James Bailey plays Leah Fay (July Talk) 2018 Curator Show

James Bailey plays Leah Fay (July Talk) 2018 Curator Show

Canada’s premiere music and gaming festival returns to the streets of Toronto June 7 - June 16, 2019
NXNE returns this June with more curators, more club shows, and an expanded FESTIVAL VILLAGE that will include four stages for live performances. 2019’s CLUB LAND and FESTIVAL VILLAGE will offer audiences a diverse slate of globally recognized and emerging hip-hop, indie rock and pop acts at over 20 of the top music venues in Toronto. NXNE will kick off the 10-day festival on June 7 with a jam-packed schedule of live musical acts that will ignite the spirit of summer in the city.  

NXNE CLUB LAND will continue to offer programming that represents the diverse communities of Toronto through its Curator Series and other notable shows. It will feature shows programmed by leading Canadian musicians that highlight emerging artist showcases, art installations, late night DJ sets and after parties, all in the city’s most cherished venues. The Curator Series aims to encourage music fans of all genres to club hop across the city and witness their favourite artists to transform the showcase experience. A low price wristband secures priority admission to all shows. Wristbands are priced at 1995 prices, $29, the same as in NXNE’s first year, and allows fans access to over 30 shows.

Featured CLUB LAND acts include: hip hop artist Haviah Mighty as well as experimental music performance group Persons, acoustic rocker Owen, punk infused hip hop Just John x Dom Dias and new age musician Nick Schofield.  Indie act Most People, pop artist Syngja and fierce punk band Dishpit will all be a part of the CLUB LAND experience.

In addition to NXNE’s CLUB LAND Curator Series, highlight shows will include indie emo rock band American Football supported by alternative bedroom-pop act Ellis as well as an All Ages show with Chicago based rapper Cupcakke at The Phoenix Concert Theatre.

A $29 wristband gets people access into all the CLUB LAND shows. Wristbands can be purchased online at nxne.com

This year, in honour of its 25th anniversary year, NXNE expands FESTIVAL VILLAGE (June 14 – 16) to span over half-a-kilometre, packed with free entertainment, activations and more. The growing festival will include four performance areas for all festival-goers to enjoy for free throughout the festival including newly added Queen St. Stage presented by Slaight Music.

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements soon about Festival Village Headliners, Game Land, NXNE Talks, and more.

NXNE Club Land Sneak Peek

NXNE Club Land Sneak Peek

NXNE announces 2019 dates June 7 - 16

NXNE is back June 7 - 16 in 2019.

NXNE is back June 7 - 16 in 2019.

NXNE is pleased to announce the festival dates for 2019.

 The festival will again run for a full 10 days, this year starting Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 16.

 “It takes more than a week to fit in all the action that is NXNE” says the festival’s founder Michael Hollett. “We added many great new elements last year and NXNE’s dynamic audience wants even more, so we’re bringing it in 2019.”

 NXNE will again launch with its Game Land, eSports Competition Friday, through Sunday, June 7 – 9.

 The Club Land series takes over many of Toronto’s top live music venues for NXNE’s full 10 days with many venues having extended last call till 4 am. The Club Land shows are programmed by Canada’s top musicians as well as leading music Tastemakers, and accessible with a $29 priority admission. Look for even more than the 20 musician Curators from 2018 and many more Tastemakers including international showcases.

 NXNE will again be closing down two blocks of Yonge Street to car traffic and opening it up for fun with the creation of Festival Village from Dundas to Queen, Friday June 14 to Sunday, June 16.

 “NXNE’s Yonge Street reboot and the creation of the three day Festival Village has been wildly popular. We are bringing it back even bigger and better with more stages and more free entertainment. With over half a kilometer of activation space the only limit to creating Toronto’s biggest free party is our imagination,” says Hollett.

 In addition to the Festival Village’s Main stage, NXNE on Yonge also includes: a free Comedy Tent, gaming stations, a beer and spirits garden, additional music stages and much more.

 Stay tuned for tons of news from NXNE including: festival performers lineup, Club Land Curators and Tastemakers announcements, tournament games and details for NXNE Game Land and much more.

 See you next June 7 – 16 all over Toronto.


Want to play NXNE in 2019?


NXNE has proudly presented the best emerging bands from around the world for almost 25 years, since 1995. Producing dozens of shows across Toronto every June, from our mega Yonge Street Festival Village Main stage to some of the most intimate venues in the city and everything in between. NXNE employees a programming team to book the festival with the input from top guest curators including some of Canada’s leading musicians and, music industry tastemakers.

