We were lucky enough to go from not being accepted to NXNE 2011 to being booked for 4 shows in NXNE 2012. We were more than ecstatic to be involved in the festival because we spent the last year working towards getting into it. We spent 5 days playing, wandering, learning, networking and generally having a blast. Here are some photos to show you our take on how things went down.
When you play NXNE you get fun band passes that allow you to enter all the shows and conferences for free. A lot of musicians play the “too-cool-for-school” card and don’t wear them. We wore ours with pride.
We were lucky enough to have four beautiful days and nights during NXNE. This picture was at sunset loading from one show to another. 85% of being in a band is loading gear in and out of places and vehicles. It’s nice when the sunset greets you during this monotonous task.
This is a photo of Cai.ro violinist Caitlin Greive mid happy-dance before Cai.ro's first of four NXNE shows. It was at the HashTag Gallery. The image is gleeful and she looks totally free. She’s awesome.
We spent a lot of time outside before our first show. It was beautiful out and inside was as hot as a sweat shop. This photo got totally bleached out, but I love it. It looks like we are living underwater, that’s where I wish we actually were.
During Sofarsounds Shows everyone sits quietly looking forward at the artist who is playing. I’d like to believe the blurriness has something to do with the love/respect/heat in the room.
This was when Nate and Woo were getting out of the scorching gallery just before taking the stage. The beautiful breeze and setting sun just screamed out “photo op”. There’s always an awkward tension before shows (who knows why) but the outdoors seems to calm us down.
This was a crowd shot from my (Dante’s) perspective. Sofarsounds is a global community that put on shows all over. Patrons email RSVP without knowing time, place, or lineup. Those who RSVP receive an email with all vital information (minus lineup) and once they arrive they are asked to be silent during the performance. The shows promote respect for music as an art and try to ensure the songs don’t become background noise behind people’s conversations. Truly an inspiring experience to play for such a respectful/music-loving crowd.
At Cai.ro's second show of Wednesday June 13th in Kengsinton Market I happened upon this pile of empties with our sticker tucked neatly under them. Seemed to visually describe the overall chain of events for the festival to that point. That being us drinking beer and handing out stickers only to find them scattered about.
We woke up early on the second day, way to early for how late we were out the previous evening. We were scheduled to play our 3rd show at 12:30pm at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern. All hopped up on caffeine we reached the venue in a state of delirium at the prospect of playing 2 more shows that day. Excited delirium, not the sad or drug induced kind.
This was at the The Horseshoe (Toronto), just moments before taking the stage we slipped out the back door to finish our caffeinated drinks and for Woo-Young to have a quick smoke (a necessity for him before shows). We were all very quiet. The sun was hot and the air was still.
Part of being a band at NXNE is getting to go to cool-ass events in random places. This Audioblood Event on a roof top space on College St was one of those instances. There were around 100 to 200 people packed in the middle of the day on the roof top for free beer, free haircuts, free press on tattoos and live music.
I slipped out of the roof top party for a moment of peace and to take a phone call. I happened upon this scene around the corner of the building. There was clearly a male or female without pants wandering around.
It was great being at the Audioblood roof top party on College St, Toronto. The double exposure that looked like the roof and its patrons were on fire!
It was a packed house at The Piston and we were exhausted. We were lucky enough to get the best slot of the night at the Piston and we gave literally everything we had (or had left). Definitely one of the best shows we have ever played.
Cai.ro ended its NXNE experience by performing at the Love Works Charity event. It was a cloudy day that threatened to spill rain at any moment. We were lucky the sky never followed through on those threats. Later the clouds went away and we spent the evening on the rooftop enjoying good company and good food. The event was a huge success and a perfect end to a great week.
NXNE was definitely a huge highlight for Cai.ro as a band. We enjoyed every minute of our time and couldn’t have asked for things to go better. Now we have these photos to forever remember one of the biggest accomplishments we have to date.
Check out Cai.ro for their Lomo Amigo article and more photos from their concerts!
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