Artscape Gibraltar Point (443 Lakeshore, Toronto Island), tonight (Thursday, June 14), doors 5:30 pm. Free w/ RSVP to jansport.com/bonfiresessions.
Each year there are more unofficial renegade events piggybacking on NXNE (see Parties, page 62) that add to the fest's overall excitement level. One of the best is this Bands And A Bonfire show featuring scrappy Chicago rockers the Smith Westerns alongside the atmospheric, rootsy songs of Dusted (aka Brian Borcherdt of Holy Fuck's new project).
WXWC : Wyrd X Weird Canada
w/ Man Forever, Mass Horns, Sexy Merlin, the Soupcans, Moonwood, TOPS, Sean Nicholas Savage and many more
various venues, tonight to Saturday (June 14 to 16)
Experimental bizarro-NXNE festival.
Live In Bellwoods: Great Heart Festival
w/ Julie Doiron, Dwayne Gretsky, Army Girls, Octoberman, Husky, Paper Lions, Julie Fader and many more
Trinity Bellwoods Park (Queen West, at Strachan), Thursday to Sunday (June 14 to 17)
Unofficial NXNE park party.
w/ The Men, Doldrums, Bass Drum of Death, Mac DeMarco, Prince Innocence, Ell V Gore and many more
El Gordo's backyard (214 Augusta), Friday (June 15)
Weirdo-rock renegade NXNE party.
Dave Clarke, Greg Gow, Gareth Whitehead, Terence Kissner, Ovi M
Footwork (425 Adelaide West), Friday (June 15)
Rare local gig by UK techno icon.
NXNE Bruise Cruise
w/ Bleached, Mac DeMarco, Teenanger, Hooded Fang, Jonathan Toubin
Captain Matthew Flinders (207 Queens Quay West, Pier 6), Saturday (June 16)
Official NXNE boat cruise.
Downsview Park (35 Carl Hall), Saturday (June 16)
Art rock superstars.
w/ Zebra Katz, Njena Redd Foxx, Mike Q, DJ Blackcat
The Great Hall Black Box Theatre (1087 Queen West), Saturday (June 16)
See preview, nowtoronto.com.
Travis Good, Greg Keelor, Gordon Pinsent
Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front West), Tuesday (June 19)
Quirky Canadian icon collaboration.