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Sled Island announce second wave lineup

By Kade Marshall, March 22 2019 — Sled Island announced its second wave lineup on March 19, adding numerous acts from diverse genres and locations for the festival that takes over Calgary’s downtown core for a weekend every June. Sled Island artistic director Maud Salvi highlighted far-travelling artists on this lineup announcement, mentioning Ghanian folk…

Sled Island announce first wave of festival lineup

By Troy Hasselman, February 13 2019 — Sled Island, the annual music festival that turns Calgary’s downtown core into a haven of live music for a weekend in late June, has became a city staple over the years, sparking excitement and speculation every year when the festival announces its annual lineup. This year’s lineup announcement…

The Gauntlet staff’s best of 2018

There was too much of 2018 to remember, let alone summarize in an intro. It felt like a century crammed into 365 days. Kanye ranted, weed was legalized, Lebron went Hollywood, every A-lister you can think of released an album and somewhere in there Canada won a few gold medals at the Olympics, which happened. …

McHugh House, NMC among all-age highlights at Sled Island

By Jason Herring, July 3 2018 — My first Sled Island festival was in 2012. At 15, just starting to branch beyond my dad’s classic rock influences, the all-ages pass was a godsend. By adulthood I’d already seen artists like The Hold Steady, Feist, Spiritualized and Thurston Moore at the festival. Though I’ve since graduated to…

Sled Day 3 brings mesmerizing sets from Grouper, Deerhoof

By Thomas Johnson, June 23 2018 — If you haven’t been, the National Music Centre is designed like a Bond villain’s fever dream. From the main entrance, the walls branch out and wrap around the performance hall, which is perched in the middle of the great lobby. Friday’s Grouper show was a perfect marriage of…

New Music: Grouper

By Jason Herring, April 26 2018 — For over a decade, Liz Harris has been creating a lot with a little. As Grouper, Harris generates music that’s breathtakingly sparse, with echoed guitar strums and an analog hiss providing a minimal backdrop for Harris’s airy voice. Though her songs fit most definitions of ambient music, her…

Summer Festivals Preview: One season to rock them all

By Thomas Johnson, April 26 2018 — Festival season, the only season that matters, is nearly upon us. As the snow recedes and its flooding washes away the spectre of school, five-hour daylight and the scourge of seasonal affective disorder, we welcome Calgary’s annual festivals back into our collective minds and communities. Sled Island will…

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