Static does NXNE: 2013

Though we did not put out a NXNE-themed issue this year, we still took part in their festivities! Here’s editor Jessica’s 2013 festival experience.

While my co-editors were off enjoying more of the fest for other publications (grrr), I still got to see a good handful of interesting acts. I also was able to bring Static to the week in a couple ways!

Throughout the week, we dropped off Issue 7 zines around the central-west end of the city. Did anybody grab one? What do you think?

Anyways, the music!

On Thursday, I went to the May Cafe for the groovy electronic rock band Mesa Mesa (disclosure: a member of the band is a Static contributor / also in a relationship with me). It was upsetting to see that there was no sound tech working there that night, so they had some difficulties at first. But they regained their stride once it was fixed. What’s interesting after seeing them a bunch of times now, is that each time the songs are somewhat different. The band is constantly figuring out new ways to express themselves and get their work out in new ways, so you never really know what it’s going to be like.

weaves nxne


On Friday, I headed to the BLK BOX first for Weaves. I’ve been interested in checking them out since Rattail is no longer, and Jasmyn Burke is a really cool singer. I wasn’t able to stay for the whole set because they went on a tad late, but the 15 or so minutes I did get to see, I was into. It wasn’t exactly what I expected, I was expecting something a bit funkier for some reason, but I sure was drawn in to the wails of Burke and the guitars.

buke and gase nxne

Buke & Gase

Then I headed over to the Horseshoe for Buke and Gase, one of my newest favourite bands. I love them more and more with each listen. From their really smart lyrics to their DIY instruments to their matching names (Aron and Arone) to their lovable demeanour, I’m pretty smitten. They are still touring this year’s General Dome, an excellent album that will be high on my year-end list. They seemed to have a few sound difficulties setting up and throughout, but they took it like quiet champs. Their music is perfect for when you’re feeling like you’re on an anxiety battleground (and I sure did after trying to bike through the city since it was also Taste of Little Italy aka traffic ridiculousness on a Friday night), letting out those hesitant demons into really satisfying squeals.

why nxne


After they finished, I got stuck while up at the front since it felt like a hoard of people swarmed for the next band, WHY?. I’ve heard the name around for years, and really enjoyed Josiah Wolf’s side project a few years ago, so I decided to stay. From the few songs I have heard, I thought it would be entirely hip-hop, but I was wrong. It was more sing-a-long type hop rock with some rapping here and there. They clearly have a huge fanbase, people were going nuts! It was enjoyable enough but I obviously would have liked it more if I knew their music.

luyas nxne

what i could not barely see of the luyas

From there, I headed over to Sneaky Dee’s for The Luyas. I wasn’t optimistic on getting in after last year’s ‘let’s make everyone wait outside in weird lines for over and hour and then they’ll get inside and realize it’s empty’ stunt, but somehow I got in right away and it was pretty packed up there. I keep meaning to check out the Luyas more than the occasional listen, and know I like their sound, so I was glad to at least be there even though I couldn’t see them at all from where I was standing. They’ve got a really interesting sound that’s tailored around the singer’s dreamy high voice and from what I heard, the set was really good. I definitely want to check them out at a proper show the next time they’re here.

static zine nxne 2013

we accidentally left this there.wooops.

static zine nxne 2013

aviva doodling at our table

static zine nxne 2013

view from the table of the indie label market

On Saturday, co-editor Aviva and I tabled for Static Zine at NXNE and Broken Pencil’s small press fair on the Ryerson campus. It was weird returning to my alma mater (I’m still jealous they got to close Gould Street and got all the better food options and a Balzac’s after I graduated). It was a beautiful day and we were sitting with wonderful zine compatriots from the Toronto Zine Library, Clapboard House, The Continuist, Paper Pusher, Papirmasse, Little Brother, Koyama Press and more. We were across from the Indie Label Market, so we were graced to watch Kevin Drew signing records all afternoon. It was a fun experience but maybe not in the best location, so there weren’t a lot of people there. We did get a good number of names on our mailing list (hi, new people! thank you!) though. Looking forward to what can be done with this next year. We were happy to be involved and get out Issue 7 more!

brazos nxne


villagers nxne

everyone sitting on the great hall floor waiting for Villagers

Villagers nxne


At night, I headed over to the Great Hall for Brazos and Villagers. During Brazos, people began sitting on the floor. It was Saturday, the end of the fest, so fuck it. Brazos are really good – pretty music from Brooklyn, so we all sat there in a nice daze. I do kind of have an inkling they’ll get really big with some sort of commercial jingle soon and then they’ll be all over the place and I can’t stand to hear the song anymore, though. Anyways, enjoyable! Unfortunately, right after their set, someone walked right out of the venue with their vintage bass. It does seem quite easy that someone could do that, especially if they have an artist NXNE badge around their neck. More security needed for sure! So because of this, apparently everyone was looking for the bass, which made Ireland’s Villagers start their set at 12:30 instead of 12. We all thought they would only be able to play for a few minutes in the allotted schedule, but they went ahead with their planned set and I’m so glad. It was beautiful, heart-felt and fun. It’s too bad we couldn’t see what would have been a full set since they’re touring for this year’s {Awayland}, but it was still a great taste of their show.

