Earlier this month, The Vinyl Dish team ventured into the center of the city for North by Northeast, better known as NXNE. Celebrating its 25th year, the over weeklong festival attracted hordes of crowds and was the perfect way to get music lovers excited for upcoming summer shows. Here are some acts we had the pleasure of seeing live.
Hailing from the suburbs of Toronto, Haviah mighty has proven time and time again that she is a force to be reckoned with. The Brampton native got on stage and commanded the crowd with her diverse setlist of hard-hitting flows and reggae inspired tunes. While the great city of Toronto pouring out talent, it is amazing to see female artists being taken seriously. During the NBA championship, Haviah Mighty had the pleasure of playing for audiences at a Raptors event. She’s making big things happen in 2019 – we can feel it.
Leikeli47 has been in the game for quite some time. Signed to Sony RCA Records, Leikeli47 is no doubt a performer who entrances her audiences with not only her lyrical finesse, but her crowd interactions. During her set, the MC brought 3 amazing drag queens to perform alongside her. Given that it is Pride month, the gesture showed solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community and had everyone in a good mood. Compared to the likes of MIA and Cardi B, a Leikeli47 set would not be complete without her famous joint, Tic Boom. The video was released earlier this year and features former Orange is the New Black star, Samira Wiley.
88Glam (Photo by Jonathan Hazlewood)
Breakthrough Toronto duo 88Glam were the last acts on the main stage for Festival Village on Saturday night – and really the most anticipated. Any hip hop fan from the city knows who these guys are, either from their previous projects or since signing with XO. Beginning their set with Lil Boat, you already knew that they were getting the crowd hyped for what was to come. They played other fan favs from both of their albums, giving everyone what they wanted. What we were not prepared for was the water fight that the crew instigated by throwing all the available water bottles that they to the crowd and having them throw it on each other all at once. They made up for it though by closing the show with Bali and having everyone rap with them.
On Sunday evening, we made our way to the main stage for another night of Festival Village performances. With her rhythmic dance moves, soulful voice and talented band, Kallitechnis proved to be a powerhouse act. Showcasing her jazzy vocals against bossa nova-esque beats, the Montreal-based artist kept the crowd engaged throughout her entire performance and never missed the opportunity to get her name out there for the crowd to note. With a sound reminiscent of Nelly Furtado and her cool vibes and flows lyrics, it’s clear Kallitechnis is an act that will not go unnoticed. Her next performance will be on Canada Day in Halifax, Nova Scotia and we highly recommend checking her out.
If you live in Toronto, you have definitely heard the musical stylings of Anders on the radio. With hits such as his collaborative single, Love No More and his latest release, Bad Habits, the Mississauga-based artist cannot be missed. His performance on the main stage at NXNE also proved to be a memorable one. Although a few blips and sound issues occurred during his set, Anders never lost his cool and continued to bring energy to the stage, never missing a beat and maintaining his intensity throughout. While the large Yonge-Dundas Square crowd was mostly full of people waiting in anticipation for the next act after him, Anders still delivered for the fans who vibed with his music. Although he didn’t spend much time talking to and engaging with the crowd, he knew he was there to perform and perform well with every song and we were pleasantly surprised by his showcase.
Check out more photos from our time at NXNE 2019
(Photos by Jonathan Hazlewood and The Vinyl Dish team)
Other notable acts include:
Just John x Dom Dias, Cold War Kids, Santigold, Notifi, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Justin Jay, Stacey Sexton, Cupcakke, Killy, Walrus
Written by Kiran Toor & Sanah Ahsan