All Photos Shot by Tse Daniel
While everyone always raves around SXSW, its sister festival NXNE is still not well known – even after more than two decades. The festival, which takes place in Toronto annually, seemingly cut down on it’s schedule this year, which was most noticeable in it’s lack of conference. (Note: Please bring this back!) Not to mention NXNE’s fight with local (and not so local) petitioners who gathers over 33K signatures to remove Action Bronson from the public Yonge-Dundas Square based on his content, but those same petitioners failed to actually be knowledgeable and Ty Dolla Sign swooped under their radar to perform on the same stage.
NXNE kicked off with ecletic Frech-Cuban sister duo Ibeyi at Mod Club, while local acts DillanPonders and a l l i e, as well as UK artist Kate Tempest, Tink and Bishop Nehru taking the stage at Adelaide Hall. Day 1 smoothly transitioned into Day 2 with a second performance by Tink, as well as Vince Staples at the not-so-organized Pitchfork / House of Vans showcase. Perhaps not organized isn’t the word, however, when you have a local legend like Kardinal Offishall being disrespected by the NXNE social media account and security not allowing him in, as well as having media wait over an hour to get into a venue that wasn’t full yet, there’s an issue. Regardless, Tink came even harder than her first set and Vince killed his. On the other side of town, fans of Willow Smith were absolutely disappointed when she played a 20-minute headlining set before leaving the stage, but at least we can say Harrison and BizzArh held down The Danforth Music Hall. Locals CRSB and Sean Leon shut down Day 2 at the NXNE hub, causing some chaos via a mosh pit, while an unrelated party down the street housed most of the performing local hip hop acts and their managers.
The FADER’s Andy Cohn and Ty Dolla $ign took the Saturday afternoon to talk candidly about Ty’s career and parenthood, but quickly got sidetracked by a number of useless questions during a Q&A and a few groupies. I can’t necessarily say I learned anything new about Ty $, but The FADER happens to be launching a FADER Canada – and as Ty $ promised, new music was released last week. Back at Coalition in the night time, promising duo OSIYM took the stage alongside Neo Tempus, and across the city, Jazz Cartier and Rae Sremmurd got lit – rather, lit like bic. Between the stage diving and condoms tossed during “Safe Sex & Paychecks,” it may have been the most exciting set I’d seen all week.
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