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Here is a ‘Hot List’ of bands to check out at this year’s North By Northeast music festival

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TORONTO, June 17, 2022 – With 300+ of the world’s best artists of today (and tomorrow) gracing the stages of Toronto clubs for North by Northeast Music Festival (NXNE) this week (June 14-19), short-listing a must-see schedule is no feat for the weak. The festival features artists from across Canada as well as around the world including performers from: Australia, France, Norway, UK and across the US.

NXNE founder and president, Michael Hollett is all smiles with media guests at the North by Northeast music festival launch party, held at the Gladstone Thursday night. photo by Stephen Uhraney

Thankfully, there’s an official unofficial ‘hot list’… Artists like GETCHNAH, Fjord Mustang, Omega Mighty, The Meringues, Omar Noir, The North Sound, Vicky R, Grace Greenan, Blue Kubricks, Osé, BeAny, the Zolas’ dwi, and more barely scratch the surface on the best the Fest has to offer across the multi-day event.

// Country

Lindsey & The Lonelies @ the Horseshoe Tavern — Wednesday, June 15th (9pm)
The Red Hill Valleys @ the Horseshoe Tavern — Wednesday, June 15th (9pm)
Cheyanne Summer @ Wheatsheaf — Thursday, June 16th (9pm)

// Hip Hop

July @ the Annex Hotel — Thursday, June 16th (9pm)
Kidd Jones @ the Annex Hotel — Thursday, June 16th (12Midnight)
GETCHNAH @ the Gladstone – Melody — Friday, June 17th (1am)
OGR @ Clintons — Saturday, June 18th (9pm)
Atay & JAX @ Baby G — Saturday, June 18th (10pm)
Gustavo Guaapo @ Clinton’s Tavern — Saturday, June 18th (10pm)
Vicky R @ the Gladstone – Melody — Saturday, June 18th (11pm)
Tia Bank$ @ Clinton’s Tavern — Saturday, June 18th (11pm)
Omega Mighty @ the Gladstone – Melody — Saturday, June 18th (12Midnight)
Ki Storii @ Clinton’s Tavern — Saturday, June 18th (12Midnight)
Omar Noir @ the Gladstone – Melody — Saturday, June 18th (1am)
Raeshaun @ the Rivoli — Saturday, June 18th (1am)

Toronto Indie rockers The High Loves will play the Cameron House on Saturday June 18 at 11 pm

// Indie

Dentist @ the Garrison — Wednesday, June 15th (12Midnight)
Olivia Khoury @ Dakota Tavern — Thursday, June 16th (12am)
The Sarandons @ the Horseshoe Tavern — Thursday, June 16th (9pm)
Black Pontiac @ the Garrison — Thursday, June 16th (11pm)
Capitol @ Baby G — Thursday, June 16th (12Midnight)
Housewife @ the Gladstone — Thursday, June 16th (12Midnight)
Harkness @ Handlebar — Friday, June 17th (9pm)
Bookclub @ Handlebar — Friday, June 17th (10pm)
Funeral Lakes @ Handlebar — Friday, June 17th (11pm)
Jeremy Voltz @ the Horseshoe Tavern — Friday, June 17th (12Midnight)
Blue Kubricks @ the Garrison — Saturday, June 18th (10pm)

Editor’s pick The High Loves @ Cameron House – Saturday June18th 11 pm
dwi @ the Garrison — Saturday, June 18th (11pm)
The Meringues @ Bovine Sex Club — Saturday, June 18th (12Midnight)

// Indie — Pride Showcase

Fjord Mustang @ the Drake Underground — Thursday, June 16th (9pm)

Veronica Johnny AKA BeAny belts one out at the NXNE launch party at Gladstone Hotel, Thursday June 15. Photo by Stephen Uhraney

// Indigenous

The North Sound @ Dakota Tavern — Wednesday, June 15th (11pm)
BeAny (aka Veronica Johnny) @ the Gladstone — Thursday, June 16th (9pm)

// Neo-Soul / New R&B

Victory @ the El Mocambo – Main – Starlight Room — Thursday, June 16th (10pm)
Mighloe @ the Annex Hotel — Thursday, June 16th (10pm)
Erez Zobary @ the Gladstone – Melody — Friday, June 17th (9pm)
Osé (City of Brampton Presents) @ the Rivoli — Friday, June 17th (12Midnight)
Odreii @ the Rivoli — Saturday, June 18th (10pm)
The Free Label @ the Horseshoe Tavern — Saturday, June 18th (12Midnight)

// New Jazz

Big Smoke Brass Band @ the Gladstone – Melody — Wednesday, June 15th (9pm)

// Pop

Ana Lia @ the Rivoli — Wednesday, June 15th (10pm)
Kayla Diamond @ the El Mocambo – Main – Starlight Room — Wednesday, June 15th (10pm)
Loviet @ the El Mocambo – Main – Starlight Room — Thursday, June 16th (11pm)
Päter @ Clinton’s Tavern — Friday, June 17th (10pm)
3409 @ the Gladstone – Melody — Friday, June 17th (10pm)
Grace Greenan (WFBO The Bridge Presents) @ Supermarket — Saturday, June 18th (10pm)
Toebow @ Baby G — Saturday, June 18th (11pm)

// Rock

Favvkes @ Bovine Sex Club — Wednesday, June 15th (9pm)
Joan Smith & the Jane Does @ Bovine Sex Club — Thursday, June 16th (10pm)
Radium Room @ Bovine Sex Club — Thursday, June 16th (11pm)
Dear Youth @ Bovine Sex Club — Friday, June 17th (11pm)

The full schedule and lineup, as well as passes, are currently available for sale at nxne.com.

More happy faces at the NXNE Festival Launch Gladstone Hotel, including Barbara Hefler (Pictured Far Right) NXNE Director of Operations. photo by Stephen Uhraney

The NXNE music festival asserts they are committed to gender equity and BIPOC representation, boasting a diverse lineup that reflects the festival’s core theme, ‘Talent is Everywhere,’ and proud to work with their supporting partners of this year’s festival including Slaight Music, Indie88, Gladstone House, Steam Whistle, Bulova, White Claw Hard Seltzer, Long & McQuade, Yamaha, Exclaim, Grassroots, along with showcase sponsors KW TheMuseum, The City of Brampton, Music Manitoba, and WKBO The Bridge — with funding made possible by FACTOR, Canada Summer Jobs.

Guests arriving at NXNE Festival Launch, Thursday June 15, 2022 at Gladstone Hotel
Photo by Stephen Uhraney

NXNE 2022 runs Tuesday, June 14th – Sunday, June 19th and full festival five-day passes are just $20.

by Eric Alper

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