Halifax heads to Sled Island

gianna lauren, jon mckiel, duzheknew, cousins, jenn grant and quivers

gianna lauren

gianna lauren
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It's officially summer touring season, with a whole cluster of Halifax bands headed all over which where. The latest event is Sled Island, which has been producing an increasingly bomb lineup of musical talent from across Canada and the world for about five years now. This year's festival runs from June 22 - 25 and is being curated by the CBC's Grant Lawrence and Bogus Toklus (a thrash band featuring former members of Pride Tiger). Acts include the Buzzcocks, Dum Dum Girls, the Dandy Warhols, Of Montreal, Man Man and others, frig!

Gianna Lauren writes that she, Jon McKiel, Cousins and Duzheknew will be meeting up at a bar in Edmonton called Wunderbar (run by former Haligonian Craig Martell, who stocks the bar with Propeller Beer) before heading to Calgary. McKiel and Lauren will be backing each other up during the festival. Lauren will be staying in Calgary to record with Forest Tate (aka Brendan Fraser, not the Encino Man guy, but the guy who used to live in Halifax.) Meanwhile, Quivers and Jenn Grant will also be making stops at the festival during their own tours.

Lauren will be blogging her traveling adventures at acrosscanadawithus.tumblr.com. Haligonians lucky enough to end up in Calgary this weekend should check out sledisland.com for a complete schedule of events.

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