We invite new artists to submit to play at NXNE and there is no fee to apply. The festival does not book a lot of unsolicited acts, but your submissions will be reviewed by our team and shared with our guest curators. Helping introduce new acts to new audiences remains a fundamental aspect of NXNE and we will never stop seeking out the best emerging artists from around the world.

Some of NXNE’s tastemakers will be soliciting submissions for nights in NXNE Club Land, we will post details of their talent searches soon.

Please use the attached Google form to submit your band to NXNE and send inquiries to: perform@nxne.com. There is no fee to apply to play NXNE and, all bands performing at NXNE are paid. NXNE is a proud participant in the worldwide Keychain initiative and we are committed to gender equity including, in our festival lineup.

NXNE wraps amazing 2018 with triumphant return to Yonge Street

NXNE recently wrapped up a hugely successful, 10 day, 2018 Festival with three packed nights of music in the NXNE Yonge Street Festival Village. 

Due to border hassles, Sunday, June 17's closing night bill was flipped and rising start Tinashe and her amazing team of dancers played the second last slot to give Big Freedia and her squad time to clear the border. It might have been fortuitous programming as Freedia's butt shaking party vibe and some sweet nostalgia, hello Whiney Houston,With  seemed to close out NXNE's return to Yonge Street perfectly.

NXNE's Festival Village shut down Canada's biggest street, from the music main stage at Dundas to the packed Comedy Tent at Queen from Friday, June 15 to Sunday, June 17. Other music headliners at the Yonge Street Stage included: Chvrches, Jazz Cartier, Lights, Azealea Banks, Yungblud, U. S. Girls, Cadence Weapon and dozens more.

The Festival's Club Land Curators' Series so many of Toronto's top music venues jammed late into the night, programmed by leading Canadian musicians. Top Canadian acts who programmed their favourite up-and-coming artists included: Leah Fay (July Talk), Jim Cuddy, K-os, Cone (Sum 41), Jasmyn Burke (Weaves), Odario, Katie Monks (Dillay Dally), The Elwins, Terra Lightfoot, Ralph and many more.

Look for June 2019 dates soon. And yes, we are staying on Yonge Street!



Big Freedia closed out an amazing NXNE 2018 with a dance -packed party Sunday, June 17 at NXNE's Yonge Street Festival Village.

Big Freedia closed out an amazing NXNE 2018 with a dance -packed party Sunday, June 17 at NXNE's Yonge Street Festival Village.

NXNE Talks announced for this Thursday, House of Aurora opens tonight (Monday)

North by North East is pleased to announce NXNE Talks sessions Thursday, June 14 as part of the  House of Aurora programming which begins tonight, Monday, June 11. House of Aurora will feature an art show and industry mixer, a live podcast recording, musical performances and NXNE Talks across three days, June 11, 13 and 14 at The Great Hall in Toronto.

All House of Aurora programming, including NXNE Talks are open to the public. 

 NXNE Talks Thursday, June 14

1-1:45pm Cannabis. Community. Culture.

How the Cannabis industry is engaging the community through cultural activities. Brand involvement in the arts can be delicate, however like-minded partnerships with events and artists create a number of opportunities including free events, education on the benefits of cannabis products and greater accessibility.  Marketing experts will discuss how to align a cohesive voice when strategizing digital and on the ground audience engagement.

Moderator: Tyler Fyfe (Herb)

Panelists: Paula Whitmore, (Aurora), Katherine McFarlane (Westward Music Festival/ MRG), Dreyuh Safro (Manifesto)

2-2:45pm Safe spaces and Event Practices

How a festival or event space ethos can dictate audience growth and development by creating new communities. Setting a protection precedence when it comes to harm reduction, sexual harassment, the role of venues, zero tolerance policies, internal education for staff and overall curation and messaging when it comes to programming and representation of the brand’s voice.

Moderator: Carly Lewis (NOW Magazine, Globe and Mail)

Panelists: Viktoria (Dandelion Initiative), Aerin Fogel (Venus Fest), Cindy Lee (Work In Progress) Jamal Ryan Severin Watson (Unlovable, Loveless)

3-3:45pm Creative Collaborations:

The importance and value of visual representation for musicians and artists. Creatives and their counterparts discuss their process and design aesthetic and how to translate it to their audiences. Panel will include projections and set visuals.

Moderator: Kaitlyn Davies (Work Late)

Panelists: Jasmyn Burke and Rosie H Maheaux, (Strands / Weaves), Josh McIntyre and Talvi Faustman (Prince Innocence).

