Open today 10:00 a.m. ‐ 5:00 p.m.
NMC, IRIM & Sled Island present Black Belt Eagle Scout, Ansley Simpson, and guests
NMC, IRIM & Sled Island present Black Belt Eagle Scout, Ansley Simpson, and guests

The National Music Centre (NMC), Sled Island, and Indigenous Resilience in Music (IRIM) are pleased to present Black Belt Eagle Scout, Ansley Simpson, Ziibiwan, and DRI HIEV for a very special night of music.


6:00 pmDoors open
6:45 pmA Love Letter to My Unborn Child (short film)
7:00 pmDRI HIEV
7:40 pmZiibiwan
8:20 pmAnsley Simpson
9:30 pmBlack Belt Eagle Scout

Saddle Creek Records helped announce a new, vital voice in music when it re-released Black Belt Eagle Scout’s debut Mother of My Children in 2018. The solo record by Portland’s Katherine Paul (born in the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community) is a tidal wave of grief—for a lover, a friend taken too soon and the ongoing colonization of ancestral land — through imploring lyrics, hazy but tense guitar and Paul’s achingly tender voice.

Singer-songwriter Ansley Simpson’s roots run deep. Her lyric-driven indie-folk tunes showcase the muscular warble of her voice and picturesque storytelling. Meanwhile, her composition runs anywhere from plaintive plucking to flourishes of experimental wash. She’s full of surprises, even when the surprise is how good she sounds with no frills added.

Operating somewhere between drone and trip-hop, Ziibiwan’s unexpected weaving between amorphous and beat-driven music is the sonic equivalent of insatiable hunger. With a catalogue of genreless experimental music already under their belt and a debut record due in 2019, they’re definitely one to watch at this year’s Sled Island.

Industrial-punk act DRI HIEV has recently added a sax player to the heft and frenzy of their ranks. This new incarnation of the band will be dropping a new LP of presumably haphazard musical chaos just one month out from Sled Island—all the more reason to catch their unpredictable live show during the fest.

Preceded by short film, A Love Letter to My Unborn Child, directed by Danni Black.

Special thanks to media partner Calgary Herald for their support.

This event is generously supported by TD.