NXNE is a five day festival encompassing a whack of different things from June 17-21, but mostly centred around our collective love for music that we think you’ll love, too. Now celebrating our 21st year, we take over Toronto with showcases, screenings, panels, parties, installations, and a whole lot more. From free shows at YDS to extended last calls at your favourite sweaty club/bar/general place that was able to get a liquor license or is very good at being sneaky, NXNE is the premier destination for bands, filmmakers, innovators, funny people, artists, and most importantly: fans of all of the above.
The Alberta acts attending are:
Over the course of eight years, 36? has grown from time spent as a self-produced basement dweller to the expansion of a full-fledged band. The lineup additions have helped: the four-piece combine sugary indie rock and moody soundscapes, presented in a psychedelic wall of sound. It's easy to relate to but still manages a hard to define eclectic modesty.
Forging a path through today's youthful electronic music scene, producers Samuel Avant and Simon Blitzer have come together in a collaborate effort known as Beach Season. The duo carve a sound of ambient dreamy beats intertwined to crooning vocals as they take you through a sonic daydream.
Catholic Girls formed after a TRST concert over a late-night conversation between Cian Haley (Mount Analogue) and Erin Jenkins (The Poly Shores/Seahorse). What developed was synth-driven, 80's and 90's influenced punk music. As they describe it, it's the type of soundtrack that you'd "kill your parents to." RIYL new wave and goth favourites like Gary Numan, The Chameleons, Lost Sounds, and Siouxsie and the Banshees.
These fuzzed-out power rockers play Lucky Lager-infused rock n' roll, singing songs about breaking hearts, being heartbroken, staying out all night, and staying up late the next day in the name of having a rad time. Fuzz bass and drums come courtesy of Danny Vacon (The Dudes, Dojo Workhorse) and Matt Doherty (The Dudes, Raleigh, AM Static). If you like sing along rock, go see these guys play. If you don't, stay home and watch reruns of 'Frasier'. They understand.
The Royal Foundry make the kind of uptempo folk pop that comes from harmonious alignment. It makes sense, then, that band members Bethany and Jared Salte are married. As the duo write music inspired by their marital life along with life lessons and challenges, they embark hand-in-hand, creating thought provoking lyrics, mesmerizing melodies, and a charming, unforgettable chemistry.
You're invited to Tropic Harbour, a utopian space constructed by Mark Berg for peace of mind. These bedroom pops are unabashedly dreamy. Mashed earworms and mint-infused hooks blend with swooning guitar knits. The result: a levitating tincture!, a distillation of a pop pantheon that runs the course from Youth Lagoon and Wild Nothing all the way to Cocteau Twins and The Beatles< Previous Post Next Post >