NXNE: FESTIVAL VILLAGE
Friday-Sunday (June 15-17)
Yes, NXNE is back at Yonge-Dundas Square and clubs. After a couple of wayward years, the music festival has returned to a version of its classic format, emphasizing indie acts in the smaller venues and booking big names for free outdoors shows, which are the main draw this weekend. Three rappers with wildly different sounds and solid live shows – Jazz Cartier, Azealia Banks and Big Freedia – are sure to get people revved-up, while Tinashe, Lights and Scottish synth-poppers Chvrches (see feature, page 34) hold it down for pop fans. Critical local fave (and recent NOW cover star) U.S. Girls take things in more cerebral and psyched-out directions. Yonge-Dundas Square (1 Dundas East). Various times. Free. nxne.com.