Sled Island Music & Arts Festival Announces Second Wave of 2017 Artists

The Sled Island Music & Arts Festival is thrilled to announce its second wave 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. The artists announced today represent just a sample of the 250+ bands that will descend on the festival from June 21 – 25, 2017.

Joining an already spectacular lineup is West Coast hip-hop legend DJ Quik (who will play The Palace Theatre on June 23), Japanese post-rock four-piece MONO (who will play the beautiful Central United Church on June 23), Japanese pop-punk heroes Shonen Knife (playing the only Canadian date on their upcoming tour), futuristic techno and funk producer Jimmy Edgar, seminal punk bassist Mike Watt + The Missingmen (playing the beloved #1 Legion on June 24), pioneering Japanese garage-punk power-trio Guitar Wolf, creamy-smooth synth-pop group DIANA, cult favorite Canadian proto-punk legends Simply Saucer (making a very rare appearance at the Palomino on June 21), ambient synth experimentalist Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (also doing a residency at the National Music Centre), UK trap producer OZZIE, scruffy garage rock project Meatbodies, experimental psych and krautrock group Pinkish Black, Tuareg guitar three-piece Les Filles de Illighadad (embarking on their first North American tour), rank and ruthless noise-punk band Uniform (featuring members of The Men and York Factory Complaint), fuzzy Swami Records surf-pop group Mrs. Magician, offshoot of Tricky Woo and DFA 1979, American Lips and buzzy synth-pop project Half Waif.

As previously announced, Sled Island is excited to welcome visionary producer, rapper, DJ, label owner and filmmaker Flying Lotus as 2017 guest curator. Each year, Sled Island’s guest curator puts their stamp on the festival through special programming choices and with their presence at the event. Sled Island is pleased to reveal a first look at some of Flying Lotus’ selections, including the previously mentioned DJ Quik, digital funk party-starter Seven Davis Jr, fragmented ambient experimentalist Yves Tumor, ambient, breakcore and drone soundscaper Dedekind Cut, Tehran Conservatory of Music-trained experimental electronic artist Ash Koosha and zigzagging hip-hop talent Tierra Whack. Additional selections will be announced in the coming weeks.

Even more artists announced today include ANAMAI, Expanda Fuzz, Faith Healer, Fake Palms, Feminal Fluids, FRIGS, Isaac Rother & The Phantoms, JLK & The Assassins, jo passed, Jock Tears, Living Hour, Man Meat, Marlaena Moore, Mauno, Needles//Pins, No More Moments, Porcelain Raft, Protruders, respectfulchild, SIANspheric, Sightlines, Silver Dapple, The Avulsions, The Sorority, Un Blonde and WASIU.

Sled Island is especially proud to showcase hometown acts Crims & Flow, Crystal Eyes, FOONYAP, Gawker, Lab Coast, Leather Jacuzzi, Melted Mirror, Sinzere and soft cure.

Previously announced acts include Flying Lotus, Converge, Cloud Nothings, Waxahatchee, Low, Silver Apples, Wolves In The Throne Room, Daughters, Weyes Blood, Hailu Mergia, Land of Talk, Mothers, King Woman and more.

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

Sled Island’s complete 2017 lineup, including additional headliners, 185 more bands as well as film, visual art and special events programming 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 select Sled Island 2017 shows will go on sale this Friday, April 14 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 nine of the festival’s hidden gems to give you a taste of the Sled Island experience. Show details will be released alongside the Sled Island 2017 schedule in late spring 2017.

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.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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