Words by Myles Herod. Photos by Myles Herod and Cassandra Popescu.
From cramming Yonge-Dundas Square with ecstatic fans to welcoming new artists into various venues across Toronto, NXNE 2018 clamoured with swarms of attendees and countless performances. Established in 1995, the festival has presented hundreds of bands from Canada, the United States and around the world, affording wide-eyed attendees a four-day long, city-wide musical wonderland.
Navigating through venue after venue from Jun 8 – 17, one couldn’t help but notice a commonality tying the extensive festival together: the crowds. It didn’t matter the genre, the hour of the day, the neighbourhood—the music lovers fed the energy of NXNE 2018.
With the smaller, more intimate shows around the city now rebranded as Club Land, venues throughout the week felt carefully curated and one-of-a-kind, rather than a hodgepodge of bands thrown together.
Elsewhere in downtown’s Festival Village, major acts including CHVRCHES, Lights, US Girls, Azealia Banks and Cadence Weapon provided the open air, free shows at Yonge-Dundas Square an excellent starting point for those initiating themselves with NXNE for the first time.
Given the wide-ranging choices of Toronto’s annual music explosion, it did – more than any other year – provide a little something for everyone.