Calgary’s Sled Island Fest has been chugging along as a well-kept secret — at least when compared to other monstrously large megafests — for a decade now. The five-day takeover of the city has been bringing filmakers, artists and musicians to every available space in Calgary, drawing larger and larger crowds as it goes. But 2017 is the year that the fest is set to bust out, in no small part due to a stacked lineup partially curated by electronic oddhead Flying Lotus.
Among FlyLo’s picks are DJ Quik — who recently released one of the best rap albums of the year, punk pioneer Mike Watt and his band The Missingmen, Actress, outsider rapper Busdriver and footwork innovator DJ Paypal. The festival’s own picks include Shonen Knife, Wavves, Converge, Cloud Nothings, Waxahatchee, Weyes Blood and Hailu Mergia.
In addition to all that, there are more than 250 other acts who will play across the city over a jam-packed fest that goes down from June 21-25. In between the big name sets, the fest will also highlight a ton of local talent. All-access passes allowing you entrance to all shows start at $214 and are on sale now.