North by Northeast Festivals and Conference (NXNE) is heading into its 20th year here in Toronto. A destination for emerging artists and international masters of the creative realm, NXNE brings filmmakers, comedians, visual artists, musicians, and an array of alternative thinkers to our eclectic city. Running for 10 days and nights, from June 13th to 22nd, over 350,000 attendees and $50 million will funnel through the festival.
It’s hard to narrow down the dizzying list of talent into a concerted best-of preview, though be sure to keep your eye out for these 10 must-see artists at NXNE 2014…
June 13th to 22nd
More of a collective idea, an amalgamation of local and international artists will transform urban spaces throughout Toronto into their own canvases as a part of NXNE Art.
June 21st, Cameron House
Montreal native Neil Holyoak melds melodic epiphany with folky inspiration with a unique, echoing sound.
June 7th to 9th
Celebrating the cycle culture and the people that pedal, this exhibit will resonate with all who revel in the mode of the bicycle.
Hands & Teeth
June 20th, Bovine Sex Club
A little bit of edge, some throws of arioso, and a dash of the austere chime out of this Toronto indie pop/rock band.
The NXNE Photo Show
June 13th to 18th, The Black Cat Gallery
Step back in time and experience the nostalgia of NXNE past with photographs captured at past performances and moments of the festival.
June 19th, House of Vans at VICE Island
Half of the legendary Hip-Hop duo Clipse, Pusha T is a break-your-neck, beat-busting, lyrical head-spinning mastermind of the microphone.
Play Hooky: An Afternoon of Arts and Bands
June 19th, Analogue Gallery
What’s more fun than ditching work for the day? Doing it with booze, bites, and a healthy helping of visual art and musical accompaniment!
June 18th, Trinity Square and The Paddock; June 19th, Market Lane
Growing up under the tutelage of his uncle, blues legend B.B. King, Briar Rabbit exposes audiences to the joyful tone of his composition and the forthright tenor of his lyrics.
June 19th, Art Lounge
Future Toronto? was meant as a satirical take on a far-fetched future of our city. How much eventual reality lies in Mathew Borrett’s depiction?
Who are you most excited to see at NXNE? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.