The merits of NXNE are up for debate, but what isn't are the great new Canada-based bands and musicians that play every year. We've assembled a series of mini-profiles of some smaller acts you should check out.
Ghost Cousin make neighbourly indie rock a la Local Natives and Grizzly Bear. They are from Edmonton so help them pay gas and see them tonight at 8PM at The Paddock with Gruve and Stone Iris.
What do you play?
Dark Souls, the majority of the Metroid, Zelda, and Animal Crossing series, bocce, and cribbage
Where are you from and what's your favourite thing to do there?
We're from Edmonton and we enjoy having brunch with Don Iveson, Canada's youngest mayor.
What were you doing before you started answering these questions?
Matt: reading about Ubisoft's response to no playable female characters in Assassin's Creed: Unity
Matthew: selling cameras [on] rangefinderforums.com
Corey & David: eating homemade root soup.
What present should a fan bring for you to the gig to show their appreciation?
For Matt, a pair of colourful socks. Matthew would appreciate a roll of film, any format. Corey really wants a Wii U and Mario Kart 8 so he can train to reclaim the world championship. And it would be enough for David to know that our show was attended by Daniel Lopatin.
What's your favourite show you've ever played?
Halloween in July, a birthday celebration for Matthew and David's little sister.
What's your favourite thing on the Internet right now?
Who are you most excited to see at NXNE and why?
Macaulay Culkin's pizza band, but we can't see them because we're playing at the same time.
What is your biggest mistake?
Telling you about the pizza band.
Are you playing any unofficial shows?
Are you hosting any? (ed. note: yes lol)
Are you working on any new music? Describe its sound using a food analogy.
We hope that our new music conveys the elegance and discipline upheld in Kitchen Stadium.
Post a YouTube video that's the opposite of your band