NXNE Preview: Free Shows Thursday

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Toronto – In these hard economic times, who appreciates a free show more then young 20 something year old indie hipsters who choose work in record stores, coffee shops and vintage clothing outlets instead of getting real jobs? Nobody. This year sees a plethora of North By Northeast acts playing at Yonge Dundas Square for free. The only risk is that you might get a tan from the massive amount of electronic billboards in the area. Regardless, if you are the penny pinching type, the follow acts should keep you satisfied for the weekend. Here are some people who are playing:

Thursday June 18


Spiral Beach – 6 Pm – Cutesy young band is probably playing Yonge-Dundas because they are still too young to enter a bar. Don’t let their age fool you though, their take on cutesy indie pop is quite good and you will be impressed if you check them out. I say, go to Chipotle, grab a burrito and then go listen to these kids.


Melissa Au Der Maur – 8 Pm – Former bassist for Smashing Pumpkins and Hole is fronting her own band. The myspace page has a lot of black and red, which makes me think she’s turned goth. The myspace song doesn’t reveal much so it may be interesting. Sadly, the teeny boppers coming out of Forever 21 will probably have never heard of SP or Hole, and only knows Billy Corgan as the guy who dated Tila Tequila for about two weeks.



Black Lips – 10 PM

These Atlanta garage rockers are one of the main headliners for NXNE and are known for having ridiculously insane rock shows. It’ll be interesting to see if they will tone down the show since it’s in such a large public space and their might be little kids and grand ma mas in the audience. They recently released The Drop I Hold EP, which features the single ‘The Drop I Hold’ guest starring Wu-Tang Clan’s The GZA. Guess what? GZA is in NXNE. Hmmm.


2009 Worldwide Short Film Festival Preview

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(Toronto) Happening alongside NXNE this week is the Worldwide Short Film Festival (June 16 – 21st). Want to feel snobby and actually know what film should win the Oscar in the short film category, then attend this festival. There are tones of programs to choose from, so go to the site and have a look around. Here are some quick recommendations:

You Can’t Take It With You – Official Selection #3
ROM, Wednesday, June 17 @ 4:30
ROM, Saturday, June 20 @ 2:30
This selection has an excellent short, Photograph Of Jesus along with a couple of short documentaries, Skin and The Archive. I’m a sucker for short docs.

Photograph of Jesus by Laurie Hill in association with the Getty Images Short & Sweet Film Challenge from Hulton Archive on Vimeo.

The Mamas & The Papas – Official Selection #7
Cumberland, Thursday June 18, 4:15
Cumberland, Saturday June 20, 7:00
The Kevin Drew and Feist epic The Water is screening, along with a much anticipated doc called The Heard, which is about some cows. Yeah!

Concrete And Steel – Official Selection #10
Cumberland, Thursday June 18, 9:30 PM
Cumberland, Saturday June 20, Noon
Check out The Lost Tribes Of New York below. The rest of the program looks interesting too.

The Lost Tribes of New York City from Carolyn London on Vimeo.

Royal College Of Art
Cumberland, Sunday June 21, 2:15
For some excellent animations, this is where you want to be.

Scene Not Heard – MUSIC VIDEOS
ROM, Friday, June 19, 9:30
Last year the music video program was at the Royal. Too bad it isn’t back there this year. Check out some cool videos by Thunderheist, REM, Fleet Foxes and Royksopp.

Slap ‘n’ Tickle
ROM, Thursday June 18, 11:30 PM
Yep, these are the dirty movies. Come on out and see my epic 3 minute short JARVIS along with What’s Virgin Mean? and Through The Ear.

2009 Polaris Long List Announced

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(Toronto) The Polaris Long List was announced today. What does this mean? Well, for the artists announced on the long list, it means more record sales. On July 7th this long list will be widdled down to 10 finalist with the eventual winner of the Polaris Prize, and $20 000, being announced on September 21st. Some Panic Manual favourites made the long list, such as Woodpigeon, La patère rose, Joel Plaskett and Hey Rosetta!

I do find it odd that Polaris even announces the long list. It is pretty much a money grab for those involved. For me, I see it as a chance to see what good Canadian albums I have missed this past year, and a chance to validate my MP3 collection. Why isn’t the Polaris team asking me to contribute to their selections? Maybe next year.

With this long list being announced, the Friday, June 19th show at the Dakota Tavern for NXNE just got that much more interesting. Be sure to check out Polaris Long List nominees Coeur de Pirate at 8:00 and One Hundred Dollars at 9:00.

Entire Polaris Long list after the jump:
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NXNE Preview: The Horseshoe Tavern – Where to Stand

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Toronto – NXNE probably brings in a lot of out of towners, well, let us local types let you know where to stand for certain popular venues. The Horseshoe Tavern is “legendary” and will probably host a majority of the good shows at NXNE. It is on 370 Queen Street West near Queen and Spadina. The place is small so if you want to get in, make sure you are early. The space itself is narrow, so unless you are tall, you might want to push your way to the front. The spots to the left of the stage isn’t that great since its typically where all the speakers are. Along the right side of the space is a bunch of tables, so if you are early, you can sit there or stand up on the chairs or something. I personally like two spots, both marked with an X. Spot #1 is near the pillar. Anytime you can stand beside or in front of something solid, that means that no one from that direction will try to steal your personal space. The pillar also allows for leaning, which is always great. Spot #2 is in the middle about 20 feet back, I like it because it is right by the air conditioning vent, this is very important for summer shows, when it becomes a virtual sauna inside this venue. You also block off all the assholes sitting down behind you.

Here are some notable shows for The Horseshoe @ NXNE

June 18 – The King Khan & BBQ @ 12:00 AM
June 19 – Dinosaur Bones @ 11:00 PM
June 20 – woodpigeon @ 9:00 PM
June 20 – DD/MM/YYYY @ 10:00 PM
June 20 – Ruby Coast @ 11:00 PM
June 20 – Jason Collett @ 12:00 AM
June 20 – Hot Panda @ 1:00 AM
June 20 – Lovely Feathers @ 2:00 AM