White Lung at the Palomino on March 29th

Sled Island is pleased to co-present the frantic and noisy Vancouver punks White Lung at the Palomino along with Systematik, Flaccid and Up In Smoke on Friday, March 29th.

White Lung are a testament to hard work and a DIY punk attitude, after touring tirelessly for the last few years following the shutting down of the now infamous Emergency Room, this take-no-bullshit female-fronted act is finally getting their due's paid in a major way. They're joined by label and tour mates Systematik, sometimes scary (in a good way) local hardcore outfit Flaccid and the devastating Up In Smoke.

RSVP for the Facebook event here.

Tickets are available for $8 in advance from Sloth Record and Ticketfly.com.


Sled Island Guide to SXSW

The week of SXSW is upon us, for those of us lucky enough to be in Austin that is, and although we'd love to be hanging out at the outdoor parties on Red River, enjoying all that tasty southern BBQ in random backyards and catching countless amazing bands in the most bizarre venues over the next week, instead we're in Calgary working hard to put together the best possible festival for all of you in June!

Even though we aren't going to be at SXSW this week we did still manage to put together a list of shows that we're particularly excited for, some hosted by our friends, others that feature Sled Island alumni and a few with drool-worthy artists that we've been dying to see for years. Have a look at our guide to SXSW and know that we'd be slamming those tacos for breakfast every day if we were there…

Tuesday March 12th
Vice @ Viceland: Divine Fits, Japandroids, Wavves and more.
Panache @ Tillery Park: Marnie Stern, The Blind Shake, Milk Music and more. 

Wednesday March 13th
NPR Music @ Stubb's: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more. 
Resident Advisor @ Elysium: John Talabot, Andy Stott, Blue Hawaii and more. 
Consequence of Sound @ The Parish: Chelsea Light Moving, Mac DeMarco, The Thermals and more. 
Vans @ Mohawk: Iggy and the Stooges, Ghostface Killah, Baths and more. 

Thursday March 14th
Pitchfork @ 1100 Warehouse: Rustie, Ryan Hemsworth, Toro Y Moi, and more. 
Thrasher Death Match @ Scoot Inn: The Black Angels, Merchandise, King Tuff and more.
POP Montreal @ Planet Québec: Suuns, Braids, Each Other and more. 
Pandora @ Antone's: Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. 

Friday March 15th
Panache @ Hotel Vegas: Thee Oh Sees, Bleaches, Mikal Cronin and more. 
Arbutus @ Swan Dive: Doldrums, Blue Hawaii, Majical Cloudz and more. 
Friends of Friends @ Emo's East: Deadalus, Ryan Hemsworth, Jerome LOL and more. 
Impose Magazine @ Longbranch Inn: Secret Guest, Nü Sensae, Naomi Punk and more. 

Saturday March 16th
POP Montreal @ The Liberty: Pat Jordache, Sinkane, Karneef and more. 
Burgermania II @ Hotel Vegas: Roky Erickson, Cold Warps and many more. 
BeatRoute Magazine & WinnieCooper.net @ Townhouse: Kitty (Pryde), A Tribe Called Red and more. 
Ray-Ban x Boiler Room @ 1100 Warehouse: Skream, Death Grips, Lunice and more. 
Sailor Jerry @ Gypsy Lounge: The Spits, NoBunny, Shannon and the Clams and more. 


First Wave of 2013 Headliners Announced!

We're absolutely thrilled to announce our first wave of headliners for the 2013 edition of the festival. The initial line-up includes: legendary proto-shoegazers The Jesus and Mary Chain, epic instrumental post-rockers Explosions In The Sky, the Calgary debut of critically acclaimed experimental rockers Swans, Divine Fits, the indie rock supergroup featuring members of Spoon and Wolf Parade, national treasures the Joel Plaskett Emergency, wild crooner Mac DeMarco, the Polaris Music Prize-nominated solo horn player Colin Stetson, charismatic veterans of scuzz blues, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and the heavily buzzed post-hardcore band Metz. These artists will join performances by the previously announced Sled Island 2013 guest curators: influential sound artist Tim Hecker and John Dwyer, with his psych-tinged, Krautrock-inspired garage band, Thee Oh Sees. Giddy as we are to see these 11 headliners and more than 250 other bands, filmmakers, artists and comedians?

Buy your special advance price festival passes now!


Job Posting: Sled Island Volunteer Coordinator

Position: Volunteer Coordinator
Term: full-time (40h/week), 3-month contract
Start date: April 1, 2013
Salary: $2500/month

Sled Island is seeking a highly organized and dedicated individual for the position of Volunteer Coordinator.

• Work in cooperation with the festival staff to assess volunteer needs for the festival;
• Recruit and schedule volunteers to fill the festival’s volunteer requirements;
• Plan and host volunteer recruitment and orientation sessions and ensure clear communication of position expectations;
• Plan and host volunteer appreciation activities;
• Update and maintain volunteer database;
• Coordinate all communications and follow-up with festival’s volunteers;
• Create documentation
• Other duties as required.

• Experience with and knowledge of volunteer recruitment & coordination for other non-profit organizations required;
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
• Proven interpersonal and leadership skills;
• Strong organizational skills, with a strong ability to meet deadlines;
• Ability to work flexible hours and capacity to work under pressure;
• Reliable, hard-working and resourceful;
• Basic computer literacy (knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel)
• Experience with volunteer-run organizations an asset;
• Knowledge of the local artistic community an asset.

Submissions should include a cover letter and resume and be addressed to the attention of Sled Island’s Executive Director, Maud Salvi (maud@sledisland.com).

Submissions must be received by end of day, March 17, 2013.
Only those applicants to be interviewed will be contacted. Thank you for your interest.


Green Island T-Shirt Design Contest

Sled Island is reaching out to our talented community of artists for help in designing this years Green Island Volunteer T-shirts. Here's your chance to show us your skills! If your design is chosen, you will receive a Sled Island Discovery Pass along with some other exclusive swag (not to mention having your work proudly worn by Sled’s hypest volunteer crew).

As you may already know, the Green Island Crew - with the help of Cenovus Energy - is stoked on lessening the environmental impact of Sled Island, riding bikes, and rockin’ out. You’ll be a winner if you can incorporate all these things into a rad design that can be easily screen printed.

This competition is open to all Sled Island fans;
You can enter as many designs as you like;
Your design must be created by you; by submitting an entry you confirm that it is your own work;
Submit your masterpiece by sending it as an attachment to green@sledisland.com;
By submitting a design, you agree to give Sled Island rights to publish your work on our website and use your design on the Green Island volunteer T-shirts;
All entries must be submitted by May 13th, 2013. The winner will be announced that Friday May 17, 2013;
Your design must be 300dpi, RGB, 8 bit mode and be 17.5" x 19".

Other notes:
The Shirts will also incorporate the Sled Island logo as well as key Green Island sponsors.
The back of the T-shirt is reserved for the word VOLUNTEER.
The T-shirt will be Green
Less is more. If you can create a deadly design in ONE color, you will already be ahead of the competition!

We look forward to see what awesome creations you can come up with! Get your design on!