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As the Sled Island Music Festival approaches, a difficult question is posed by each and every festival-goer: which bands will I go see this year?
While Sled Island has only been around since 2007, it has rapidly become the prairie equivalent of famed festivals such as NXNE and Pop Montreal. Though smaller of a festival than its Eastern counterparts, some may argue that quality over quantity best applies to Sled Island, which features a line-up each year that is handpicked and makes for five days of the finest rock and roll, pop and indie music that Western Canada has to offer.
Though Winnipeg is usually known for its cold weather more so than its night life, the truth is that Winnipeg’s music scene is nothing to shake your head at and, much like Sled Island, just because you aren’t the biggest doesn’t always mean you can’t be the best.
BeatRoute has put together a list of several Winnipeg-based artists who will be making the long and flat drive to Calgary to play at Sled Island this year. Read on and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these artists come June 19 – 22, because they will not disappoint.
Fresh off the release of their debut full-length, 100 Mile House, this experimental prog-folk five-piece provides a unique mix of weaving guitar licks and cascading synthesizers paired with Ben Gibbard-esque vocal lines.
Metal-core giants KEN mode will blow you away with walls of guitars and mind-numbingly fast-paced drum and bass lines played with an urgency that is unrelenting. This is one band that only gets better with time and their new album, Entrench, is audible proof of that fact with 11 new tracks of pure madness.
The Noble Thiefs
If there’s one thing this band knows how to do well it is to put on one heck of a live show, including crowd sing-alongs, stylish matching suits and the talent to back up their flare, it’s the Noble Thiefs, who boast their signature brand of “rock & soul” with a front man who could pass as Little Richard’s nephew (cool Little Richard… like before he had an ’80s mullet).
Mise En Scene
This garage-pop duo provides barebones, high-energy rock that falls somewhere in between sweet melodies and screaming at the top of your lungs. Check out their new album, Desire’s Despair, to see what you’ve been missing out on.
John K. Samson
The solo project of famed front man of the Weakerthans. Not much needs to be said about this fine gentleman and his songwriting genius. Treat yourself to the solo stylings of this national treasure in an acoustic setting that is not to be missed.
This Hisses have coined the term “surf noir” to describe their music and rightfully so, with a catalogue of songs that could easily be used as a soundtrack to any spooky carnival fun house. Their new album, Anhedonia, is charmingly eerie from front to back in the best way possible and their live show follows suit.
By Jenna DiubaldoManitoba, MB, Winnipeg