The NXNE festival is a showcase of Toronto's music scene, and venues, as musicians from all over the world gather to perform on the city's stages. It is fitting then that a new initiative called 4479 was created at this year's festival to promote Toronto as a leader in live and recorded music, and to build a vibrant community of musicians.
Saturday night at NXNE is always a panicked evening of venue hopping as festival goers attempt to see as many acts as possible and not spend too long in a cab or waiting for a streetcar. Many people pick an area of town and wander from bar to bar, listening to a few songs here and there until an act really grabs them and they stick around for a full set.
Music, film, comedy, and art all come together for the fourth day at NXNE here in Toronto. There is a lot to take in today, and running all the way through until Sunday, so visit NXNE.com for the full schedule and stay tuned for photos and coverage from The GATE tomorrow.
The second day of NXNE has dawned, and here are the latest things happening around the city for the festival, which runs until Sunday, June 16. This is a short-but-sweet list today, but stay tuned as tomorrow is really the first major day for the music portion of the festival, which features 1000 bands and musicians across the city of Toronto.
Toronto's North By Northeast festival--better known as NXNE--starts today with music, movies, comedians, and art, not to mention parties, and an industry conference. It's a big festival, and this year the event celebrates 19 years, not to mention 1000 bands, 30 films, 65 conference sessions, 200 comedians, and 35 artists.
The members of the Crackling can boast as many roles as their new album Mary Magdalene has layers. Kenton Loewen, the man behind The Crackling, is best known as the drummer in Dan Mangan's band and for his role in the Gord Grdina Trio with the band also featuring Jeremy Page of Mother Mother on bass. The album is dark and introspective while at the same time being warm and musical.
During this year's North by North East festival in Toronto, Converse brought the mobile edition of their Rubber Tracks music studio to Canada for the first time, giving musicians a chance to work with Converse's team of exceptional engineers.