NXNE photo dump 2014: Swans, St. Vincent, Speedy Ortiz, Fresh Snow, PS I Love You, & White Poppy

By Tom Beedham
Swans @ Yonge-Dundas Square. June 20, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham

This year’s North by North East was a pendulum experience that swung from frustrating lows to really solid sensory experiences.

Lacking the web #metrics NXNE press handlers were demanding this season, I simply didn’t bother applying for accreditation, but I tried my luck and brought my camera with me anyway. That lack of credentials ultimately meant being turned away at the door at the Pissed Jeans/GOAT show at Lee’s after a solid Swans/St. Vincent shoot I managed from the crowd at Yonge-Dundas, so I stashed my camera at a nearby friend’s place, rushed back for the chaos, and between leaning into white-knuckled bike rides to gigs straight from my day job over the next few days, I didn’t manage to get it back until today. Bonus excuse: I could have also given you photos of the Maica Mia/Circuit des Yeux/Thoughts on Air showcase at the Garrison on Wednesday, but I straight up forgot to pack my camera with an SD card. Technology!
Marking my first year not having to answer to an editor for my NXNE experience, I decided to limit the venue hopping and stick to checking out showcases, and I have to say this is the way to do the festival. Forget about the gamification and just lock in to a good lineup. While I am bummed I couldn’t get shots of GOAT’s kaleidoscopic costumes or the secret (technically not a NXNE show) METZ show last night, I do have to say (mark my words, Yonge-Dundas smartphone praisers) it was a relief to have a concrete excuse to put the camera down and just enjoy the experience for what it was.

Anyway, here are shots from two out of the five days I attended NXNE this year.

P.S. I Love You @ Mod Club - June 19, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Speedy Ortiz @ Mod Club - June 19, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Speedy Ortiz @ Mod Club - June 19, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham White Poppy @ The Great Hall - June 19, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Fresh Snow @ The Great Hall - June 19, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Fresh Snow @ The Great Hall - June 19, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Fresh Snow @ The Great Hall - June 19, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Fresh Snow @ The Great Hall - June 19, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Fresh Snow @ The Great Hall - June 19, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Swans @ Yonge-Dundas Square. June 20, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Swans @ Yonge-Dundas Square. June 20, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Swans @ Yonge-Dundas Square. June 20, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Swans @ Yonge-Dundas Square. June 20, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Swans @ Yonge-Dundas Square. June 20, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Swans @ Yonge-Dundas Square. June 20, 2014. 6 Swans @ Yonge-Dundas Square. June 20, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Swans @ Yonge-Dundas Square. June 20, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Swans @ Yonge-Dundas Square. June 20, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Swans @ Yonge-Dundas Square. June 20, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Swans @ Yonge-Dundas Square. June 20, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Swans @ Yonge-Dundas Square. June 20, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham Swans @ Yonge-Dundas Square. June 20, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham St. Vincent @ Yonge-Dundas Square. June 20, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham St. Vincent @ Yonge-Dundas Square. June 20, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham St. Vincent @ Yonge-Dundas Square. June 20, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham St. Vincent @ Yonge-Dundas Square. June 20, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham St. Vincent @ Yonge-Dundas Square. June 20, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham St. Vincent @ Yonge-Dundas Square. June 20, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham

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About Tom Beedham

Tom Beedham is a Canadian writer and photographer whose work focuses on independent culture, experimental art, DIY communities, and their relationship to the mainstream. He has reported on a spectrum of creatives ranging from emerging acts to the definitive voices of cultural movements. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. He has contributed features to Exclaim!, NOW, A.Side (formerly AUX), Chart Attack, and VICE publications Noisey and THUMP, and has appeared as a correspondent on Daily VICE. Tom is also a co-organizer and curator of the inter-arts series Long Winter, for which he has overseen the publication of an online blog and print newspaper-style community publication, and, in collaboration with Lucy Satzewich, implemented harm reduction strategies for safer event spaces. From 2006-2012, he was Editor-in-Chief of Halton, ON -based youth magazine The Undercroft and served as an outreach worker for parent organization Peer Outreach Support Services and Education (POSSE) Project. He was also a DIY concert organizer in his hometown Georgetown, ON in the mid-2000s.

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