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NORTH BY NORTH­EAST » JUNE 13 TO 22

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North By North­east turns 20 this year, and this edi­tion’s lineup of mu­sic, film, com­edy, art and in­ter­ac­tive ses­sions more than be­fits a mile­stone of this mag­ni­tude.

Amer­i­can heavy­weights Reg­gie Watts and Marc Maron star in the com­edy pro­gram, with lo­cal lights Alex Pavone (who just moved to New York) and DeAnne Smith shin­ing bright as well.

NXNE film’s mul­ti­ple Cana­dian pre­mieres in­clude Wil­liam J. Stri­b­ling’s Lies I Told My Sis­ter and Richard Lin­klater’s Boy­hood.

Shady Records co-founder and mega-star man­ager Paul Rosenberg is one of the speak­ers at NXNE in­ter­ac­tive. The art pro­gram, mean­while, takes over pri­vate and pub­lic spa­ces around down­town.

But the mu­sic com­po­nent is NXNE’s bread and but­ter, and this year’s lineup is its most eclec­tic and rel­e­vant yet. Head­lin­ers for free Yonge-Dundas Square shows, for ex­am­ple, in­clude Brook­lyn noise-pop­pers Sleigh Bells on June 19, gui­tar-shred­ding singer/song­writer St.Vincent on June 20, Texas rock­ers Spoon on June 21 and Hous­ton OG Juicy J on June 22.

And this year, for the first time, Vice Is­land takes over Toronto Is­land on June 19. So you’ll ride on a boat and then party with Pusha T and Fu­ture Is­lands, with Toronto’s cityscape in the rear view.

Pretty cool.

ST. VIN­CENT

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