NXNE is definitely worth the mini trek out to the Port Lands. Although this year attendance was less, it meant no lines at all and a few intimate concerts which at times made you feel like you were in a cozy Toronto tavern in all the best ways.
A few Canadian highlights included:
Cold Specks was a highlight of day one. She has this ethereal presence about her that makes you feel as if you’re floating when you listen. As the rain held off, her pink flowy dress billowed to her sweet sounds leaving everyone absolutely mesmerized. She ended her set with some humour, telling everyone that they would remember her “because she wore a bougie dress and it didn’t rain”. She was right.
EMP brought unparalleled energy to the main stage. The trio came on one by one, each bringing their own unique sound to the stage as the sun set over the C.N. Tower. The group aims to “successfully capture the vibe of today and tomorrow's youth.” A few minutes into their set and it is evident that they do just that with a wide range of sound from electric guitar to new-school hip-hop.
Luckily, the rain held off for day two as well, with lots of great Canadian bands hitting up both stages.
John River was a highlight of Saturday night, repping some Mississauga pride as he took on the Canal stage and had the audience getting fired up for the night with his uplifting rap. Kaytranada topped off the night as a huge crowd gathered under the Toronto skyline. The entire audience vibrated to his beats.
They were followed by the Toronto-based quartet Lost Cousins who brought their signature soul groove vibes to the stage fresh off their release of Quarters. Later in the night Yukon Blonde brought their classic Kelowna indie rock tunes to the Canal Stage.
Overall, the festival was worth going to all three days. Each one brought its own unique energy.
The food was also worth the trip out to the Port Lands. From fresh seafood at Buster’s Sea Cove, to the Drink From a Fruit stand (which is self-explanatory but also delicious and perfect for instagram pics), to the carnival cotton candy. There were options for everyone.
Not to mention the ultimate festival highlight which was of course the FREE carnival rides!! The ferris wheel sweeps you up to a beautiful view of the Six. This was especially beautiful on Friday night when there were blue and pink cotton candy sunset skies.
Thanks for the perfect summer kick-off festival, NXNE!
Article written by: Danielle d’Entremont.