Published on June 16th, 2013 | by Noelle
Live From Toronto: NXNE 2012, With More Tomorrow!
Noelle Chamberland is reporting live from Toronto, Canada, the site of NXNE 2013. For the past week, the city has been abuzz with live entertainment, from comedy shows to a film festival. This weekend marks the close of the event, and if you haven’t already visited, there is still time to grab some tickets or stop by one of the many free happenings throughout the city. We posted our preview recently, but wanted to fill you in on some of the best acts so far.
One of the biggest standouts has easily been Mikal Cronin, and we’ve featured his song “See It My Way” in the video embedded above. The California native, who regularly collaborates with Ty Segall, heads a four-piece band that has recently been catching a lot of attention for their most recent album, ‘MCII.’ With some seriously heavy guitar riffs, the band is described as 90’s garage punk rock with prevelant California surfer vibes. This year at NXNE they have been holding a residency at The Silver Dollar Room– an old Toronto landmark venue that boasts a huge blue marquee and retro atmosphere within. Thursday and Friday night they filled the building to capacity, and tonight at 1am they will surely do it again. It’s definitely a show you don’t want to miss.
Last night Buke and Gase filled The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern with some beautiful noise. This experimental indie rock duo from Brooklyn got their name from the handmade instruments they constructed to create a layered sound unlike any other– Buke being a six-string baritone ukelele and Gase a guitar-bass hybrid. These instruments were paired with a tambourine strapped to the lead singer’s foot, a bass drum, and a wide range of seemingly perfect vocals to create an extremely interesting act to watch.
Today we ventured out into Lake Ontario on the third annual Bruise Cruise, sponsored by M for Montreal. NXNE goers and artists alike lined up in the relentless morning sun in their most suitable boating gear to check out Fat Tony with Tommy Kruise, We are Wolves, Odonis Odonis and Mikal Cronin. The huge boat was, quite literally, rocking for over 4 hours as everyone enjoyed the live music, drinks, food and sun.
Even though the festival is nearing its end, there are absolutely no signs of slowing down around here. This evening punk rockers Billy Talent took take the main stage at Yonge Dundas Square at 9pm. Across town an hour ago, The Wintersleep played their highly anticipated set at the Danforth Music Hall, but reports hadn’t come in by press time. In one hour, we hope you’ll join us- at 1am you can bet your prettiest penny that I’ll be back at The Silver Dollar Room checking out Mikal Cronin’s final show of the festival.
Sunday the festival will wrap up with acts like Mickey Avalon, Brooklyn indie hip-hop artist Joey Bada$$, Ludacris and many, many more shows. One day passes are still available for $30, but most of the headlining acts on Sunday are playing the main stage at Yonge Dundas Square– which is free. Check out the website for a full list of upcoming acts, films, interactive sessions, parties and art installations.