Museache visits Canada: NXNE 2017

As if our last trip wasn’t exciting enough, we visited one of Canada’s premiere festivals NXNE [North by Northeast] in the Port Lands. It featured Post Malone, Passion Pit, and Montreal native, Kaytranada. Despite the selection of these heavy hitters, NXNE made a strong effort to bring all types of genres to the stage including up and coming artists such as John River and Jalen Santoy. NXNE had so much music to add to my iTunes library!

The Experience

 

It took place in the Port Lands, a really serene area surrounded by water and big ol boats to cruise on. The theme of NXNE was carnival based. They had lots of activities for the audience to engage with yet the attention of the audience was solely focused on the music. Surprisingly, it was calming being surrounded by thousands of people who just wanted to listen to some good music. The schedule was so smartly planned that I had the opportunity to see every single performance. All artists were given undivided attention since it was one performance at a time. The back and forth migration from both stages emanated natural vibe connections amongst the crowd because you’d come across the same faces. Eventually you’d discover mutual interests based on the similar interests you were drawn to.

The People

Granted, NXNE offered so much extra-curricular activity, I sensed the audience came to be moved by the tunes. The event also could have not happened at a better time. Toronto’s Pride Festival was also in full effect this weekend. So it was great to see such a diverse crowd come through this weekend. Below are snaps of the people of NXNE.

The Music

I came in to NXNE with an open mind where I haven’t heard any of the artists’ discographies. The audience on the other hand was ready for Post Malone and Tyler, the Creator who later left the spot open for Kaytranada to bring the house down. NXNE needed these two acts to uplift the spirits of the audience. I sensed huge expectations from the crowd, because prior to these acts some performances were a little underwhelming. There were some standout performances that may have measured up to the hype of the headliners and had me thinking “Man how have I not discovered this before?”

Post Malone
Post Malone

Son Little
Son Little

Ehboni
Ehboni

John River

Amir Obé
Amir Obe

Highlight performances: Although we couldn’t scope out the last day of the festival it wouldn’t be fair to select the standout performances. Below are just a handful of groups that blew us away while we were.

Bleachers [NJ]
Ehboni
John River
Son Little
Twin Peaks
EMP

Things to do in Toronto

For those looking to either to be a part of media or simply attend NXNE is definitely an event to put on your bucket list. Great vibes, music, and there’s so much to love about Toronto.

Visit Sonic Boom Records – they have rare gems that’ll make your friends’ heads turn when they hear it. The African International and Jazz sections are fantastic. They have amazing souvenirs and the store overall is beautifully decorated.

Downtown Toronto – You wanna stay out here. Anywhere near Baldwin St, University Ave, or University of Toronto. It’s the central area for a lot of cool things happening to be in your reach. Within 15-20 minutes of walking or cheap Uber rides, your eyebrows will be raised due to high amounts of interests in almost everything you see fit.

Chinatown, chinatown, chinatown – We can’t stress it enough. Baldwin St and Spadina Ave are LIT. Anime fan club events, authentic food, scenic streets, and endless amounts of interesting stores to browse. Fair warning, these places are coming for those pockets of yours so best be on a good mood when you’re there 🙂