NXNE or North by Northeast is an annual music and arts festival held in each June in Toronto. Each year NXNE presents hundreds of bands from Canada and around the globe in over 50 of Toronto’s music venues. Many of us Torontians know NXNE for it’s 4am last calls. All week, Toronto bars are able to apply for a special festival liquor license that enables them to sever alcohol until 4am (Normally cut-off is 2am). Thus, NXNE is know as a major “party” week in the city.
This year the NXNE music festival runs from June 16 – 25th. In the past, NXNE has hosted international punk rock headliners such as Iggy and the Stooges, Social Distortion, and Bad Religion.
This year, their line-up for bigger shows lacks punk rock artists. If you are looking for a good punk/rock show I’d suggest checking out their Club Land: Curator Series. Bands are selected by leaders in the industry such as Ian D’sa from Billy Talent and Dine Alone Record punkers’ The Dirty Nil. Grab your $20 Curator Series wristband at any of these shows or at NXNE.com / ticketscene.
My Picks Calendar for NXNE 2017
There are numerous punk rock bands/shows playing the club nights with the 4am last calls. Below I picked one favourite NXNE show for each day:
Friday June 16th
NXNE Presents: Cadillacs & Cadavers, Ship Of Fools + MORE
To kick off the NXNE festivities, there’s a D.I.Y. punk show at Hard Luck Bar.
These are all independent bands. No record labels, no managers, d i y punk at it’s best.
My personal favourites Cadillacs and Cadavers will bring you an energetic punk show that you don’t want to miss!
Saturday June 17th
NXNE! Slamboni/SweaterPants/WetBandits/MustardJunkies/Green Girl
You just don’t find bands like Slamboni anymore.
Combining ska, punk and reggae into an action-packed rock anthem format in a way that manages to be both fresh and nostalgic!
Sunday June 18th
Thrashards / Burdizzo / Toxic Deathula
4 am last call at Stop Drop and Roll with some killer punk bands
Monday June 19th
Raina Douris curates the Bovine Sex Club, June 19th
Pins & Needles
Tuesday June 20th
Free Punk show at Bovine
FREE PUNK SHOW! Need I say more? Everyone knows Tuesday is Free Punk show night
at the scene’s most long lasting punk/alt venue. You could literally go to the Bovine every night during NXNE and have a good time.
Wednesday June 21th
The Dirty Nil curate The Garrison
More details at:
Thursday June 22nd
NXNE Curator Series – Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent)
94.9 The Rock and Billy Talent’s Ian D’Sa bring you “What’s Brewing at NXNE”
sponsored by Budweiser and Porsche with The Lazys at the Horseshoe Tavern on June 22nd! My personal favourites The Anti-queens are one of
the openers and they are one of the best local punk rock bands going right now. Make sure to catch their set.
Friday June 23rd
Saturday June 24th
NXNE at Cherry Colas//4am Last Call//Day 9//Saturday June 24
The Less Unfortunates