Three-day festival wristbands are available for $22 at Soundscapes (572 College), Metropolis (162A Spadina), Edward's Record World (2283 Yonge), Kop's Records (229 Queen West), Steve's Music (415 Queen West), the Edge street-level studios (228 Yonge) and CD Replay (523 Bloor West, 762 Yonge) as well as the offices of NOW Magazine (189 Church). You can also call 416-870-8000 or order online at www.ticketmaster.ca.
When you're looking at the NXNE schedule's nearly 400 bands - most of which have never played Toronto before - you need help. We've surveyed the slate and picked out some cool bands, organized them by genre and added a few details to the outfit's name to guide you along.
Kat Goldman - Sweet-voiced singer/songwriter with a confessional impulse.
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- Sensitive Austin-based café strummer with a wry wit and knack for catchy melodies.
Marynka Nicolai & Some Lovely Girls - Twisted cabaret and pop from this Dutch singer/songwriter.
Onli - Toronto songwriter described as "Stevie Nicks meets Patti Smith."
Vaughn Passmore - Toronto singer/songwriter and folk vet.
Alun Piggins - Toronto balladeer/songwriter and former Morganfields frontman.
Jessie Stein - Montreal girl geek singer/songwriter.
Chris Tait - Dynamic, aggressive singer/songwriter.
Aaron Wilkinson - Van Morrison meets Johnny Cash, produced by Beck.
A Northern Chorus - Space and trance pop.
Blinker the Star - Jason Zadorozny went on a songwriting spree with Courtney Love - and lived!
The Caribbean - Soft-touch Washington, DC, crew should delight Elephant 6 fanatics.
Julie Crochetière - If you watched Popstars, you know that she's the Sugar Jones member who can sing.
Detective Kalita - Warped and twisted indie tunes with a folkie bent. Urban front porch music.
Earlimart - L.A. scenesters and Lou Barlow buddies serve up prickly, peppy alterna-pop with smarts.
Peter Elkas - Local Rabbit with wicked Wayne Coyne warble goes solo with beautifully written indie rock.
Leviride - Anthemic indie guitar pop set apart by singer Paul Lahey's quirky but melodic singing style.
Marlowe - Trippy, atmospheric post-pop with electronic embellishments and sweet female vocals.
Melvin - Intimate, warm, fuzz pop solo project of Toronto's Michael Wickware, featuring other ex-members of Heater in the live band.
The Midways - Bouncey 60s garage rock complete with chunky organ riffs, hand claps and bratty white-boy blues snarling.
Nasty On - Vancouver new new wave squad with attitude could be the sleeper hit of the festival.
Nero - Toronto Dead-friendly jam band.
The Neutron Stars - Lo-fi indie pop from Guelph.
Nuginduck - Acoustic indie pop from Ottawa.
Jeen O'Brien - Toronto pop singer and former vocalist for Lilith.
Off the International Radar - Instrumental Toronto space rock.
Paper Moon - Strummy, wistful indie pop from Winnipeg.
Parkas - 60s-style mod pop.
Phaser - Psychedelic power pop from Washington, DC.
Pilate - Coldplay-influenced T.O. pop.
The Populars - Power pop from Prescott, Ontario.
Rainmen - Acoustic, melodramatic pop from the UK.
Recoilers - Dreamy indie pop from Ottawa.
Remake Remodel - Australian Sleater Kinney-style punk pop.
Revolv - Spacey, dramatic indie pop.
Rhume - Ottawa indie rockers who recorded their last record in French.
The Rude Mechanicals - Straight-ahead, 80s-ish power pop.
The Salteens - Folky pop from Winnipeg.
Sekiden - Trashy synth pop from Australia.
Shinen - Pulp-style Britpop from Vancouver.
Sick Puppies - Limp Bizket-style aggro rock from Australia.
The Singles - Beatlesesque power-pop from Detroit's next big things.
Skarlet O'Hara - Local folk rock/pop.
Trapper John - Alternative power pop from Columbus, Ohio.
Young Ideas - Local trio who play melodic piano-based tunes not unlike Belle and Sebastian.
Asteroid 4 - An odd name for a group of Burrito Brothers-style twangers, but before Asteroid 4 bought the fringe jackets, they were a psych band... no, really. The Creaking Tree String Quartet - Celtic, classical, bluegrass and jazz... all at once.The D. Rangers - Not your typical old-time string slingers, these Winnepeggers blast away like punk rock heathens. The Donnellys - Raunchy, raucous rockabilly twang.
FemBots -Junk-shop plunderers make magnificent country murder ballads.
Great Lake Swimmers - Well-instrumented, rickety, retro-leaning folk-twang tidbits.Matt Mays & El Torpedo - Former Guthries frontman proves who was the real musical talent in the group.Dale Nikkel - Roots rock and strummed pop from Edmonton.
Precious Little - Roosty country and rock from Toronto.
The Silvertones - Rockabilly and western swing from Windsor.
All Systems Go! - Old-school punks John Kastner and Mark Arnold haven't forgotten how to kick ass.
By Permit Only - Glass Tiger's Alan Frew thinks they're the next Sum 41 - which could explain why he's managing them.
Moneen - Thrashy thrills straight outta Brampton.
Paperbacks - Punk/pop fromWinnipeg.
The Sadie Hawkins - Indie punk pop from Montreal.
The Salads - Rising punk pop crew with SoCal ska/punk sound.
The Sinisters - Glammy, goth-inspired power punk.
The Spitfires - The bad boys of the Vancouver punk scene.
Phatt Al - Scarborough MC who recently jammed with jazz big band NOJO.
Reem - Female hiphop/soul from Montreal.
Rikoshay - Rising underground Toronto MC.
7th Generation - On-point First Nations hiphop from Okanagan Valley b-boys MC Kasp and DJ Combz.
Warsawpack - They like their hiphop mixed with jazz, funk and rock.
Millions of Cats that Turned on Their Masters - Classic rock gets blown up while occasional random electronic effects bubble up from under the power chords.
Plastic Bag - The heaviest band in Toronto.
Rubberman - Aggressive metal-pop from Montreal.
Sludge - Swedish metal. The anti-Ace of Bass.
Snowblind - Post-grunge dude rock.
Soft Canyon - Former Tricky Woo members who've been described as "Badfinger on cough syrup."
3 Inches of Blood - Vancouver heavy metal without the hair farming.
Darp Malone - Smoking conscious soul and hiphop. Best known for providing beats for Mr. Complex and others, he proves he's got the voice as well.
Porn Rock - Theatrical metal shtick from New York.
Temptress - Sex, drag and rock and roll from NYC.
Vampire Beach Babes - Campy goth beach party antics about Hawaii shirts from hell, bikinis that attack and such. Like a funny version of the Cramps.
White Cowbell Oklahoma - Show may include midgets, naked people or giant penises.
Adam Marshall - He's been a leading force in Toronto's techno city. Expect him to rock the house.
- In his last live set before returning to Europe for the summer, he's promising a "rockno" take on the laptop performance.
Polmo Polpo - Known for combining mournful lap steel guitar with dubby, atmospheric minimal techno, he plans a disco-rock homage to the late Arthur Russell for this performance.
Dick Richards - Toronto-based minimal techno dub producer does the clicks and echoes thing.
George Sarah - Electronic composer and pianist from Los Angeles.