The North by Northeast music festival returns to Toronto this week, and with 50 venues around town, you know some have to be in our neighborhood! We’ve got the scoop for you on where to go on and near Ossington to see some amazing live shows.
If you don’t know the deal about NXNE already, you can buy a wristband to get into all the music and film events, or pay at the door if you’re only going to a couple of shows. If you are going to want to check out the music on more than one night, the wristband is worth it, since you are free to walk in and out of as many NXNE shows as you can, and as capacity allows. There are more bands from Canada than anywhere else, but you’ll see artists from Europe, Asia, the U.S. and elsewhere.
Considering our neighborhood has several venues to hear music all year round, we knew we wouldn’t need to travel far for this festival. The Painted Lady, Dakota Tavern, and The Garrison will all be hosting multiple nights of live NXNE music. You can also check out shows at The Social and The Great Hall, and many places on West Queen West.
NXNE starts Wednesday night at some venues, but Thursday is when the festival really kicks into gear, with shows in every venue.