What’s happening: NXNE Wednesday, Day 3

by W. Andrew Powell
Tommy Brunett

It’s Wednesday, June 12, and that means that we’re three days into NXNE 2013, with the music festival kicking off in earnest tonight across downtown Toronto. For the full list of artists playing today, head over to NXNE.com.

Milk Music | 11:00 PM
The Shop at Parts & Labour (1566 Queen Street West)
Milk Music are a very loud quartet who make cosmic, electric, soul rock. Sonically, their songs have often been compared to that of Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Hüsker Dü, and The Velvet Underground.

Tommy Brunett | 11:00 PM
Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue)
Tommy Brunett performs with Andy Kim. Rock n’ roll tangled with country, with references to the old-school troubadours of Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, and Hank Williams and the more sedated punk edge of Social Distortion.


BABYSITTER | 12:00 AM (Thursday)
The Detour Bar (193 ½ Baldwin Street)
Prolific garage punk band with over 15 releases since their formation in 2010. These west coast rock and roll revolutionaries have a uniquely skewed take on anthemic grunge, recalling Archers of Loaf, Pavement, and even Neil Young.

Brian Bantugan “Masked Naked Toronto”: The Beginnings of an Adult Grotesque Graphic Novel | 7:00 PM
The Great Hall (1087 Queen S. W.)
Masked Naked Toronto: The Beginnings of an Adult Grotesque Graphic Novel brings Bantugan’s graphic novel of the same name to life, creating an interactive space where patrons can influence, or become part of, the novel’s plot.

Kobo: A Canadian Success Story | 10:00 to 11:00 AM
Hyatt Regency (370 King Street West) – Regency A/B/C
With four successful internet companies under his belt, Mike Serbinis, CEO of Kobo, knows a thing or two about digital transformation. Hear from Mike as he describes the rocket-like trajectory Kobo has celebrated for one of the oldest industries in the world.

The Paralyzed and Blind Will Change the World with Mick Ebeling | 3:00 to 4:00 PM
Hyatt Regency (370 King Street West) – Regency A/B/C
Take a Hollywood producer, a NY professor, an experimental artist and a hacker with a criminal record, put them together and what do you get? The Eyewriter. Mick Ebeling, founder and CEO of The Ebeling Group, will be speaking about his device The Eyewriter, which helped a paralyzed artist draw again only the movement of his eyes.

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