Now in its 19th year, North by Northeast Festivals and Conference (NXNE) has become the Canadian festival destination for emerging artists and major-label headliners; for music filmmakers; hilarious comedians; visual, sound, and other artists; and for digital interactive innovators bridging the gap between technology and the arts. Seen as the most anticipated summer music event in Canada, NXNE Music, NXNE Film, NXNE Comedy, NXNE Art, and NXNE Interactive are an essential gathering for artists, industry, and fans. We’re based in Toronto, but bring a global perspective to our programming. NXNE’s mission is to:
- Provide a forum for the best new music, in which fans can catch emerging artists – tomorrow’s stars – and today’s most popular acts at intimate club venues.
- Screen the year’s most exciting music-themed films.
- Explore and develop common ground between the creative industries and the interactive world.
- Present Toronto with an annual marquee tourist destination festival by showcasing international headline performers at huge free outdoor concerts.
In all, NXNE runs seven days and nights, draws over 330,000 attendees, and generates an annual economic impact of approximately $50 million on the city of Toronto.
For five days and nights, NXNE Music offers the hottest music and the freshest music-related ideas—all within a few km of each other. NXNE 2012 presented over 800 international, national and local acts at 50 official festival stages in downtown Toronto’s famous club district.
* Monday, June 11th – Sunday, June 16th: NXNE Art
* Tuesday, June 11th: NXNE Workshops
* Wednesday, June 12th – Friday, June 15th: NXNE Interactive
* Wednesday, June 12th – Sunday, June 16th: NXNE Music + Comedy
* Thursday, June 13th – Sunday, June 16th: NXNE Film
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 Flaming Lips, DEVO, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Fucked Up, De La Soul, Bad Religion, Descendents, Broken Social Scene, Feist, Of Montreal, Best Coast, Cults, Grimes, 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, 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, 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, DFA 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, 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 interactive speakers like Ze Frank, Adora Svitak, Scott Stratten and Scott Belsky, plus Music Conference speakers like 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 2012, the fest featured big laughs from acts such as 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 will connect visual artists with an expanded, engaged audience. It will feature 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. The breadth of NXNE Art is demonstrated by two of the earliest confirmed participants: legendary Toronto alt-culture centre and visual arts incubator The Cameron House, as well as the prestigious Art Gallery of Ontario.
Correspondents from international media like the BBC, pitchfork.com, Vanity Fair, the New York Times, brooklyn vegan, and Fused UK cover festival showcases alongside influential music bloggers, television stations, radio programmers, podcasters, filmmakers, and Canadian journalists. Over 750 accredited media covered last year’s NXNE festival.
“NXNE is an exciting combination of indie music and a film lover’s gourmet feast. We had a great time and we would love to come back.” - Stewart Copeland
“The NXNE experience was one of the most magical events for The Soundtrack of our lives… Toronto is always the place to be when it comes to interesting entertainment. And the people are almost as beautiful as the Swedes…” - Ebbot, The Soundtrack of our Lives
“You guys ruled! Thanks for all the love. NXNE is the jumpoff fa sho!” - Heathcliff Berru, manager, GZA
“It was perfect” - Melissa Auf Der Maur
“It was great to be able to participate in NXNE, as a performer and as the celebrity interview.” - Bruce Cockburn
“Thousands of artists showcased by NXNE directly to key music and film executives. This is where you bring your entertainment vehicle if you want serious industry attention.” - Rob Halford, Judas Priest
“Toronto’s multicultural mix provides the perfect backdrop for NXNE’s eclectic choice of music films.” - Don Letts, director, Rock it to Rio
“North by Northeast is one of the best gatherings on music and music people I’ve ever attended.” - Danny Goldberg, former manager of Nirvana, Hole, the Beastie Boys
“NXNE is now one of the premier festivals in all of North America…a calendar event that you make time for. You might have seen as many great bands from Wednesday to Sunday as you will see in the next six months. The organizers have turned this festival into something very special.” – The National Post
“the best in new music and film from the indie scene” – BBC Radio 2 (UK)
“Other than SXSW and the CMJ Music Marathon, few other festivals offer music fans more opportunities to find great new bands than NXNE.” – Paste Magazine
“…simply too much cool stuff going on…” – the Toronto Star
“North by Northeast thrived gloriously” – The Globe & Mail
“A musical smorgasbord of cutting edge music washed down with Bloody Caesar cocktails. Sound fun? You better believe it is!” – Fused Magazine (UK)
“Music did take over.” – The Austinist
“(a) bar-hopping bonanza” – the Toronto Sun