Dave Lock from our Toronto office is a regular encyclopedia of cool new music. Here’s his latest update on Ticketfly Canada, with a rockin’ Rdio playlist of his favorite bands from NXNE below:
June in the city of Toronto means one thing: NXNE. While not as large as its Southern sister in Austin, Texas (South by Southwest), North by Northeast has been putting on great festivals for 18 years. This year’s festival did not disappoint, bringing in some of my favourite acts for five nights of sleep-deprived revelry (Toronto extends bars’ hours until 4am for the event), including Ludacris, The National, Wintersleep, and Social Distortion.
The entire Ticketfly Toronto team took part in the festival, and we had the pleasure of welcoming back cofounder and COO Dan Teree, who I specifically remember saying that “Toronto is one of my favourite cities,” (although he would probably spell it “favorite”). Ticketfly even hosted a very cool mixer on a rooftop tiki bar in the middle of the action. There was a little rain, but everyone had a great time.
Photos taken by: yulischeidt.com
But you want to hear about the bands, amiright? I built a very strict itinerary consisting of bands I must see, bands I’d like to see, and safety bands that are usually local (and always play solid sets). This means we never have to worry about where we are going next. I even colour coordinated it to make it easy to read:
The highlights were difficult to pick out, since I saw so many incredible bands, but there were a few that stood out.
Mikal Cronin played three nights back-to-back-to-back, at the infamous Silver Dollar, and even picked up an extra showcase on a boat cruise Saturday afternoon. I had the pleasure of seeing him at the Silver Dollar, and it will likely go down as one of the best shows of the festival. We got right up to the stage just as the band starting playing “Weight”, and the entire crowd erupted. There were stage dives, crowdsurfing, broken strings, a lot of dancing, and as you can imagine, a very loud sing-a-long.
Photo by Dave Lock: Mikal Cronin
Great Heart Festival, took place in the local hipster park, Trinity Bellwoods. Put on by Humble Empire and Young Lions Music Club, this mini festival within a festival had a simple purpose: showcase the bands in town for NXNE, and have them play acoustic sets in the city’s most beautiful setting. No lineups, no wristbands, no chaos. The Saturday afternoon saw over 500 people come and go, as bands like Paper Lions, Jane’s Party, Taylor Knox, Northcote, Tyler Kyte, and many more, played their hearts out (pun intended).
NXNE has always been one of my favourite festivals. There are so many great bands that play, so many wonderful people to share your time with, and a general sense of excitement in the air as people venue hop around the city. Of course, NXNE isn’t the only thing happening up here. We’ve been hard at work, and would like to introduce some of Ticketfly’s newest Canadian clients:
RIOT FEST (Toronto)
ELECTRIC OWL (Vancouver)
JD ELDER & ASSOCIATES (Southern Ontario)
SNEAKY DEE’S (Toronto)
ANCHOR SHOP (Toronto)
COMEDY RECORDS (Toronto)