Sled Island 2013 Officially Begins!

Last night's kick-off to Sled Island was an awesome one! Our green team was busy installing bike racks at venues across town, our annual Sled Island Poster Show went off at Milk Tiger Lounge, Sled Island Film had a great start to their week of programming and of course, the Kick-Off Party was a great time! It wasn't hard to tell people were feeling the vibe of Sled Island early on, come join in on the fun! 

The moment you've all been waiting for has arrived! The 2013 edition of Sled Island Music and Arts Festival officially starts today! We've got you covered with plenty of excitement for tonight including an early mind-melting performance from Polaris-nominated Colin Stetson at Commonwealth and the Calgary debuts of Swans at Dickens and Iceage at the No. 1 Legion. If you're looking for a party atmosphere head to Republik for the always-fun Hollerado, Broken City for the psychedelic sounds of Unknown Mortal Orchestra or HiFi Club for an all-out dance party with The Gaslamp Killer. As always there's tons of great music to discover during the festival. Look out for performances by Calgary's latest supergroup Viet Cong at the No. 1 Legion, delta blues crooner Iceberg Ferg at Wine-ohs and Edmonton-based popsmith Calvin Love at Commonwealth for the late show.

There's lots more to check out besides just music, stock up on fresh produce at the Sled Island edition of the Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmer's Market, don't miss the art opening of Group of $even, the debut exhibition at Sled Island's first Contemporary Art Salon and pedal over to the Simmons Building for CSIF's Secret Cinema Bike-In w/ a yet-to-be announced French New Wave Classic screening tonight.

Check the online schedule for a complete rundown of today's events and don't forget to use our Mobile Version for access on the go.

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Still not sure what to check out tonight? Here's a list of not-to-be missed shows!

Soul revival revue: Colleen Rennison of No Sinner w/ Guests @ The Palomino
Unique art space: Art Opening: Group of $even @ Sled Island Contemporary Art Salon
Underground hip-hop: Charlie CB w/Guests @ Commonwealth (Downstairs)
Melodious indie pop: Hollerado w/ Guests @ Republik
Heavy freak-outs: Burning Love w/Guests @ Ship and Anchor
Outdoor film screening: Secret Cinema Bike-In @ Simmons Building

Get your pass now! A festival pass is your best bet to get the full festival experience. Festival passes are available online or at the pass pickup. Festival pass pickup is open daily until Saturday, June 22nd from 10am to 10pm at the historic Fairmont Palliser (133 9th Ave SW) in downtown Calgary. Visit the shop for more information.