Lots of goodies out there. Here were some of our tops:

10. Bad Religion – 21st Century (Digital Boy)

With a legendary career spanning 33 years Bad Religion has been around longer than a lot of their fans. They taught the kids a thing or two at their YDS show with fan favourite 21st Century (Digital Boy).

9.  Starbucks Prank with Gavin Slate

There’s a lot of connections to be made at NXNE, and Gavin Slate took advantage of the sleeplessness of the fest by declaring himself Starbucks’ artist of the week. He turned the footage into a music video for his tune, “Life of a Salesman” and the gimmick got him lots of press.

8. Wintersleep – Smoke

Wintersleep have played NXNE more than a few times. They dig the fest so much they even found time during the hectic, crazy week to shoot a music video.

7. NXNE 2012 Epic Meal Time

It’s not all about the music. Sometimes, it’s about the bacon. Epic Meal Time came to NXNEi, here’s a short compilation of some of the goofiest, saltiest moments.

6.  NXNE 2012: Action Bronson

Action Bronson has played all over the world, but he still has love for Toronto. Performing on the same bill as Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Killer Mike, he pauses from toweling off to shout out the city.

5.  Good Riddance  – Weight of the World

On May 27th, 2007, Good Riddance played what was to be their last show. Punk fanboys and fangirls squealed with delight upon the announcement of their reunion in February 2012.  (Do punks squeal?) They kicked off the Yonge-Dundas concert series on Thursday night.

4. NXNE 2012: METZ (Interview)

This wasn’t METZ’s first time at the rodeo, and in this interview they reflect on the fest. The band had a stellar 2012 with the release of their debut EP on Sup Pop Records and appearances on just about every top ten list of the year.

3. Killer Mike – Reagan

Killer Mike performed to a crowd of around 300 people at Wrongbar and to a crowd of around 20, 000 at Yonge and Dundas square. Here’s a video from the latter of his political rap ‘Reagan’ off his most recent album, R.A.P Music.

2. HOTT TV Presents: Raekwon & Ghostface Killah 2012

NXNE loves Wu Tang Clan and they never disappoint. Raekwon and Ghostface Killah filled the streets with hip hop diehards and novices and got the whole city bopping along. In this clip, they are joined by Toronto’s own JD Era.

1. Flaming Lips – Knives Out (Radiohead Cover)

On June 16, 2012, a tragic stage collapse at a Radiohead show resulted in the death of a 33-year-old drum technician, Scott Johnson. That evening Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips addressed a still-shaken city with a sincere speech to a crowd of an estimated 20,000 people at Yonge and Dundas square and the band covered Radiohead’s “Knives Out”.The sad, honest moment stood out as a highlight to many festival-goers.


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