NXNE madness begins
The first announcements about the 2013 edition of North By Northeast have started trickling out, and the fest is already looking pretty promising.
The biggest news is that Brooklyn indie rock heavyweights the National are headlining the June 14 free outdoor show at Yonge-Dundas Square. Also confirmed for this year's fest are up-and-coming rapper Joey Bada$$, veteran alt-rockers the Supersuckers, Danish punks Iceage, prog folk duo Buke & Gase, Florida noise pop band Merchandise and garage rock singer/songwriter Mikal Cronin.
In addition to the official lineup, the NXNE Spotlight Series presents ticketed shows throughout the festival that admit a limited number of NXNE pass-holders. Spotlight Series shows include Black Flag tribute act FLAG (June 14 at the Opera House, featuring original Black Flag members Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena and Bill Stevenson), alt-country heroes Calexico (June 12, at Virgin Mobile Mod Club) and Swedish punks Millencolin (June 15, at the Phoenix).
For more information on wristbands, passes, tickets and artists performing at the fest, go to nxne.com.
Parallels win an Academy Award (sort of)
If you were watching the untelevised pre-show portion of the Oscars last weekend, you would have heard the song Dry Blood by Toronto synth pop band Parallels played in the nomination trailer for the film Curfew, which ended up winning the trophy for best live-action short.
Since recording that song, Parallels co-founder Cam Findlay has left to work on his own project, Kontravoid, which co-headlines the Pretty Pretty Records 1st Anniversary show Saturday (March 2), at the Comfort Zone.
Garth Hudson's unfortunate garage sale
Americans may not know this, but the Band were once a big part of the Toronto scene, backing up Ronnie Hawkins when he ruled the Yonge Street strip. Unfortunately, some of that history may have been sold at a garage sale in Kingston, New York, last weekend, when the landlord of Garth Hudson's loft space decided to sell off his belongings to pay for seven years' unpaid rent.