Emo veterans American Football top the roster of acts announced Tuesday as part of this year’s North by Northeast (NXNE) festival, running June 7-16 in Toronto.
Fest organizers revealed a few more details about the 2019 edition, including that there will now be four stages at the Festival Village, which now spans Yonge Street from Dundas to Queen. Chicago rapper Cupcakke and Edmonton rockers Royal Tusk are also near the top of the bill.
Meanwhile, at clubs around Toronto, there will be evenings of music curated by everyone from Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning to Raptors Uprising, the videogame team owned by the NBA Raptors. The latter news draws attention to the fact that NXNE is now, in its 25th anniverary year, explicitly billed as a music and gaming festival.
Wristbands allowing entrance to any and all club shows are $ 29, the same as in NXNE’s first year. Many more acts will be announced in the weeks to come. More details at NXNE.com.
Garnet Fraser is a deputy entertainment editor and a contributor to the Star’s Entertainment section. He is based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @garnetfraser