Announcing Camp Sled Island

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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. 
 

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The Sled Island Rock Lotto Album

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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.
 

 

 

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The 2021 Sled Island Mixtape Exchange

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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? ⁠

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Announcing Postcards From Sled Island

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We still can’t gather like we used to... but there are other ways to stay in touch! Introducing Postcards From Sled Island, a summer-long love letter to all of you.

From panels and film screenings to the return of the mixtape exchange and a very special collaborative album exclusive to Sled Island, keep an eye on your mailbox (and your feed) for lots of awesome treats over the coming months. In addition to this, we’ve been receiving video care packages from some of our favourite local and international artists throughout the year and we're very excited to share them with you, so to cap everything off this summer we’re planning to host a three-day, in-person event at the end of August where we’ll present a wealth of video content, featuring filmed performances, special guest appearances, documentaries and more. We might even have some live music for you if restrictions allow! Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

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#HowWeListen Live: In Conversation with Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene

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We’re very excited to be partnering with Byta for their upcoming #HowWeListen Live: In Conversation with guest Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene!

Taking place on June 29 at 10am MDT, this workshop and live interview will offer tips and insights for aspiring artists and music industry leaders, and explore Brendan’s creative career as an artist – from his work with Broken Social Scene, as well as many other bands and solo material, to providing soundtracks for TV and film, and everything in between.

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