NXNE 2013

NXNE on a Budget: Free Show Opportunities? Yes Please!

Published On June 11, 2013 | By Megan Oquias | Featured Artists, NXNE 2013

That’s right kids, NXNE is here again. What’s better than this awesome city in the summer? Summer in this awesome city filled with music! Here’s the thing though, if you’re going to buy a wrist band, or hit a few random shows throughout the week, you risk breaking the bank.

I’m here to tell that you that you don’t have to longingly pine outside a venue or worse, try to sneak into places (you guys wouldn’t do that though, am I right?), NXNE has a bunch of FREE events happening during the fest.

Yo, check it:

Of course, there’s the obvious, Yonge and Dundas Square. A tonne of great acts are scheduled to showcase their stuff this year; and each night tends to be genre specific. Huge acts such as Social Distortion, Billy Talent and The National are all scheduled to play the square. For a full schedule of bands click here.

Craft Services is Arts and Crafts’ ever growing arts management division, and this year they are hosting a Free NXNE Pop-Up Performance Series at Queen and Douvercourt. Featured artists this year include PUP, Jane’s Party, The Darcys and many many more. While you’re at the locale to listen to the music, you can support Arts & Crafts by checking out their 10th anniversary merch and catalogue.

One of the coolest things about festivals in the summer is the opportunity to check out some outdoor shows. Parks all over the city are hosting a few daytime showcases for NXNE. By Divine Right, Paper Thick Walls and The Balconies are on board, just to name a few. For a full list click here.

Another fun opportunity is to check out some in-store showcases. Of A Kind, Urban Outfitters and Lomography are all opening their doors for some in-store performances by bands like Beach Day, Bear Mountain and Dusted. For each shop’s listing an set-times click here.


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About The Author

is in love with the live music scene in Toronto, and tries to hit as many shows as she can; whether it's a small venue or a bigger show. She is influenced mostly by Rock and Ska in her own music writing/performing, but has a soft spot for the indie bands that are popping up all over Canada, including local three piece Convoys who she proudly manages. She has been a happy writer for The Take since April 2010.

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