The 2013 edition of NXNE has finally ended and I can say with a certain sense of shock that I didn’t end up developing my annual case of paralyzing bad back from it (though I do appear to have a cold).
Over the course of NXNE I ended up seeing the following acts: Brendan Croskerry, Calexico, Santiago x The Natural, Sunfields, Brendan Canning, Wordburglar, D-Sisive, Elaquent, Sunclef + Peroff, By Divine Right, Hayden, The National, Blowfly, Brave Little Toaster, CTZNSHP, Weaves, The Lytics, Catl, White Lung and Mickey Avalon.
Some of whom I wrote up about in the NXNE wrap story for Huffington Post Music Canada. You can read that by clicking here.
I also took some photos of varying quality. Check those out below.
Mickey Avalon didn’t censor his Yonge-Dundas Square set.
Blowfly was an old pervert.
Brendan Canning played Iggy Pop’s “Nightclubbing” during his DJ set.
Brendan Croskerry works for Rob Ford.
By Divine Right’s Jose Contreras loses his face in this peculiar photo.
Hayden is here somewhere.
Chicken nachos at Sneaky Dee’s.
Santiago x The Natural at The Crawford.
This dude was taking photos on Yonge Street during The National. When I tried to tweet this I couldn’t. Prism.
Today the NXNE music festival properly begins and with it a million bands will descend on Toronto to perform.
I haven’t quite figured out how to fold time and space yet, so there are many conflicts, but here are the Best Bets — including the particularly exciting raunch double-shot of Blowfly and Mickey Avalon — I’m going to try to check out over the next five days.
For the first time in a long time I’ll be relatively untethered, so I’m also willing to deviate from this course if there’s bribery (hint).
Wednesday, June 12
10 p.m. Calexico @ Mod Club
10 p.m. Jane’s Party @ 1093 Queen St. W Unit 2
11 p.m. Devon Sproule + Mike O’Neill @ The Piston
12 a.m. Sunfields @ Monarch Tavern
7 p.m. By Divine Right @ St. James Gazebo
9 p.m. Blinker The Star @ Horseshoe Tavern
9 p.m. Psyche Tongues @ BLK Box
9:10 p.m. The National @ Yonge-Dundas Square
10 p.m. July Talk @ Mod Club
10 p.m. Mike O’Neill @ Great Hall
10 p.m. Shooting Guns @ The Hideout
10 p.m. UN @ Sneaky Dee’s
11 p.m. The Magic @ BLK Box
11 p.m. Red Mass @ Lee’s Palace
12 a.m. The Danks @ The Hideout
12 a.m. Nu Sensae @ The Shop/Parts & Labour
12 a.m. Sloan @ Great Hall
1 a.m. Blowfly @ Horseshoe Tavern
1 a.m. Gold & Youth @ BLK Box
Saturday, June 14
4 p.m. Blinker The Star @ Yonge-Dundas Square
8 p.m. Chains Of Love @ Danforth Music Hall
9 p.m. The Lytics @ Nocture
10 p.m. Antiheroes @ Wrongbar
10 p.m. Catl @ Horseshoe Tavern
11 p.m. White Lung @ Horseshoe Tavern
12 a.m. Tangiers @ The Garrison
1 a.m. Mickey Avalon @ Lee’s Palace
2 a.m. Silvergun & Spleen @ Painted Lady
2 a.m. Monster Voodoo Machine @ Bovine Sex Club