With over fifty bands/artists performing at NXNE, it’s hard to know which are the must-see shows to hit up. Chill. We know you’re busy with bachelorettes, birthdays and other beer-things, so we made it real easy. Ladies, here be three shows happening this weekend that YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS:

COLD SPECKS at Lee’s Palace, Friday June 17

Cold Specks has been making waves since Arts & Crafts first signed Toronto singer/songwriter Ladan Huseein in 2014. If you aren’t yet familiar, check her out right now; her voice and style are unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. Haunting and soulful, her sound is referred to as “doom-soul,” but we’d prefer to crown her as a true original. We know her NXNE show is gonna blow yer mind.

KANDLE AND THE KROOKS at the Horseshoe, Saturday June 18 (M for Montreal showcase)

Kandle is the daughter of 54-40 frontman Neil Osborne and her dad produced her first disc, which features Broken Social Scene member Sam Goldberg Jr. Buoyed by the success of her first EP, Kandle left her British Columbia base and set up shop in Montreal where she assembled her band the Krooks, which includes Goldberg. Her sound is described as “icy cool” with a sultry, simmering slow burn.

Like a lullabye after a few too many glasses of red, we challenge you to not fall hard for Kandle’s dream-like melodies.

A-WA at the Mod Club, Sunday June 19

These Israeli sisters draw on their Yemenite heritage, melding the folk music of Yemen with big dance beats. Tair, Liron and Tagel Haim grew up in a small village in southern Israel near the Egyptian border. Their home was filled with a diversity of music – hip hop, soul, jazz, reggae, progressive rock and traditional sounds. A-WA is the sum of all of these influences and have been touring non-stop for almost two years. Seriously, how cool are these sisters? We are transfixed! And so are the 3.5+ millions who’ve tuned into their Habib Gali video.

Talk about an awe-inspiring lineup of cutting edge female talent! Get your NXNE tickets now and pack your weekend with music that will stick.


We have extra tix to the Kandle And The Krooks Show at The Horseshoe! Enter to win by tweeting: “Yes @shedoesthecity, send me to @KandleOsbourne at @HorseshoeTavern this Saturday! I want to see the best at #nxne” Or by LIKING + COMMENTING our @KandleOsbourne pic on Instagram.

See you on the dance floor.