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Pete's NXNE '09 Picks

15-Jun-2009 11:00 pm Contributed by: pete Music News

Here it is, the week of NXNE, where Toronto is host to an amazing variety of independent music and music-related films from both Canada and abroad. I've been trying to find time to do some rough planning, but still haven't figured out where I'm going to end up. Despite that, here are picks that I hope provide you with enough incentive to get out and see some great independent music.

If you're thinking of getting out more than one night, or planning on hopping from venue to venue, the NXNE wristband is the way to go. Or if you've got some money burning a hole in your pocket, consider the NXNE Priority Pass which allows you to jump the line (but doesn't guarantee admission), or the NXNE VIP Super Pass that allows you to pre-book 10 shows. Either way, a great tool for making plans is MyNXNE, a site where you can check out the entire band schedule, make picks, and then print out your own personalized schedule.

This year, I'm limiting myself to one (published) pick per time slot, which means that I'm leaving out all sorts of great bands, both local and from way-out-of-town. In some cases, it pains me to leave them out, but I guess sometimes I like a little pain. I think you know what I mean.

If you're out during NXNE and happen to witness a mind-blowing performance, don't keep it to yourself. Instead, email me at and let me know about it. If I get enough responses, I'm thinking of doing a wrap-up article that summarizes your experiences (and, obviously, I need your feedback to do that).

Thursday, June 18th

  •   8:00 PM - Zeus @ The Courthouse
  •   9:00 PM - Mardeen @ Rivoli
  • 10:00 PM - The Details @ Rivoli
  • 11:00 PM - Rah Rah @ Rancho Relaxo
  • 12:00 AM - Amos The Transparent @ The Drake Hotel (Underground)
  •   1:00 AM - Grand Theft Bus @ Clinton's
  •   2:00 AM- The Schomberg Fair @ Lee's Palace

Friday, June 19th

  •   7:00 PM - Spiral Beach @ Whippersnapper Gallery
  •   9:00 PM - Arietta @ Montana's Mainstage
  • 10:00 PM - The Novaks @ The Horseshoe
  • 11:00 PM - Dinosaur Bones @ The Horseshoe
  • 12:00 AM - Provincial Parks @ Rancho Relaxo
  •   1:00 AM - Black Diamond Bay @ The Horseshoe
  •   3:00 AM - Mark Berube and the Patriotic Few @ Rancho Relaxo

Saturday, June 20th

There are so many great bands playing at 11:00 PM on Saturday that you can pretty much pick any good venue and go see what they have playing there. I selected Inward Eye as my pick just because I've really been enjoying their shows recently.
  •   2:00 PM - Fox Jaws @ NXPO DayStage (Hyatt Regency)
  •   9:00 PM - Spirits @ Reverb
  • 10:00 PM - Caledonia @ Bread and Circus
  • 11:00 PM - Inward Eye @ Bovine Sex Club
  • 12:00 AM - Said The Whale @ Reverb
  •   1:00 AM - Entire Cities @ Mitzi's Sister
  •   2:00 AM - The Mark Inside @ El Mocambo (Down)

Sunday, June 21th

  •   9:00 PM - Rah Rah @ El Mocambo (Down)
  • 11:00 PM - Dan Griffin @ Rancho Relaxo
I'd love to hear what you've got planned! Leave a comment. (Remember that my image-verification-thing is case sensitive.)


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Pete's NXNE '09 Picks
Authored by: Anonymous on 16-Jun-2009 07:30 am
Always love to browse your picks, Pete!

Stephen and I are way more into Alt-Country than you are, but just in case anyone in Pete Nema blog land is also into a bit more twang than rapid modulations in pitch, here's our picks!

Wednesday - Arts & Crafts showcase at Courthouse with various ex-members of Broken Social Scene (wristbands and badges only).

Thursday - Lee's Palace for Jim Cuddy and a lot of regular Blue Rodeo buddies (Justin Rutledge, Jenn Grant, Royal Wood, Luke Doucet and more) and then the stuff of legend, the Skydiggers! If we can stay awake, we'll stick around for The Schomberg Fair.

Friday - starting off at the Dakota for One Hundred Dollars and Deep Dark Woods, then shifting to the El Mo (downstairs) for Melissa Auf der Maur (she was a friend of a University friend of mine) and The SADIES (yes!)

Saturday - so far ... open (though, not part of the NxNE, but ... Jerome Godboo and Dave Rotundo at The Rex at 3:30 in the afternoon is always a rockin' good blues show)

Sunday - DAN GRIFFIN - Dan will make you love alt-country! definitely going to catch him Sunday night

See ya around!

Lee & Stephen

Pete's NXNE '09 Picks
Authored by: Anonymous on 17-Jun-2009 01:21 pm
Glad you checked out Caledonia, Pete.
We're on right before, so if you're not able to make the jump from the Reverb to what will be a fairly packed house at Bread & Circus, come early! 9pm - Megan Hamilton & the Volunteer Canola, 10pm Caledonia, 11pm Olenka & the Autumn Lovers, 12am Emma-Lee, 1am Ghost Bees. A really incredible night!