Sled Island Music & Arts Festival Announces Full 2017 Lineup

by the partae
(May 16, 2017 – Calgary, AB) The Sled Island Music & Arts Festival is thrilled to announce almost 200 new additions to its lineup of 2017 artists.

The annual festival sets itself apart by presenting a thoughtfully-chosen lineup of music, comedy, film and art in more than 35 venues throughout Calgary, Alberta each June. This year’s festival takes place from June 21 – 25, 2017.

Newly-announced acts include titanic indie rock band Wavves (playing a special all-ages show at The Palace Theatre on June 22), garage-punk poets Tyvek (joining us for three shows), high energy prog-pop project Once and Future Band*, hyperactive, neon-hued producer IGLOOGHOST* (who will be direct support for Flying Lotus on June 24 and will play the Sled Island Block Party earlier that day), the newly reformed Bash & Pop (featuring Tommy Stinson of The Replacements, playing both on June 22 at Dickens and opening for Mike Watt + The Missingmen on June 24 at the #1 Legion), two of footwork’s most daring innovators, DJ Paypal* & DJ Orange Julius (performing together on June 22 with fellow Flying Lotus picks Yves Tumor and Ash Koosha), UK avant-club auteur Actress (playing June 21 at Commonwealth), LA bass scene rapper Busdriver* (supporting DJ Quik on June 23) and more.

*Chosen by Sled Island 2017 Guest Curator Flying Lotus

With over 190 new bands announced, it’s time to get to know more than just our headliners. If you’d like a taste of the emerging bands at Sled Island, you could start with the dynamic prog of Anunnaki (featuring members of Wolf Parade and Moths & Locusts), grunge-pop stage sensations Borscht, unhinged industrial punks HSY, Halifax indie up-and-comers Not You (featuring members of Dog Day), sizzling rapper Pierre, stoner legends Shooting Guns (also providing a live score for a screening of Nosferatu), lush indie-folk act Tispur, the shred-tastic Wares, black metal purveyors Wilt or the experimental pop stylings of Yao Guai Cave.

Don’t forget-Sled Island is also about showcasing the amazing talent we have right here at home. Some choice Calgary artists include synth weirdos Aiwass, battering electro-punks DRI HIEV, garage-pop band Glaux, internationally celebrated bass music champ HomeSick, international traditionalists HYMN, perhaps Calgary’s finest songwriter Kris Ellestad, wily young rapper Louis CZA The Black Greek God, freshmen rock n’ roll renegades Sellout, haunting composer Valiska and zesty stoner rockers Woodhawk. That’s just the beginning! We can’t wait to see each and every one of our hometown faves this June.

Find the complete list of additions at

All these join our previously announced lineup, which includes 2017 guest curator Flying Lotus, DJ Quik, Converge, Cloud Nothings, MONO, Waxahatchee, Low, Silver Apples, Shonen Knife, Wolves In The Throne Room, Daughters, Jimmy Edgar, Mike Watt + The Missingmen, Guitar Wolf, DIANA, Weyes Blood and more.

Recently, Sled Island also announced 2017 comedy acts Aparna Nancherla, Brent Weinbach, Levi MacDougall, Marty Topps, Tranna Wintour, Nour Hadidi and others.

Sled Island’s film program is back and includes Videokills – The Explorer Series: Invisible City Symphonies, A Time to Swim, Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape, A Story of Sahel Sounds and the aforementioned Nosferatu with Shooting Guns live score.

This year’s visual art programming includes works like Secretive Density by May G N, Ejideh: Push It!  by Tsēma Igharas and much more.

Sled Island 2017 special events and industry events will be announced in the next several weeks.

Media interested in covering the festival can apply for accreditation at

Sled Island passes grant access to all Sled Island 2017 shows (subject to capacity) and are currently available at

A limited number of single tickets to newly-announced Sled Island 2017 shows will go on sale this Friday, May 19 at 11:00am MDT at
Discovery Pass ($214): Our first recommendation for anyone wanting the full Sled Island experience! Access to all Sled Island events (250+ bands, comedy, film and art), subject to capacity.

Discovery Plus Pass ($366): The ultimate Sled Island experience! Priority access (subject to capacity) to all Sled Island events (250+ bands, comedy, film and art), artist lounge access, a Sled Island 2017 t-shirt, tote bag, limited edition screenprinted poster and more!

Sampler Pack ($125): Not sure where to start at Sled Island? Let us be your guide! We’ve handpicked ten of the festival’s hidden gems to give you a taste of the Sled Island experience.

All-Ages Pass ($35): Exclusively for attendees under 18 years of age! Access more than 50 all-ages events for the price of a single show ticket.

Sled Island is an annual five-day music and arts festival in Calgary, Alberta, that brings together over 250 bands, comedians, filmmakers and artists in more than 35 venues across the city. Since 2007, Sled Island’s thoughtful, eclectic programming and independent spirit have fused with Calgary’s youthful energy to produce a one-of-a-kind festival experience. Visit for more information.
“For those from Calgary, Sled Island is a week that sees venues pulsing with activity, drawing a range of Canadian talent and international touring acts often making their first appearance in the city.” – Consequence Of Sound

“Your experience can be as intimate, muted or rambunctious as you want it to be. Any musical taste can be sated with hundreds of acts in dozens of venues over five days.” – Pretty Much Amazing

“Sled felt like the perfect size, with just enough options to be exciting but retaining individual showcases that you could truly enjoy from start to finish.” – Chart Attack

“The tenth annual Sled Island festival gave me a firsthand look at how Canadian goodwill emboldens the artistic community.” – Noisey

“The best part of Sled Island, aside from the fact everyone is now your friend, is stumbling into a ton of great bands one wouldn’t see in their everyday trajectory.” – Vue Weekly

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