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!
Well I have arrived in Calgary Alberta! I am Dj Craftyass from CFUV and will be blogging about the festival with my co-blogger “promocord” aka Michelle!
Something to start this post off. Did you know that Alberta is “RAT FREE“? I didn’t but I guess its a big deal and they work really hard to make sure no rat enters the province and if they do they are on it making sure they are exterminated. I grew up in Calgary and never knew this!
The most common question I get from people when I tell them I’m going to Sled Island is “Who are you going to see?” For todays post I though I would highlight who I am most excited to see out of the headliners and in subsequent posts I will also highlight some of the smaller acts (but equally as awesome).
This act has been around since 1993 and hail from New York. They have 8 albums todate and their latest Penny Sparkle was released in 2010. There sound is up beat rock with soft echoing lyrics, they are playing twice at Sled Island: Wed @ Distillery 12AM, Thur @ Republik 12:30Am
DUM DUM GIRLS
This quartet is an all girl outfit who have only release one full length album todate but has been on everyones tongues since then. They followed up their I Will Be in 2010 with a EP He Gets Me High in 2011. They bring a lo-fi 60’s sound to rock, have bad ass leather jackets and shimmy dance moves. What more could a girl want? Shows on Wed @ Distillery 11PM, Thur @ Legion Down 12:30AM
This Flemish-Eye hopeful is a new act to the scene since 2011 with their first full length Native Speaker. Their music took a couple of listens for me to appreciate them and when I did the album didn’t leave the cd player for weeks. This is a great summer album and I’m excited to catch them live at Sled Island because I have heard amazing things about their live performances. They better serve lemonade at some of their shows! Wed @ Central United Church 9PM, Fri @ Marquee Room 11:30PM.
PARTS & LABOR
Brooklyn’s experimental noise rock will be in Calgary and hopefully playing tracks from their latest album Constant Future which was released earlier this year on Jagjaguwar records (same label as Black Mountain, Bon Iver and Julie Doiron). They have released 7 albums to-date and each one a stellar psych/noise rock out. Shows at Fri @ Broken City 11:30pm.