NXNE prez Michael Hollett and Shamir backstage

NXNE President Michael Hollett resigns as NOW editor/publisher to focus full-time on Festival

NXNE prez Michael Hollett and Shamir backstage

NXNE prez Michael Hollett and Shamir backstage at NXNE Port Lands in June.

North by Northeast (NXNE) President and Managing Director, Michael Hollett, has announced Thursday he is resigning his other role as editor/publisher of NOW Magazine, the paper he co-founded in 1981.

“I will be concentrating my future efforts on running North by Northeast (NXNE) with my partners from SXSW and on writing, “ said Hollett in a statement issued Thursday.

“NXNE took huge strides in 2016 and I am committed to building on this growth for 2017 and beyond with exciting ideas I look forward to sharing with all of you soon. Working with my Austin-based partners at Southby, I am convinced we will be able to achieve a SXSW-like impact for Northby in Toronto. Toronto is one of the greatest live music centres in the world and it will continue to be my pleasure to showcase that.”

Hollett co-founded NXNE, with SXSW and local partners, in 1995 and has had his dual roles with NOW and NXNE ever since.

“I am, of course, leaving NOW Magazine with mixed feelings,” said Hollett, “ and I remain committed to its role as an independent media voice, an essential and unique media perspective reporting on politics and culture. I am confident that Alice Klein and her amazing NOW Magazine team will continue to push boundaries and tell important stories for years to come and I will enthusiastically support this effort in any way I can.”

Hollett says dates for NXNE 2017, which will be significantly expanded again, will be announced soon.

Text of Hollett’s complete statement is attached below:

Statement from NXNE President/Managing Director Michael Hollett, July 28, 2016

IMG_0556 3After 35 years as editor/publisher of NOW Magazine, I am resigning, effective immediately, from the paper I co-founded in 1981.

I will be concentrating my future efforts on running North by Northeast (NXNE) with my partners from SXSW and on writing. NXNE took huge strides in 2016 and I am committed to building on this growth for 2017 and beyond with exciting ideas I look forward to sharing with all of you soon. Working with my Austin-based partners at Southby, I am convinced we will be able to achieve a SXSW-like impact for Northby in Toronto. Toronto is one of the greatest live music centres in the world and it will continue to be my pleasure to showcase that.

I am, of course, leaving NOW Magazine with mixed feelings and I remain committed to its role as an independent media voice, an essential and unique media perspective reporting on politics and culture. I am confident that Alice Klein and her amazing NOW Magazine team will continue to push boundaries and tell important stories for years to come and I will enthusiastically support this effort in any way I can.

I’ve been editor-publisher since day one and that means I’ve had a front row seat on the astounding city and people of Toronto for decades. It truly is a miracle town, one of the greatest city’s in the world with remarkable social activists, culture, food, technology, artists, live music, great thinkers, a magnificent setting and the diversity that we so often deservedly celebrate. It has been an honour and an education to participate and hopefully play a role as Toronto has grown from a self-conscious burg to the self-confident, world-beating city that is now proudly known as the sexy and exciting 6 worldwide.

My job has allowed me to meet some of the most interesting people in the world, some famous, others, still largely unknown but I’ve been lucky enough to learn and be fascinated by all of them. From bar rooms to boardrooms, back streets to boulevards, everyone has their story and I have been blessed to hear and write a lot of them. This job has taken me around the world to write and photograph stories and I have been steeped deep in the political life, not just of Toronto, but Ontario and Canada.

The music scene, both local and international, has always been a key part of my work at NOW – and Northby — and this back stage pass into a world I love has been one of the greatest parts of my job as I have watched, and hopefully helped, Toronto take its place as one of the leading Music Cities on the planet.

But mostly, I want to say thanks – to the advertisers who trusted me with their dreams and marketing money, to the brave musicians and artists who, by pursuing their dreams gave me so much to write about and to the activists, politicians and concerned citizens who have all tried, in their way, to make this a better world. Thanks to the Letters to the Editor writers; I read every one and yes, sometimes you were right and sometimes I was wrong. Thanks for caring enough to share your opinions with me. Thanks to the amazing, unbelievable, creative, crazy, courageous and committed staff of NOW Magazine, past and present; you have made my life a pleasure and this city a better place.

And thank you Toronto, my hometown and the place my heart will always live. You are one spectacular city. I’ll see you on the streets, I’ll see you around. All the best.

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