EXPOSURES: The house parties, in-stores and arcade concerts of NXNE 2015

This year's festival felt smaller scale than usual, so we explored the less travelled corners of a thriving Toronto music scene that just happens to come alive every June.

- Jun 23, 2015
EXPOSURES captures the moods and experiences of fans and artists, both onstage and off.
After last year's Exposures-defining NXNE photo essay by unsung Canadian music hero Colin Medley, we decided to send him out again with his trusty Canon AE-1 and a few rolls of film. He avoided the big marquee shows and ended up with an intimate portrait of a thriving scene that just happens to coalesce around an annual music festival.

Another year, another NXNE. After covering the festival for the last little while, I will say that this year felt way smaller, as if the number of attendees had been cut in half. I'm sure that's partially because of which shows I chose to attend (none of the marquee shows were in my wheelhouse), but even some of the shows that I thought would be rammed had plenty of space for everyone. I'm not necessarily complaining, since it felt to me more like 5 days of good local shows, rather than a behemoth corporate music festival. So, kudos to the organizers, I guess? I mean, I had fun.

Here's what I saw, or at least, what I remembered to photograph.

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Slim Twig debuted songs from his forthcoming opus Thank You For Stickin’ With Twig.

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Twig takes a breather after slaying the crowd at the Horseshoe.

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EZTV channeled all our favourite power-pop from years gone by. One of the best discoveries of this year's festival.

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Biblical played amongst the arcade games at Get Well.

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Tim McCready/M for Montreal threw their annual house party at 159 Manning.

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Clairmont The Second got the afternoon crowd moving.

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Pat Jordache was stoked to finally have vinyl copies of his new record Steps.

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Christopher Shannon of Bart strikes a pose while setting up his gear.

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Jessica Pratt mesmerized the crowd at the Garrison.

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Jessica Pratt working the merch table after her show.

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Ryley Walker played a special show at Likely General.

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Healing Power Records co-owner Victoria Cheong and Jennifer Castle outside Likely General.

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Soupcans remain one of the best bands in Toronto.

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NXNE held a panel discussion about misogyny in music as a response to the Action Bronson controversy. From left to right, this is Anupa Mistry, Liisa Ladouceur, Dalton Higgins and Carla Gillis.

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U.S. Girls played one of the best sets of the week…

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… and she brought along back-up singers Basia Bulat and Isla Craig to really turn things up.

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A quiet moment on Dundas St. with Meg Remy of U.S. Girls.

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The always unpredictable Un Blonde delivered a fine set at the Smiling Buddha.

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The festival wrapped up on Sunday night with a special advanced screening of Diamond Tongues, a new Toronto film featuring a lot of local talent, including Nick Flanagan and members of July Talk.

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After missing their set at 159 Manning, we were happy to finally catch Bart as our final show of the festival.

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