Colin Medley is a documentary photographer and music video director, as well as one of the organizers of the Long Winter concert series in Toronto. Colin's a fixture of the independent music scene and a close friend to many of the musicians and organizers who make it thrive, so we decided to send him out into the festival chaos with an arsenal of film from Toronto's Downtown Camera and a loose mandate to go beyond your standard band-at-a-bar shots to create something a little more intimate, a little more personal. Check out his photo gallery below.
Thanks to our friends at Downtown Camera for providing the film and processing on this project.And any readers who mention they saw Colin Medley's NXNE gallery will receive 13% off film and any photofinishing services at Downtown Camera until August 17, 2014.
Now that we’ve had a day to catch up on our sleep, let’s take a look back at this year’s edition of NXNE. I’ve been attending this festival for eight years now, so I thought I'd have a pretty good idea how it was all going to unfold. I tried my best to write down all the bands I wanted to see, arranged in a way that makes sense geographically (can I bike there in 20 minutes and still get in?). Still, you can’t predict everything, as I found out, with several unannounced shows popping up at the last minute (Spoon at the Horseshoe, METZ at the Smiling Buddha, and Mac DeMarco performing Makeout Videotape songs in a strange alley off of Spadina) throwing my pre-existing plans out the window.
If you want to see slick close-up shots of all the bands, you’ll have to look elsewhere. I was armed only with my trusty late-70’s Canon AE-1 and a few rolls of film, but hopefully these photos do NXNE justice - despite its grand ambitions and the controversy that generates, it’s still a pretty low-key, small affair compared to other international music festivals.