Sled Island: Daily Guide — Thursday
Hopefully you have shaken off the hangover from Night 1 of Sled Island (or at least gotten re-drunk to rid yourself of that pesky headache) because Thursday night is action-packed to say the least. Starting with Joel Fraser at Higher Ground at 7p.m. and not winding down until the night of surprises is over at the Legion, Thursday will likely be a marathon effort. Just make sure you don’t get too out of hand before the main event at Olympic Plaza tomorrow night.
Anybody who’s anybody will be at:
The Legion. With both the upstairs and downstairs putting out promising lineups this venue will be where you will the best bang for your buck on a night. With Japanther and Japandroids presenting similar names but entirely different acts downstairs and Sounds Like BS and King Khan & BBQ Show breaking it down upstairs you really can’t go wrong on this night. Plus, the downstairs will unveil surprise guest(s) at 12:30a.m., so even if you are hitting up another venue earlier in the night be sure that you end up here.
To read more about Sounds Like BS click here.
Looking for a little local flavour?
Then it’s Broken City for you on this eve. With Rural Alberta Advantage taking the stage at 8p.m. and then being followed up by local groups Agnostic Mountain Gospel Church and Ramblin’ Ambassadors, local talent with up-front-and-centre at the home venue of Sled Island brainchild Zak Pashak.
To meet Ramblin’ Ambassadors click here.
Venue to settle in at
If you aren’t feelin’ the lineups at Broken City and the Legion, then Dicken’s may have something more to your liking. Local punk-rock heavyweights Hot Little Rocket play in front of Ladyhawk, one of the major bands at this year’s festival.
Check out Ladyhawk’s “Paris is Burning”:
What if I am sick of music?
There is likely something wrong with you as Thursday’s line is fantastic. In all seriousness check out C/R/I/T/I/C/S at artSpot starting at 6p.m. Justin Gradin and Andrea Lukie will unveil their new project based on their self-titled “Book and 7 Inch.”
Besides the previously mentioned surprise guest(s) at the Legion, check out all-female crew The Coathangers who will be playing their second set of the night at Bamboo, starting at 12:30a.m.
Check The Reflector in the coming days for a full profile of the Coathangers.
Three things to know before you go
1. Bob Quaschnick, guitarist with local group The Dudes, will play his first solo show at 10p.m. at Higher Ground.
2. Broken Social Scene, Wire and Okkervil River were the surprise guests at the Legion last year.
3. In 2008, men outnumbered women nearly 2-1 during Sled Island. Good luck and happy hunting guys!