Published Mar 15, 2011Though last week Toronto music clubs were bustling with music industry activity courtesy of Canadian Music Week, the streets are a bit quieter now that everyone's headed down to Austin for South by Southwest. Hogtown will be riding high again come June, however, when the city welcomes musicians from around the world to North by Northeast. While a full schedule of events, which will take place June 13 to 19, has yet to be released, the festival heads have just announced three gigs to whet our whistles in anticipation.
First up is a performance from experimental popsters Deerhoof, who will take to the Phoenix's stage on June 16. The band will be supported by eccentric folkies the Dodos.
The club will host an all-ages punk-o-rama the very next day (June 17), with New Jersey's finest party poppers, the Bouncing Souls, taking top billing. Also playing will be Pittsburgh political punks Anti-Flag, the Flatliners and Turbogeist.
On June 18, you can check out long-running rockers Hot Water Music at the Opera House, with metallic post-punkers A Wilhelm Scream, as well as upstarts Mockingbird Wish Me Luck and Sharks.
While you can buy tickets for the individual shows, a limited number of NXNE pass-holders can get into the gigs for free. Find out more about festival passes, which are on sale now, here.