Gladstone Hotel, Thursday (June 7), midnight
You don't really choose a name like Royal Wood. It's an appelation of honour conferred only on those with extraordinary attributes. And the musically well-endowed Toronto singer/songwriter has demonstrated he's worthy of the regal title with his impressive recent release, A Good Enough Day. Have you got Wood?
Art Bar, Thursday (June 7), midnight
At first glance, Randall Spear may look like any other sensitive, folky Canuck strummer who's listened to far too much Leonard Cohen. But get past that acoustic guitar and you'll find that the Spear-man has a lot more going on.
Free Times Café, Thursday (June 7), midnight
Just how tasty is this guitar-picking song-poet from London, Ontario?
Here's a clue: her name is S-W-E-E-T- L-A-N-D. Yummy!
Dakota Tavern, Friday (June 8), 10 pm
We don't really want to get into the painful details of why these strapping young men from Ottawa are known throughout southeastern Ontario as the Brothers Chaffey, so let's just say the blues-rocking sound of these boys will feel like a soothing salve during NXNE weekend.
Black Bull, Friday (June 8), 11 pm
No doubt their pals in SuperHeavyGoatAss and most of the male population of Tucson will attest to the strange and wonderous powers possessed by the Love Mound. Resistance is futile - you will surrender to the Love Mound.