North by Northeast (NXNE) is a 10-day festival that brings in major headliners alongside emerging artists. The major three-day music festival happens from June 23rd to 25th at the Port Lands with great Canadian headliners such as Kaytranada and Yukon Blonde and many more.
However, NXNE is so much more than a music festival. Here are a few extra events going on during the festival within a festival that you probably didn’t know about:
1. Club Land Curator Series
In this Curator Series, Canada’s music gurus curate their favourite new bands into a concert for you. Basically, it’s like a real life sneak peek into their freshest Spotify playlist.
A few to look out for.. on Monday June 19th Raina Douris (Canadian broadcasting queen) will be curating her faves at the Bovine Sex Club. Tuesday June 20th Leah Fay from July Talk will be curating The Baby G. On Wednesday June 21st The Dirty Nil will be curating the Garrison. There are so many more cool curations going on, you can find them here.
Wristbands are only $20 to get into ALL 10 curator shows!
2. Game Land
Gamers rejoice! Canada’s largest free eSports Extravaganza will be going down at Yonge and Dundas Square as part of NXNE from June 16th to 18th.
The world’s best pro-gamers will compete for a $10,000 cash prize in a Starcraft II tournament. eSports athletes will also be able to participate in Super Smash Bros and Street Fighter V tournaments on site. The square will also be jammed with hands-on gaming opportunities, an exhibitor zone and much more.
3. Launch Party
There will be a huge bash to kick off the festival at the Phoenix on June 19th. You definitely don’t want to miss this pre-festival concert, featuring Canadian electronic musician and performance artist, Peaches.
4. Carnival Fun
NXNE gives “music festival” a whole new meaning. The Port Lands site is All Ages, and this year it will be packed with art installations, longue sites, and lots of great places for instant instagrams. There will also be a comedy tent for lots of laughs all weekend long, and carnival fun of course.
5. So much good FOOD!
There are so many mouth-watering festival food trucks coming to NXNE this year, you might get so distracted that you forget to listen to the music.
Don’t miss out on the Canadian comfort food at Ultimate Food Truck. A few favourites include Canadian poutine, peameal bacon sandwiches, and Philly cheesesteaks. The beautiful baby blue truck at Heavenly Dreams will be serving up dreamy ice cream such as banana splits, slushies, and rocket pops that will keep you cool in the summer sun.
For more fun things to do at NXNE, visit their website here.