Saturday, June 5th, 2010
CONTEST – Sled Island Music & Arts Festival – June 30 to July 3, 2010
Sled IslandPeople in the rest of Canada may refer to Toronto with pride/affection/irony/scorn as “the centre of the universe”, but when it comes to Summer music festivals – at lest this year – Hogtown is decidedly the poor cousin. Yes, we’ve got NXNE and it’s looking pretty punk-tacular this year, but our other usual fixtures (Rogers Picnic, Edgefest, Virgin Fest) are all conspicuously absent from the calendar, making not-so-local to-dos like Hillside and Wolfe Island our best options.
So it’s hard not to look enviously to the west, and to Calgary in particular. Not only do they pay no provincial sales tax, but they’ve got a terrific one-two punch of music festivals taking over their downtown next month, and for those out west who rarely get to enter any of my contests or for folks from elsewhere considering a trip to Cowtown this Summer. First, there’s Sled Island, which takes over the city’s clubs from June 30 to July 3. Only four years old as of this year, its already built a formidable reputation thanks to its consistently superb lineups of international and local talent and impressive guest curators – a tradition that continues this year with King Khan, Quintron & Miss Pussycat and Fucked Up helping assemble a lineup that includes – in addition to each of the above – Dinosaur Jr, !!!, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Built To Spill, The Thermals, Girl Talk… and really it just goes on.
And courtesy of the festival, I have a festival pass – a $170 value – to give away. To enter, email me at contests AT chromewaves.net with “I want to go to Sled Island” in the subject line and your full name and address in the body, along with the names of the guest curators for the 2009 and 2008 editions of the festival. Don’t worry, it’s easy. Entries must be received by midnight, June 12.
But wait! There’s more!