Your guide to: Wednesday @ NXNE

With hundreds of events in only a few days, it is overwhelming to decide what bands to see at NXNE. We’ve made it easier for you, and picked our top five for each day. Here are our picks for Wednesday, June 18th.

1. The Wayo (R&B/JAZZ)

The Drake Hotel Underground – Wednesday, June 18 @ 12 AM 

A genre-crossing group from Halifax with roots in hip hop, jazz, soul, post-punk, and R&B. Formed in 2012, The WAYO has quickly garnered attention and affection within their hometown music scene.

2. Technical Kidman (EXPERIMENTAL POP)

Baltic Avenue – Wednesday, June 18 @ 10 PM

It’s a hypnotic electronic-meets-shoegaze wall of sound. Technical Kidman is interested in alternate realities, altered states, and alternative music. They are trying to make something real. Since releasing their self-titled EP, they’ve shared the stage with artists such as Suuns, Doldrums, How To Dress Well, Gang Gang Dance, Braids, and many more.


3. Dearly Beloved (PUNK/GARAGE)

Wrongbar – Wednesday, June 18 @ 11 PM

Dearly Beloved is a one-of-a-kind sweat-fest led by Canadian bass-masher Rob Higgins and tambourine-thrashing rock tigress Niva Chow. Their monstrous hooks have been described as “John Entwhistle doing psychedelic garage punk,” while their intense energy and vocal interplay have led to comparisons to The Pixies, X, and The Ramones.


Smiling Buddha – Wednesday, June 18 @ 12 AM


Greys are a loud rock band from Toronto. They’re against pretentious biographies, preferring for listeners to instead come to their own conclusions. Occasionally they throw amps off of roofs.

5. Caitlin Harnett (FOLK)

Dakota Tavern – Wednesday, June 18 @ 11 PM // Free Times Cafe – Thursday, June 19 @ 10 PM

Caitlin Harnett’s songs have the lift of folk, a touch of pop, and the honesty of Americana. She evokes Laurel Canyone of the early 1970’s, songs sharing the personal and poetic nature of Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne plus the fragility of Judee Sill.


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