Jason Collett

I have been a long time Ca Va Cool follower and am proud to call a few of the writers friends whom I admire for their taste in music. Being an avid photographer for almost 9 years, my dream has always been to get into concert photography, so when Daniel asked me to step in for him at the NxNE, I couldn’t have been more ecstatic.

For Canadians, summer bodes a ton of opportunities to see many incredible musicians from coast to coast. Festivals in particular have always lured even the most docile fans with the promise of the “most bang for their buck.” Many a great musician, delicious cuisine and beverages ready for mass consumption, all for very economical prices. Not only are they recession friendly but best of all, concert-goers can experience this amongst crowds of thousands that nowadays include everything from your peace-loving hippies, sophisticated Rayban and Fedora-wearing indie kids, to your Keenan-preaching or Rollins-educated counterparts, and in rarer cases those who seamlessly amalgamate all of the above (and more) into one. North by Northeast was no different. The festival took place June 17 to 21 in venues that stretched downtown Toronto. For those unfamiliar, you might be surprised to find out that this is the fifteenth year that NxNE has been rocking Toronto.


My first show was Dragonette on June 18 at the Kool Haus. Martina Sorbara isn’t anything like I expected, she’s even more flirtatious and cheekier live than she came off when I dabbled in the Canadian/British band’s material prior to the show. The setlist of 10 tracks consisted of mainly songs from their debut album Galore. ‘Take It Like a Man’, ‘I Get Around’ and ‘Competition’ were three tracks that stood out live.

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— , July 13, 2009    4 Comments