The wait is finally over! The full Sled Island 2022 schedule is here, and it’s all available to browse on our new and improved online schedule! Take advantage of our brand new filters, select what suits your interests, and get a head start at planning what is guaranteed to be the best five days of your summer!
Today's announcement also includes the lineup for this year’s conference programming, so be sure to round out your festival experience by checking these out on our website!
Don't forget, if you're looking to experience all the amazing music, film, comedy, visual arts, conference and special events that Sled Island has to offer, a Discovery Pass is your best bet! All-Ages and Day Passes (Wednesday-Saturday) will become available for purchase this Friday, May 27 at noon MDT!
Thank you to our sponsors and funders at connectFirst Credit Union, Lukes Drug Mart, Eighty-Eight Brewing, The Dandy Brewing Company, Neuron Mobility, The Source, Vans, City of Calgary, Calgary Arts Development, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, FACTOR Canada, Canadian Heritage and SOCAN Foundation.
Today we're very excited to announce a select number of Sled Island 2022 special events, including comedy, film, art and a brand new block party in Ramsay!
Sled Island Comedy is back, live and in person for 2022, and we could not be more thrilled! Taking place June 23 - 25 at The Tea House (1213 1 St SW), this year's programming features Sled alum Jackie Pirico (Just For Laughs: All Access, CTV's The Stand Up Show, CBC's True Dating Stories), 2022 Juno nominee for Best Comedy Album of the Year, Hisham Kelati, Letterkenny writer Allie Pearse, Vancouver's Maddy Kelly (The Standup Show with Jon Dore, CBC’s The Debaters), Lethbridge legend Faris Hytiaa, hilarious local comedian Austin Lonneberg, and Calgary's Best Comedian winner Malik Elassal.
Sled Island passes grant access to these and all other Sled Island shows (subject to capacity), and are currently available at SledIsland.com and Lukes Drug Mart (112 4th St. NE). Single tickets go on sale this Friday, May 20 at 12pm MDT.
Sled Island's Ramsay Block Party is a fresh new take on our free, family-friendly, all-day extravaganza! This year's event will take place in Ramsay at the Lilydale Parking Lot (2126 Hurst Rd SE) running from 12 - 9pm on Saturday, June 25! The all-day party will feature live music from Chad VanGaalen, Julie Doiron, Living Hour and many more, PLUS free skateboarding from the Compound Mobile Skatepark, food trucks courtesy of The Curryer and Arepas Ranch, an art market featuring nvrlnd. artists, beer and other tasty beverages from our sponsors at Eighty-Eight and Dandy Brewing (including some specialty Sled Island collaboration beers yet to be announced), and much more!
Lots of this year's art programming can also be found at the location of our Ramsay Block Party, including NTH, an art showcase from Chad VanGaalen taking place just down the block at nvrlnd. boutique (1048 21 Ave SE) and a mural unveiling at the Lilydale Parking Lot. Also, be sure to check out our annual Sled Island Poster Show, running June 21 - 26 at I Love You Coffee Shop (348b 14 Ave SW).
Sled Island Film is one for the books this year, with Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over (followed by Q&A with the one and only Lydia Lunch) at the Globe Cinema (617 8 Avenue SW), Summer of Soul, the Oscar-winning debut documentary from Questlove, at the Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Rd NW ), and Femme Queen Chronicles, the pilot episode of Ahya Simone's comedic webseries, including a live artist talk and Q&A with Ahya herself, at The GRAND (608 1 St SW).Read More >>
The Sled Island 2022 full music lineup is here! The 150+ artists revealed today are added to a list of more than 30 previously announced artists, confirming over 200 acts to perform at this year's festival!
Newly announced additions to this year’s lineup include resounding indie rock legends Built to Spill, acclaimed ambient singer-songwriter Grouper, SoCal pop punk heroes Joyce Manor, minimalist indie luminaries Low, beloved Calgary musician and visual artist Chad VanGaalen, “surf noir” four-piece La Luz, psych-heavy garage rock trio L.A. Witch, industrial horrorcore rap artist and 2020 Polaris Prize-winner Backxwash, accomplished Canadian singer-songwriter Julie Doiron, prolific rapper and producer R.A.P. Ferreira, Olympia’s heavy-as-hell death metal four-piece Mortiferum, trailblazing doom-meets-noise project Body Void, Calgary-based doom metal duo Mares of Thrace, and recently-established heavy metal outfit Worse, featuring former members of Pride Tiger and 3 Inches of Blood. These acts join already announced artists such as guest curator Sudan Archives, Princess Nokia, Alex Cameron, SASAMI, Lydia Lunch RETROVIRUS, PEARS, Frankie and the Witch Fingers, Pantayo, and many, many more.
The first wave of Sled Island 2022 artists is here!
The incredible artists joining our previously announced 2022 guest curator Sudan Archives include acclaimed experimental hip-hop revolutionary Princess Nokia, the sultry soft rock croon of Australia’s Alex Cameron, genre-bending alternative artist SASAMI (formerly of Cherry Glazerr), the No Wave pioneering, fiercely poetic punk rock of Lydia Lunch RETROVIRUS, hardcore punk quartet PEARS, psychedelic garage rockers Frankie and the Witch Fingers, and Filipina kulintang ensemble Pantayo.
Also included in the first wave lineup are emotional avant-folk artist Circuit des Yeux, pioneering queer-country group Lavender Country, hair-raising doom metal band Primitive Man, high energy lo-fi post-punk outfit Sweeping Promises, the intense and brash post-punk trio Control Top, the catchy art punk of Uranium Club, avant-garde classical composer Flore Laurentienne and the unimitable electronica of JOYFULTALK.Read More >>
Alright, let's try this again!
Los Angeles-based violinist and vocalist Sudan Archives will be joining us as guest curator for Sled Island 2022, running June 22 - 26! The acclaimed electronic and R&B-infused musician and Stones Throw Records recording artist was originally scheduled to guest curate the 2020 edition of the festival, which was cancelled due to the global pandemic.
“I’m excited Sled Island invited me back again to be a part of this year’s event,” says Sudan Archives. “It’s such an eclectic festival and I can’t wait to see my curatorial picks included within this year’s lineup!”
Along with guest curator duties, Sudan Archives will perform at the #1 Royal Canadian Legion (116 7th Ave. SE) on Saturday, June 25, 2022. Sled Island passes grant access to this show (subject to capacity).
Each year, Sled Island’s guest curator puts their stamp on the festival through special programming choices and their presence at the event. Sudan Archives’ curatorial selections, to be announced in the coming months, will join over 200 additional bands, comedy, film and visual art projects chosen by the festival in multiple venues across Calgary.
Rediscover a sense of endless possibilities at Sled Island Music & Arts Festival 2022. Passes are on sale at SledIsland.com, and Lukes Drug Mart (112 4th St. NE). Today is the final day to save 25% on select Sled Island passes. Semi-early bird pricing begins tomorrow and will last until February 22, 2022, at 11:59 pm MST.