People on the East Coast say “if you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes”. And those, like me, who have moved to Toronto in the interests of finding employment (hey, Halifax, I tried!), find out quickly the “land of opportunity” is no different.
I had initially been planning on starting the day at the crack of 4PM at the SL Feldman barbecue and performances by Faber Drive, Mother Mother, Les Breastfeeders, Shad and Pascale Picard; but torrential weather coinciding with its exact three hour timeframe would have nothing of it. Bummer.
Instead, I took some time to mull about the packed hallways of the Holiday Inn on King Street, which housed much of the conference portion of the festival. Yielding little promise in the way of exciting random events, I set my sights on The Silver Dollar – and the only performance I planned on taking in for the evening.
That show was Halifax’s The Superfantastics, who win this year’s prize for most typo-ed band name in festival materials. After reading all of the NXNE promo, and some of the reviews, I had myself convinced they had changed their name to “Super Fantastic”, but their website and MySpace pages helped confirm otherwise.
One of Halifax’s hardest working - and creatively promoted - bands, The Superfantastics traveled from Scotia solely for this 45-minute opportunity. The distinct charm of their set made an easy connection with their audience, which was probably refreshed by the duo’s positive, upbeat presence which is often void at such cool festivals.
Tomorrow’s agenda will be as jammed as I suspect the Horseshoe will be for tomorrow’s showcase. Check back with me tomorrow for perspective live from the Six Shooter Records barbecue, Indie Music Market - and at least one In-Flight Safety sighting.