The Five Streams of NXNE: ART
North by Northeast is just over a month away, and exciting new information is starting to pour out. While we’ve already done a general overview of what you can expect to see at the massive, weeklong arts festival in downtown Toronto, we’re now going to delve even deeper and take a look at some of the specifics for each of the five streams of NXNE. We’ll unleash a new stream preview every week or so to keep you up to date on what’s what with NXNE. Today, let’s check out some art!
The art stream is the newest addition to the NXNE family and the festival’s website playfully refers to it as “our brand new baby.” Though this may be a new addition to the festival, you wouldn’t guess it by looking at what they have in store. There is a wide array of artists and a bunch of interesting exhibits planned and I, for one, am really looking forward to seeing all of it.
A few of the highlights listed are: construction zones transformed by graffiti, performance artists roaming the streets, TTC streetcar performance and transit video shows, café and gallery talks with artists, art nights at The Cameron House, a multi-artist show at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and a two-day outdoor art fair in the Ryerson Quad, just steps away from NXNE’s music epicenter at Yonge-Dundas Square. This really sounds incredible and it seems like they’ve thought of ways to get art pretty much anywhere festival-goers will be wandering, meaning that even between your favorite artists’ sets you’ll have something to look at to keep you engaged and in the moment.
Two artists NXNE says you definitely won’t want to miss are Johannes Zits (hey, nice name, guy! It’s not very often I come across another Johannes) and Brendan de Montigny. Hailing from Toronto, Zits will be showing off his performance piece Looking for Guides to an Alternative, during which he “shreds business suits and reweaves them into a tapestry.” De Montigny is from Quebec and during his performance piece, entitled I am Learning, he will apparently “morph into a machine.” I have no idea what that means or what he’s planning on doing, but it sounds awesome! Both of these performances sound fascinating and they’ll be incredible to see in person.
Other artists who will be featured at the festival include Stephanie Avery, Jasa Baka and Allison Moore, Brian Bantugan, Onur Bingöl, Ulu Braun, Eric Chen, Stephen Chen, James DesRochers, Hannah Epstein, Moritz Fingerhut, Chris Foster, Jenn Godwin and Camilla Singh, Hart Goetze, Dara Gold, Ju Ju, Mike McDonnell, Pamela Mingo, Juan Negroni, Lisa Ng, Roberta Orlando, Phil Shaw, Ryan Smeeton, Gary Taxalli, Tensoe, Jacqueline Van De Geer, and Rae Vena. This group offers artists from all over the globe, so there’s sure to be something for everybody to enjoy!
With musical performances and art exhibits spread all across downtown Toronto, there will always be something interesting to see or hear. NXNE should be a true treat for the senses, and it will be an incredible environment for experiencing art of all forms.
NXNE runs from June 10th-16th; don’t forget to get your tickets here! Stay tuned for more NXNE news!