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Published on May 29th, 2012 | by Greg


Get Thee To Toronto: NXNE 2012 Preview

From June 11-17, Toron­to will play host to one of the most an­tic­i­pat­ed sum­mer events in Cana­da, and one of the largest gath­er­ing of bands in North Amer­i­ca. Just look­ing at the list can be over­whelm­ing, but we’ll lay out the num­bers: 650 bands across 50 stages, 40 films, and sev­er­al days of in­ter­ac­tive pre­sen­ta­tions com­bine to cre­ate an event that we’re im­mense­ly look­ing for­ward to.

The Flam­ing Lips are head­lin­ing at NXNE 2012, but oth­er big acts in­clude Raek­won and Ghost­face Kil­lah, Of Mon­tre­al, Bad Re­li­gion, and one that should be high on your list, Por­tu­gal. The Man. There are even some groups that might bring back a wave of nos­tal­gia- Bran Van 3000, for in­stance. In­die lovers, fear not- check out the ethe­re­al driv­ing of Grass Wid­ow, or the elec­tron­ic pop band that is sup­posed to be great live, Pu­ri­ty Ring.

On the In­ter­ac­tive side, look for ses­sions like “My An­ti is Big­ger Than Your Cen­sor­ship” from Saman Arbabi, who co-cre­at­ed and co-hosts the Ira­ni­an ver­sion of The Dai­ly Show. Oth­ers cov­er top­ics like “Dat­ing in a Dig­i­tal World”, the “Fu­ture of the Mu­sic Video”, “How to Start a Start-up”, mo­bile pho­tog­ra­phy, Cana­di­an copy­right law, so­cial me­dia mar­ket­ing for non-prof­its, and dig­i­tal sto­ry­telling. The guys be­hind gross-out food videos EpicMeal­Time will be there, as will a wide range of en­trepreneurs, vi­su­al artists, film­mak­ers, and oth­er as­sort­ed cre­ative types.

And don’t for­get the movies. Irvine Welsh will show up to in­tro­duce a movie based on his book Ec­sta­sy, and we’re in­trigued by the hu­man-smug­gling mu­sic-doc­u­men­tary Fu­givites: Wax Live. A film about black Is­raelis KMS – Jew­ish Ne­groes is hav­ing its Cana­di­an pre­miere, as does the film Mas­ter Plan, which is sum­ma­rized thus: “The man tries to kill him­self. Ev­ery time he tries it, an an­gel keeps
him from do­ing, by show­ing him the sim­ple plea­sures in life. Lit­tle does he know that he has a pur­pose in life.” Plus, we can’t help but be cu­ri­ous about the film “The His­to­ry Of Swedish Hard Rock And Heavy Met­al”.

Tick­ets for all days and events were avail­able at press time, and we rec­om­mend tak­ing a care­ful look at the sched­ule to fig­ure out how best to plan your days. Prices are quite rea­son­able (stu­dent pric­ing is avail­able), as are air­fares and ac­com­mo­da­tions. With any luck, we won’t have the is­sues that made for a frus­trat­ing SXSW, and look for­ward to bring­ing you cov­er­age from the fes­ti­val it­self. See you in Toron­to in a cou­ple of weeks!

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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