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It's about time NXNE commandeered Toronto Island. And it seems that mega media company VICE has a "go big or go home" mentality: House of Vans at VICE Island (Thursday, June 19) is one of NXNE's most stellar lineups.
The party rocks from 3 till after 11 pm at Artscape Gibraltar Point (on Hanlan's Point), with 10 acts that include local stars and impressive international talent.
New York soul turntablist DJ Jonathan Toubin and Toronto experimental hardcore four-piece Cellphone kick things off early, while electro alt-rapper Le1f and local funky future-R&B singer Brendan Philip take over the early evening.
From 7:15 pm on, three wildly different but equally amazing artists headline: Arabic-singing electro world artist Omar Souleyman, deservedly hyped synth-pop band Future Islands and GOOD Music hip-hop star Pusha T.
NXNE wristband holders are considered RSVP'd. If you don't have one, sign up at
rsvp.vice.com/viceisland (now closed). But remember, wristbands get priority access and you must check in at Pier 31 (333 Lake Shore East) on Thursday.
A chartered ferry accommodating 500 people leaves every hour from Pier 31 from 2:15 to 8:15 pm. The ride takes a curiously long 45 minutes; we're guessing it's cuz the boat is equipped with music, food, drink and a cash bar.
It really would be the perfect day except for one thing: the entire lineup is dudes. Where my ladies at?