Saturday started off with the Sheer Agony at the Palomino, then over to the Weird Canada showcase at the Tubby Dog with an amazing performance by Toronto’s Soup Cans and Crosss from Montreal. Following that, we caught the headlining act Spiritualized outdoors in Olympic Park, then Strange Attractors at the Golden Age and finished the night off with St. Vincent at the enormous Flames Central venue. All in all a good day of music, and a good wrap up to an amazing 5 days of music in Calgary
All goods things come to an end. We had an amazing time at Sled Island this year! So many amazing bands and musicians across so many different venues. I can’t say enough good things about how the festival was organized and the countless hours spent by the volunteer army. Sled Island is a testament to the enthusiasm that Canadian’s share for live music and the support for the musicians who play it; whatever style or genre it may be. I can’t wait to get back next year. Thanks to anyone who followed our coverage of the festival this year.
Time flies! It’s already Saturday and the festival is almost coming to a close. Friday started off with Saskatchewan psych-metal band Shooting Guns playing a loud and sludgy affair for the CJSW Showcase at the Tubby Dog. Following a brief, but torrential downpour we caught headlining act Blitzen Trapper playing for a soaked crowd outside at Olympic Plaza. After that Burger Records & Hardly Art presented Vancouver’s Dead Ghosts, Portland surf rock trio La Luz and Oakland’s Shannon & The Clams at the vintage Golden Age Club. By far one of the best shows I’ve seen at Sled thus far.
On to the Royal Legion to the close the night off with Calgary’s own Teledrome. Followed by an incredible performance by Baltimore’s Dan Deacon, playing a raucous mix of electronic party music, while conducting dance-offs and full scale pandemonium!
Saturday should be another good day. Stoked for the Weird Canada showcase featuring Fountain, Hag Face, Soup Cans and Crosss. Also Spiritualized, St. Vincent, The Shivas and Rocket From The Crypt.
Another awesome day of live music at Sled Island! The day started off with the Polaris Prize long list announcement at the National Music Centre with a surprise performance by Basia Bulat doing “Tall Tall Shadow”. Quite unexpected, and very good. After that, we checked out an in-store performance at Sloth Records with Fury Things from Minneapolis. Following a short break, we checked out experimental electronic artist Oneohetrix Point Never at the Central United Church doing a sublime set of droning ambient soundscapes complete with visuals that looked like ReBoot under the influence. We closed the day off with an excellent bill at the Legion, completed by Victoria’s one Fountain, Freak Heart Waves, Brazilian Money and punk legends Mission of Burma. What a night!
We’re excited for the CJSW, Absolute Underground and Burger Record showcase’s as well as Dan Deacon to close off the night. More happy sledding to come!
The first day at Sled was a blast! The CFUV showcase at Tubby Dog was also a ton of fun. Great turnout, super cool venue and good tunes! We finished off the night with an amazing performance by Jerusalem In My Heart; an indescribable mix of modular synthesizers, oud, arabic vocal accompanied by vintage film reels. Despite the rain, the first day was a good taste of things of things to come.
We’re off to the Polaris Prize Announcement this morning and will try to catch the artist talk by Killer Mike, the film I Dream Of Wires, Oneohetrix Point Never, Killer Mike and as many acts that we can squeeze in. It’s gonna be a good day!
After 970 km and 15 hours on a Greyhound some live music can’t hurt. Not too mention 5 days worth. Let the festivities begin! CFUV is stoked to be presenting Basement Demons, Tee-Tahs, Open Relationship and Hag Face at Tubby Dog this evening. If you’re in Calgary check us out, and be sure to check Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for weekly updates and festival coverage from the team at CFUV.
CFUV recommends Natasha Kmeto, Onehetrix Point Never, Dan Deacon, Jerusalem In My Heart, Brazilian Money, Jons, Fountain, Maica Mia along with countless other talented musicians. 250 bands with art, comedy and film spread across 38 venues. It should be a good week!