Seen as the most anticipated summer music event in Canada, North by Northeast Festivals and Conference (NXNE) are an essential gathering for artists, industry, and fans. 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 $50 million on the city of Toronto. The 2015 festival will mark our 21st anniversary.
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Toronto, ON, Canada. NXNE takes place June 17-21, 2015.
We have a history we’re proud of.
Many performers have played NXNE on their way to major worldwide breakthroughs. Hotly tipped buzz bands and soon-to-be-discovered gems join international touring acts, making NXNE eclectic and exciting.
NXNE Music Festival alumni include:
Iggy and The Stooges, The National, St. Vincent, The Flaming Lips, DEVO, Spoon, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Ludacris, Juicy J, Fucked Up, Sleigh Bells, De La Soul, Social Distortion, Bad Religion, Danny Brown, Billy Talent, Descendents, Broken Social Scene, Feist, Spiritualized, of Montreal, Best Coast, Cults, Grimes, tUnE-yArDs, Future Islands, Rhye, A$AP Ferg, Pusha T, Swans, Run the Jewels, Portugal. The Man, Japandroids, Yukon Blonde, Purity Ring, The Pharcyde, Deerhoof, The Raveonettes, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, METZ, Action Bronson, Big Freedia, Twin Shadow, A Place to Bury Strangers, OFF!, Surfer Blood, Ty Segall, Jeff The Brotherhood, Ryan Hemsworth, Omar Souleyman, Courtney Barnett, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, GZA, Kid Cudi, Black Lips, Sufjan Stevens, HEALTH, Wavves, 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, Doldrums, Mac DeMarco, DIIV, Tobacco, Kelela, Wild Nothing, John Maus, 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 screens 30+ of the year’s best music-themed features, documentaries, shorts, and experimental films from around the world. Directors (like Don Letts, Guy Maddin, and Bruce McDonald), producers, actors and musicians attend many of the screenings – many of which are world or Canadian premieres.
NXNE Interactive (NXNEi) is a digital interactive media conference like no other. It brings together content-creating artists, tech entrepreneurs, digital marketing gurus, web business experts, and social media aficionados for four days of workshops, presentations, and panels that explore the newest ideas in bridging the gap between creativity and the interactive world. NXNEi’s afternoon sessions combine the Music and Film focus in an event that engage the industry delegates who attend NXNE. Past guests include speakers like Marc Maron, Oliver El-Khatib, Cindy Gallop, Paul Rosenberg, 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.