Ex-Edmontonian Marlaena Moore sings with a paradoxical mix of resignation and hope that suits listeners on the verge of collapse or at the start of a new love with equal measure. Her powerful — though understated — voice carries strummy indie-rock torch songs that are occasionally dressed up with cathartic synths and strings but mostly fall along the indie-rock spectrum.
The sonic experiments of Winnipeg producer Lev Snowe — which flourished on 2020’s Someday Soon and will continue with a fourth EP this summer — are the perfect soundtrack for low-lit bars on summer days. His wry lyrics float over dreamy electronic soundscapes and bounce with funky energy, making a feverish dancefloor inevitable.
Wistful and romantic, with a sublime dose of nostalgia for ‘70s Americana, this twangy four-piece makes tunes that feel like driving down a long stretch of highway on a sunny, carefree day. Just try to not make eye contact with the person next to you and start slow dancing. That is officially a dare.
Queer country artist Paisley Fields has about the best stamp of approval an artist in his position could have — he was a touring member of Lavender Country (who you hopefully saw at Sled Island 2022), and was featured on their 2022 comeback album. His own album Limp Wrist tackles growing up closeted in Iowa, the hate crime-murder of Matthew Shepherd and the hypocrisy of homophobes. It’s stirring stuff, but delivered with the flair and chops needed to help the medicine go down.
Amy Nelson’s take on country music leans pop, but not in a “Top 40 Country” way. With that wickedly warbled voice and a preternatural understanding of melody, she’s a reminder that country has always been the music of unity that rallies excitement to simultaneously party and stick it to the man. Check out her banjo skills and one-of-a-kind voice on her enduring 2019 album Educated Woman.
About Sled Island
The Sled Island Music & Arts Festival is a five-day, multi-venue festival taking place June 21 – 25, 2023. For more information, visit SledIsland.com.
Everyone has the right to feel safe and included at Sled Island. All festival attendees agree to abide by Sled Island’s safer spaces and inclusion policy, which can be found at SledIsland.com/SaferSpaces.
Sled Island acknowledges Calgary as the traditional territory of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Ĩyãħé Nakoda First Nations, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations. Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
Please note: This is an 18+ event.