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This month is Festival month! Shake out that grungy blanket and your bicycle. Time to get sunned.

Winnipeg Folk Fest (ft. Elvis Costello, Belle Orchestre, Iron and Wine, Neko Case…) is undergoing currently and running until the 12th of July.

Mukwah Jamboree, seeing the likes of Azeda Booth, Beija Flor, and Deadhorse in the foothills of the Rockies, awesome. Runs July 17th-19th

South Country Fair, also July 17th-19th…. This year, besides the fantastic camping the stage sees: Woodpigeon, United Steel Workers of Montreal, Twilight Hotel…

Calgary Folk Fest (ft. The Decemberists, Akron Family, Chad VanGaalen) is on July 23rd to the 26th.

Edmonton Folk Fest runs August 6th to 9th and this year the stage sees some amazing artists: Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir, Neko Case, Joel Plaskett, Loudan Wainwright III, Iron and Wine, Great Lake Swimmers…


This years Sled Island line up, late on the draw, yes. However, also included in the post below is some great pre-post-in-tandem Seld Island festivites. So, stop complaining ok?

Official Sled Island Schedule

(schedules linked, below are my top picks, which are just ’cause I’m stoked to see these).

(Lethbridge = ^ Calgary = # Edmonton = +)


*Sub-linguals# @Tubby Dog – 8:15pm


*The Superfantastics @Verns – 12:30am


*Cool art show @a bunch of places – 5pm-onwards

*Fox Opera# @Dickens – 9:30pm; Endangered Ape^ @Verns  -10:30pm; Pine Tarts# @Lord Nelson – 11pm; The Pack A.D. @Pal0mino – midnight; Monotonix @Distillery – 1am


*Summerlad#, Malajube, Biz Markie#, M5, Holy Fuck @Olympic Plaza – 3pm-8pm; NARWAUR VIDEO VAULT (ft. New Danger Kids^, Hot Panda+, and The Evaporators!!) 8pm – midnight; The Breeders @Olympic Plaza – 9:45pm; King Khan and BBQ @Dickens- midnight; HEALTH @Lord Nelson – 1am

Saturday (this is where is gets hard)

*If you can get up…. All Market Collective shopping @Ant Hill-11am

*Square Waves^ @Lord Nelson – 9pm; Myelin Sheaths^ @Dicken’s – 10pm; Bayonets!!!+ @Broken City – 10:30pm; The Moby Dicks^ @Tubby Dog – 11pm; Obits, The Wicked Awesomes+ @Broken City – 11:30pm; Liars @Dickens – 1am


*Find a breakfast house party. Just walk around Kensington for a while with a flask and a pack of ciggies, it will come to you.

Non-Official Sled Island parties (which most have past and now I’m lacking in content).

Mammoth Cave Productions presents: Sled Island South!!!

Saturday June 20th, 2009

The New Danger Kids, Endangered Ape, Myelin Sheaths, Sleepy Head, Square Waves, The Moby Dicks, Mt. Royal, Mount Analog, Sleepy Heads.

@Henontic – 8pm. $12.00 at the door

“All ticket-buyers will be entered to win two passes to the Sled Island Festival being held between June 24 and June 27.”

Beatroute presents: A Sled Island Hangover Breakfast

@Local 510 – 10am

“Come celebrate Sled Island 09 BeatRoute style! Enjoy a free breakfast, cheap drinks specials, and some kick-ass live music courtesy of some festival performers: Githead (featuring Colin Newman of Wire); Hot Panda (Mint Records); No Gold (Rad-couver); Hunter Gatherer (local dudes)

Sponsored by Mint Records”

Lastly, who else is stoked for The Breeders?

This week I am heading up to Canmore for yet another student leader ball of good times and nerdiness.

This week was my nerd out on the upcoming music festivals which you can all find out about in the many posts below. My favorite music news story… Yo La Tengo playing Sled Island!

So here’s the playlist a week earlier, now you can follow along at home!

artist – track title – album * = Canadian!

1. Jim Noir – Happy Day Today – Jim Noir

2. *Stars – The Ghost of Genova Hieghts – In our bedroom after the war

3. Wye Oak – A Chase Smile – If Children

4. Soundpool – Dream Sequence – Dichotomist Dreamland

5. This is Ivy League – A Summer Chill – This is Ivy League

6. *Fiest – Thats what I said, but not what I meant – Monarch

7. *Shotgun Jimmie – 21 Years – Tribute to Snailhouse (compalation)

8. Sara Cahone – You’re not Broken – Only as the day is long

9. Ghost Bee’s – Erl King – Tasseomancy

10. Twin Tigers – Invisible Zombies – Curious Faces/ Violet Future

11. *Culture Reject – Inside the Cinema – Culture Reject

12. *Tokyo Police Club – Listen to the Math – Elephant Shell

13. Bridges and Powerlines – Uncalibrated – Ghost Types

14. Shout Out Louds – Your parents living room – Our ill wills

15. *Hilotrons – Love Suit – Happymatic

16. Yo La Tengo – The Story of Yo La Tango – I’m not afraid of you and I will beat your ass.

Sled Island looks wicked killer. So killer I am not going to even make you click on a link to get the full line up. Just check it here. (Just in case you a)like clicking or b) don’t believe me here is the link) I have also made a lovely legend to show you what I think (side note – remember making legends in elementary…fun times):

$ = Local! Either Calgary, Edmonton or Lethbridge and all the small towns in between (disclaimer – I have decent musical knowledge of local acts but not extensive. If I miss one/two/ten let me know!)

* = I can’t wait to see. As in holding my breathe can’t wait to see.

