Founded in 2007, Sled Island is an indie arts festival that runs each June in Calgary. Blending local, national and international talent, it serves as a great showcase for indie music, film, visual art at 30 plus venues in the city.

What does this have to do with Regina in general, and this Dog Blog pick-of-the-day in particular? Well, Sled Island runs June 20-23 this year. And with bands heading to Calgary from parts east and south of here, enterprising local promoters are hosting a mini-music festival of their own featuring some Calgary-bound acts and some local bands that will also be making the trek  to Cowtown which they’ve cheekily called Toboggan Island.

Shows will be held today at the SCES Club and Exchange and also at 11 Hooks Studio at 1422 Scarth St. Here’s how the line-up breaks down: Code Orange Kids, La Luna, Monomyth, Wizards, Birch Hills and Nap Eyes at 1422 Scarth St. at 5 p.m. Rehashed, White Women, Severed Legion, Bermuda Love, Lords Kitchner and FPG at SCES Club at 8 p.m. Burning Love, Weak Ends, the Faps, the Jump Off, Black Thunder and Pandas in Japan at the Exchange at 8 p.m.

To close, here’s the video for a 2012 song by the Pittsburgh hardcore band Code Orange Kids called “Flowermouth (The Leech)”: