Sunday’s NXNE picks: The Pharcyde, Paul Quarrington, William S. Burroughs and more
We’ve managed to keep our wits about us and our energy up all week in order to maximize our concert attendance, but we have to admit we’re a teensy bit relieved it’s the last day of the North by Northeast music marathon. Of course, there’s still plenty to do before we have to return to real life tomorrow. Check out our selections for Sunday, after the jump.
1. Concert—Pop Winds
Pop Winds’ Devon Welsh, Austin Milne and Kyle Bennett make music that’s weird in the best way possible. Welsh and Milne started the band as roommates at McGill University and have since been signed to Arbutus Records alongside fellow Montreal product Grimes. Like their record-mate, Pop Winds uses electronic tools to create ambient experimental music with a psychedelic pop influence. 10 p.m. The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W., 416-519-9439.
2. Concert—Wild Nothing
Jack Tatum released the album Gemini to critical success in 2010. We think the BBC put it best when it described the album as “bedroom-born indie…transformed into luscious examinations of the human condition.” We’re not sure Tatum could receive a more glowing recommendation than that, so we’ll just say that his show may be the perfect closing to a pretty incredible week of concerts. 11 p.m. The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W., 416-519-9439.
3. Concert- The Pharcyde (FREE!)
Nineties hip-hoppers The Pharcyde reunited three years ago to reprise the infectious live performances that made them famous in the first place. If you didn’t catch the group when they rolled through Toronto in 2008, you have no excuse to miss them this time around—the show at Yonge-Dundas Square is free. Really, you can’t keep Runnin’ from The Pharcyde. 9 p.m. Yonge-Dundas Square, 10 Dundas St. E.
4. Flick—Paul Quarrington Life in Music
Beloved author, musician, filmmaker and teacher Paul Quarrington passed away in January 2010, leaving behind a film he made as part of an attempt to capture and preserve his artistic endeavors. The flick gives rare insight into Quarrington’s creative process and includes conversations with Quarrington’s collaborators, like Martin Worthy, Roddy Doyle and Dave Bidini, as well as his family members. 2 p.m. National Film Board, 150 John St., 416-973-3012.
5. Flick- William S. Burroughs: A Man Within
Another in-depth portrait of an artist, A Man Within explores the life and work of William S. Burroughs through never-before-seen footage and interviews with his closest friends and colleagues. The film features conversations with David Cronenberg (who adapted Burroughs’s novel Naked Lunch to film), Iggy Pop, Laurie Anderson and Thurston Moore, and it’s set to a soundtrack by Patti Smith and Sonic Youth. 12 p.m. National Film Board, 150 John St., 416-973-3012.