Toronto's festival scene hasn't been experiencing the best of luck in the past year, with some of them being cancelled, postponed or affected by bad weather. But here's some great news about a Toronto music festival that's about to rise up and take centre stage (or should I say centre city) for multiple days with a huge line-up!
The NXNE (North by North East) festival, the Canadian counterpart of Texas' very popular SXSW festival, will be back at Yonge and Dundas square, after being cast away to the Port Lands for the past couple of years.
The festival will run from June 8th to the 17th at almost 50 venues around Toronto, many of them showcasing young talent and new bands. Tickets for the local shows will be sold separate as that of the main music festival. The main music festival at the square will run from June 15th to the 17th and showcase free concerts! Shows at other venues will require admission, but they won't be anything that'll break the bank.
The festival combines both music and other aspects of art including visual arts, gaming and design, panels and Q&As with artists and guest speakers among a string of local music shows across the city corresponding simultaneously.
Past headliners for the NXNE music festival include Post Malone, Schoolboy Q, Daniel Caesar, Father John Misty, Rae Sremmurd, and Run The Jewels. The festival regularly features some of the best artists in both hip-hop and indie genres.
The festival plans on transforming Yonge street into a mini festival goer land, with places to buy merchandise, food and obtain information from sponsors. This year's sponsors of NXNE include Porsche, Sephora, Fireball whiskey, Indie88 and returning sponsor Budweiser.
The festival has been running annually in Toronto since 1995, and is excited to bring all the action back to the centre of the city. What do you think of the festival returning to its former location, and offering free shows? Will you be in attendance?