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Natalie Mering’s “lo-fi nod to the wild experimentalism of the ’70s” makes Weyes Blood a Sled Island must-see for Tony King (image: courtesy artist)

Sled Island returns to Calgary, June 21-25! To celebrate, CKUA’s Hayley Muir will host her show The Spot live from Gravity Pope & Blackbyrd Myoosik at 1126 17 Avenue in Calgary from Monday, June 19 through Friday, June 23. Each day she’ll be joined for in-store performances by acts on the Sled Island bill, including Altameda, Astral Swans, The Garrys and many more! So tune in, or join us live on 17 Avenue for a week of Sled performance previews.

Until then, the CKUA team will help you plan your Sled Island adventures with our weekly picks for 6 acts to watch at Sled in 2017! Remember to head over to the Sled Island website to create your own custom schedule, and let us know who you’re most excited to see via Twitter or Facebook.


Fake Palms

Picked by: Amy van Keeken

Simone TB plays drums in many Toronto bands including The Highest Order and this band, Fake Palms. Michael le Riche, Hooded Fang’s Lane Halley and bassist Patrick Marshall of Burning Love and Nice Head round out the rest of the group and together they create something incredibly catchy yet intriguing. Seeing them live is a must. In the meantime, listen to Sparkles on repeat.”

Weyes Blood

Picked by: Oskar Zybart and Tony King


Natalie Mering has an enchanting voice, and uses it to direct her hypnotic compositions. These are songs well-suited for sweeping away the listener. “Diary” kicks off the newest Weyes Blood LP, and it could just as easily soundtrack the beginning of your own summer adventures. Enjoy.


Singer/songwriter/producer Natalie Mering’s work as Weyes Blood is a beautiful lo-fi nod to the wild experimentalism of the ’70s. Moreover, the video for “Do You Need My Love” with its free-associative gender swapping is playful and indicative of an artist who doesn’t take herself too seriously. 


Picked by: Arianne Smith

Super fun garage-y punk for dancing! DANCING!


Picked by: Monica Miller

To my mind, festivals like Sled Island are all about discovery. So this is one of mine. Prior to seeing their name on the list of performers, I had never heard of the Vancouver band I M U R. Now? I just want to hear more…

The Garrys

Picked by: Hayley Muir

One of the best young Canadians bands emerging right now. Dreamy summer vibes, blending some retro surf and Phil Spector girl group influences into perfection. These three Saskatoon sisters are so captivating to watch.

Land of Talk

Picked by: Grant Stovel

Wearied by the music industry, Land of Talk frontwoman Elizabeth Powell went into a seven-year-long “soft retirement” from the music business. But the Montreal band is back from that lengthy hiatus with a lovely new album — somewhat cheekily entitled Life After Youth. It features several collaborations with huge Sharon Van Etten, who’s a huge Land of Talk fan — and a supporter who played a key role in coaxing Liz Powell back into the studio.

Powell says, “The record is this beautiful artifact of this web of friendship, and all these beautiful little moments that happened.” “This Time” is one of several tracks to feature Van Etten as co-writer and background vocalist. It finds Powell summoning the courage to seize the moment, and resolving to make her destiny her own.