Seen as the most anticipated summer music event in Canada, North by Northeast Festival and Conference (NXNE) is an essential gathering for artists, industry, and fans. It’s a multi-disciplinary festival bringing together music, gaming, comedy, technology, visual art and film. The conference is also focused on music as well as emerging technologies, interactive, gaming and the intersection of these disciplines. We’re based in Toronto, but bring a global perspective to our programming. In all, NXNE draws over 350,000 attendees, and generates an annual economic impact of approximately $50 million on the city of Toronto. The 2017 festival will mark our 23rd anniversary.
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NXNE takes place every June.
We have a history we’re proud of.
Many performers have played NXNE on their way to major worldwide breakthroughs. Hotly tipped buzz bands and soon-to-be-discovered gems join international touring acts, making NXNE diverse and exciting.
NXNE Music Festival alumni include:
Iggy and The Stooges, The National, St. Vincent, The Flaming Lips, DEVO, Spoon, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Ludacris, The New Pornographers, Juicy J, Ty Dolla $ign, Fucked Up, Sleigh Bells, Shad, De La Soul, Social Distortion, Bad Religion, Danny Brown, Billy Talent, Descendents, Broken Social Scene, Feist, Spiritualized, of Montreal, Mac DeMarco, Best Coast, Cults, Grimes, tUnE-yArDs, Future Islands, Rhye, A$AP Ferg, Pusha T, Swans, Run the Jewels, Portugal. The Man, Japandroids, Yukon Blonde, Blonde Redhead, Deafheaven, Tink, Baths, Hundred Waters, San Fermin, Kate Tempest, U.S. Girls, Purity Ring, The Pharcyde, Deerhoof, The Raveonettes, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Born Ruffians, METZ, Action Bronson, Big Freedia, Twin Shadow, A Place to Bury Strangers, OFF!, Surfer Blood, Ty Segall, Jeff The Brotherhood, Ryan Hemsworth, Hollerado, Omar Souleyman, Courtney Barnett, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, GZA, Kid Cudi, Black Lips, Sufjan Stevens, HEALTH, Wavves, Glass Animals, Rae Sremmurd, The Dodos, Lower Dens, Diamond Rings, Killer Mike, Thee Oh Sees, Dum Dum Girls, Bleached, Dusted, The Men, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, PS I Love You, Zola Jesus, Ceremony, The Hundred in The Hands, Oberhofer, Angel Olsen, Atlas Sound, Vince Staples, Doldrums, Real Estate, Willow Smith, DIIV, Tobacco, Kelela, Wild Nothing, John Maus, Odonis Odonis, Daughn Gibson, Les Savy Fav, The Soft Pack, AA Bondy, The Death Set, Kid Sister, The Sonics, Bad Bad Not Good, Digable Planets, Warpaint, Cold Cave, No Age, King Khan & The Shrines, Death From Above 1979, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Glass Candy, Mudhoney, Dirty Beaches, plus thousands more.
NXNE Film screenings have featured the work of directors Don Letts, Guy Maddin, Richard Linklater and Bruce McDonald, and more, many of which were world or Canadian premieres.
Past conference speakers have included: Marc Maron, Oliver El-Khatib, Cindy Gallop, Paul Rosenberg, Nolan, Bushnell, Chris Kaskie, Ze Frank, Adora Svitak, Scott Stratten, Scott Belsky, Police drummer Stewart Copeland, head Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten, songwriters Steve Earle and Bruce Cockburn, Peaches, Patti Smith, Thomas Dolby, and Stones’ ex-guru Andrew Loog Oldham.
NXNE Comedy presents popular and emerging stand-up and sketch acts from around the world. In the past, the fest has featured big laughs from acts such as Reggie Watts, Marc Maron, Simon Amstell, Luisa Omielan, The Pizza Underground, Debra Digiovanni, Mark DeBonis, The Boom, Garrett Jamieson, Tim Nasiopoulos, K Trevor Wilson, Monty Scott, Keith Pedro, Rick and Chuck, Barry Taylor, Trevor Boris, Ryan Belleville, Alex Pavone, Don Pare, Aaron Berg, Magnus Betner, The Dick Mime, Steph Tolev, Ladystache, Trixx, Rebecca Kohler, Christina Walkinshaw, Darren Frost, Jon Steinberg, Bryan Hatt, Eddie Della Siepe, and Hunter Collins.
NXNE Art connects visual artists with an expanded, engaged audience. It features late-night visual art fun as well as a packed slate of daytime activities both on the streets and in galleries. Art will also be presented in non-traditional viewing spaces.