Who to See at NXNE 2012

I have been posting Artist Spotlights for the past week and those are definite must-sees at this year’s fest in my opinion, but there are hundreds of other artists playing shows at this year’s NXNE festival in Toronto.I have put together my tentative schedule for the fest and have included the special guests because (as Lisa from Turn the Record Over points out) these are usually great artists added to the lineup at the last minute. If you look close, you’ll notice the special guests are at the most popular venues in really good time slots which is usually a good indication that it’s going to be someone you’ll want to see.

Here’s a glimpse of my schedule:

Wednesday, June 13
Army Girls: 9PM @ Supermarket
The Dirty Nil: 11PM @ The Detour Bar

Special Guest:
11PM @ Supermarket
Special Guest
: 12AM @ Cameron House

Thursday, June 14
No Use For A Name: 7PM @ Yonge Dundas Square

Good Riddance
: 8PM @ Yonge Dundas Square
The Sweet Mack: 8PM @ Velvet Underground
Rikers:Β  9PM @ The Great Hall
Bad Religion: 9PM @ Yonge Dundas Square
Army Girls: 10PM @ El Mocambo (Main Floor)
Saint Alvia: 11PM @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom
God Made Me Funky: 11PM @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballrooom
The Schomberg Fair: 11PM @ Sneaky Dee’s
The Black Belles: 12AM @ The Garrison
Daniel Romano: 12AM @ Great Hall Lower Theatre
Dinner Belles: 12AM @ The Sister
Dustin Bentall Outfit: 12AM @ Supermarket
Fast Romantics: 12AM @ El Mocambo (Upstairs)
Jack Marks: 1AM @ Cadillac Lounge
Organ Thieves: 1AM @ Supermarket
Special Guest: 2AM @ Dakota Tavern


Friday, June 15

The Coppertone
: 10PM @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
The Black Belles: 11PM @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

Double Fuzz: 12AM @ Rancho Relaxo

Darlings Of Chelsea: 12AM @ Bovine Sex Club

Teenage Kicks: 1AM @ El Mocambo (Main Floor)

Special Guest: 2AM @ Bovine Sex Club

Special Guest: 2AM @ The Annex Live

Special Guest: 2AM @ The Garrison

Saturday, June 16
Hollerado: 5PM @ Yonge Dundas Square
Amity Beach: 8PM @ Rancho Relaxo
Poor Young Things: 9PM @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Special Guest: 9PM @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom
Special Guest: 10PM @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Organ Thieves: 10PM @ Bovine Sex Club
Gentlemen Husbands: 10:30PM @ Lee’s Palace
BEAMS: 11PM @ The Sister
The Mark Inside: 11PM @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom
Rikers: 12AM @ The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom
Meanwood: 1AM @ Rancho Relaxo
CATL: 1AM @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Special Guest: 2AM @ Bovine Sex Club
Special Guest: 2AM @ Sneaky Dee’s
Fast Romantics: 2AM @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

 

One of the best parts about NXNE is finding new favourite artists. Every year I make my tentative schedule, add in a few more as the festival approaches and bands start getting a lot of buzz, and then keep my schedule totally flexible. You have to be flexible in order to deal with long line-ups outside popular venues and full venues. I also use Twitter to get a feel for the line/vibe at other venues. I follow the #nxne hashtag to see what other people are seeing and enjoying too and follow whatever feels good at the time.

Of course, there’s more to the festival than music and I’ll be chillin’ at the Holiday Inn the Hyatt for the Interactive Conferences all day Friday and tweeting from the panels.
Another great part about the festival that you won’t even need a pass for are the unofficial parties and free BBQs. I’ll try and tweet about as many as I can!

You’re going to want to follow this hashtag for the most up-to-date tips on the festival, free BBQs and unofficial parties, and the best conferences during NXNE 2012:Follow along and tweet with me using the hashtag for the best fest experience!

 

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