NXNE 2016 Best Bets

From Born Ruffians to Schoolboy Q

NXNE is in full swing with exciting festival changes and big headliners like Schoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Father John Misty, and more. It’s a big festival, running now through June 18th, so we’ve narrowed it down to some of our top picks. If you haven’t already checked out the full lineup and schedule, do so here.


MSTRKRFT | The Horseshoe Tavern | Event Info
DFA 1979’s Jesse F. Keeler of and Al-P’s reknown electronic project returns for a early NXNE kick off at the Horseshoe Tavern Tuesday night.


PEERS | The Silver Dollar | Event Info
Anthemic electronic indie-rock tunes from local Toronto group Peers play the intimate Silver Dollar Tuesday.


THE JOY FORMIDABLE | The Mod Club | Event Info
Beloved Welsh indie rock troupe, The Joy Formidable, take over the Mod Club with hits from their new record, Hitch.

TUNS | The Garrison | Event Info
The latest supergroup to come out of Toronto is TUNS: composed of Sloan bassist Chris Murphy, Inbreds frontman Mike O’Neill, and Superfriendz’s Matt Murphy.



FAST ROMANTICS | Yonge-Dundas Square | Event Info
Fast Romantics, make danceable, swoon-worthy indie pop tunes that’ll be stuck in your head for days.

BILLY MOON | The Silver Dollar | Event Info
Hamilton’s Billy Moon bring their authentic boisterous garage rock to the Silver Dollar Thursday night. Check details for full lineup.



SCHOOLBOY Q / GHOSTFACE KILLAH / SHAMIR | Port Lands: Commish Stage | Event Info
Two legendary rappers and one skyrocketing pop star take over the main stage at the Port Lands to kick off the weekend.


Play video game LOUD on Planet X (12PM), Live Music including Hungry Lake, Long Range Hustle, Frisky Kids, Ferraro and Jane’s Party (3-10). Sports fans will also get the opportunity to “go long” with Buffalo Bills wide receiver, Sammy Watkins at the Courtyard @ Barcade.

COLD SPECKS | Lee’s Palace | Event Info
This Polaris Prize-nominated, Indies Female Artist of the Year-winning, “doom-soul” artist takes the stage at Lee’s Friday night.

KAMSAI WASHINGTON | Danforth Music Hall | Event Info
This renowned jazz saxophonist has worked with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Thunder Cat and many more. This is sure to be an unforgettable set at the Danforth.



FATHER JOHN MISTY / MOTHER MOTHER / DAN MANGAN | Port Lands: Commish Stage | Event Info
One of the most compelling songwriters of today, Father John Misty will share the Commish Stage with beloved West Coasters Mother Mother, and Canadian indie darling Dan Mangan.


BORN RUFFIANS / THE ZOLAS / HIGHS | Port Lands: Canal Stage | Event Info
Indie88 favorites, Born Ruffians, The Zolas, and Highs are your go-to choice if you like to dance while thinking deep-introspective thoughts.


ZEUS / SAM CASH & THE ROMANTIC DOGS / TAYLOR KNOX | Yonge-Dundas Square | Event Info
Previously the location of NXNE’s main stage, Yonge-Dundas Square won’t miss out on the action this year, hosting this indie folk-rock event Saturday night.

PROZZÄK | Danforth Music Hall | Event Info
Relive the nostalgia with animated Canadian pop group Prozzäk for a very special night at the Danforth.

OBGMS / BIRDS OF BELLWOODS | Lee’s Palace | Event Info
One band will make you dance sing adn the other will want to grab your lovers hand’s and squeeze it tight.