Sled Island Rock Lotto 2024

The official poster for the Sled Island Rock Lotto. Colourful illustrated characters populate the poster. The characters are different shapes and sizes, and all have eyes, mouths, legs and feet. All other poster information can be found in the caption.

We're back with an all-new Sled Island Rock Lotto on Saturday, May 18!

Join us at the Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club, where we’ll bring together 25 musicians from various backgrounds and draw names from a hat to form one-off bands for one night only, with less than 10 hours to write and perform new material!

Once again, this year's event is focused on creating meaningful connections between musicians just starting their music journey in the city and artists more familiar with the Calgary music scene, with the goal of fostering a more diverse music ecosystem and increasing equitable access to creative opportunities for all.

The lineup of participating musicians will be announced in the coming weeks!

Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 26 at noon MDT. For more information and for tickets, visit

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. If you would like to attend but ticket prices are a barrier, please contact

Thanks to Calgary Arts Development for making this event possible!

Huge shout out to Becca Lowe for the poster art!


Sled Island 2024 Second Wave Lineup Announcement

The official poster for Sled Island Music & Arts Festival, presented by connectFirst Credit Union. June 19-23, 2024. Diverse venues across Calgary/Mohkinstsis. Get passes and tickets at Colourful waves and bubbles fill up the poster. All other poster details can be found in the caption.

The second wave of Sled Island 2024 artists is here! 

New additions include breakthrough Canadian indie rock sensation EKKSTACY, trailblazing Argentine singer-songwriter Juana Molina, experimental guitarist and composer Jeff Parker (a longtime member of the post-rock group Tortoise), boundary-pushing hip-hop artist and composer Slauson Malone 1 (selected by Show Me the Body), outlandish hyperpop performance artist Alice Longyu Gao, Francophone post-punk quartet Corridor, and LA goth rock outfit Death Valley Girls.

We’re also very excited to welcome Cincinnati synth-punk trio The Serfs, Toronto-based punk rock four-piece Bad Waitress, celebrated Canadian DJ and rapper Myst Milano (returning to the festival after a gripping performance in 2018), Detroit ghettotech trio and guest curator selection HiTech, psych-laden shoegaze project The Discussion (the latest offering from Laura Pleasants of Kylesa), NYC rhythm and noise band Sediment Club – the final guest curator pick and side project of Show Me the Body’s Jackie McDermott – and Indigenous electronic artist Kehiw, who will be headlining this year’s Drum Beat Entertainment showcase. These artists join already announced acts such as Mick Jenkins, Cherry Glazerr, Show Me the Body, Kari Faux, Planet Giza, W.I.T.C.H., Laurel Halo, Forest Swords, Wombo, Soul Glo, Tomb Mold and many more.

On top of that, we’re proud to announce an outstanding collection of emerging artists joining this year’s lineup, including electronic-infused hip-hop artist Sydanie, trap and R&B performer SuKha Never Dies, Edmonton soul singer Aladean Kheroufi, Vancouver-based Afro-fusion act MAUVEY, ambient composer and violinist respectfulchild, indie-folk singer-songwriter Bennett Mitchell, avant-pop artist Kee Avil, ‘90s-influenced indie rock group knitting, Japanese drummer and electronic composer mineo kawasaki, Winnipeg post-punks Fold Paper, Edmonton post-hardcore four-piece Midnight Peg, noise-meets-screamo outfit OBROA-SKAI, Ottawa art-pop band Pony Girl, electronic dream pop artist Tess Roby, and dynamic Vancouver punk band WAIT//LESS

We’re also thrilled to continue our partnership with the Iranian artist-run festival SET Experimental Art Events this year, who have curated a small selection of some very exciting Iranian artists to perform at Sled Island 2024. ⁠The project, titled SLED X SET, is a collaboration meant to build relationships between the Iranian and Canadian artistic scenes, and to bring more cutting-edge and boundary-pushing music and multimedia art to Calgary and beyond. The artists joining Sled Island this year include Niloufar Shiri & Caleb Klager, GOLPESAR, ArtSaves and Cinna Peyghamy.

Sled Island’s complete 2024 lineup and schedule will be announced in the coming months, including over 150 more bands as well as comedy, film, visual art, special events and conference programming.

Sled Island passes and tickets are currently on sale at A limited number of single show tickets to select newly-announced Sled Island 2024 shows will go on sale this Friday, April 12 at noon MDT.

For more information and to see the current lineup, visit

Huge shout out to Becca Lowe for the awesome poster art!

Thank you to our sponsors and funders at connectFirst Credit UnionEighty-Eight Brewing CompanyDandy Brewing, The Beltline BLOX, Confluence DistillingCalgary Arts Development, The City of Calgary, Government of AlbertaAlberta Foundation for the Arts, Structured AbstractionSOCAN Foundation, FACTOR CanadaVenture for Canada, and the Government of Canada.