I didn’t do this much stuff in Halifax or in Vancouver… technically I’m not doing most of it in Toronto, either, but this is a lot of travel cost that’s immensely cheaper from this end of the country. I’m still considering going back to Vancouver for a session of film overdose with the Vancouver International Film Festival. I wasn’t thrilled with the options here at the Toronto Film Festival and didn’t bother; it looks a bit too spread out to really do the sort of self-inflicted abuse that the Granville theatre allowed for at VIFF. I really enjoyed the freedom you could have with a full VIFF pass to choose movies up to the last minute, without any really bad lineups, etc. Allowed a degree of spontaneity that I think frightens TIFF organizers. I might do one of the “Programmer Packages” next year where they pick a lineup of movies based on a theme.
Regardless, I’m not hurting for things to do and see in the second half of the year.
Toronto’s NXNE event sounds absolutely insane this year, with some seriously large names, and a whole heap of small names that I’ve been wanting to see. We have Iggy & The Stooges and X, both playing free concerts at Yonge and Dundas; both the subject of documentaries playing in the film part of the festival. There are dozens of other bands that I have heard of that I must try to fit into my schedule, and hundreds more that will likely fill in the empty spaces. Mudhoney, Zola Jesus, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, The Pack A.D., Japandroids, 222s, so much more…
The film lineup isn’t fully published yet, but from what is listed already, I’m going to have trouble enough fitting them all in. From the latest NXNE press release;
NXNE Film is thrilled to present the Canadian premiere of Search and Destroy: Iggy Pop and The Stooges’ Raw Power. This documentary spotlights the making of the 1973 seminal rock album, Raw Power.
Suck – This film is a Rock’n’roll vampire spoof, a wild ride down a highway to hell, with a killer cast including Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Henry Rollins, and Dave Foley.
X: The Unheard Music – One of the most important bands to ever emerge from Los Angeles, X changed the face of punk music with their raw, vibrant, original style. We see the band at its peak in this legendary film, hammering out a powerful story with a striking, visionary style accompanied by unforgettable music.
Do It Again – Geoff Edgers, a newspaper reporter, decides to take a most improbable leap. He sets out to find the still-surviving members of the long dormant British rock band, the Kinks (“You Really Got Me,” “Lola” and “Come Dancing”), to convince them to reunite.
Year of the Carnivore – Sook Yin Lee’s new film about a girl with an unrequited crush on a boy who thinks she’s bad in bed, so she goes out to get more ‘experience’.
Heading to Las Vegas in the middle of the summer to hide from the desert inside the South Point Casino, far south of the Strip. The outside won’t matter anyway – it’s James Randi’s The Amazing Meeting 8, aka TAM 8. A couple thousand attendees, along with skeptics, entertainers, and scientists; Richard Dawkins, James Randi, Penn & Teller, Michael Goudeau, Adam Savage, D.J. Grothe, Simon Singh, Jamy Ian Swiss, Banachek, Massimo Pigliucci, Karen Stollznow, Richard Saunders, Roy Zimmerman, and a lot more. I won’t need to leave the hotel for the entire weekend.
Atlanta for Dragon*Con 2010. We have a table in the dealers’ hall that moves a fair chunk of handmade chain mail (Binarysoul Designs), but the real reason that we started going was for the wide spectrum of events; sci-fi and fantasy fandom is the base that Dragon*Con was built on, but that’s expanded to include EFF, Music, an Indie Film Festival, Science, Pseudoscience, Skepticism, Podcasting, and plenty more.
There are some seriously crazy guests too… psychic trance channeling woo.
My original plan was to go to Amsterdam or London (or any of a handful of other countries) to see Einstürzende Neubauten play a pair of 30th Anniversary shows. London, it turns out, has won this hands down, as this very same weekend is when the second UK Amazing meeting; TAM London. A full day of 8am-6pm of science, skepticism, and geekiness, and then an evening with some of the best music ever performed that includes power tools. I may not be able to sleep the whole weekend. I have my ticket for TAM purchased, and a cheap hotel near Paddington station booked. Now just need to find airfare and wait on ticket information for the Neubauten shows…
During the day on the 16th and 17th, it’s TAM London at the Hilton London Metropole with appearances by Richard Dawkins, Alan Moore, Graham Linehan, Andy Nyman, James Randi, Robin Ince, Adam Rutherford, Susan Blackmore, Cory Doctorow, DJ Grothe, PZ Myers, Richard Wiseman, Melinda Gebbie, Marcus Chown, Tim Minchin, Gia Milinovich, Simon Singh, Rebecca Watson, David Allen Green aka Jack of Kent, Tracey Brown, and Karen James. Oh yes, and Stephen Fry; one way or the other (“While Stephen is hoping to join us in person, in the event of a scheduling conflict we will endeavour to find a creative technological solution.”).
The Neubauten events are described on their site as “more than just a single concert event during the anniversary tour. The band is planning to make a guest performance on an additional day, presenting the audience with a mixed program of the Einstürzende Neubauten, films, solo shows, guests and friends. More specifically, the band will play a great concert on the first night, while the second night will be divided into 3-part program. It’ll begin with films and installations. Afterwards the band will play a further, but much shorter concert in which the Neubauten will present material that has never been played live, hasn’t been played live for a long time, or never in this form.”