Thursday, June 8, Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10, the North By Northeast festival packs the city with over 400 artists, many of whom have never played Toronto before. We've picked some cool bands from the lineup and arranged them according to somewhat unconventional themes.
The artist showcase component of this year's North By Northeast Music And Film Festival And Conference takes place at 33 different downtown clubs. For the most part, bands perform every hour on the hour, from 9 pm to 1 am Thursday through Saturday, with various exceptions. For comprehensive lists of participating artists, venues and specific set times, consult the complete schedule on pages 148, 149 and 150. Visit NOW 's website, www.nowtoronto.com , for further coverage and daily reports during the fest, or www.nxne.com , which offers more complete details and updated information. The conference and panel components of this year's fest take place during the day on June 9 and 10. For conference details, check www.nxne.com. Three-day festival wristbands are available for $28 at a number of locations including the Edge street-level studios (228 Yonge) and NOW Magazine (189 Church). See NXNE's ad, page 25, for a full location list. You can also call 416-870-8000 or order online at www.nxne.com.