Whether you plan to hunker down in one spot or spend the night venue-hopping, festival showcases are your best bets to catch the most music at NXNE.
On Thursday (June 19), underground music series Wavelength curates the Great Hall. Victoria's Crystal Dorval (aka White Poppy) will play from her deliriously dreamy self-titled album, followed by Toronto experimental composers Fresh Snow, whose set we can expect to be equal parts drone and melody. And in his only NXNE show, Montreal's Tim Hecker caps off the night with heavy, anxiety-inducing electronic arrangements.
If hi-fi pop is more your thing, head to the Garrison on Thursday (June 19) for Panache Booking's showcase with Edmonton's Calvin Love, once a bedroom punk but now a suave frontman with a heartbreaker croon. Get there early for New York's new anti-folk hero, Juan Wauters.
On Friday night (June 20) at Lee's Palace, Exclaim! shows off local garage-pop duo Army Girls (made up of DIANA's Carmen Elle and Doldrums' Andy Smith) and Philly sludge-punks Pissed Jeans. Get ready to mosh.
After, trek over to Adelaide Hall for the Secret Songs showcase, with a very late set by Ryan Hemsworth.