Sled Island + Music Lovers’ Weekend

Music is taking over Memorial Park Library June 22–24! We've partnered with Sled Island to bring you a free weekend of concerts in the park, outdoor yoga, panels and discussions from industry experts, and musical workshops for musicians of all skill levels. Check out what's happening all weekend long.

June 22

Get Paid With SOCAN | 11:00 am
Are you sick of getting $0.29 cheques for your music? Musicians will learn how to maximize their SOCAN payments from radio play to live performances.

Publicity Roadmap & Best Practices | 12:30 pm
Have you considered hiring a publicist? Do you know what they would handle and what to expect? Get your questions answered from GrandStand Media Publicists Katie Nelson and Bailey Sattler.

Harm Reduction | 3:00 pm
Stacey Forrester, Registered Nurse and Harm Reduction Lead for Bass Coast Festival, introduces approachable and tangible skills to harm reduction. Learn about common intoxicants, warning signs, and strategies to minimize and intervene in troubling situations.

June 23

Music Lovers' How To Festival | 10:30 am – 4:20 pm
Join us for drop in music sessions. No experience required and we will provide the instruments!

  • My First Music Lesson: Guitar | 10:30 am – 1:00 pm 
  • Introduction To Violin | 10:30 am – 10:50 am
  • Music Fundamentals For Beginners | 10:30 am – 10:50 am
  •  Violin Bowing Techniques | 11:00 – 11:20 am
  • How To Create The Right Sound On The Drums | 11:00 – 11:20 am
  • Get Strumming (Guitar) | 11:30 – 11:50 am 
  • What To Practice To Be Effective And Fast On Drums | 11:30 – 11:50 am
  • How To Clean An Instrument | 12:00 – 12:20 pm
  • How To Restring An Instrument | 12:30 – 12:50 pm
  • How To Tune An Instrument | 1:00 – 1:20 pm
  • How A Violin Is Made | 1:30 – 1:50 pm
  • How To Appreciate Jazz Music | 2:00 – 2:200
  • Synthesizer 101 | 2:30 – 2:50 pm
  • Introduction to Looper Pedals | 3:00 – 3:20 pm
  • Syncopation Beats (Drums) | 3:30 – 3:50 pm
  • How To Jam With No Previous Experience | 3:30 – 3:50 pm
  • How To Get The Most Out Of Chord Progressions | 4:00 – 4:20 pm
  • How To Create Musical Complexity Through Simplicity | 4:00 – 4:20 pm

Yoga | 11:00 am
Recharge and feel zen with a free 60-minute outdoor yoga session in Central Memorial Park with our friends from Banff Yoga Festival. We have a lineup of yogis leading the charge!

Community Bystander Training | 11:00 am
By creating a culture of consent, we encourage a more caring community where we look out for each other and demand safer spaces free of sexual violence and harassment. Learn practical skills needed to recognize and help when witnessing power-based violence.

One Big (mini) JAM | 1:00 pm
Bring your instruments and join in on a big jam session with new and experienced musicians. Led by One Big JAM.

Washing Hands With Soap In The Shape Of My Mother's Hands | 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Performance artist Marika Vandekraats asks you to join in as she washes your hands with soap casted from her mother's hand. Experience familial care as the soap breaks down, removes identity, and leaves behind a faint scent of clean hands.

Concerts In The Park And Family Pavilion | 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Head to Central Memorial Park for a free concert courtesy of Victoria Park BIA. Today's lineup features Crystal Eyes, Boyhood, Le Plaisir, and Caves. Take a break from the concerts and explore (and borrow!) instruments in the Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library, find musical books, and enjoy family activities at the Family Pavilion.

Campus Radio Panel | 1:00 pm
Reps from community radios from across Canada share their tips and best practices on how you can get your music played on the radio, and how to build meaningful partnerships with key actors of local music scenes. Artists will have the opportunity to meet with music directors and staff from various stations.

Introduction To European Touring | 2:30 pm
Berlin-based booking agents and promoters join us for a panel discussion on the basics of how to pull off a European tour, for artists and agents. Learn what it takes to make the leap, meet the right promoters, challenges faced, and more. Panel includes Amande Dagod (Booking Agent, Pushen), Selina Flechsig (Booking Agent, Paper & Iron Booking), Anita Richelli (Promoter, Lou Fai).

June 24

Yoga | 11:00 am
Recharge and feel zen with a free 60-minute outdoor yoga session in Central Memorial Park our friends from Banff Yoga Festival. We have a lineup of yogis leading the charge!

Concert | 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Head to Central Memorial Park for a free concert courtesy of Victoria Park BIA. Today's lineup features Nick Schofield, Hermitless, Hot Garbage, YEP.

Drop-in My First Music Lessons: Piano | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Drop in for an introductory music lesson with a music coach. Instruments are provided for these first-com, first-serve lessons.

Group Ukulele Music Classes | 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Drop in for free group ukulele music lessons.

I'm With The Band: Radiohead | 2:00 – 3:00 pm
This is what you'll get, when you mess with us... at the I'm With The Band: Radiohead! All instruments and levels are welcome to jam out!

June 19 – 24

Explore the Sled Island Art Exhibit featuring local artwork from June 19 – 24.

Painting The Finger #2, Seth Cardinal
"Painting The FInger #2 is my voice, my family's voice, and the voice of our land and homes that were destroyed to build the SW Calgary Ring Road AKA Tsuut'ina Trail." – Seth Cardinal

Presented in partnership with Sled Island, Memorial Park Library, and Stride Gallery.

Ground Zero, Anna Semenoff
The structural choreography of Ground Zero is build on the increment of one second. These two click towers housing a pale clock face ticks away in the marble lobby of the Library. The clock reads nothing but its starting point, (0,0). The clock offers no information but the incessant continuing present.

Presented in partnership with Sled Island, Memorial Park Library, Marion Nicholl Gallery, and Stride Gallery.

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