issue 7 launch

cupcakes on cupcakes

pat lepoidevin

Pat LePoidevin

Sarah Pinder

Sarah Pinder

Patti Cake

Patti Cake

Jessica Westhead

Jessica Westhead

Misha Bower

Misha Bower



On Sunday, we had our launch party! Unfortunately, we were scared off by morning rain and dooming forecasts, so we moved the party to The Central, who were very lovely and helpful. (Of course, it ended up being beautiful outside all day, sorry everyone. We learned our lesson.) Pat LePoidevin, Patti Cake and EONS performed wonderful music and Sarah Pinder, Jessica Westhead and Misha Bower read interesting and entertaining stories. We had cupcakes and free zines and lots of great people celebrating with us, so thank you to whoever came!

A lot of bands I mentioned are on the Issue 7 mixtape – so go give’r a download and check them out!

Download Issue 7′s Mixtape!


art by Greer Brabazon

While this June’s issue “The Future” is not NXNE-themed, we decided to make our mixtape a grouping of 17 wonderful Canadian acts playing this year’s fest! So get this download on your crazy technological device of choice and then go see them play throughout Toronto this week. Enjoy!


1. “UFO” by Absolutely Free

2. “Sour Paradise” by Petra Glynt

3. “Hulahoop” by Weaves

4. “Along the Line” by Grounders

5. “Little Wild Love” by Gold & Youth

6. “Born Again (Doldrums Remix)” by Diana

7. “This Machine” by Kashka

8. “Single Status” by Mozart’s Sister

9. “Moscow” by Mesa Mesa

10. “Childhood’s End” by Majical Cloudz

11. “Be My Brother” by Beams

12. “Dick & Jane” by Sidney York

13. “Hardtimes” by Olenka & the Autumn Lovers

14. “River Rock” by EONS

15. “More Thorns” by By Divine Right

16. “Bad Company” by The Beverlys

17. “Boy Detective” by Patti Cake

& you can still download our previous mixtapes!

Announcement & call for pitches for ISSUE 7: THE FUTURE

THE FUTURE - Static Zine

Static Zine wants to know what you think the future will be like. Will we all be wearing Google Glass? Will we only completely speak in acronyms like YOLO? Will the desktop computer be extinct? Will every city be run by Rob Fords (ohgodohgod)? What will feminism and politics be like? Will we finally be able to speak to animals? Will everybody be making zines? Join Issue 7 and make a page on what futuristic worries and wonders keep you up at night.

What we’re looking for:

  • Interesting, hilarious and thought-provoking pieces about what you think an aspect of the future will be like. Just pick one! (Example: money, politics, activism, literature, cities, crime, technology, education, athletics, food, any kind of entertainment, war, kids, houses, medication, happiness, sadness, utensils, the list goes on and is obviously very open!) We encourage you to pitch us a few of your favourites though, as that will help us to make sure there won’t be any overlap.
  • We want you to tell your stories through a unique way that fits to what kind of story it is. For example: if you think kids will somehow learn to communicate telepathically, write out their thought bubbles. Or you could write a short piece on who could rule Canada someday. Maybe draw what it would look like if we’re all lemmings wearing the same things. Or create a game that we would play.
  • We love the written word in its many styles, drawings, illustrations, comics, photography, lists, games and more. Check out our previous issues to get an idea of our style before you submit.

Criteria to keep in mind:

  • A “Static Zine page” is a half of an 8.5×11 sheet of paper (folded vertically). Our zines look like booklets. Again, check out our previous issues to see how much space you’d have. Sometimes we decide to split a zine page in half as well (thus a quarter of 8.5×11), depending on how many pitches we get and if we think it’d work to that size.
  • We print in black and white.
  • If your pitch is accepted, you can either complete it on your own and send it to us or come make it with us at our HQ. We employ a border of white space around the zine pages as well to make sure your piece doesn’t get cut off in photocopying.
  • Please also know that if you want your page to look the best in its photocopied form, it should not be too light or too dark. Keeping things close to even toned seems to work out the best and we want you to be happy with how it comes out.

Here’s what to do now:

  • Interested? GREAT! Email a short pitch of your idea and how you would want to do it to info @ staticzine . com.
  • You must email us by WEDNESDAY, MAY 8. We’ll get back to you shortly after.

Other important dates to keep of note if accepted:

  • Your submission (if doing it on your own) is to be due no later than MONDAY, MAY 27.
  • If you would like to do your page with us, then you would have to work out a day with us to come by during our production schedule between TUESDAY, MAY 28 and TUESDAY, JUNE 4. We intend to print in time for NXNE, which starts on June 10.
  • Stay tuned for launch party information!

We’re looking forward to hearing your pitches! Get those futuristic thinking caps on!