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 & Arts Festival is set to return to Calgary June 22-26 with an expansive and eclectic lineup.

Spectators can expect to see a range of musical talent over the five-day event which includes acclaimed acts such as experimental hip-hop groundbreaking Princess Nokia, Australian Alex Cameron’s sultry soft rock croon , alternative artist SASAMI (formerly of Cherry Glazerr), No Wave pioneer, Lydia Lunch’s fiercely poetic punk rock RETROVIRUS, hardcore punk quartet PEARS, psychedelic garage rockers Frankie and the Witch Fingers and the ensemble Filipino Kulintang Pantayo.

The first wave of artists will also include experimental folk artist Circuit des Yeux, pioneering queer-country band Lavender Country, hair-raising doom metal band Primitive Man, energetic post-punk band Sweeping Promises, intense and brash trio Control Top, the catchy art punk of Uranium Club, the classical avant-garde composer Flore Laurentienne and the inimitable electronics of JOYFULTALK.

Photo credit: Michel Grondin

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

In keeping with tradition, Sled Island will host a guest curator to enhance the festival’s lineup 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 beat music extraordinaire Teebs (also signed to Brainfeeder), genre-defying experimental artist Suzi Analogue, transgressive avant-garde harpist/singer Ahya Simone, Sudanese electronic mastermind Sufyvn, Los Angeles rapper and freestyle connoisseur AllCityJimmy, Oakland Queens groundbreaking emcee D. Light, Cincinnati-based rap artist Swooty Mac, experimental neo-soul singer Kesswa and the mind-blowing electro-pop of Cat 500 #1 Royal Canadian Legion.

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 2022 Sled Island Music & Arts Festival. Passes are on sale at SledIsland.com.

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