NXNE Roundup: Damn you, parties, it’s all a blur now!

Another year, another NXNE and yet again, I was a victim to NXNE's most awesome parking lot and rooftop parties. What can I say, free booze, food and live music are the perfect tonic for good times with friends.

I kicked off my NXNE with probably one of my most favourite parties to date. Hosted by Exclaim!, Jagermeister and Sailor Jerry in a random parking lot at the corner of Spadina and College, the combination of Canada's music authority and everyone's favourite drinks was the perfect slur maker.

Reviews and Suggestions

CD Review: These Electric Lives “We See Light”

Toronto-based These Electric Lives kick off their latest EP, We See Light, with “Hit the Ground Running” – a punchy, synth-oriented track reminiscent of blinking lights and a crowded dance floor. “Called it Off” follows with a mellower vibe, far more laid back but still holding the foot-shuffling energy one may come to expect of These Electric Lives; the chorus swells majestically and the vocals  provide a lovely counter melody.

“Work the Night” begins with a grungier guitar and a darker tone, sounding more alternative in nature than the whimsical previous tracks. This song feels more like work than the other two and gives off a tension that was not present before, giving These Electric Lives an interesting depth.

Live Rock and Roll Rock News

These Electric Lives spread the love on their L’amour Electrique Tour 2010

Toronto’s These Electric Lives are feeling warm and fuzzy all over and they want you to feel it too. Fresh from their Indie Week Canada win, they are hitting the road with friends The Love Machine and guest Hungry Hearts, making stops at:

Dec 2 – Clark Hall Pub @ Queens University
Kingston, ON

Dec 3 – The Garrison
Toronto, ON

Dec 4 – Zaphods
Ottawa, ON


Oh Indie Week, how I love your music and wrestling!

This was by far the most memorable and most fun Toronto music fest I’ve been to in a while. Going on my second Indie Week, I have to say that when you mix talent with great venues, plus an amazing party atmosphere and cheap booze thanks to sponsors – you’ve got yourself one hell of a shindig!

Kicking off my Indie Week was my own Blankfest Toronto, co-organized with Indie Week and Serving Charity. Blankfest is a charity show I first brought to Montreal two years ago that began in NYC in 1997. It was founded by Kenn Rowell of The Baghdaddios to help collect blankets for the homeless during the winter months.

This was an amazing event as bands from all across came out to support Toronto’s homeless and Indie Week. The lineup was just phenomenal and had a great mix of punk, hard rock and my personal favourite genre of balls-deep metal!


Toronto’s Indie Week 2010 delivers ups and downs

Indie Week Canada showcases the best of Canadian and Irish independent music and this year, Australia and Japan also got in on the game.

Although many of the bands playing the Friday night “Irish Showcase” were not actually live and direct from the Emerald Isle, the bands that did cross the Atlantic were treated to all that Toronto had to offer: 16 venues, well over 100 independent bands and a 4 a.m. last call.

The only fault of Indie Week was that it tried to provide too much of everything. For 2010, organizers added new venues to the bill to accommodate the growing number of performances and Bread and Circus in Kensington Market was one of these. A small café/theatre venue, I had the chance to catch both Hamilton’s Ascot Royals and Montreal’s Vinyl Hero here, but unfortunately for both bands – the venue did them no favours. The floor was clogged with tables and chairs, which pacified the crowd, and the sound and acoustics of the venue were also very flat.