As part of NXNE's 25th anniversary, the free downtown Festival Village will expand to four stages, while the Club Land wristband will sell for the 1995 price of $29
NXNE is returning from June 7-16, staking its claim on Yonge-Dundas Square.
After throwing in the towel on its two-year experiment as a destination event at the Port Lands, the long-running Toronto festival returned its mainstage to the square in 2018 and it felt like a bounceback. This year, that free outdoor “Festival Village” area (which runs from June 14-16) will have four stages over half a kilometre, in and around the square – one of which will be on Queen Street.
The festival is also bringing back its Club Land series and “highlight shows.” The first wave of artists includes neo-emo indie rockers American Football, Hamilton-based singer/songwriter Ellis and rapper CupcakKe (who, interestingly, played CMW last year, while Azealia Banks, who played NXNE last year, will play CMW this year). Also: Toronto hip-hop via Haviah Mighty and Just John x Dom Dias, plus Owen, Justus Proffit, Royal Tusk, Shotty Horroh and many others.
The Curator Series also returns, featuring show-pickers Brendan Canning, the Elwins, Charlotte Cornfield, DJ Shub, Raptors Uprising, Royal Mountain Records, Blue Crane Agency and more.
This is the 25th anniversary of NXNE, club-hopping wristbands sell for the same price they did in 1995: $29.
Full sneak peek lineup on the poster below.
June 7-16, various venues. Club Land wristband $29. nxne.com.
Aphrose, Joyia, Kyara, Laii at The Baby G doors 8 pm. $15. airbnb.ca. May 5.
TEKE::TEKE, Lee Paradise, Petra Glynt, Bonnie Trash, DJ Zones at The Garrison Canadian Music Week. Doors 8 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca, cmw.net. May 10.
Breathers, Goosebump at The Baby G doors 8 pm. $10. ticketfly.com. May 15.
The Effens, Lush Buffalo, Eddyevvy, Baby Band at The Baby G doors 8 pm. $10. May 17.
Possum, Mother Tongues, Bart at The Garrison doors 9 pm. $12. ticketfly.com. May 31.
NXNE: American Football, CupcakKe, Royal Tusk, Haviah Mighty, Just John x Dom Dias, Walrus, Dish Pit and more at various venues Wristband $29. nxne.com. June 7-16.
NAV, Killy at Echo Beach Moved from Rebel. Doors 7 pm, all ages. $59.50. ticketmaster.ca. June 10.
Syml at Mod Club doors 7 pm, all ages. $22.50. ticketmaster.ca. June 14.
Ari Lennox at Toybox doors 8 pm. Tickets from $25. ticketweb.ca. June 17.
Virginia To Vegas at Mod Club doors 7 pm, all ages. $20. On sale April 18. ticketmaster.ca. June 20.
YBN Cordae at Mod Club doors 7 pm. $TBA. On sale April 19. ticketweb.ca. June 27.
Black Pumas at Drake Hotel doors 7 pm. $TBA. On sale April 26. ticketweb.ca. July 4.
Froth, Versing at The Baby G doors 8 pm. $12. ticketfly.com. July 7.
The Get Up Kids at Lee’s Palace doors 7 pm. $26.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. July 29.
Khalid, Clairo at Scotiabank Arena Second show added. Doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $119-$485. On sale April 17. ticketmaster.ca. August 6 and 7.
Mary J. Blige, Nas at Budweiser Stage doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $TBA. On sale April 18. ticketmaster.ca. September 10.
Band of Skulls at Mod Club doors 6 pm. $26.50. On sale April 19. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. September 21.
Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, At The Gates, Grand Magus at Rebel doors 6 pm. $TBA. On sale April 19. ticketmaster.ca. October 9.
The Paper Kites at Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 7 pm. $30-$45. On sale April 18. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. October 10.
Shura at Horseshoe doors 8 pm. $26.05. ticketweb.ca. October 20.
Lust For Youth at The Garrison doors 8 pm. $16.50. showclix.ca. October 24.
Big Wild at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $TBA. On sale April 19. ticketmaster.ca. November 9.
The Cinematic Orchestra at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $30-$35. eventbrite.ca. November 10.