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Thursday 10:30 pm




Indie, Pop, Rock


The New Pornographers

Headlining Thursday of the festival will be the hugely influential, indie-rock supergroup The New Pornographers. Among the world’s most enduring and compelling indie rock groups, the band has released eight albums to date, including their highly acclaimed 2019 record In the Morse Code of Brake Lights. They have won and been nominated for numerous awards including the Juno Awards, the Polaris Prize, and more. They have appeared on countless ‘best of’ lists, including Rolling Stone’s ‘100 Best Albums of the Decade’. The band has also served as a springboard for many fruitful and inspiring solo careers: Neko Case, Destroyer, A.C. Newman, etc.

2019’s In the Morse Code of Brake Lights has been widely hailed as yet another breakthrough album, cementing the group’s reputation as a band that continues to innovate, exhilarate and make bold statements. There’s a deep, climatic unease running through the album’s 11 tracks, matched only by the sheer musical glee with which the band addresses the prevailing mood of the moment. It’s an album in which foreboding and bliss somehow go hand in hand—mixing founder A.C. Newman’s nearly symphonic levels of pop arrangement and harmony with a careening quality that feels unsafe at any speed. NLFB is beyond thrilled to present The New Pornographers for their first-ever appearance in the region.

a l l i e

Toronto, ON

Amandine et Rosalie

Toronto, ON

Balaklava Blues



Winnipeg, Manitoba


Agadez, Niger

Born Ruffians

Toronto, Ontario

Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie

Sudbury, ON

Casper Skulls

Toronto/Sudbury, ON

Cassidy Houston

Sudbury, ON

Celeigh Cardinal

Edmonton, AB

Clay and Friends

Montréal, QC

David Laronde

Temagami, ON

Gurpreet Chana

Toronto, ON

Harvey King & The Grindstone

Sudbury, ON

Hezekiah Procter & The Hash House Serenaders

Montréal, QC / ON

Ian Tamblyn

Ottawa, ON

Judy Collins

New York, NY

Julie Katrinette

Sudbury, ON

Ken Whiteley & the Beulah Band


Lemon Bucket Orkestra

Toronto, ON

Lex Leosis

Toronto, ON

Leyla McCalla

New Orleans, LA

Lillian Allen

Toronto, ON

Myka 9

Los Angeles, CA

Paul Collins’ Beat

New York, NY

Rabbit & Bear Paws

Peterborough, Ontario

Robert Paquette

Montréal, QC

Sharon & Randi


Spencer Burton

Welland, ON

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Birmingham, Alabama

The New Pornographers


The Weather Station

Toronto, Ontario

Wax Mannequin

Hamilton, ON

Zal Sissokho

Sénégal/Montréal, QC

Past Lineups