While Bonnaroo is happening in Tennessee and Northside is going down here in Brooklyn, up in Toronto, ON it's time again for NXNE. Much like SXSW, the festival spans film, interactive, comedy and art, but the music portion runs tonight (6/12) and runs through Sunday (6/16) at various venues all over city. The centerpieces are the free big concerts thrown at Younge Dundas Square. This year's Social Distortion on Thursday (6/13), The National on Friday (6/14), Billy Talent on Saturday (6/15), and Ludacris with Joey Bada$$, Deniro Farrar, The Underachievers, Fat Tony, and more on Sunday (6/16).

Our friends at M for Montreal are throwing two parties at NXNE. The first is at Sneaky Dee's on Friday with with Mauves, Webster, UN, Brazos, plus Julian Lynch and The Luyas who are on a collaborative tour (that plays Northside too). There's also a "special guest" at 2 AM and for the real partiers, Psyche Tounge at 3 AM.

Then on Saturday (6/15) its the Panache Booking and M for Montreal Bruise Cruise (which they did last year too) with Mikal Cronin, We are Wolves, Odonis Odonis and Fat Tony... on a boat! Flyer for both parties is below.

There are over 1000 acts playing NXNE this year, including Fucked Up, Dan Deacon, Villagers, Still Corners, FLAG, Mikal Cronin, Calexico, Why?, Merchandise, just to name a new -- check out the full NXNE schedule. BV photographer David Andrako will be there covering the action so look for pictures in the coming days.

Sloan, who moved from Halifax, NS to Toronto a long time ago, are celebrating the 21st anniversary of their label, murderecords, with a party at Great Hall on Friday June 14. Sloan will perform the entirety of their first EP, Peppermint, which was the label's innagural release, The Super Friendz (which at times included Sloan's Chris Murphy) and and Mike O'Neill who some of you may remember from his '90s band The Inbreds. There's also a limited-edition box set of murderecords 12 7" singles they released in the '90s that will come with a commemorative book. Only 500 of these are being made and will go on sale next week via Sloan's Website. Sloan, you may remember, also recently released a hardcore tribute 7". You can check out a video about the murderecords box set, along with a flyer for the NXNE party, below.

In addition to those free shows (and the other ones we mentioned above), there's a bunch of other shows we're looking forward to at NXNE. Take a look at what those are, and where/when you can see them, below...





Shows at Horseshoe Tavern

Thursday, June 13
Moon King 9:00 PM
DIANA 10:00 PM
Merchandise 11:00 PM
Dan Deacon 12:00 AM
Nu Sensae 1:00 AM
Special Guest 2:00 AM

Friday, June 14
Blinker The Star 9:00 PM
Still Corners 10:00 PM
Buke & Gase 11:00 PM
WHY? 12:00 AM
Blowfly 1:00 AM
Brave Little Toaster 2:00 AM
Bella Clava 3:00 AM

Saturday, June 15
Single Mothers 9:00 PM
catl 10:00 PM
White Lung 11:00 PM
Iceage 12:00 AM
Fucked Up 1:00 AM
Soupcans 2:00 AM
The Archives 3:00 AM

Shows at the Garrison

Thursday, June 13
William Tyler 9:00 PM
US Girls 10:00 PM
Roomrunner 11:00 PM
Destruction Unit 12:00 AM
Milk Music 1:00 AM

Friday, June 14
Sarah Jaffe 9:00 PM
Big Black Delta 11:00 PM
The Soft Moon 12:00 AM
Odonis Odonis 1:00 AM
Special Guest 2:00 AM

Saturday, June 15
breeze 8:00 PM
Cousins 9:00 PM
Beliefs 10:00 PM
Dusted 11:00 PM
Tangiers 12:00 AM
doomsquad 1:00 AM
Dream Affair 2:00 AM
Greys 3:00 AM

Sunday, June 16
The Beverleys 9:00 PM
Ell V Gore 10:00 PM
Lower 11:00 PM
Special Guest 12:00 AM

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