June 23, 2013

Due to the recent floods in southern Alberta, the organizers of  Sled Island 2013 had no choice but to cancel the festival. However, in a great show of solidarity and compassion, promoters here in Edmonton banded together to host some of the displaced bands, with fundraisers being put on as early as Friday night and throughout the weekend. The shows helped cover bands’ costs, and enough money was raised to aid in the relief efforts as well. Online news and entertainment mag, Gigcity, did a great write-up about this which you can check out below. It was truly great to see how quickly people pulled together to help each other out during such a rough time for so many, and proves that regardless of what people may say about our two cities, when it really comes down to it we’re all ready and willing to help one another.


Since 2007, summertime in Calgary has never been the same.

The brainchild of Zak Pashak, Sled Island has grown into one of Canada’s largest music festivals in a few short years, bringing an eclectic mix of music, art and comedy to Calgary’s downtown core. Like its U.S. counterpart, SXSW, Sled Island encourages its audience to experience the city around them, with venues as unique as the performers who play in them; from Olympic Park, to local eatery Tubby Dog, this independent festival is unlike any other music experience in Western Canada. It has established itself as a breeding ground for new and emerging talent from across the country and abroad, but has also had no shortage of established names come through over the years like Feist, The Black Lips, The Buzzcocks, and this year’s headliners Jesus and Mary Chain.


With over 250 acts scheduled to perform, there’s no shortage of entertainment for the 4-day fest, including Adult Swim’s Eric Andre, a panel discussion with last year’s headliner Andrew W.K., and a performance by Edmonton’s own Ben Disaster.


Passes are available now on sledisland.com where you can view the full lineup.


By Brnesh Berhe

Photo credits:
Andrew W.K. and The Wicked Awesomes!: Photos by David Kenney.
Nardwuar: Photo by Arif Ansari



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