NXNE: Review / Recovery

Well, another year, another North By Northeast. Had a great weekend; saw a ton of shows, met some amazing musicians. Toronto’s world-stage showcase just keeps getting bigger, and it just keeps getting better. Apart from the monstrous lines and relatively uniform schedules–really, you’re on sometime from 10-2? So am I!–I really can’t think of anything bad to say about it.

Here’s what Noah Love of the National Post had to say.

Actually, his article got me thinking. The whole week, I was whining about no NQ Arbuckle, no Luke Doucet or Melissa McClelland, no Justin Rutledge. All my alt-folk-death-country heroes–hey, Elliott Brood!–weren’t playing! But really, we don’t need NXNE to showcase Canadian talent; we have CMW for that, every spring. Instead, NXNE is a much broader kind of festival, and, as such, has unlimited potential. As it continues to grow, there will be the odd awkward spot, but NXNE already attracts some of the best talent from around the world. With a few tweaks–more bands playing earlier, longer sets, the ridiculous line situation whereby two friends and I ended up having to bail on Sneaky Dee’s on Friday, one of us with a priority pass, one of us with a wristband, because our third member didn’t have either and they weren’t letting people without wristbands even into the place–with a few tweaks, like I said, this thing could really be kickin’.

Discussion Topics About My Weekend:

#1 – The Shave And A Haircut, Or, Why I Hate Louie The Bartender

#2 – My New Favorite Bar, The Dakota Tavern

#3 – Snap Judgments Are Bad? Not Always–Case In Point, Jimmy McInnes

#4 – Being Declared A Rum Connoisseur

#5 – Why Is My New Favorite Bar, The Dakota Tavern, So Far Out Of The Way?

#6 – So Many CD’s, OR, Why I Didn’t Have Cab Fare And Had To Hike Across Little Italy During Taste Of Little Italy.

#7 – Missing The Elwins By 20 Minutes Not Once, Not Twice, But Three Times. Then Running Into Them At The Horseshoe.

There’s more, but it’s all music stuff, and you wouldn’t want to hear about that, would ya?

Oh, alright; here’s a little taste.


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