Unless you’re a Calgary resident or follow Canadian music religiously Sled Island is probably a name you haven’t heard. Since 2007 Calgary has been home to a music and arts festival. This festival spans five days in June, and includes hundreds of international, national and local bands, comedians, filmmakers and artists. Over 30,000 attendees take over more then 35 of the local venues targeting almost ever genre possible. Though most of the shows are held at pubs, there are still tons of shows for the younger crowd, including the main stage.
This year marks their Ten Year Anniversary, and who better then Flying Lotus to join the Guest Gurator’s from previous years including Peaches, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Andrew WK, and Mark Hamilton. The first wave of bands has been announced and is starting of with an amazing line-up including metalcore pioneers Converge, indie-rock musician Waxahatchee, Grindcore band Daughters and returning indie rock Land of Talk.
If your new or a returning veteran to the festival, there is something for everybody. Keep your eye out on the official site and Facebook for more announcements and pick up your festival pass at http://www.sledisland.com/. Also don’t worry if you are unable to afford the full five-day pass there are packages available as well and individual tickets will be released.
I’m Phil and 27 years old. I’ve been involved with music as long as I can remember. I’ve worked as a backstage hand, stage crew, street-teamer with Union Events and various labels, been in and out of bands and started my own magazine; Attainable Magazine. In which I focus on band interviews and had the opportunity to sit down with names such as William Control, Real Mackenzies and I Prevail. As well photograph others such as August Burns Red, Silverstein, and Protest the Hero. Though I tend to gravitate towards the heavier styles; punk, metal, hardcore, and so forth. I do end up at any other show I can get too. I originally had gone to university to pursue broadcasting with a minor in photo-journalism but after a year left to continue to purse music on my own terms. If I’m not at a show, I’m either at a record store adding to my ever growing collection. In my free time I also model and practice body-suspension. You can always feel free to contact me on my other social medias.