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NXNE Future Land packs inspiration and creativity

NXNE announces the return of Future Land, a one-day conference presenting a platform for industry experts and artists to discuss all elements of the music, digital, gaming and interactive worlds. Featuring SXSW Co-founder Louis Black, Dreyuh Safo (Rap Season), Jasmyn Burke (Weaves), Raina Douris (CBC Radio 2) and more, this year’s contributing speakers comprise a variety of roles and influence across the industry landscape. Future Land also welcomes Intersessions, a production panel and workshop with Kat Duma, Harrison and Shifra Rifka hosted by Chippy Nonstop. This year’s event will take place at The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West) on June 21. For more information visit here:

Future Land will feature many networking opportunities including cocktail mixers and B2B ‘speed dating’ sessions with panelists and speakers. Tickets are available here:

Presented by Music Canada Live:

SXSW – Where we started, where we’re going

SXSW Co-founder Louis Black and NXNE founder Michael Hollett sit down for an in depth discussion on where the festival started, how it grew, and where it is headed in the future.

Louis Black

Moderator: Michael Hollett

Presented by Shesaid.so:


Intersessions and shesaid.so bring a production panel and workshop to the NXNE Future Lands on June 21st, 2017. Featured instructors Kat Duma, Harrison and Shifra Rifka will rundown their music production processes in a panel discussion hosted by Chippy Nonstop, followed by a tutorial highlighting beat breakdowns, recording, songwriting and a walk-through of Ableton. Interessions is a workshop series of artist run seminars aims to address the significant gender and sexuality based imbalance within the music industry, offering DJ and sound focused workshops for women, and those within the LGBTQ+ spectrum. Hip Hop – Toronto’s takeover Dreyuh Safo (Rap Season promoter), Tasha the Amazon, and Dalton Higgins sit down to examine the history and evolution of the Toronto hip hop scene - from a fringe genre in the 1980s to the most commercially successful music of the 21st century.

Panellists: Dalton Higgins Dreyuh Safo Tasha The Amazon

Cannabis & Sponsorship

As Canada continues to roll out legalization of medical marijuana along with many American states, expert panelists discuss the potential of marijuana marketing dollars to replace labels and fuel a profile expansion for artists with major sponsorship funding. Will other sponsors be comfortable sharing a profile with this once illegal drug?

Panellists: Jodie Emery Scott McNearney (SXSW) Jay Wilgar (Newstrike)

Business or Pleasure? What is actually working in the music industry

Raina Douris (CBC Radio 2), Monique Barbieri (Ticketmaster), Jasmyn Burke (Weaves) discuss the future of employment, generating income in a creative industry and what is working and what isn’t . Moderated by Sacha Miller (Work Late).

Panellists: Raina Douris Monique Barbieri Jasmyn Burke Moderator: Sacha Miller

Presented by HP

The Business of Gaming and it’s Future

Over the last several years, the eSports industry has experienced significant growth on a global scale, with no signs of slowing down. As leading brands increase their support, the commerce side of gaming and its future relevance in today’s digitized market, demands attention. What are the opportunities for athletes to grow their own businesses? How does Canada encourage the industry’s advancement and compete in world competitions? How has buyer behaviour and product expectations changed? Where can Canada go from here?

Panellists: Stephen Kozak, WW Product Lead – HP Co. Red Bull Gaming Lead

Presented by HP

Fireside Chat: MafiaBoy

Michael “MafiaBoy” Calce is Canada’s most notorious white hat hacker, a cyber-security expert and author of How I Broke the Internet and Why It’s Still Broken. At 15 years old he hacked some of the largest ecommerce websites in the world. His experience is documented in the book “Mafiaboy: How I Cracked The Internet And Why Its Still Broken” and the film Rivolta. Today, he is the president of Optimal Secure, a Montreal-based cyber security firm specializing in penetration testing.

Panellists: Michael “MafiaBoy” Calce Moderator: Mary Ann Yule – President and CEO of HP Canada Co.

Presented by HP

Women in STEM

Canada has developed into a global leader thought the genius and hard-work of its scientists, engineers and innovators. Women are enrolling in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields in record numbers, but How can industries better support and empower them through their professional development in order to shatter the glass ceiling?

Panellists: Denise Shortt , Vice-President - Industry Development for Information Technology Association of Canada Natalie Benitah, Head of Printing - HP Canada Co. Kaitlyn Richelle, Engineer, Gamer, Medical Student Moderator: Sandy Chan Mills, Consumer Personal Systems Marketing Manager – HP Canada Co"


Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
The Great Hall
Doors open and guests begin to arrive
Main Hall
12:45pm – 1:15pm
Women in STEM
13:30pm - 14:00pm
The Business of Gaming and it’s Future
2:15pm – 2:45pm
Fireside Chat with Mafiaboy
3:00pm – 3:30pm
Cannabis & Sponsorship
Drawing Room
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Intersessions Panel
Main Hall
3:45pm - 4:30pm
Hip Hop – Toronto’s Take Over Panel
4:45pm - 5:45pm
Business or Pleasure?
6:00pm - 7:00pm
SXSW – Where We Started, Where We’re Going Panel
Converstation Room
7:00pm - 9:00pm
B2B speed dating and cocktail mingle / Hors d’oeuvres to be served

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