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NXNE Best Bets: Toronto Acts

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NXNE, Toronto’s music+film+interactive+comedy+art festival, is just around the corner! From June 13-22, Toronto will be home hundreds of artists and shows, happening from Yonge & Dundas Square to Toronto Island and everywhere in between. It’s a busy week that can be a little overwhelming, so we’ve narrowed it down for you. Below is a list of some of the best local acts that’ll be performing at this year’s festival. Stay tuned for a full list of best bets on Friday this week.


June 20 @ Mod Club
June 21 @ Yonge Dundas Square
Alvvays has burst onto the scene in the last few months. A couple songs have already captured our attention (“Adult Diversion” and “Marry Me, Archie”) but it’s their upcoming full length that has us really excited. This is your chance to say “I saw them before they were huge”.


June 21 @ Lee’s Palace
There hasn’t been a Metz club show in Toronto for quite some time – last time they played Toronto was to thousands of people opening for Weezer at Downsview Park. If you’re looking for a loud way to end your night, this is the show to go to.

Sam Cash and the Romantic Dogs

June 21 @ The Cameron House
Sam Cash and the Romantic Dogs are the perfect example of straight up Rock N’ Roll. Anytime you’re able to catch a show of these Toronto settlers, it’s a must. The group has been crushing gigs in the city for awhile now, but they opened eyes country-wide while opening on tour for July Talk recently.

KC Accidental

June 20 @ 159 Manning
Before there was Broken Social Scene, there was KC Accidental. It’s a duo consisting of Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin, but it will be very interesting to see who else they bring along to perform. This is a must-see for any fan of lo-fi indie rock.


June 18 @ Smiling Buddha
June 20 @ The Horseshoe Tavern
June 22 @ Edward Day Gallery
Toronto’s punk quartet Greys are getting ready to release If Anything… later this month. NXNE is your opportunity to see the group tear into new material that most likely hasn’t been played live yet.


June 21 @ The Cameron House
It’s been just over a year since their second full length record Bursting Visions was released, so you’ll hear all those goodies and maybe some new stuff. Zeus may be from Toronto, but we don’t see them nearly as much as we want to. Take advantage while you have the opportunity.

Odonis Odonis

June 19 @ The Garrison
June 19 @ Yonge Dundas Square
Hot off the heels of their new record Hard Boiled, Soft Boiled, Toronto’s shoegazey punks Odonis Odonis are here to impress once again. You can expect a loud and energetic show, filled with songs from the latest release.


June 19 @ Massey Hall
June 21 @ The Great Hall
Weaves came together because they were sick of what they were doing and wanted to be different, and different works. The four piece combines pop sensibilities with noisy weirdness that is best seen live.

Michael Rault

June 19 @ Handlebar
June 21 @ St. James Gazebo
June 21 @ Smiling Buddha
West coast turned Toronto rocker Michael Rault has been slugging it out in clubs for quite some time now, and those that have seen him live, make sure to see him again. It’s a high energy, rock-power-pop mess that will have you liking him on Facebook in no time.

Ryan Hemsworth

June 21 @ Adelaide Hall
Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Ryan Hemsworth has mastered the art of sampling. He caught Last Gang Records’ attention and they quickly made him a part of the family. The DJ will be spinning dance jams all night so if you’re looking for a change of pace, this is a safe bet.

Hands and Teeth

June 20 @ Bovine Sex Club
The band was born from a craving to do rock music their own way. Since Hands and Teeth’s inception in 2010, they’ve wowed crowds across North America. Whether it’s a big festival slot or a small club gig, they grab the stage and make it their own.

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