November 21, 2016
Last year, Canada’s premiere music industry bash, NXNE, mixed up their structure to deal with changing times. They took the Yonge-Dundas Square music programming way down to instead focus on video games, moved their big shows to the Port Lands, and minimized the club gigs. Now, they’ve announced a few details about next year’s event, sticking with the new changes as the festival moves forward.
The 2017 edition of NXNE will take place from June 16-25, and again feature the main attractions in their Club Land, Game Land, and Port Lands programming. The Port Lands will host bands from June 23-25—again with two main stages, art installations, a new comedy tent, and carnival rides—and the club gigs, featuring hundreds of acts at more than a dozen venues across town, will go on between June 19-25. Game Land, which will again take place at Yonge-Dundas Square, will go from June 16-18, and have an e-Sports competition, new video game demos, and live tunes.
With all the changes to last year’s NXNE, things ended up a bit rocky—early shows at the Port Lands suffered some low attendance, prompting some to criticize the idea to take the big shows to a difficult-to-access part of the city. It should also be noted the Port Lands are basically a giant parking lot, which translates to a pretty hot time, especially in the middle of a balmy Toronto summer. Hopefully the festival learns from last year’s growing pains and throws up a few tents for shade that aren’t limited to VIP pass holders. Keep an eye on the NXNE website in the coming months for details about programming.
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