Young Galaxy setting the mood at NXNE Credit: Julie Lavelle
NXNE has become Canada’s premier destination for emerging artists, major-label headliners, comedians, filmmakers, artists, and digital interactive innovators. Spanning ten days and over 350,000 guests, NXNE brings the world to Toronto.
Dallas Green at NXNE. Credit: Sarah Rix.
While NXNE has strived to present a forum for Canada’s best new music, it has also given Toronto an “annual marquee tourist destination festival,” that has showcased major international headlining acts like Iggy Pop, The Flaming Lips, Ludacris, Bad Religion, The National, De La Soul, Social Distortion, and Billy Talent to name a few.
This critically acclaimed music festival also culminates in a massive outdoor concert that NXNE patrons can attend for free in Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square.
Techno Block Party at NXNE Credit: Steve Payne
What started as a partnership between Toronto’s NOW Magazine, the founders of Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival and local music industry leaders, has ballooned into one of North America’s biggest and best music festivals. In celebration of years of amazing talent, TPA is showcasing two decades worth of NXNE history.
After clearing customs in Terminal 1, you’ll see images of artists such as Blowfly, The Pharcyde, Iggy Pop, Best Coast, and much more—mixed with shots of the audience who were lucky enough to live those experiences.
An awe-struck crowd watching The Flaming Lips during a free outdoor performance at Yonge-Dundas Square. Credit: Phil Brennen.
TPA has a long history of support for NXNE and every year since 2008 they have rocked the airport arrivals hall with the music of bands from the festival.
This year's NXNE runs from June 13–22, with the exhibition at TPA running until July 11. More information about the festival lineup, events, and tickets can be found on their website.
Wristbands for this years festival range from $35 to $399 and can be found here.
– Matt Beauchamp