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Published on May 29th, 2012 | by Greg


Get Thee To Toronto: NXNE 2012 Preview

From June 11-17, Toronto will play host to one of the most anticipated summer events in Canada, and one of the largest gathering of bands in North America. Just looking at the list can be overwhelming, but we’ll lay out the numbers: 650 bands across 50 stages, 40 films, and several days of interactive presentations combine to create an event that we’re immensely looking forward to.

The Flaming Lips are headlining at NXNE 2012, but other big acts include Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, Of Montreal, Bad Religion, and one that should be high on your list, Portugal. The Man. There are even some groups that might bring back a wave of nostalgia- Bran Van 3000, for instance. Indie lovers, fear not- check out the ethereal driving of Grass Widow, or the electronic pop band that is supposed to be great live, Purity Ring.

On the Interactive side, look for sessions like “My Anti is Bigger Than Your Censorship” from Saman Arbabi, who co-created and co-hosts the Iranian version of The Daily Show. Others cover topics like “Dating in a Digital World”, the “Future of the Music Video”, “How to Start a Start-up”, mobile photography, Canadian copyright law, social media marketing for non-profits, and digital storytelling. The guys behind gross-out food videos EpicMealTime will be there, as will a wide range of entrepreneurs, visual artists, filmmakers, and other assorted creative types.

And don’t forget the movies. Irvine Welsh will show up to introduce a movie based on his book Ecstasy, and we’re intrigued by the human-smuggling music-documentary Fugivites: Wax Live. A film about black Israelis KMS – Jewish Negroes is having its Canadian premiere, as does the film Master Plan, which is summarized thus: “The man tries to kill himself. Every time he tries it, an angel keeps
him from doing, by showing him the simple pleasures in life. Little does he know that he has a purpose in life.” Plus, we can’t help but be curious about the film “The History Of Swedish Hard Rock And Heavy Metal”.

Tickets for all days and events were available at press time, and we recommend taking a careful look at the schedule to figure out how best to plan your days. Prices are quite reasonable (student pricing is available), as are airfares and accommodations. With any luck, we won’t have the issues that made for a frustrating SXSW, and look forward to bringing you coverage from the festival itself. See you in Toronto in a couple of weeks!

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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