NXNE 2013: The National at Yonge-Dundas Square

It’s that time of year again, Toronto: North by Northeast 2013 (June 10-16)!  For the next week, the Telescope will be your prime source for NXNE previews and reviews, so stay tuned!

I’ve always described The National as the equivalent to your favourite sweater – perfect for when you want to snuggle up and feel cozy, warm and content.  That feeling was magnified by 100 as Matt Berninger’s beautiful baritone filled the night sky.

NXNE seems to be raising the bar on their free shows year after year.  Friday night’s performance likely has most attendees wondering who could possibly top it in 2014. A balanced set of new songs and old favourites, the free show rivaled any costly concert at the Air Canada Centre.  Happy fans closed their eyes and swayed to “Pink Rabbits” and got moving to crowd pleasers “Abel” and “Mr. November”, while Berninger moved through the crowd with the help of security to carry the incredibly long cord attached to his microphone.  You are aware that they now have wireless models, right Matt?

The night couldn’t have ended on a more perfect note; an a cappella version of “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks” for a fan sing-along, and oh, did we sing.

-Michelle Farres


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