Sled Island is getting closer and we’ve got another batch of exciting artists that you’ll want to see when the festival hits Calgary from June 21-25. Some of our CKUA specialists have picked out the acts that they’re most excited about (you can also check out our first set of picks.)
Picked by: Arianne Smith
Mitchmatic is a super talented, multi-faceted artist, emcee, and producer – who is leaving Edmonton! Catch him in Calgary at Sled or June 25th at The Buckingham with Baby Jey for his goodbye show.
Picked by: Amy van Keeken
SHONEN KNIFE!! THEY RULE. An inspiration to me in terms of artists who do what they want, the way that they want and also for as long as they want! They’ve been a band (with some lineup changes) since 1981 and continue to make music on their terms. They will have you singing along to those songs you remember listening to on cassette back in the day. If you’re going to Sled, you must see this band live! (and then tell me all about it)
Picked by: Amy van Keeken
In my top ten songs of all time. Truly. Try having a bath ever without singing this song after hearing it. Featuring pals from Edmonton and Calgary bands, this Alberta group writes the catchiest little ditties and is a joy to experience live. Matt Pahl and Paul Arnusch sing like the Beach Boys but with someone messing with the tape delay and Garrett Kruger keeps things tight and fast on the kit. They describe their sound as “punk/easy listening”. IF YOU LIKE FUN YOU WILL LIKE THE ALLOVERS.
Picked by: Monica Miller
I like the whole album (Young Mopes) and was thrilled to see it on the just announced 2017 Polaris Music Prize Long List. This tune has a cool desert/alt-country vibe to it.
Picked by: Tony King
Very few bands in the history of pop music have as weird and tragic a trajectory as Silver Apples. They came on the scene in New York in the late ’60s pouring a belladonnic cocktail of Barbarella meets Kurt Weill into the club scene. Fronted by Simeon who is to electronic music what Steve Jobs was to computers, Silver Apples were like a brilliant spark that burst onto the stage playing before crowds of over 8,000 people in their early days. Sadly they were victims of record company shuffling and tastes which became more conservative. I was thrilled to hear of Simeon’s return to play Calgary. Shine on you crazy diamond!
Le Filles De Illighadad
Picked by: Hayley Muir
I love that Sled Island consistently books such a wide range of genres and this trio from Niger is such a welcome addition to the lineup. There’s not a ton of women playing Tuareg music so it’s really impressive to see. This show at King Eddy is guaranteed to be one of those “I can’t believe I missed that!” shows.