Calgary has really taken off in the last few years when it comes to Alberta music festivals. In recent years their Folk Music Festival has decided to take an opposite approach to the more popular Edmonton one and recruit acts that appeal to a younger generation of fans, while really stretching the interpretation of ‘folk’ in the festival’s name. For 2011, I am more excited to see Calgary’s Folk Festival lineup than Edmonton’s because they seem to bring in more bands that I like and they are willing to take a risk that may upset die-hard ‘folk music’ fans.

The other growing festival is Sled Island, a four day, multi-venue music and arts festival that began in 2007. Artists such as Les Savy Fav, The Breeders, Jonathan Richman, Jose Gonzales and The Melvins have appeared over the years among a slew of Canadian acts, comedians and visual artists. I’ve never managed to make the trip down for it, but this year I’d really like to, especially since a few of my faves are playing. This year the festival runs from June 22 – 25 in many venues throughout Calgary, Alberta. Tickets went on sale in March and cost $179, or $349 to feel like a VIP, for the whole festival. Check out Sled Island’s website for more details.

I’m patiently awaiting the full lineup which will be released later today, but for now some of the headliners have been released including:

The Dandy Warhols
Blonde Redhead
The Buzzcocks
Of Montreal
Kurt Vile
Chad VanGaalen
The Greenhorns
The Raveonettes
Chali 2na
Hunx and His Punk
Alberta Cross

Update! I stole this from Exclaim, don’t tell. Here are some more acts that will be playing:

Adebisi Shank,  Alejandro Escovedo, An Horse, AU, Bare Wires, Barn Burner, the Bellrays, Biblical, Bison BC, C’mon, Cursive, Deer Tick, Demon’s Claws, Dinosaur Feathers, the Donkeys, Dreamdate, Drunk Horse, Dum Dum Girls, Electric Six, the Intelligence, Jeff the Brotherhood, Jenn Grant, Jim Ward, Julianna Barwick, Justin Townes Earle, Keys N Krates, the Lytics, the Lusitania, Man Man, Minus the Bear, Moon Duo, the Muffs, Neil Hamburger, Orgone, Ortolan, Parts and Labor, Pierced Arrows, Pujol, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Red Fang, Skratch Bastid, Sleep, the Soft Pack, Sonny & The Sunsets, Starfucker, Surf City, the Sword, Teengirl Fantasy, Thee Oh Sees, Tig Notaro, Times New Viking, Twin Shadow, Wild Flag, Wild Nothing, Yip Deceiver, Zola Jesus

Rest of the lineup to follow as announced. Stay tuned!

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