^ = I have seen, they’re great. Life is gonna be awesome

Aaron Booth ($^*)
The Absent Sound
Apostle of Hustle
Axis of Conversation ($^*)
Azeda Booth ($^*)
Beija Flor*
Bend Sinister*
Bil Hetherington and the Asian Tigers
The Blakes
The Blind Shake
Blind Tiger, Tiger $
Blitzen Trapper
The Blood Lines
The Brenda Vaqueros
Broken Social Scene^*
Broken West
Capital RRR’s
Carolyn Mark*
Chad VanGaalen$*
Chris Gheran
Christian Hansen and the Autistics $
The City Streets $
Clinton St. John
The Clips
The Coast*
The Consonant C $*
The Cops$
Cripple Creek Fairies
The Cryptomaniacs
Curtis Santiago
Dan Deacon
Darren Frank
The Details*
The Dirty Dirty North
The Dodos
Dojo Workhorse
Dragon Fli Empire
Drive-By Truckers
Elliott Brood*^
Endangered Ape $*
Extra Golden
Fake Shark Real Zombie!
The Fast Romantics
Forest Tate Fraser
Francis Cheer
Fucked Up
The Funfuns
Ghost Bees
Grizzly Bear*
Ground Up
The Gutter Twins
Hawaiian Bibles
Heat Ray $
The Hermit
Hot Little Rocket ($*^)
Hunter Gatherer
Jane Vain & the Dark Matter$
Jesse Dangerously &
Jon McKiel
Jonathan Richman
Jose Gonzalez*
Junior Pantherz
Kara Keith and Your Dignity$*
Katie Stelmanis
Key to The City
Kris Ellestad ($^*)
Langhorne Slim
Leeroy Stagger$
Library Voices
Life Like Cobra
lonely hunters
Luther Wright
The Madcowboys
The Martyr Index

Matt Masters

The Mohawk Lodge*
Morgan Greenwood
Mother Mother
Nathan Godfrey
The Neckers
The Neighborhood Council
Nina Nastasia
No Age
Of Montreal^*
Okkervil River*
The Ostrich
Painted Birds
The Paperbacks*
Paul James Coutts & Chains
Ramblin’ Ambassadors
Random Task Collective
Raphaelle Standell-Preston
Ricca Razor Sharp & DJ Jetleg
Rich Aucoin
Rio Bent
Rock Plaza Central
Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees
RZA as Bobby Digital featuring Stone Mecca
The Secret Machines
The Secret Twins
Scott MacLeod
Scout Niblett
7 and 7 is $
Seven Story Redhead
Shuyler Jansen
SIDS ($^*)
snic $
Spiral Stairs
Still Flyin’
The Stolen Organ Family Band
The Suicide Wrists
Sunparlour Players
Sweater Contest*
The Teenage Popes
Tegan and Sara ($^*)
These Hands
The Tetraktys
Tren Brothers
The Uncas
The Unwanted
The Vicious Crystals
Vitamins For You
The Von Zippers
The Warbrides
The Wet Secrets $
The Whitsundays $
Womb Baby
Women $
Yo La Tengo*
Young and Sexy*

Gorge, here I come:


finally a line-up to cream over!! MIA, Deathcab for Cutie, The National, Modest Mouse, Beirut….oh ya….

and The Flaming Lips…F.

Radiohead in Vancouver. August. Be still my beating heart.

In other thoughts… what is up with all the well….boring….music fest. line up’s.

I am not against any music at all, and a lot of people really love Metallica, and Jack Johnson (although I doubt the cross over fans are many) but to me music festivals are a place to check out NEW music. The greatest part of festivals is four days to wander from stage to stage and being able to check out all these amazing acts, some new and some old fav’s for one lump sum.

Growing up in Calgary, I have volunteered with the Calgary Folk Fest since I was 11 years old. Thats about 10 years now. When I hear music festival I always go back to those years as a teenager. Sitting on a lush patch of grass in the hot sun with hundreds of others who love what they’re hearing as much as I do. Wandering around, seeing this and that and hearing sounds come from groups of musicians. Impromtu jan sessions. Seeing Neko Case and Luke Ducet jam together.

Looking at the Coachella and the Bonnaroo line up’s I cannot help to be dissapointed. I know every name on that list and am throughly bored already.

Break some ground people! The Coachella line up has some very predicatable names but I am pretty stoked for Sons&Daughters, The National, Hot Chip, the return of Flogging Molly, Bonde do Role, and a few others. But really, I could road trip it to Van and see all these and more local up and coming acts with less hassel, less crowds and the ability to drink plain old tap water.

Check out the PDX Pop Now! line up. With Junkface, Swim Swam Swum, and The Vonneguts all up, this festival is everything that festivals should be:

“PDX Pop Now! is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating, promoting, and enhancing Portland’s vital and diverse music community. We also strive to connect this community, in various ways, to the public.

Begun in 2004 in true DIY fashion by a dozen or so members of the PDX-POP mailing list, the group has produced three music compilations and FREE, ALL AGES multi-day music festivals, to which The Shins, The Thermals, Sleater-Kinney, The Decemberists, Viva Voce, Stephen Malkmus, Lifesavas, Quasi, M. Ward, Menomena, The Blow, Mirah, Talkdemonic, The Gossip, Helio Sequence, and dozens more Portland artists – nationally-heralded and little-known alike – contributed recordings or performances.

The PDX Pop Now! festivals – which have provided the public the opportunity to see up to 50 of Portland’s finest bands in one safe venue -have drawn audiences in the thousands. The compilations have generated considerable play from local FM radio and have sold thousands of combined copies, mostly through local independent record stores, and helped fund the festivals.

Artists, businesses, and individual volunteers all donated the time and resources to produce three truly stellar grassroots events – something PDX Pop Now! stands poised to accomplish for a fourth year.”

How great does that sound? Everything wicked is in that paragraph. That is why I love festivals.