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Come spend Thanksgiving Sunday at the Republik!

Sled Island Music and Arts Festival and The Republik Nightclub present Lightning Dust with Hard Drugs and Calgary’s own Reuben Bullock.

Lightning Dust and Hard Drugs are also celebrating a split seven inch together which they are releasing on October 4th on the Storyboard label. The release is limited to 550 copies pressed on white vinyl. Check it out: Exclaim!

After having just played the Calgary Folk Festival this summer, Lightning Dust returns to Calgary. The band is comprised of Amber Webber and Joshua Wells who have been playing together for many years as part of Black Mountain. They’ve toured the world and have played impenetrable space-rock to the unlikeliest of audiences. With an abundance of creative energy to spare, the two decided to start a separate project together, that they named Lightning Dust. Committing themselves to a more simplistic approach with Lightning Dust, Webber and Wells also decided to escape the comforts of their familiar instruments and writing styles. On their self-titled debut, minimal and spacious arrangements and a moody, theatrical vocal-style aptly expose the demons, creating songs that creep into your bones with a haunting chill.

Hard Drugs is a East-Vancouver based band made up of husband and wife duo Jeffrey and Jenni. Some describe Hard Drugs as an indie rock opera that trusts in spectacular songs rather than an elaborate stage production to tell a twisted love story that could only happen in Terminal City. They released a 13-song double LP showcasing an orchestral mix of roots, rock, punk, savvy percussion and heartbreaking harmonies conceived by Jeffry Lee and executed with help from a cache of his talented friends.

Lightning Dust & Hard Drugs w/ Reuben Bullock @ The Republik (18+ No Minors) on Sun Oct 9/11 Doors 8:30 PM For more information & to get advance tickets click here.

A Night of Intimate Magic! Jennifer Castle at Cantos

Sled Island and Cantos Music Foundation are pleased to co-present the return of Flemish Eye recording artist Jennifer Castle in Calgary on Saturday October 1 at Cantos (134 11th Ave SE).

Jennifer Castle is a Toronto-based singer songwriter rooted in her own enchanting folk tale. Check out this wonderful article on Jennifer Castle in FFWD Weekly and listen to the song “Powers" from her solo debut Casltemusic on Flemish Eye Records.

Opening this night of beautiful music is local artist Kris Ellestad performing tracks from his haunting release No Man is Land, stream the entire album at

Tickets are on sale at Sloth Records, Cantos and Prime Box Office for $10 or can be purchased at the door for $12. Doors open at 7pm, show begins at 8pm. Hope to see you all there! 

Facebook event for further details: Jennifer Castle with Kris Ellestad

Sled Island Celebrates Pop Montreal’s 10th Anniversary

Sled Island is fortunate enough to be at Pop Montreal, starting this week, to help celebrate their 10th anniversary as an international music festival! Pop Montreal has continually put on an incredible festival full of coveted, influential artists combined with up and coming bands from across Canada and around the world. For these reasons, and many more we’ll always look up to them, and can’t wait to take in the celebration!

We are very proud to present Purity Ring + Guests at Divian Orange on Friday, September 23, Doors at 9:00pm at Pop Montreal. Purity Ring is the futuristic pop project of Corin Roddick and Megan James from Edmonton that made their debut at Sled Island 2011. The band erupted out of the gates in early 2011 with its first single “Ungirthed" b/w "Lofticries”, released on notable UK label Transparent, garnering praise from tastemakers such as Pitchfork (who awarded Best New Track to the A-side), the Guardian, and the FADER. Check out their brand new track “Belispeak" being released via Fat Possum Records on a 7" split with our constant favs BRAIDS.

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Any bands interested in applying to Sled Island now is the time to do so! You can apply via Sonicbids at the link right here: Sled Island Festival 2012

Lifetime Video Zine Delivers the Goods!

Our pals at Lifetime Collective put together a stunning Video Zine series that captures the magical moments of Sled Island 2011. Their latest video is “An Evening with Chad VanGaalen” which follows the prolific local artist into his home-recording studio, indoor skateboard half pipe and surrounding area. The video features live video from his Sled Island 2011 performance at Olympic Plaza! 

Lifetime Video Zine #3 | Chad VanGaalen from Lifetime Collective on Vimeo.

Throughout the festival Lifetime’s crew was on point to capture as much excitement as humanly possible! In this festival recap video, host Bobby Ferris jumps into conversation with Alejandro Escavado, Braids, Howlin’ Rain and Quest for Fire to find out where their inspiration comes from! 

Lifetime Video Zine #2 | Sled Island 2011 from Lifetime Collective on Vimeo.

In addition, Lifetime has put together this Spring/Summer 2012 video entitled “The Road Trip” featuring music by Thee Oh Sees. The video was directed by Vancouver-based artist Salazar and captures the essence of a great summer road trip. Go out and have fun this summer! 

Lifetime Spring/Summer 2012 “The Road Trip” from Lifetime Collective on Vimeo.

Beard Envy: Bonnie “Prince” Billy at the Calgary Folk Fest

Look at that beard! Our friends at the Calgary Folk Festival are bringing one of our favorite artists, Will Oldham -better known as Bonnie “Prince” Billy- to their main stage this Friday, July 22nd. Folk Fest runs from July 21-24th at Prince’s Island Park, 4 days passes are sold out but Friday day tickets are still available. But wait! We have two tickets to give away for Bonnie “Prince” Billy! To win, like our page on Facebook or tweet @sledisland your favorite Will Oldham video, picture, R. Kelly related interview, or fan art. Have fun with this, the winner will be contacted on Thursday. 

Don’t miss the multi-talented Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s DIY-folk stylings at this year’s Folk Festival. Come say hello if you see us swooning in the crowd! 

Tell us about your experience and enter to win 2 passes!

Together with Research & Insights Consulting, a Calgary based market research firm, we’re conducting an annual survey to learn more about your experiences from Sled Island 2011! 

You’re feedback is very important to us! We want to hear your opinions about what you loved and thought could be improved at Sled Island! All of your answers will be taken into consideration to improve and enhance the overall festival! Your input also helps us attract new sponsors and funding for next year, which is very important! The survey will take about 10 to 15 minutes, depending on your answers. We know it’s a bit long but your feedback is critical to the success of the festival. 

To access the survey click here:

As an added bonus for sharing your experiences and opinions in the survey with us, you’ll be entered into a contest for 2 festival wristbands to attend Sled Island 2012! Deadline is on July 30th.

Lifetime Digs Deep for Video Zine #2

Check out video of day’s two and three as captured by Lifetime for the Video Zine with host Bob Ferris. This episode features interviews and live performances of legendary Texan musician Alejandro Escovedo, and Toronto rockers C’mon, Quest for Fire and Teenanger at Sled Island. Enjoy! 

LIFETIME VIDEO ZINE #2 | DAY TWO & THREE from deluxe design group on Vimeo.

Sled Island Official Wrap-Up PIG ROAST Party!

That’s a wrap! Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the festival! We saw fantastic turnouts across the multiple venues including both of the main site days at OLYMPIC PLAZA.  We truly hope you all made lots of friends, enjoyed cold refreshments and the good weather

Tonight it’s the Nudie presents official Wrap-up Party + Pig Roast featuring Demon’s Claws, Cheesburger, Bare Wires, The BellRays and Thee Oh Sees! We have so much love for every artist, volunteer, supporter, patron that came out to Sled Island this year! See you down there!

Hugs and high fives all around!