NXNE Memories

This weekend was NXNE, and many great venues on Ossington hosted many great acts from across Canada and around the world. We had a chance to check out a number of the shows both in the Ossington area as well as venues such as the Rivoli, Mod Club, the Gladstone and the Music Gallery. We’ve posted pictures of a few of the highlights here. (excuse the dark-light iPhone/Blackberry shots)


Among a few other bands we saw on Thursday, a highlight was Paper Thick Walls, a 5 piece band from Chicago which played at the Painted Lady.
Paper Thick Walls at Painted Lady. #nxne on Twitpic


Early on Friday night we again stopped by and saw Haunted Hearts, from Charlottown, PEI.

Through the magic of Twitter, we managed to catch a secret Stars show down at Edward Day Gallery near the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art at 12:30pm on Saturday. With an audience of just over 100 people, (most NXNEers still aren’t awake at this early hour) it was an intimate setting to see such a great band.

Opening for the show was Chad VanGaalan, who later played at The Great Hall.
Chad van Gaalan at the secret @MontrealStars show near @mocca  on Twitpic

Then Stars rocked the afternoon:

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We then moved over to Reposado, who held an impromptu, rogue NXNE show with Chains of Love, Hot Kid and Modern Superstitions, generously sponsored by Steamwhistle and Rdio in the north lounge of the bar. The heat in the room was offset by free ice cream offered by the sponsors.

After some recovery we strolled over to the Dakota Tavern for great sets from Chris Velan, Bellewoods, and Portland, Oregon’s Horse Feathers.



On Sunday we wandered over to Trinity Bellwoods Park to watch a NXNE showcase played out among the trees in the park.

NXNE is over for 2011. What were your highlights?