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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Our besties over at NXNE just dropped their full line-up for their festival. Not only are we excited about the acts that they are bringing in, we love this clever little video they did to make the announcement. We will also be making some announcements soon on a contest that will take you and a friend to NXNE on us. Stay tuned for that, but in the meantime have a watch and enjoy.
Grief can have all sorts of effects on an person, and sometimes it manifests into something unto itself entirely. It had this effect on Sandra Meigs, a visual artist based in Victoria, BC, when, following her husband’s passing in 2010, she painted The Basement Panoramas to reflect and illustrate the stages of her grieving process.
I’m tempted to use this as an opportunity to explain why ‘Gramercy Riffs’ is an awesome band name, but I suppose the goal of an album review isn’t to ensure that readers pick up on obscure references made to 1980s cult cinema. It’s a shame really, but reluctantly I must digress.