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NXNE 2014

NXNE—the northern sibling of SXSW—officially kicks off today! This 10-day festival of music, film, interactive, comedy and art is taking over Toronto for its 20th year (happy birthday, buds!). The music portion is wedged right in the middle of proceedings, starting on June 18, and features an expansive list of artists, including St.

FOCUS | Vanessa Heins

Hailing from Vancouver, BC, photographer Vanessa Heins moved to Toronto in 2002 to study at Ryerson University. After receiving her BFA in photographic studies, she found her niche in portraits, with a focus in music—Vanessa received a Juno nomination in 2010 for Record Packaging of the Year. Her work can be found in various editorial publications including Billboard, Blackbook and SPIN. 

Owen Pallett | Crazy Times

Since his debut in 2005 with Final Fantasy, Owen Pallett's music has defied lazy journalism. It is utterly unique and only comparable to Owen Pallett, leaving music journalists everywhere struggling to find clever one-liners to summarize his unique brand of genius. Now an in-demand multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger, and composer, you can no longer nail his music down to the orchestral pop cross.

Odonis Odonis | Aural Adonis

ODONIS ODONIS is surely Toronto’s modern-day champion of 1980s-era industrial gristle. Mixing intense walls of sound with healthy doses of surf, punk, and earworm melodies, their shoegaze noise-pop has grown up in the city's vibrant DIY scene, alongside bands like METZ, Soupcans, and a slew of other punk/lo-fi acts that emerged from the now defunct Buzz Garage. Comprised of Dean Tzenos, Denholm Whale, and Jarod Gibson, the trio is preparing to release their anticipated second full-length on Buzz Records.

FOCUS | Elise Von Kulmiz

Elise Von Kulmiz is a freelance, documentary photojournalist from Parkdale, Toronto, by way of the Okanagan Valley and Kawartha Lakes. She can be found all over town on her bike with her camera strapped around her neck. Her interests vary from politics and social justice, to food, magazines, and animal rights. Elise shoots on digital and film, and edits all her work in a dark corner of her room on the computer, or lounging in her space within the 36 Chambers studio collective in Toronto.

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