Festival Review

Day 5

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


Soup Cans

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.


Day 4

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.


Dan Deacon

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.

Day 3

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!


Brazilian Money

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!


This is it the last big night of Sled Island (shows are continuing on Sunday) in Calgary Alberta. Its gonna be a big day on the main stage in Olympic Plaza with Alberta Cross, The Greenhorns, Twin Shadows, The Raveonettes, Chad Van Gaalen, Minus the Bear, and Of Montreal!

I’m also hoping to jam in Shannon and the Clams, Kingdom Cloud, Neil Hamburger, Miesha and the Spanks, COUSINS, The Shrapnelles, and some BELLRAYS! Its gonna be another crazy night…just like last night.

After I woke up I showed up for Dead Meadow at the Local 510, a small venue for a large sounding band, such good rock and roll breakfast music.We hit up a whole bunch of shows all over town including the Buzzcocks at Olympic Plaza and Sword.

I caught Fist City which was amazing, then went to Tubby Dog for dinner and ate my dog in a mosh pit watching Gobble Gobble eat the whole place up! Crazy times at Tubby!

Headed down to Broken City and caught the amazingly talented Parts & Labour, then made it to Bamboo for Sonny and the Sunsets. My co-pilot and I met up for the Beatroute after party. They had a sweet dj named Kamil who laid down some hip shaken’ tunes and caught Vancouver’s Minto, DBL Dragon + Inhibitors  and Victoria’s own Slam Dunk. We ended the night doing the SLAM DUNK, Victoria style!

Watching Bellrays Videos getting my self hyped for TONIGHT! Join me!

Punk Rock at its Finest

Another great night at Sled Island! I went to a house party downtown yesterday afternoon and caught none other than COUSINS playin’ in a basement. Such a good performance I’m glad I caught them for an intimate show.

Another house party later on was featuring Keep Tidy who played in the garage in the back of the house to a pack of punk thirsty kids. It was nice to be able to catch some shows out of the bar element and into the dyi scene. Kinda reminds me of the Freelandia we have back home during Rifflandia.

After catching some grub (Vietnamese Subs) we biked over to the United Church to catch Zola Jesus followed by Lee Ranaldo. Two back to back epic performances.  Nika Roza Danilova was all dressed up and danced her way through the set. Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth fame) put on a electric noise blow out. Knowing how to present the sound through visuals and an awesome on stage show he had the audience memorized throughout!

I hit up the Legion to check out the Crocodiles up close and danced for as long as I could before I rushed over to check out NEEDLES//PINS. N/P were a great punk rock band, I bought their 7″ and will share it on the air waves when I get back, check out their myspace until then or get your SLEDISLANDWRISTBANDDAMNIT!

I ended my night off watching Man Man and then headed over to Broken City to catch the Secret Weird Guests BABYSITTER. Babysitter are a Victoria band that are amazing and put on an epic show, they will be playing tomorrow at Dicken’s at 10PM, don’t miss it!






Girls Fronting Sled Island

Wow. What a night! Started it off checking out the Artist Lounge at Henry’s (one of the festivals sponsors) on 4th, such a welcoming spot for our thirsty selves. Then had some eats then headed out to catch the first show of the festival Sans AIDS from Edmonton. They had a Victorian artist fill in for the second guitarist and had a girl working the sound machine filling out the feminine feel of the festival.

Then I picked up my co-pilot and rushed over to catch Braids perform at the Downtown United Church. It was great to catch this Calgary band play at a venue that could really amplify their amazing sound. The lead singer seemed a little ticked off at the crowd which made for an awkward vibe in the crowd for the last couple of songs, but boy did they give it their all.

Next up we rushed over to catch the Ketamines at the Palomino, which included a female bass player and keyboardist, who brought to the table some awesome hip shaking rock and roll.

After that I caught the Dum Dum Girls in all their black dress glory at the Distillery.  Wow did that drummer ever blow me away,  such a rock star goddess. I can now only strive to be half as cool as they all were. I stuck around to catch Blonde Redhead. After waiting a while for them to figure out some technical stuff, I was soon realizing it was all worth the wait. This band which is fronted by a female guitarist and singer and two Italian twin brothers was AMAZING, their music is usaully reserved for lazy afternoons, but the rock show they put on can only be experience live to understand how technical and talented this band is. It was a pleasure to be able to see them live.

I headed back over to the Palomino to see if I could catch Friendo but missed them and caught the Crocodiles instead. MORE AMAZING music! This town knows how to throw a party.

We ended the night off right with some greasy pizza and crashed hard. Getting ready today for another long and crazy night here in Calgary!

Get your passes if you haven’t or day passes at Sloth Records and Henry’s.