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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…

New Music: Wye Oak

By Jason Herring, March 28 2018 — The 2018 lineup for Sled Island — Calgary’s shining yearly music and arts festival and without a doubt the best week of the year — made me practically scream with excitement. High on my most-anticipated list is Baltimore’s Wye Oak. Their 2011 album, Civilian, was a personal high…

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