It’s that time of year again! North by North East is upon us. Toronto’s favourite summer music festival will be celebrating 20 years of existence and it’s time for this city of music lovers to come out and celebrate. Feeling a little overwhelmed with all the musical choices this year? Well we here at Addicted have done the work for you! We’ve scoured the schedule and picked our favorites to see at this year’s festival and we hope to see you out and about with us!
Wednesday, June 18th
The first night at NXNE is all about the ladies starting with Montreal singer/producer FOXTROTT at the Modclub (College and Crawford) at 10pm. The musical project of Marie-Hélène L. Delorme, FOXTROTT brings power and vulnerability together with beautiful melodies weaving through intense beats. You’ll definitely want to head over to Wrongbar (1279 Queen Street West) for Kiesza (11pm). Hailing from Calgary, the trained ballerina turned sailor turned music maker has written for the likes of Rihanna and Kylie Minogue, and is bringing her unique touch to deep house influenced pop music. And at the stroke of midnight be sure to catch Lizzo. The Houston-bred, Minneapolis-based artist relies on inventive wordplay and an ability to seamlessly flow between rapping and singing to set her above the rest of the hip hop world, and makes it look effortless.
Thursday, June 19th
Multiple relocations and health problems couldn’t stop Vancouver bred and now Toronto transplanted Kill Matilda from rocking harder than ever. Fronted by metal queen in the making Dusty Exner, these zombie killing, power shredding and hard rockin guys and gal are a must see (the Hideout, 484 Queen street west, 10pm). If something softer is more your scene, you can check out Sylvan Esso at the Drake Hotel (10pm) and enjoy dizzying harmonies and the most honest and heart felt pop music you’ve ever heard. And call in sick to work on Friday because you need to check out ODONIS ODONIS at the Garrison (1197 Dundas st west) at 1am for some good old fashion guitar driven, booze soaked rock and roll.
Friday, June 20th
Addicted favorites Cai.ro will be hitting the stage at the Rivoli (332 Queen street west) at 10pm to serenade with their cinematic indie pop rock stylings. For some sweet, twangy down home country goodness, make sure to head to the Dakota Tavern for Shred Kelly at 11pm. Make sure you’re caffeinated or intoxicated (or both!) enough to catch JPNSGRLS (pronounced “Japanese Girls”) at the Silver Dollar (College and Spadina) at 3am. Their latest album Circulation has been described as “a whirlwind of straight-out-of-the-garage noisiness and earworm hooks”, and promises to be even better live.
Saturday, June 21st
Blues songsmith Brad Fillatre will bring his sweetly sad and soulful tunes to the Cameron House (408 Queen street West) at 8pm. Saskatoon’s Slow Down Molasses will be bringing their well-crafted, expansive, texture-heavy pop songs, that break into storm squalls of drone, delay and feedback, to the Dakota Tavern at 11pm. And synthpopping trio Future Islands will be inspiring ridiculous dance moves of all kinds at Tattoo Rock Parlour (567 Queen street west) at midnight.
So enjoy the summer sun and the sights and sounds of NXNE with Addicted! See you around.