NXNE (North By Northeast) 2012 – Final Event Review

Sumo Cyco at NXNE 2012

5 days. 4 Movie Reviews, 16 Band Interviews, 30 articles, 51 bands reviewed. Can you beat that?

June 20 2012 – North By Northeast (NXNE) 2012 offered Toronto 5 days of glorious music. We had a wonderful ride and although our coverage focused strictly on rock music and movies we discovered some new excellent music during our journeys at NXNE. Here is a recap of all our activities and our closing thoughts.

We started our coverage by announcing the big headliner for NXNE 2012 The Flaming Lips. We then asked our Senior Editor, Steve, to weed through the hundred of band bios and come up with a suggested list of bands to watch. Mix a bit of luck, randomness, and having Steve like the song the band had on their bio yielded our T-MAK World  preview article with a handy .pdf document of who to watch on each day and each time slot. On that article we also identified our 5 “must-see shows” of the festival (they were Filligar, Bella Clava, Little Foot Long Foot, TimeGiant and The Blue Stones).

Steve Hill at NXNE 2012
When all was said and done we had seen a total of 51 bands/artists and broke down all of them on our daily recap articles:

Wed. June 13 Concert Recap  we saw The Parkdale Hookers, Wise Young & King, July Talk, Vorasek, Avery Island, Steve Hill, The Aves, The Balconies, Ponctuation, Bella Clava, The One Look Donnybrook, Rabid Whole, The Scarlet Fever

Thu. June 14 Concert Recap we saw Always, Beliefs, The Black Owls, Boxer The Horse, Champion Lover, Cousins, Decent Lovers, Elk, Gloryhound, Grounders, Jane’s Party, The Cunninghams, The Dead Ships, The Lad Classic

Fri. June 15 Concert Recap we saw Bella Clava, Cousin, Darlings Of Chelsea, TimeGiant, Sumo Cyco, The Blue Stones, 1st You Get The Sugar, Ill Scarlett, Secret Broadcast, The Boxing Lesson

Sat. June 16 Concert Recap we saw A Primitive Evolution, Ain’t No Love, Black Wing Halo, Fast Romantics, Little Foot Long Foot, Mad Ones, Poor Young Things, Sara Johnston, Yukon Blonde, Platinum Blonde, Shawn Brady, Holly McNarland 

A couple of bands got full dedicated reviews of their sets:

Platinum Blonde – NXNE 2012 Concert Review
TimeGiant – NXNE 2012 Concert Review 

Why stop there though we also reviewed 4 films playing at NXNE 2012 as follows:

Dan’s Chelsea Guitars – World Premiere Review
Fugitives: Wax Live – World Premiere Review
My Father and the Man In Black – World Premiere Review
Slaughter Nick For President – World Premiere Review
Slaughter Nick For President – Producer Interview 

The Balconies at NXNE 2012

We also interviewed 16 bands as part of our ongoing Emerging Artist Spotlight series.We found 15 fantastic rock bands and even talked to 1 hip-hop/reggae artist (Derrick Ashong). Here is the full list of our interviews:

Bella Clava – NXNE 2012 Emerging Artist Spotlight
Black Owls – NXNE 2012 Emerging Artist Spotlight
The Blue Stones – NXNE 2012 Emerging Artist Spotlight
The Boxing Lesson – NXNE 2012 Emerging Artist Spotlight
Conveyor – NXNE 2012 Emerging Artist Spotlight
Darlings Of Chelsea – NXNE 2012 Emerging Artist Spotlight
Dearly Beloved – NXNE 2012 Emerging Artist Spotlight
The Death Set – NXNE 2012 Emerging Artist Spotlight
Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfege – NXNE 2012 Emerging Artist Spotlight
Fast Romantics – NXNE 2012 Emerging Artist Spotlight
Filligar – NXNE 2012 Emerging Artist Spotlight
The Honeyrunners – NXNE 2012 Emerging Artist Spotlight
Little Foot Long Foot – NXNE 2012 Emerging Artist Spotlight
Rise For Order – NXNE 2012 Emerging Artist Spotlight
Secret Broadcast – NXNE 2012 Emerging Artist Spotlight 
Vorasek – NXNE 2012 Emerging Artist Spotlight
All 16 of these bands rock and we strongly recommend them based on their music and/or live shows.

Bella Clava at NXNE 2012

All good things must come to an end so we reflect upon NXNE 2012 and what memories NXNE left for us to cling on to until next year.

Terry (editor in chief) – We produced 30 articles saw 51 bands in 4 days – what more can a music lover want (aside from a Pink Floyd reunion tour). Memorable sets include Wise, Young & King, Vorasek, The Blue Stones, The Boxing Lesson, The Black Owls, The Darlings of Chelsea, and an epic set from Toronto’s next big hard rock band TimeGiant who also blew us away at Canada Music Week 2012. TimeGiant is winner of T-Mak World’s BEST GIG OF NXNE 2012. Congratulations guys.

The venue that I enjoyed being at the most was The Hideout, so kudos to that location for its good vibe, excellent bands, and lovely staff. I personally want to thank Damien Nelson, Julie MacFarlane and Jill Angelstad from Flip Publicity for enabling us to cover this amazing event, and we look forward to being Toronto’s one stop shop for Rock at NXNE 2013. Those three ladies are among the best PR managers I have ever dealt with. Finally I want to thank my partners in crime Steve Mallinson and John Dash for putting in countless hours at NXNE and sharing my vision of making T-Mak World Toronto’s best rock blog. We did it boys!

Gloryhound at NXNE 2012
John Dash (Movie Critic): The 18th annual NXNE music festival provided some amazing music experiences and some clear standouts. For me my highlights were July Talk, TimeGiant, Decent Lovers, and Sumo Cyco to name a few. My guilty pleasure was the re-emergence of Platinum Blonde.
Steve Mallinson (Sr. Editor/Photographer):  “The best laid plans… The best and worst part of NXNE is the fact that there are so many bands playing all over the city at any given time. But that inevitably means you need to make choices you’d prefer not to make. You can’t be too set in your ways during NXNE, you have to be able to improvise. We found that centralizing on The Hideout meant with a short walk we could quickly get to the Bovine, Velvet Underground, Cameron House, Horseshoe or Rivoli. Occasionally we needed to travel further afield but consistently bad traffic throughout NXNE encouraged us to avoid that when possible. So, despite Filligar being a Must See choice, we didn’t see them. The rest of our Must Sees were amongst our highlights. TimeGiant, Little Foot Long Foot, Bella Clava and The Blue Stones all blew us away. Some additional highlights were Wise Young & King from Ottawa and The Black Owls from Ohio.”

TimeGiant at NXNE 2012

VERDICT: Watch out SXSW, Toronto’s NXNE is taking over.

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