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NXNE Part 7: Gabriel Minnikin

I was surprised by a friend when she handed me two North By Northeast wristbands. I promptly started scouring the NXNE schedule, these are the stories.

Gabriel Minnikin

14 JUNE 2013, 12AM

Tranzac

Gabriel Minnikin

Gabriel Minnikin doesn’t seem to play in Toronto too often. I’ve been a fan of his former band The Guthries for quite some time and his sister Ruth’s for just as long. I think that his living in the UK and not performing in Toronto was what led me to never check out his solo records. I bought two records of his a couple years back at the Zunior Boxing Day sale. While I liked the record, I still don’t know the songs inside and out. Buying it amongst 30 other records didn’t help.

Minnikin seemed to be playing at inopportune times. Either during the massive Murderecords show or 15 minutes after an artist in the other end of the city. I had decided to drive that night, and so getting from Queen and Ossington to Bloor and Brunswick in 15-20 minutes wasn’t that difficult.

Minnikin has a charm to his show. He was all on his own playing to a room of a dozen people, and his humour and music kept him afloat.

NXNE Part 6: Cœur de pirate

I was surprised by a friend when she handed me two North By Northeast wristbands. I promptly started scouring the NXNE schedule, these are the stories.

Cœur de pirate

13 JUNE 2013, 11PM

The Great Hall

Cœur de pirate

Apparently Béatrice Martin, aka Cœur de pirate, was recovering from a illness, but the audience was none the wiser until she pointed it out before her last song. He voice is beautiful and he songs are pretty. I generally don’t understand what she’s singing about, but it was a nice and strange sight to see a room full of Torontonians singing along to songs in French. Maybe Canada’s French/English divide isn’t as strong as many believe.

NXNE Part 5: Michael Rault

I was surprised by a friend when she handed me two North By Northeast wristbands. I promptly started scouring the NXNE schedule, these are the stories.

Michael Rault

13 JUNE 2013, 10PM

The Great Hall

Michael Rault

I got to The Great Hall early as there was much buzz about Cœur de pirate’s show at 11. With only a wristband, I didn’t want to be closed out on the rainy Toronto streets. He played his bluesy songs solo, with the occasional help from his Rockabilly-styled guitarist.

Michael Rault

NXNE Part 4: Arizona Lily

I was surprised by a friend when she handed me two North By Northeast wristbands. I promptly started scouring the NXNE schedule, these are the stories.

Arizona Lily

13 JUNE 2013, 8PM

Rancho Relaxo

Arizona Lily

I don’t really have much to say, since bass player Jessica is my friend. 

Arizona Lily

Arizona Lily

Jessica looks like a smurf in this lighting. Oh Rancho, you do so many things terribly, lighting is amongst them.

NXNE Part 3: The Super Friendz

Matt Murphy

I was surprised by a friend when she handed me two North By Northeast wristbands. I promptly started scouring the NXNE schedule, these are the stories.

The Super Friendz

15 June 2013, 12am

The Great Hall

Drew Yamada

The last time I saw The Super Friendz perform in Toronto, I left the show with such a high that lasted me for a whole week, and no it was no artificially induced. It was teh first time I saw The Super Friendz live, and I expected it to be the only time I’d ever see that classic ’90s Halifax rock band. Fate seems to want to correct me.

Fate seemed to have a different plan for me. With NXNE came an announcement that The Super Friendz would be playing at The Great Hall. I usually avoid NXNE, as I’m not doing the whole blogging thing much any more and it’s at a terrible time for those of us who have day jobs in schools. Then when I was handed a free wristband, I was able to pass on my ticket to another and make some stranger happy.

It didn’t feel like the band hasn’t played together for a decade (except two shows) and the band members seemed to be having a great time up on stage. I don’t know what to say other than I left with a giant grin on my face. I loved watching the people in the audience during the encore going crazy to hear “Karate Man” live. Watching Matt Murphy in his Murph-tastic zone is always a pleasure.

Setlist:

  1. When They Paid Me
  2. Undertow
  3. Better Call
  4. Come Clean
  5. Rescue Us From Boredom
  6. Restricted
  7. Boots
  8. Up and Running
  9. Just Say So
  10. Down In Flames
  11. 10 lbs.
  12. <encore break>
  13. Absurd Without It
  14. Karate Man
  15. Super Friendz Theme1
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