There's been some controversy over NXNE's decision to extend its no-play radius to 45 days, including one band being kicked out of the fest for playing a benefit concert. To get some documented opinion on the decision (and because it's pretty damn presumptuous for NXNE to think that 45 days with no gigs in the area can't hurt a band's momentum) Weird Canada is asking bands (and indie music fans in general) to fill out a Google form to seek out advice to improve the festival.
The form includes questions about how the fest should respond to unofficial shows, how it should give back to the community, and of course about the radius clause. They're tweeting the anonymous responses too, with the hashtag #NXNEimprovementplan (including choice quote "It's an ouroboros of self-loathing broken dreams. But, you know, Swans at Y/D Square. That's cool.")
"NXNE likens artists to gourmet cheeseburgers, but in reality they’re human beings," reads a petition against expanding the radius posted by Weird Canada on Change.org.
The showcase requires bands to apply via Sonicbids, a paid onesheet site used by artists and industry people. According to the first 50 odd responses to Weird Canada's form, that's not so popular either.
UPDATE June 20: NXNE has issued a statement that they and Canadian Music Week have reached an agreement to scrap the 45-day no-play radius for next year.
“Unintended consequences of our policy were pointed out. We are making changes that address these issues - changes that don’t hurt up-and-coming bands, and yet still protect the integrity of NXNE’s lineup,” says Michael Hollett (co-founder of NOW Magazine and NXNE) in the statement.