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NXNE is the highlight of the summer for artists and fans alike; it’s the cream of Canada’s indie music community crop.  It can be difficult to stand out amongst 600+ bands and endless amounts of showcases and parties.  But if you ask anyone who knows, they’ll tell you that the official Young Lions Music Club showcase is the place to be on the Friday night.


Friday, June 15th
El Mocambo Main floor

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All of our favourite bands on the stage one right after the next. We hope/bet you’re as excited as we are.


Everyone’s favourite supergroup cover band loosely named after a hockey legend’s first show since they sold out the Horseshoe on a cold January in early 2012.


Hailed by anyone who has any sense about them as THE next band to break out of Toronto, we’re pumped to have them. We’re doubly pumped that this is their only NXNE show, and thus it will be bananas.


PEI’s wunderkind indie-pop brethren just wrapped up their yet-to-be-released full-length. We heard it, and it’s SO GOOD. Expect a whole bunch of fresh jams for your ears.


Ryan O’Reilly is from the UK, and doesn’t get a chance to play on our continent very often (so you may not have heard of him). But that didn’t stop his Live in Bellwoods session this past august from skyrocketing to over 20,000 views, based solely on the strength of this troubadour’s songwriting and the pure passion that resonates in everything he does.


It’s tough to believe that, as of NXNE 2011, Paradise Animals hadn’t even played a show. Fast forward one full calendar, and they’re now one of the most talked-about acts out of Toronto. They sold out their first EP release show, blanketed college radio charts with the same release, and are now gearing up to launch their next offering at the end of the summer.

9pm – COUSIN

We had Cousin, a mostly unknown entity to Torontonians, open our Canadian Music Week showcase, and yet their set of 90′s-inspired slacker rock n’ roll garnered them probably more press attention than 98% of the bands that played the festival. It’s no accident that we’ve since asked to help push their (fabulous) new album, and have invited them back to be part of our NXNE plans.


Just like their name suggests, these kids pump out the summer jams with the best of ‘em. The latest addition to Upper Class Recordings (Cadence Weapon, Russian Futurists), their sugary synth-pop is the audio equivalent to short shorts and slurpees.

flyer so obviously designed by Cassie Scowcroft.


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