NXNE Picks: Weekend Edition
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NXNE Picks: Weekend Edition

Forget compasses, GPS, or helpful Sherpas. From June 13–19 this year, Torontoist is here to be your guide to everything NXNE.

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Chad VanGaalen in 2009. Photo by Corbin Smith/Torontoist.


The lineup of events over the weekend is much more extensive because people tend to do more things when they don’t have work the next day. Or even if they do. Whatever. It’s the last few days of NXNE. Go out anyway, and then grab a coffee in the morning. That’s what it’s for.
There’s still lots of movies, comedy, picnics and parties going on for those who’ve hit their musical saturation points. For the rest of you, there’s more! Oh boy is there more.

Saturday, June 18

Live in Bellwoods
Trinity Bellwoods Park (D5/D6), 2–5 p.m.
Many of the acts we’ve recommended in previews and already enjoyed at late night showcases, like Allie Hughes, Sweet Thing, and Lake Forest, are playing free afternoon sets in the sun dappled centre of Trinity Bellwoods Park; check out the Facebook event for the full schedule. (SF)

The Elwins
Bread and Circus (299 Augusta Avenue), 8 p.m.
Several of the bands in our upcoming profiles have named this likable pop trio as the band they hope breaks out at NXNE. Their video for Southern Souls is one of the most watched videos the popular “impromptu performance” website has produced, and they’re a band that engenders a lot of love from other Toronto-based musicians. (SF)

CATL
Comfort Zone Side Stage (486 Spadina Avenue), 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
First: It’s CATL and they’re awesome and the guitarist/singer is so comfortable with how cool he is that he sits down the whole time. Second: They’re playing, like, all night. (JS)

Devo
Yonge-Dundas Square (10 Dundas Street East), 9:30 p.m.
Number of things funnier than seeing Devo play Yonge and Dundas Square: 0. (JS)

Josh Reichmann
The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 10 p.m.
The former Tangiers frontman and Jewish Legend cypher is always one to watch. His new album, After Live, was recently released by the Hand Drawn Dracula label, and he’s playing relatively early on in one of the most eclectic and interesting bills of the festival. (SF)

Neon Windbreaker
Comfort Zone (486 Spadina Avenue), 11 p.m.
Originally dismissed as a joke band who gave away album downloads on pieces of fruit, these TO boys returned from playing 100 shows at SXSW with chops to match all the stunts. (JS)

Wild Nothing, Twin Shadow
Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West), 11 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Because NXNE often instills too much positive stimulation and good vibrations, head to Lee’s for a double-dose of the down-and-out nostalgia and slow pop-synth shoegazing of Wild Nothing and Twin Shadow that have critics raving with excitement. Schadenfreude at its best. (CM)

Candy Coated Killahz
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 11:30 p.m.
Back in 2009, this electro-pop duo played in the highly anticipated Sunday night lineup at Yonge Dundas Square that featured Wu-Tang Clan founding member GZA. Needless to say, there was a lot of excited energy for Toronto pair to feed off of that night. Now Tasha and Icon the Anomali will have the chance to work up their own crowd in the closer confines of the Gladstone Ballroom with tracks off their sophomore album Neon Black, due out in July. (CC)

Chad VanGaalen
The Great Hall (1087 Queen West), 12 a.m.
A lot of people thought VanGaalen’s Diaper Island was snubbed by the Polaris Prize Long List this year (and we agree). Still won’t stop this show from filling up fast. What can we say? People like Canadian indie music, toilet humour, and epecially toilet humour in their Canadian indie music. (CM)

One Hundred Dollars
Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), 1 a.m.
If you like your folk-rock with a slice of sincerity pie, look no further. (One time I got shushed at one of their shows because I was too drunk and wouldn’t stop loudly discussing characterizations of Moriarty in various Sherlock Holmes adaptations with my friend. That was a justifiable shush, for sure.) (JS)

Makeout Videotape
The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 2 a.m.
Mac Demarco’s fuzzy party favourite outfit closes out the scheduled bill at the Garrison, though there’s a good chance the frivolity will continue until the 4 a.m. last call. (SF)

Sunday June 19

Live in Bellwoods
Trinity Bellwoods Park (D5/D6), 2–5 p.m.
Many of the acts we’ve recommended in previews and already enjoyed at late night showcases, like Allie Hughes, Sweet Thing, and Lake Forest, are playing free afternoon sets in the sun dappled centre of Trinity Bellwoods Park; check out the Facebook event for the full schedule. (SF)

Closing Night Showcase
Yonge-Dundas Square (10 Dundas Street East), 5–9 p.m.
And on the seventh night, we rested. That is, if you don’t mind missing Reema Major (5 p.m.), D-Sisive (7 p.m.), Digable Planets (8 p.m.) and The Pharcyde (9 p.m.). Which, we don’t think you do, so be sure to drop by. (CM)

Recommendations by Carly Conway, Steve Fisher, Carly Maga, and John Semley.

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