Nadia Elkharadly: 2013 NXNE Preview

Nadia LogoHappy June everyone!  Get the coffee, advil, milk thistle and Gatorade ready, it’s music festival time in Toronto!  This week brings North by North East back into our lives.  That means 4am last calls, copious amounts of alcohol and terrible for you meals, and glorious, glorious live music everywhere you go!  It’s become one of my favourite times of year in this city, along with CMW (despite the pitfalls I complained about back in April) and Indie Week.  The city floods with visiting musicians and delegates from across Canada, the U.S. and the rest of the world.  Ever concert, event or just bar wandering can turn into a network opportunity, a reunion or just a chance to get sh-tfaced with friends, new and old alike.  It’s a great time to be in Toronto, and it’s a great time to be a music lover.

You can check out my list of tips and tricks for NXNE on my lovely online magazine (Addicted –, but just because I love you wonderful DBAWISers so very much, I’m going ot include a special list of recommendations below!

Samantha Martin and the Haggard – Supermarket, Wednesday June 12th

Sam and the Haggard

Recent Bobcast musical guest Sam Martin blew us all away with the power of her pipes and her incredible sweetness just a short couple of weeks ago.  The delta blues soul that comes from this petite woman is astounding, and must be seen and heard to be believed.  Check her and her most talented band (including Beauties drummer and multi-instrumentalist and producer extraordinaire Derek Downham) to see what you missed, and to know that you’ll never want to miss them again.

The Nurdrawk Showcase – Hard Luck Bar, Thursday June 13th


That’s right, I’m recommending an entire night of music at just one bar.  It’s one stop shopping for your Canadian Music loving needs.  I highly recommend checking out the incredibly powerful Schomberg Fair, it’s a religious experience.  Between  bassist Nate Sidon’s booming, unbelievable deep voice shaking your core, and Matt Bahen’s rapidfire banjo playing, the gospel trio are a longtime favourite of mine and should be on everyone’s must see list.  Another notable mention includes, of course,  Bobcast favourites The Blue Stones in their finely dressed glory (and fresh off their recent east coast tour).

White Cowbell Oklahoma – Lees Palace, Thursday June 13th


I wouldn’t be my contrary self if I didn’t provide you lovely readers with a scheduling conflict right off the bat.  Also playing Thursday night (this time at Lee’s palace), White Cowbell Oklahoma makes my must see list.  I make this band a MUST MUST see if you’ve never had the chance to see them play before.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, they put on the best live show in Toronto.  Half naked chicks, chainsaws, carnage and wreckage abound.  Oh, and they play some kick as s dirty country rock music to boot.  You can probably hitch a ride up to Lee’s with Little Foot Long Foot frontwoman Joan Smith – she’ll be rushing from her set at the Hard Luck up to Lee’s to shred it up with the cowboy-hatted heathens as the only female member of the White Cowbell crew.

CATL – The Horseshoe, Saturday June 14th


I wrote about Catl a while back as a band whose “ending” I had much lamented.  Well, Catl are back and they’re playing NXNE on Saturday night at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern. Though they’ve changed up their rhythm section for the reunion, the duo of Sarah K and Jamie remains steadfastly together, on and off stage, and they’re sure to put on a great show.  Real, old school blues guitar, fuzzed out vocals and hip shaking rhythms, you’ll feel like the whiskey you’ve been drinkin’ took you back in time, and you’ll love every minute of it.

Public animal – Lee’s Palace, June 13th , The Bovine, June 14th


I’ll go on record to say that I will always check out any new project that Ian Blurton puts his name on.  C’mon will always be a favourite of mine, and I can’t wait to see what Public Animal has to offer.  An indie rock super group, Public Animal includes members of Bella Clava, Tricky Woo and the Lyin Cheats, all accompanying Sir Ian Blurton himself.  They’re playing at Lee’s Palace on Thursday and at the Bovine on Saturday, and you can bet I’ll be at one of those shows, eyes and ears wide and willing to take in the sure to be musical glory.

Until next time,




Nadia’s column appears every Wednesday

Contact us at:

DBAWIS ButtonNadia Elkharadly is a Toronto based writer with a serious addiction to music. Corporate drone by day, renegade rocker by night, writing is her creative outlet.  Nadia writes for the Examiner (.com) on live music in Toronto and Indie Music in Canada.  She has never been in a band but plays an awesome air guitar and also the tambourine.  Check in every Tuesday for musings about music, love, life and whatever else that comes to mind.

addicted mag

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: