Now in its 16th year, NXNE is set to hold its annual music/film/interactive conference and festival on the week of June 14th-20th. It puts 625+ international and local bands on 50 stages, screens 40+ films, populates Conference Village sessions with groundbreaking keynotes and inspired panel discussions, and breaks ground in the interactive media arena. From small intimate shows to stages at Lester B. Pearson International Airport and Union Station, to free open?air concerts in the heart of the city at Yonge?Dundas Square, the NXNE experience permeates Toronto.
As always, I’m really looking forward to the shows. This year features performances by Iggy and the Stooges, The Raveonettes, Sloan, Japandroids, Surfer Blood, The Soft Pack, Avi Buffalo, Timber Timbre, Diamond Rings, The Besnard Lakes and Free Energy, to name a few. I’m also psyched for the Interactive element of the festival, called NXNEi. This will be its first year, aninteractive media conference and workshops programmed in conjunction with FITC to bring the key players in new media innovation for featured talks, frank discussions and community?voted panels.
For more info, and info on passes, visit NXNE.
The blog that is. Moved around some columns, links, banners and widgets. And for the first time ever, I didn’t break the blog in the process. Might be getting good at this web thing.
Here’s what I’m hearing today:
-After a self-imposed three year hiatus, Sunderland, England’s Field Music return with a new 20 track double album, to be released on the 16th of February 2010. Lucky fans in NY and Chicago will get a chance to get an early listen (check tourdates), but here’s the title track. Measure.
-Land Of Talk have just debuted an amazingly beautiful video for “It’s Okay” (Directed by WeWereMonkeys). This video, along with two other recently released videos (The Man Who Breaks Things, Troubled), can be found on the bands new Fun & Laughter EP along with four new songs.
-Also, from now until midnight on Saturday October 31, 2009, you can download the entire breakthrough, critically acclaimed, self-titled album Timber Timbre for FREE at www.timbertimbre.com. I heard they had one of the best sets at Halifax Pop, wish I had caught it.
And finally, check out this video for Chosen Armies by Australia’s Children Collide. Its done in 360 panorama, allowing the viewer to change the perspective as the video rolls. Dig the song too. Dine Alone Records are presenting the North American release of their debut ‘The Long Now’, out today.