Best of NXNE 2017

By Harry Myles, Feature Photo via NXNE

From June 16-25, North by Northeast (NXNE) returns to Toronto with a variety of live music, video game tournaments, and events across the city. Yearly the festival has grown in size, expanding their featured artists with 2017 being no exception. To help you with your festival experience, Demo has compiled an overview of some of the must-see performances and activities NXNE has to offer.

For the Gamer in You

From June 16-18, NXNE is hosting Game Land with Canada’s largest free e-sports competition happening at Yonge and Dundas Square along with virtual reality demonstrations and other game-inspired events.


  • Starcraft II: Top North American players tournament with a $10,000 prize
  • Street Fighter V: 128 player tournament with a free play area
  • Super Smash Brothers: 128 player tournament with a free play area

For more information regarding the Game Land festivities visit:

For the Music Fan

Live music has been an integral component of NXNE and this year is no different. Continuing their Port Lands music festival, NXNE has expanded the Port Lands venue to three days from June 23-25. In addition to music, the Port Lands will also feature a comedy tent, mid way rides, carnival games, art installations, and the best of Toronto’s food trucks.


June 23: Headliner- Post Malone

June 24: Headliner- Kaytranada

June 25: Headliner- Passion Pit

  • The Soul Rebels Ft. Talib Kweli:   
    • The Soul Rebels spent 2016 trekking the globe and collaborating on tour with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Marilyn Manson, Joey Bada$$, Big Freedia, Lettuce, Umphrey’s McGee, Robert Glasper, Kool & The Gang, Rakim, Slick Rick, and many other acts. Talib Kweli has worked with notable artists such as Mos Def, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams and now has teamed up with the Soul Rebels to produce a performance of riveting soul paired with captivating lyricism.
  • Other notable acts:

For a complete lineup of the Port Lands visit:

For the Club Hopper

From June 19-22, NXNE is also hosting Club Land, a collection of artist-curated shows taking place across the city. For $20, an attendee can receive a club-hopping wristband and experience the diverse talent of the city, Canada, and beyond.


June 19: Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene curates the Baby G

Join Brendan Canning as he presents four incredible acts at the Baby G, including Charlotte Cornfield, Kira May, Adrian Underhill, and Blue Sky Miners.

June 20: Leah Fay of July Talk curates the Baby G

At the Baby G, Leah Fay has a selection of fantastic artists, featuring Tush, Emperor X, Regina, and Bueller.

June 22: Ian D’Sa of Billy Talent curates the Horseshoe Tavern

Ian D’Sa has a series ready to impress at the Horseshoe Tavern with The Lazys, Crown Lands, the Anti-Queens, and Sweatshop Kids.

For a complete list of the Club Land series (including other venues like the Rivoli and the Garrison) visit:


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