrick Walker of Warning), corrosive metal innovators The Body, avant-garde improvisers Oren Ambarchi & Will Guthrie, swaggering garage-rockers Wand, plus vicious shredders Bat Fangs (members of Ex Hex and Flesh Wounds).

The complete Sled Island 2018 lineup, including additional headliners, 230 more bands as well as comedy, film, visual art, special events and conference programming will be announced in the coming months. In the meantime, start exploring today's artists with our handy web player or our new Sled Island 2018 Spotify playlist!

Keep in mind that today is your last chance to save 15% on Sled Island passes! Prices jump at midnight MDT tonight. A limited number of single tickets to select Sled Island 2018 shows will go on sale this Friday, February 16 at noon MDT at SledIsland.com.

Special thanks to Josh Holinaty for this year's incredible poster art!

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Deerhoof Announced as 2018 Guest Curator

Deerhoof

The first major milestone of the Sled Island 2018 season is upon us. We're delighted to announce that seminal art rock band Deerhoof will be joining us as guest curator of 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. Deerhoof’s curatorial selections, to be announced in spring 2018, will join more than 250 additional bands, comedy, film and art chosen by the festival in over 35 venues across Calgary from June 20 - 24, 2018.

In addition, Deerhoof will perform at the #1 Legion (116 7th Ave. SE) on June 23, 2018. Sled Island passes grant access (subject to capacity) and are currently available at SledIsland.com, Sloth Records (736B 17th Ave. SW) and Lukes Drug Mart (112 4th St. NE). Single tickets will be available in spring 2018.

Remember that today is your last chance to save 25% on Sled Island 2018 Discovery Passes and Discovery Plus Passes! Semi-early bird pricing takes effect tomorrow and lasts until February 13, 2018.

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Sled Island x Big Fun Festival Showcase

Friday, January 26 at 9:45pm
The Handsome Daughter (61 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg)
Tickets $10 at the door

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Hey Winnipeg! We're showcasing for you. Check out an awesome Sled Island-presented night of tunes featuring Wares (pictured), The Sorels and Pleasure Dens. Huge thanks to our friends at Big Fun Festival for including us in the festivities!

(Photo: Crystal Sujata)

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Sled Island and the National Music Centre present: Tim Hecker

Friday, January 19
Doors at 7:30pm, show at 8:00pm
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (850 4th St. SE)
SOLD OUT

Few in the field of explorative ambient music have remained as questing and unclassifiable as Canadian composer Tim Hecker. Across his 15-year career, he has moved through shades of reflective electronic noise, experiential sound design and modern composition with a deft and distinguished touch. 

Sled Island and the National Music Centre are pleased to present Hecker with opener Wish Lash (accompaniment and visuals by Callum Beckford).

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