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NEW FRIENDS DIY

NFDIY is a not-for-profit collective run by nine hard-working punks. We hope our work brings you closer to your kindred spirits and inspires you to create your own collectives, support local art scenes, and build your own self-directed futures. 

We began in 2017 as a partnership between three friends who met through the Canadian post-hardcore scene. Led by our collective love of punk and the vibrant, empowering communities we've experienced on tour, we started this project to showcase the many inspiring people we've met through this incredible global community and to continue the rich history of grassroots DIY emo/hardcore in Toronto

FEST RULES

 1. NFF '24 IS ALL AGES 

 2. BOTH ROOMS ARE FULLY ACCESSIBLE

 3. 19+ CASHLESS BAR 

 4. ABSOLUTELY NO DRINKING OUTSIDE 

 5. ALL WASHROOMS ARE GENDER-NEUTRAL 

 6. NO REFUNDS UNLESS NFF '24 IS CANCELLED 

 7. HAVE FUN & DON'T BE A JERK 

 8. RESPECT OTHERS ALWAYS

 9. DANCE WITH CARE

NEW FRIENDS FEST '24 WILL SHOWCASE 34 BANDS PLAYING ON 2 FLOORS, THE MAIN HALL (2ND FLOOR), AND THE DEATH ROOM (1ST FLOOR).​

NFF STRIVES TO CREATE A MUTUALLY EMPOWERING ATMOSPHERE FREE FROM SEXISM, RACISM, HOMOPHOBIA, TRANSPHOBIA AND OTHER FORMS OF OPPRESSION. NFDIY AIMS TO ENCOURAGE A DIVERSE ARTISTIC SCENE WHERE AUDIENCE MEMBERS CAN SEE THEMSELVES AND THEIR IDENTITIES REFLECTED IN THE PERFORMERS THEY SEE ON STAGE.

IF AT ANY TIME BEFORE OR DURING THE FESTIVAL YOU ARE FEELING UNSAFE, PLEASE CONTACT US, HAVE A FRIEND CONTACT US, OR FIND US AT THE DOOR. WE WILL RESPOND AS PROMPTLY AS WE CAN. ZERO TOLERANCE FOR INTOLERANCE. YOU WILL BE REMOVED IF YOU BREAK OUR RULES.

WE HAVE NALOXONE ON SITE IN CASE OF NEED, PLEASE DANCE AND STAY SAFE AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER. SEVERAL STAFF ARE TRAINED IN ADMINISTERING NALOXONE, PLEASE SPEAK TO US IF YOU NEED HELP. 

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NEW FRIENDS SOCIAL

ONE MORE SONG SCREENING & RESPIRE PRE-FEST PRESENTATION

PRE-FEST PREMIERE OF "ONE MORE SONG: LOVE LETTERS TO DIY", A SHORT FILM BY NFDIY CO-FOUNDER VANESSA GLOUX, FILMED IN PART AT NFF'22, EXPLORING THE VIBRANT AND RESILIENT DIY MUSIC COMMUNITY.   AFTERWARDS, CATCH A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY RESPIRE. 

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

KARAOKE AFTER-PARTY

SATURDAY'S AFTER-PARTY IS RED HOT - FOR THE RETURN OF HOT BREATH KARAOKE!  OUR FAVOURITE KARAOKE HOST IS BACK IN THE DEATH ROOM WITH A BINDER OF HITS AND A BAG OF SURPRISES. WHAT WILL YOU SING?

DIY PUNK MERCH SWAP

IT'S THE EPIC SKRAMZ MERCH OF YOUR DREAMS, ALL FOR FREE! DIY PUNK MERCH SWAP IS BACK AT THE MAIN HALL BAR ON SUNDAY. BRING YOUR OLD MERCH, HANG IT ON THE RACK, AND FEEL FREE TO TAKE ANY OTHERS.

CRYDAY AFTER-PARTY

SUGAR, WE'RE GOING…TO THE MAIN HALL BAR FOR FRIDAY'S AFTER-PARTY. HOSTED BY DJs EGG AND VEE OF 'SADDERDAYS' FAME. NOSTALGIC HITS TO DEEP CUTS, WE TAKE EVERY FORM OF REQUEST, "REAL EMO" OR NOT. (NON-EMO ALSO WELCOME)

PUNK PARK & SWIM

COOL DOWN AFTER A HOT NIGHT ONE WITH A QUICK DIP ON SATURDAY BEFORE DOORS AT CHRISTIE PITS PARK! COME FOR A SWIM, COME FOR THE PARK, OR JUST COME FOR THE HANG. 

THE DISASTER x NFF

THE RETURN OF THE DISASTER! LOOKING FOR A BREAK FROM ALL THIS LOUD MUSIC? HEAD DOWN TO THE DEATH ROOM FOR SOME LOUD EXPERIMENTAL COMEDY HOSTED AND CURATED BY ALEX KOLANKO & THE DISASTER. 

 FAQs 

IS THE WHOLE WEEKEND ALL-AGES?

Yes, the performances and after-parties are all-ages. ONLY 19+ with ID can purchase drinks at the licensed bar. Anyone underaged caught consuming alcohol will be removed from the event.

IS NFF FULLY ACCESSIBLE?

New Friends Fest '24 is accessible. With the Death Room on the first floor, BOTH STAGES of NFF'24 are fully accessible via the elevator. Please inquire with the staff.

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