The Sled Island Music & Arts Festival returns to Calgary after a two-year hiatus

Along with a diverse musical lineup, the acclaimed Sled Island Festival showcases the best in comedy, film and art

After two years of cancellations due to COVID-19 restrictions and an innovative rescheduling effort, the Sled Island Music and Arts Festival is set to return to Calgary June 22-26 with an extensive and eclectic lineup.

Spectators can expect to see a range of musical talent over the five-day event which includes acclaimed acts like groundbreaking experimental hip-hop Princess Nokiathe sultry croon of Australian soft rock Alex Cameronalternative artist who mixes genres SAMI (formerly of Cherry Glazerr), No Wave’s fiercely poetic punk rock pioneer Lydia Breakfast RETROVIRUShardcore punk foursome PEARSpsychedelic garage rockers Frankie and the Witch Fingers and Filipino kulintang ensemble Pantayo.

The first wave of artists will also include an experimental folk artist Eye Circuitqueer countries pioneer group lavender countryhair-raising doom metal band primitive manhigh energy post punk outfit Radical promisesintense and impetuous threesome Top of controlthe eye-catching punk art of uranium clubavant-garde classical composer Laurentian Flora and the inimitable electronics of SPEAK HAPPY.

Photo credit: Michel Grondin

Sled Island will also feature several emerging first-wave Canadian artists, including the Anishinaabe shoegaze project. Zoon (which was shortlisted for the 2021 Polaris Prize), Ombiigizithe genre’s new indie collaboration featuring members of Zoon and indie pop multi-instrumentalist Status/Non-Status Eve Parker FinleyMontreal singer-songwriter Gus Englehornexperimental indie rock band Ghost guardianalternative R&B artist Uyemi and Calgary-based electronic producer Little Snake (the youngest member signed to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label).

In keeping with tradition, Sled Island will host a guest curator to enhance the festival’s programming with its unique selections, and this year Los Angeles-based violinist and vocalist Sudan Archives has selected an unrivaled assortment of talent. Some of the Archive selections include extraordinary beat music teebs (also signed to Brainfeeder), genre-defying experimental artist Suzi Analogtransgressive avant-garde harpist/singer Ahya SimoneSudanese electronics engineering SufyvnLA rapper and freestyle enthusiast AllCityJimmyOakland Revolutionary Emcee Queens D. LightCincinnati-based rap artist mac swootyexperimental neo-soul singer Keswa and the mind-blowing electro-pop of Cat 500. Originally slated to guest curate in 2020, experimental R&B artist Archives will also perform June 25 at The Royal Canadian Legion #1.

Photo credit: Jarrett Edmund

The Sled Island Music & Arts Festival takes place every June at several venues across Calgary. The event features music, comedy, film and art and attracts over 40,000 attendees each year, receiving rave reviews from local and international attendees, artists and media.

With more headliners to come, 150+ bands, plus comedy, film, visual arts, special events and talk lineup yet to be announced, stay tuned for the full announcement from programming !

Rediscover a sense of endless possibilities at the Sled Island Music & Arts Festival 2022. Passes are on sale at SledIsland.com.

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