7 acts to see at NXNE

There are 1000 bands playing NXNE this year, and this is the first time I’ve heard of Tourism Toronto championing the growing festival and music scene here as a major attraction. So, before NXNE becomes the monster that is SXSW, you might enjoy some of its remaining intimacy — and the fact Canadian bands still rule the schedule. Get a wristband here, and consider the following Can-con acts.

1. Montreal jealousy

The name Majical Cloudz aside, singer-songwriter Devon Welsh’s “existential meta-pop” is a serious contender. He has a deep, anguishy voice, and is now signed to Matador. Yet another act lifted by Grimes’ magical touch and Montreal label Arbutus in his humble beginnings.

Majical Cloudz plays Saturday June 15 @ BLK BOX, 12 a.m.


2. Retro, B-movie

We’ve been following grimey post-punks Ell V Gore – fronted by local scenester and Pretty Pretty label head Elliot Jones – for a while, and they’ve finally released their debut EP, Sex Static. Already lauded by a bunch of music-snob sites, the EP’s out this month on Bad Actors, label of Fucked Up’s most prolific member Ben Cook.

Ell V Gore play Blk Box June 13 at 11 pm and the Garrison June 16 at 10 pm


3. Weedeaters

Saskatchewan’s critically acclaimed Shooting Guns invite you to sit back, light one up, and hallucinate (or meditate) on their thick, slow-grind, doom metal, while the world implodes around you.

Shooting Guns plays Friday June 14 @ The Hideout, 10p.m.


4. Earnest rhyme

Montreal’s Jai Nitai Lotus is all about producing and rapping over “timeless” music. He’s got jazz, he’s got soul. He’s experimental and intellectual, and at age 31 he’s just coming into his prime.

Jai Nitai Lotus plays Thurs. June 13 @ Nocturne, 12am


5. Heavy, raw

Nü Sensae, shrieking garage punk duo from Vancouver, whose sophomore release “Sundowning” made them critic darlings last summer.

Nu Sensae play Friday June 14, 12am, @ Parts n Labour


6. Precious, artsy

Lush, looping vocals define the new project of Braids singer Raphaelle Standel-Preston — called Blue Hawaii, who Polaris prize jurors have taken note of with the release of their debut album on Arbutus records. The Montreal label’s showcase at The Comfort Zone will also feature up-and-coming mustachioed crooner Sean Nicholas Savage.

Blue Hawaii play Thursday June 13 @ Comfort Zone


7. Blogger-friendly, ADD

Halifax producer Ryan Hemsworth has caught the attention of U.S. rappers and the electronic music elite over the past two years for his ablility to tactfully remix everything from Backstreet boys to Danny Brown. Plus, he’s apparently moving to Toronto this weekend, so let’s give him a warm welcome.

Barranquilla Colombia

Barranquilla Colombia has no established record of the its foundation, but residents traditionally commemorate the city’s anniversary on April 7. That same date in 1913 Barranquilla was legally established as a village.

Being Colombia’s first port and thanks to its level of industrialization and modernity, Barranquilla is often referred to as La Puerta de Oro de Colombia (Colombia’s Golden Gate) and as La Arenosa (The Sandy City). Also, South America’s first airport ever, Enrnesto Cortissoz international Airport, was built in Barranquilla in 1919 and is the world’s second oldest commercial airline still in business. Avianca Airlines was founded in this city as well.

Barranquilla is the biggest city in the Atlantic coast of Colombia and it’s the country’s fourth largest city after Bogota, Medellin and Cali.

Geography and Climate

The highest point you’ll find in Barranquilla is at 142 meters above sea level with temperatures around 32 degrees Celsius all year long thanks to its location along the coast. Throughout the day, temperature can change thanks to the strong winds the city receives between late November and early April. Rainy season takes place between April and June and from August to November.

Barranquilla’s Carnival

Throughout the years the city has developed business and commercial business especially during times of carnival and the end of the year when it receives a large amount of visitors.

Carnival takes place and lasts 4 days leading to “Ash Wednesday” which is a Catholic Religion festivity that takes place in February or early March. In Barranquilla Colombia you will find the best hotels in the north of the city near the business districts and shopping centers along with other small budget hotels and inns. They all ready up for the high season so they all provide the best service possible for everyone who visits.

During the carnival you get the chance to witness a musical competition where important national and international bands compete in different categories for the legendary Golden Congo. You get to listen to salsa merengue and vallenato which are very popular music genres in Colombia.


As mentioned before, the northern part of Barranquilla Colombia houses the best neighborhoods, shopping centers and parks. The variety of hotel branches affects the prices and provides more options for you to plan your vacation and not hurt your pocket. Neighbor villages that are located no more than one hour away by road offer camping facilities and hiking trips.

The Zoo in Barranquilla holds both native and exotic animal species while emphasizing in Colombian fauna and promoting the protection of endangered animal species. You can also visit “the mouth of the Magdalena River” which is often referred to as “Bocas de Ceniza”. This is the access to the port of Barranquilla where you can ride small boats along the river and visit the restaurants long its shores.