Sled Island is an “annual independent multi-venue music and arts festival” in Calgary, Alberta, Canada: of which I reside. This is the 3rd year and first year I am going to truly break out of my shell and attempt to bombard the venues with extreme malice. The event is set up like a mash between classic festival and city wide music week (a la SXSW, etc.) as there is a main festival stage plus numerous locations in churches, Legions (Canadian thing…don’t ask), clubs and what they call “alternative spaces” among them.
As I am a music blogger, I have to admit it is the music that hits the forefront for myself, so the line up goes a little something like this…
There are a few that strike me immediately and are going to be in my cross hairs and I think you (if you are a regular reader) will know of which I speak. So highlights for myself so far are:
- The Rural Alberta Advantage
- Mount Eerie
- Holy Fuck – for the opportunity to see if Brian Borcherdt decides on a solo show
With another round of artists being set to be released for June 1st, this can only get better. There already is something for everyone and organizer (Zak Pashak) and guest Curator (Colin Newman of Wire/Githead) have done a bang up job.