NXNE 2014: Best Bets by Genre
Returning for its 20th year, NXNE is celebrating the milestone by offering audiences another vast selection of events to sift through and enjoy over the course of nine days. While music may still be its focal point, the festival has developed over the years into a mirror image of SXSW—a multidisciplinary arts extravaganza that people look forward to all through the winter as if it were a light at the end of a dark and dreary tunnel. After enduring an especially long and brutal stretch of cold weather this year, it will feel especially rewarding to slap on a wristband and squeeze every ounce of pleasure out of the 2014 lineup.
Taste of Little Italy 2014
The annual College Street fest Taste of Little Italy takes over the street—and most of the strip’s restaurants, patios, and venues—for a three-day stretch. Many of said patios will be extended out into the street, and live entertainment will be happening both inside and outside, with both traditional Italian music and indie programming by Indie 88 at College and Crawford. The FRESCO Festival of Art and Design will take place concurrently at College and Palmerston, and of course, the food…
Lederhosen Lucil’s Guten Tag Gemini
It’s been a long while since Torontonians have seen a Lederhosen Lucil show. Krista Muir hung up the blonde wig in 2007 to record and perform under her own name, as opposed to the effervescent Bavarian pop princess personality. But Lucil is back with a new show, Guten Tag Gemini; after the set, the Pet Shop Girls will DJ the dance party.
Rapp Battlez 51: Sweaty Hugs
The pseudo-serious rhyming throwdown Rapp Battlez keeps packing ‘em in, month after month. The full lineup has yet to be revealed as of press time, but the headlining bout between veteran character rappers Alice Moran and Jon Blair, who recently began a sketch duo called Wildcats, is enough for the show to get our endorsement yet again.