NXNE 2015 Recap

#paper100 at NXNE, Toronto. Photo by Robyn Homeniuk #paper100 at NXNE, Toronto. Photo by Robyn Homeniuk
#paper100 at NXNE, Toronto. Photo by Robyn Homeniuk

#paper100 at NXNE, Toronto. Photo by Robyn Homeniuk

NXNE has come and gone for 2015. Many artists filled venues across downtown Toronto last week, and I was lucky enough to check out several shows. What was especially cool about NXNE was the great organization they had and the command of Younge and Dundas Square.

#paper100 at NXNE, Toronto. Photo by Robyn Homeniuk

#paper100 at NXNE, Toronto. Photo by Robyn Homeniuk

#paper100 at NXNE, Toronto. Photo by Robyn Homeniuk

#paper100 at NXNE, Toronto. Photo by Robyn Homeniuk

On Thursday, I headed to #paper100 – Paper Bag Records’ 100th release party. Here, I was able to see great acts such as Nils of Rural Alberta Advantage, DIANA, Woodlands among others at Lee’s Palace. A nice venue on Bloor St, there is a sunken dance floor and a good amount of seating. The mixture of artists made for an interesting night as the music switched from folky to interesting synth pop; the fairly priced beverages and the mulling around of artists really made it a unique night.

By the time Saturday rolled around, I decided to hit up the Younge and Dundas stage. Toronto has no Quartier des Spectacles, but NXNE did a great job of setting up this stage downtown. As the sun began to sink behind the skyscrapers, Best Coast hit the stage and played well. It’s always great to see a lady rocking out on stage, and it was pretty good.

The New Pornographers really stole the program though, they had great banter and played well. It was definitely a great atmosphere and evening.

Best Coast at NXNE, Toronto. Photo by Robyn Homeniuk

Best Coast at NXNE, Toronto. Photo by Robyn Homeniuk

All together, NXNE was pretty great. It was well staffed and well organized. It really taught me to love Toronto a bit more and I really enjoyed some of the artists I was able to catch. I would definitely consider going again in future years.

The New Pornographers at NXNE, Toronto. Photo by Robyn Homeniuk

The New Pornographers at NXNE, Toronto. Photo by Robyn Homeniuk

#paper100 at NXNE, Toronto. Photo by Robyn Homeniuk

#paper100 at NXNE, Toronto. Photo by Robyn Homeniuk

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