This year’s schedule is thicker than ever, with tons of talent from all over the world. In an effort to help figure your schedule out and prevent headaches (other than the hangover-induced ones you’ll likely have each morning), here’s a streamlined guide to the highlights of Sled Island 2013.
Nardwuar surfs the crowd at NMC during Sled Island 2012, photo by Arif Ansari.
Kick off the fest at Milk Tiger with the annual poster show where local artists have created limited edition posters for some of this year’s concerts – just one of the many art-related events during the week. From there, you’ll want to consider catching the screening of Museum Hours at the Glenbow, which features the legendary Mary Margaret O’Hara; then get yourself to Commonwealth for the official kick-off party, with a slew of local talent on hand including Gold, Samantha Savage Smith, HighKicks, Extra Happy Ghost!!! and more.
Remember that the key to winning Sled Island is pacing. Drink lots of water on Wednesday morning before heading over to a special Sled Island edition of the Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmer’s Market to stuff some organic fruit and veg into your body. They’ll also have bands and beer gardens on hand when you’re ready to switch gears. Once you’re primed, head to NMC for more film programming with the screening of SUUNS Europe 2011, compiled from tour footage of this grimy psych-rock group, who also play the fest during the wee hours Thursday night at the Palomino.