The 21st annual NXNE Music Festival took place across several venues in Toronto on June 17th to 21st. A mix of different genres, NXNE was a crazy five days jam-packed with some of the hottest Canadian and International talent. We attended some of the best Hip-Hop and R&B events of the week, from Tink, to BASECAMP and Ty$. We present to you, NXNE: A week in review
June 12th & 13th marked Bestival‘s inaugural festival in Toronto. The UK festival, known for its eclectic lineup and secluded locations (festivals are only held on islands) chose Hanlan’s Point Beach on Toronto Islands for the fun. Thousands gathered together to see a diverse range of genres from EDM to DJs, R&B, Rock, Hip-Hop and more. Hit the Jump to read the full review.
The Air Canada Centre was at capacity on June 2nd as Drake’s Jungle Tour reached his hometown, the six. Much expected, nearly 20,000 fans came to see the boy. His hometown shows are not to be missed, he puts on something special every time. This show was no exception. Similar to his last gig at the ACC, Would You Like A Tour, the lineup also included Future.
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It was 9:00pm on Tuesday May 12th when fans began to enter The Rivoli. Lights strung from the ceiling added to a festive ambience of the venue. As fans strolled in, they gathered at the bar to buy drinks while waiting for the headliner of the night, DC via Brooklyn rapper, Oddisee. Blaring from the speakers were old school hip-hop hits, courtesy of DJ Ty Harper, also known as The Boogeyman to set the tone for the night. Hearing the set, fans prepared for what they were going to receive; a night of timeless and thought provoking hip-hop.
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The Known Unknown marked their return with an incredible Canadian Music Week showcase at Tattoo Queen West. Hosted by the founder of The Known Unknown, Tika Simone, the event featured a loaded roster of some of Toronto’s best homegrown talent. May 6th inside Tattoo was like a mini music festival! The night was filled with a variety of vibes. Toronto artists Ace Dillinger, Taya Marquis, McCallaman, Jessie Reyez, The Flan, Faiza, Unbuttoned, and Adria Kain took the stage and showed the city why not to sleep on their talent.
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