5 Calgary acts to see at Sled Island this 7 days

Atmospheric electronic audio in a historic church and mind-melting punk rock in a espresso store.

It’s Sled Island period all over again.

The yearly festival of new music, comedy and the arts operates from Wednesday to Sunday at a assortment of venues throughout Calgary’s inner-metropolis.

This year’s iteration is headlined by worldwide functions such as Chicago-primarily based rock band DEHD and Washington D.C-based indie rock and hip-hop artist Bartees Peculiar.

Bizarre is also the festival’s guest curator and experienced a hand in selecting some of the lineup.

You will find also huge-identify Canadian talent like Toronto rapper and Polaris Prize winner Haviah Mighty.

As usually, while, the mainstay of the festival remains local talent.

A lot of of the functions that will take the stage are from Alberta, and 71 of the 230 bands in the lineup are from the Calgary location.

Essential of A host Tarik Robinson has carried out his homework and recommended 5 will have to see acts from this town and the bordering locations this week.

Gatineau based ambient musician Nick Schofield is pictured playing at Central United Church in the course of Sled Island in 2022. The audio and arts competition kicks off its 2023 edition this 7 days. The competition is regarded for its selection of eclectic audio and selection of venues across Calgary. (Oseremen Irete/CBC)

Bennett Mitchell

The Calgary born and raised indie-people singer-songwriter’s has the city’s fingerprints are all over his most current LP Mouse. The album was recorded in Mitchell’s bedroom in downtown Calgary and mastered at the Nationwide Tunes Centre.

He will be executing on the main flooring at Modern Appreciate (previously acknowledged as Broken Town) on Thursday at 8:30pm.

Double Rider

It really is a family affair for the a few-piece rock band from Siksika Country.

The trio, formerly known as Third Era, is manufactured up of a pair of siblings and their cousin. The band has a common rock audio with a contemporary twist.

Even though they have been playing audio and developing their seem due to the fact 2014, the team just produced their debut entire length album Situations of the Day at the starting of 2023.

They will be enjoying the Palomino at 6 p.m. on Sunday.


Sled Island describes Ebun’s sound as “eccentric, rhythm-weighty pop that is great for late-evening journaling or late-night time clubbing.”

The Airdrie-based mostly singer glides around afro-pop, R&B and hip-hop influenced instrumentals.

She would make her Sled Island debut at Fashionable Appreciate (formerly acknowledged as Broken Metropolis) on Friday at 3:30 p.m. 

people stand in a parking lot underneath a dark evening sky
Commonwealth Bar and Stage, pictured in the course of 2022’s edition of the pageant is a person of the venues internet hosting reveals in Calgary. (Oseremen Irete/CBC)

K-Riz and the Relatives

K-Riz is a title many in Alberta hip-hop circles will be familiar with. The rapper previously based mostly in Edmonton now phone calls Calgary house. 

He followed up his 2016 debut album Refreshing Air with a couple of EP’s in 2020 and his hottest album Peace and Enjoy in 2020.

K-Riz and the Household will be executing on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. at the Commonwealth Bar and Phase main flooring and Friday at 3 p.m. at the Palomino Smokehouse. 

Shebear and the Hibernation:

This Indie rock trio with surf rock leanings features a single of the funkier names on the lineup this yr. According to Sled Island, Shebear “navigates by a stratosphere of alluring hooks and properly deployed harmonies.”

Yet to place out an album or EP, the group has unveiled a continuous drip of singles and performed demonstrates all around Calgary since 2019.

They perform The Dandy tasting area on Thursday at 9 p.m.

The entire lineup and far more information on the competition can be uncovered on the Sled Island web page.