Forget compasses, GPS, or helpful Sherpas. From June 13–19 this year, Torontoist is here to be your guide to everything NXNE.
Photo of Ghettosocks courtesy of Kelly Clark ƒotography.
Hailing from Halifax, Ghettosocks was lost in Toronto’s environs when we caught up with him, stuck in a mall helping a friend replace a broken phone. Fresh off this year’s ECMA win for Best Rap Single of the Year (“Don’t Turn Around” featuring Edgar Allen Floe), Ghettosocks now brings his old school sound to Toronto on Friday night.
Torontoist: Tell us why we should see you at NXNE, in 10 words or less.
OK. Wait, ”OK” doesn’t count as one of the words… Because I will remind you why you first liked rap.
What’s your favourite Toronto venue, and why?
It’s a toss-up, I’d say. Rancho Relaxo because they play old VHS movies and the Rivoli because they pretty much always book me. Those are two of my favourite places.
Does the North East beat the South West, and why?
You know, this is like asking which parent do you love more. It’s hard to answer because you don’t want to make either one of your parents mad at you. But I would say that NXNE is better in that I have a lot of friends living out here, so I’m guaranteed to run into familiar faces. That’s where it stands out.
Who’s going to be the break out act of NXNE this year?
I’m not sure of all the new acts, but I’ve heard good things about Def3, he’s also playing at the Crawford show alongside me and MAGNOLIUS, Angerville, and more.
What’s up next for you?
Next thing I’ll be doing is the Jazz Fest in Halifax, opening up for Talib Kweli with the Extremities on July 9. July 23 and 24 I’ll be in Vancouver performing with the Herbaliser from London, England. Then I’ll be starting a cross-Canada tour with my boy Timbuktu. In the fall we’re hoping to do a European tour with my homeboy Munshine and our group Twin Peaks.