Sled Island Festival Canceled as Floods Drown Calgary

Organizers' main office has been evacuated

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Sled Island Music and Arts Festival
Kyle McGovern WRITTEN BY
Kyle McGovern

Organizers for Calgary's Sled Island Music and Arts Festival have canceled the event's remaining performances, citing severe weather conditions and major flooding in the Canadian province of Alberta. CNN reports that more than 75,000 people have been forced to evacuate, as homes are being swallowed by water. Some Calgary shelters are filled to capacity. 

Sled Island kicked off on June 19 and was scheduled to run until June 22. The four-day showcase was taking place in various venues throughout the city and was supposed to feature live sets by the Jesus and Mary Chain, Divine Fits, Explosions in the Sky, the Thermals, Ryan Hemsworth, and METZ, among many others. Tim Hecker and Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer personally curated a portion of the lineup.

Information regarding refunds has yet to be announced. Read the entire statement from Sled Island organizers below.

In light of the current emergency situation, and in line with our commitment to the safety of festival-goers and the citizens of Calgary, all remaining Sled Island festival events are cancelled.

We have been fortunate to be able to hold two successful days of the festival and we thank attendees for their enthusiasm and flexibility.

In terms of our policy on passes and tickets, we ask for patience and understanding until we are able to address this in the days to come. We realize that there will be many questions to be answered from festival-goers, artists and partners. The Sled Island office in Mission has been evacuated and we are operating with limited resources.

Our commitment to the safety of the citizens of Calgary remains paramount. Please take care of your friends and family who may require assistance and stay safe.

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