Sunday, July 29, 2007

May 2006 – NXNE

© May 2006 - North By Northeast (NXNE) Music & Film Festival and Conference By Bryen Dunn, Toronto -

It’s all about music – bands, films, conferences, concerts, parties and lots of networking.

There are hundreds of bands from all over the world that will be flocking to Toronto to take over the streets and clubs over the weekend of June 8th to 10th. From no-name to big-name, it’s your chance to catch the best or the next-best. The spectrum of music covers rock and roll, alt-country, hip hop, underground and indie so there’s something for every musical taste. It’s good to keep an open mind and step out of your boundaries, as you never know what’s out there until you discover it on your own.

There’s also plenty of music related flicks to entertain should your ears need a break. These include the Canadian Premiere of Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out, Colonel Tom Parker: Manager of Elvis, and High and Dry: Where the Desert Meets Rock N Roll.As well, various conferences will help bands figure out how to survive in the music industry. Topics include getting your first CD release, finding a manager, major label dealings, DIY options and legal advice.

Icon highlights this year include appearances by the elusive Tom Verlaine and Television, Homosapien Pete Shelley with his Buzzcocks, and ex-Police member, Stewart Copeland. Each will be doing a “celebrity interview” and both Television and Buzzcocks are playing shows at the Phoenix, Friday June 8th and Saturday June 9th respectively.

Your $28.00 wristband is great for club hopping, line jumping, and a guarantee of no cover at all of the participating 33 venues during the NXNE weekend (subject to capacity). Wristband wearers also get into any of the film screenings, and into the closing night party, Sunday June 11, 9PM at The El Mocambo. Not a bad deal, but be prepared for lineups and sometimes disappointment on not being able to get in to see your favourite band.

Pick up a wristband ticket at one of the following locations then redeem it at any of the participating clubs to receive your wristband:• Sam the Record Man - 347 Yonge St • Soundscapes - 572 College St • Steve's Music Store - 415 Queen St W • Sonic Boom - 512 Bloor St W • Big Daddy's DVD Shop - 3044 Dundas St W • I'm With Stupid - 1300 Queen St W • CD Replay - 762 Yonge St • The EDGE Street Level Studios - 228 Yonge St • NOW Magazine - 189 Church St Wristband tickets will also be for sale at all of our participating clubs during the Festival.

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Party on Wayne!

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