NXNE Festival @ Younge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada

Review & Photography by: Martha Segovia

As NXNE returned to its roots at Yonge-Dundas Square, the Times Square of Toronto, the people flocked to the central location en masse. As the 3-day music festival portion marked its course, fans – both old and new settled in front of the stage beside Eaton Centre. A central location and free access allowed tourists and locals of all ages to inquire about the festivities. Many asking, what was going on and who was on stage. This allowed for many to discover new music or simply stop and dance along to the rhythm.

This year, the lineup embraced more talented female-identifying main acts to hit the stage like Azealia Banks on night 1, Lights and headliners, CHVRCHES on night 2. Finally, ending with R&B songstress Tinashe and queer icon, the queen of New Orleans bounce Big Freedia lighting up the stage with her larger than life voice.

Yonge-Dundas Square was also the backyard for many local acts from the GTA and as close as Toronto’s Parkdale neighborhood with Seon Leon burning up the final night. Other local acts included New Swears and Alx Veliz, throughout the festival Canadian and international bands made their rounds too.

With the eclectic mix of sounds, there was a genre for all arguing that music is unlimited and as bounding as you make it. The grounds were a hotspot for those coming and going with free offerings from Aurora, Exclaim! And others merchants along the closed off Yonge Street between Dundas and Queen further allowing exploration in one of the most bustling parts of the city.

The festival closed of a refreshing rendition of this year’s NXNE amongst the club series and more, NXNE got it right this year and we can only hope the trend continues.


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