EXPOSURES captures the moods and experiences of fans and artists, both onstage and off. This time, Ryan Parker hits the streets, parks, house parties and bars of Calgary with a couple of rolls of film and a lot of stamina for Sled Island 2015.
We came, we saw, we discovered. We spent a long week embedded in Calgary's music community for the 9th addition of Sled Island, running from venue to venue with a camera, some film, and the occasional beer to keep us going (or, in the case of Vice's Jazz Cartier party, a few more beers to keep us going). In the photo tour below, you'll find some Canadian bands that have already become new favourites, the hazy remembrances of our Chart Attack rager at Nite Owl and a couple of scene celebs partying harder than we could keep up with.
Grounders play the hottest venue in their childhood hometown: the basement of a clothing store.
Lead singer of The Ex-Boyfriends tests the fortitude of Broken City's floorboards.
Victoria's Fountain sit for a royal portrait next to the glamorous Lang's Grocery parking lot.
Intermission between bands at the daytime show at Red House.
Winnipeg's Conduct play for friends and future friends, before plying them with free CDs.
Saskatchewan band Susan make great hot dog eating music at Tubby Dog.
Band Dialogue IV: 14 bands playing with each other, simultaneously, out on 16th street. Utterly transfixing.
Cheerful Sled Island volunteers work the door at the Chart Attack showcase.
The Lad Mags from Edmonton bringing ample reverb and miles of harmonies to the cosy basement of the Nite Owl.
The Coathangers headlined Chart Attack's Sled Island party in ferocious fashion: a wine-from-the-bottle swigging sweaty punk show dedicated to freedom.
Mark Little and Chris Locke pause to pose for my film during their Utopia To Me? live podcast. "I found this camera in the past!"
The view from the stage.
What do you do when you just finished a massive hometown set before a couple of iconic bands? If you're Calgary's premiere post-punk bros, you rage.
Jazz Cartier plays Vice's free booze flowing Sled Island party.
Blonde Elvis rock the basement of a house party at one of the brief moments of Calgary night time (the sun came up soon after).
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