Music and film explore common human experiences such as the joy of parenthood, the pain of heartache, and the fear of being conquered by super-smart cattle. Celebrate sound and screen with this GrouponLive deal to the NXNE Festival on Monday, June 11, to Sunday, June 17. For $60, you get two full-festival wristbands (a $100 value), which grant access to all NXNE club shows and film screenings throughout the duration of the festival, as well as access to the NXNE Record Show at the Hyatt Regency Toronto on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Concerts and films take place at various venues throughout the city; check the schedule for specific times and locations.
At the 18th annual NXNE Festival, 650 bands heat up stages and 40 films light screens throughout the city, transforming Toronto into a cultural haven for seven days. On Saturday, The Flaming Lips' unpredictable frontman, Wayne Coyne, may take stage in costume or tumble over the crowd at Yonge-Dundas Square in a giant plastic ball, practicing for upcoming races with mutant hamsters while the band douses audiences with its brand of psychedelic rock. Sunday showcases the beats and rhymes of Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, two parts of the flow that made Wu-Tang Clan the outlaw voice of a generation. The self-deprecating reinvention of Matthew Good also adds to the city's sonic landscape, stripping down his signature mid-'90s alt-rock to the simpler, starker music of 2011’s Lights of Endangered Species, and of Montreal's Kevin Barnes showcases his eccentric personality, 11-album discography, and ability to play an instrument and sing at the same time.
Feature films, documentaries, and shorts alight at three venues, with cast and crew in attendance for several showings. Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh joins the crowd for the adaptation of his dark romantic comedy, Ecstasy, and Canadian actor Rob Stewart, whose long-forgotten role on Tropical Heat helped overthrow Slobodan Milosevic, appears for the world premiere of his documentary Slaughter Nick For President.
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