Toronto's 2 am last call is no longer the sign that NXNE festivities are done for the night, thanks to the 4 am extension that many venues apply for. While some bars treat that as a chance to sell more drinks, there's also a tradition of surprise, secret late-night sets. For example, we can't tell you who's playing the Horseshoe at 2 am on Friday (June 20), but if past years are any indication, it's probably one of the festival's bigger names.
The after-hours sessions are also a good chance to catch DJs sets like NYC's Jonathan Toubin playing dusty old 45s at the Garrison Thursday (June 19) or innovative rap shows like 2 Live Drew remixing classic hip-hop at the Rivoli Saturday (June 21).
And if you're hoping to just keep the rock 'n' roll party going, the Silver Dollar has a strong lineup of bands playing every night into the wee hours.