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 SledIsland.com/Donate to learn more about our organization and alternative ways to give.
Thank you for your generous support!
(Photo: Jarrett Edmund)
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
Known Local Babes
Rifle County Players
… and moreRead More >>
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.
Every week between now and the start of the festival, we will have special guest bloggers writing about their top picks for Sled Island 2019! Check out their selections for a taste of what you can discover at this year's festival.
This week we have Connor Lang, high school student and blogger at Youth Are Awesome, who has picked some of his favourite artists playing all-ages venues!Read More >>
With over 250 bands, 30 venues and 40,000 attendees spread out over 5 glorious days, Sled Island may seem a little intimidating to those new to the festival. But fear not! We've polled seven Sled Island pros who have given us their best tips and tricks for taking on the festival.Read More >>