What’s happening: NXNE Friday, Day 5

by W. Andrew Powell

It’s Friday, June 14, and here’s the latest highlights from NXNE 2013, including sets by Hayden, Sloan, Superfriendz, St. Lucia, Arstidir, Lakes of Canada, and film, art, and conference events.

Hayden | 8:00 PM
Yonge-Dundas Square
The special guest TBA has BA and it’s Hayden. He will open for The National.

Sloan, Superfriendz presented by Porter Airlines | 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM
11pm Sloan
12am Superfriendz
The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West)
Porter Airlines brings the east coast to Toronto to celebrate 21 years of murderrecords with Sloan, Superfriendz and more.

St. Lucia | 12:00 AM
Wrongbar (1279 Queen Street West)
From Johannesburg to Liverpool to Brooklyn, the atmospheric quality of St. Lucia’s electronic pop is powerful, with Jean-Philip Grobler’s global travels effortlessly showcased in his dreamy, shimmering synths.


Arstidir | 8:00 AM
The Central (603 Markham Street)
Icelandic folk band painting cinematic landscapes with arresting six-part vocal harmonies and lush instrumentation. A warm tide of resonant acoustic and baritone guitars, virtuosic piano, and melismatic strings.

Lakes of Canada | 1:00 AM
Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton Street)
Fleet Foxes and Simon & Garfunkel-style quintet playing choral folk pop. There’s soul to the lyric-driven songs, warming the heart with the Montreal band’s delivery of rich vocal harmonies and stellar instrumentation.

BB King – The Life of Riley | 6:45 PM
The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West)
British director Jon Brewer shot over 250 hours of footage on blues legend BB King. With narration by Morgan Freeman, the film also features Bono, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr, and a host of other rock legends paying their respect to BB.

The Best of the Fest Encore Show presented by TOsketchfest | 8:00 PM
Measure (296 Brunswick Avenue)
Spotlighting the three award-winning troupes from the TOsketchfest 2013 Festival featuring sketch comedy from She Said What, Deadpan Powerpoint and The Rocket Scientists.

Greg Behrendt presented by Empire Comedy Live | 9:00 PM
Paintbox (555 Dundas Street East)
Greg Behrendt should be known for many things. He’s a lifelong stand-up comedian who accidentally became the best-selling co-author of He’s Just Not That Into You; he was the straight-male voice of reason as a script consultant on Sex and the City; and he’s the foremost collector of small glass pig figurines (or “pigurines.”)

Ulu Braun, Atlantic Garden | 9:30 PM
Sears at Yonge-Dundas Square (South-East corner of Yonge Street and Dundas Street)
Ulu Braun’s video collage combines documentaries shot by Braun with elements taken from television. It’s selected, looped, sampled, and demands the viewer gets up close and personal with the projection, to take in the landscape’s most minute elements.

CineCoup: the trials and tribulations of launching a disruptive film start-up with J.Joly | 1:45 to 2:45 PM
Hyatt Regency (370 King Street West) – Regency B
J. Joly talks candidly about the challenges, successes and learnings in developing and launching the Canadian pilot for CineCoup. This discussion is not to be missed by any filmmaker, industry veteran or entrepreneur interested in disruptive new models, the future of indie film or how data can help “moneyball” traditional marketing strategies.

The Other Singularity with Jared Ficklin of Frog Design | 3:00 to 4:00 PM
Hyatt Regency (370 King Street West) – Regency A/B/C
This session will offer visions of the next patterns of computing and a discussion of how the cast offs of the exponential technology curve will have big impacts from devices to the way we view computers to the way we do design.

Hayden photo by Vanessa Heins.

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