After some personal convincing and a schedule change to an event in Ottawa this year, I decided that it’s finally time to go to the big smoke, Toronto and attend NXNE. Although, I didn’t get a lot of time to spend in Toronto and the live music around various venues, I’ll admit to opening up positively to Canada’s biggest city (thanks to two people). Aside from that, I arrived on Friday and walked from the train station to NXNE headquarters to pick up the media pass, then checked in the hotel and then leave to go to CBC Toronto Broadcast Centre for a tour around CBC Radio. It was great to meet up with CBC Radio 3 fans. After the tour, the rest of the R3 gang went to a pub and Grant Lawrence showed up later. I had the opportunity to interview him for his thoughts on the music festival.
Afterwards, I had to take a long walk to Bathurst Street to interview Papermaps and Wendy Versus (a bonus interview).
This week’s radio show had interviews from Grant Lawrence and Papermaps.
On Saturday night, I had some time before going to the legendary Horseshoe Tavern, I stopped by the Cameron House because a singer I watched from an Internet show was performing there. The singer was Robyn Dell’Unto. From the one song I caught, all I can say that she has a lovely voice. I was like wow in my head. Afterwards, I rushed over to the Horseshoe Tavern for the CBC Radio 3 Showcase. It consisted of Poor Young Things, Yukon Blonde, Lumineers, Young Empires, and CATL. Some of the R3 fans were in attendance and it was great to see Craig Norris as well. I finally got a chance to see Yukon Blonde live because whenever they’re in Ottawa, I tend to miss out but it’s in Toronto that I got to see them. They totally rocked the Horseshoe Tavern and great singing along to their songs.
Overall, I definitely had a great time at NXNE in Toronto. You can listen to the radio show and interviews below.
Another part to check out is from Storify as I posted tweets, images and a video (not mine) at NXNE. [Link]
Meeting Nat & Marie (Not NXNE-related)
Lastly, another priority to going to Toronto was to meet with the lovely hosts of Nat & Marie. Let’s say they’ve been pretty influential in my approach in using social media for my radio show and other activities. After the CBC tour and music interviews, I got to meet up with Marie of Nat & Marie. Originally, her partner in crime (Nat) was supposed to join us for sushi but had family obligations.
The next day, they were kind enough to meet up again and finally do an interview. The funny story was Nat tweeting me that’s she’s at Starbucks and I left the NXNE headquarters to Queen St. West. I was rushing frantically back to the site to Starbucks to meet them. The rest is history as we got to chat and interview. Unfortunately, I missed out on the unofficial CBC Radio 3 picnic at Trinity Bellwoods Park. Still, I wanted to meet my new idols or social media darlings as I’ve been tuning to their Internet show. Expect the interview to be aired in July.
I didn’t realize I was mentioned in their Tumblr post from June 15, 2012 at this link. I’m on the final line of their entry.
Radio Show and Interviews
The playlist for the June 20th show is over at this link.
Radio show for June 20th – Press play to listen.
Grant Lawrence Interview