4-4:45pm Building New Infrastructure in the Canadian Music Industry

As Canadian entertainers and recording artists continue to dominate on the international scene - how has the Canadian music industry been responding? Historically there has been a massive lack of infrastructure and support for hip-hop and R&B music in Canada. How is that changing and what needs to happen still?

Moderator: Chris Penrose (Watrvision Creative)

Panelists: Rodney Murphy (Director of A&R, SOCAN), Ricochet (DJ & Personality, MOVE 93.5fm), Tia Gordon (FACTOR), Get At Kat (Box Power)

5-5:45pm Art vs. Artist

How do we / should we separate the art from the artist. Is there a difference, what is a festival’s role in curation and programming?  

Moderator: Jordan Sowunmi (Fader, Complex, Vice)

Panelists: Erin Lowers (Manifesto), Kevin Ritchie (Now Magazine), Melissa Vincent (A.side)

House of Aurora

Monday, June 11
Opening Night
Art Show & Industry Mixer
Featuring artwork by Benny Bing
Curated by Giles Monette
Acoustic Performance by LastxCall
Special Guest DJ by Laith Hakeem

Wednesday June 13
Extra Gravy Show
Live Podcast Recording
Hosted by Marlon Palmer & Big Norm
w/ Special Guest Tiara Thomas
Quiet x Public
Music Showcase
Performances by: 
Tiara Thomas
Logan Staats
Pilla B
Bread Doe
Laith Hakeem (DJ set) 
Gxxrls Creative Agency vs. Extra Gravy Show
w/ Special Guest judges
Jordon Manswell
Lissa Monet

Thursday, June 14

1pm to 6pm – NXNE Talks - relevant discussions surrounding cannabis, community, culture, ensuring safe event spaces and programming within the music industry.



NXNE Yonge Street Festival Village, Friday night live, June 15, video preview

Check out this video preview of NXNE's amazing Friday, June 15, Yonge Street Festival Village lineup. All free. The jam packed bill includes: Jazz Cartier (9:15); Azealia Banks (8 pm), U. S. Girls (7 pm); Cadence Weapon (6 pm); New Swears (5 pm) and Sneaks (4 pm). Free stand up comedy will also be running at the NXNE Comedy Tent, just south of Shuter as well as free gaming stations, cool activations, a beer garden in Yonge Dundas Square and more. We're closing down Yonge Street from Dundas to Queen, all weekend from Friday, June 15 to Sunday night, June 17.

Tinashe to headline free NXNE closing night show Sunday, June 17 at Yonge Street Festival Village

NXNE has added rising r & b, soul star Tinashe to headline the free closing night at NXNE Yonge Street Festival Village, Sunday, June 17.

Tinashe is known for her stunning stage performances and has toured the world with Nicki Minaj, Katie Perry, Maroon 5 and more. Tinashe is touring in support of her just released new album Joyride which includes collaborations with Future, Ty Dollah Sign and production help from Ryan Hemsworth among others.

She joins a packed bill of three days of free programming at Toronto’s Yonge and Dundas Square, Friday, June 15 to Sunday, June 17. Other highlights include: Chrvches, Jazz Cartier, Azealia Banks, Lights, Big Freedia, U.S. Girls, Yungblud, Torres, Cadence Weapon and many more.

NXNE will be closing Yonge Street from Dundas to Queen to create a Festival Village throughout the NXNE weekend. In addition to great free live music, NXNE will also present free stand up comedy at the NXNE Comedy Tent, just south of Shuter, a beer garden in Yonge Dundas Square. free gaming stations and much more

Chrvches, Lights and more added to packed NXNE Yonge Street Festival Village Lineup

Chrvrches, Lights and more just added to packed NXNE Festival Village lineup of free shows June 15 -17

Chrvrches, Lights and more just added to packed NXNE Festival Village lineup of free shows June 15 -17

Chrvches are coming back to Toronto Saturday, June 16 as part of a jam packed NXNE Festival Village weekend of free music on Yonge Street running June 15 - 17.

Lights is also joining Chrvches on the Festival Village bill as well as newly announced acts: Robert DeLong, New Swears, Jasmyn Burke of Weaves solo project Strands, Skye Wallace and more.

Great acts already confirmed for NXNE's Yonge Street Festival Village free shows include: Jazz Cartier, Azealia Banks, Big Freedia, U.S. Girls, Yungblud, Cadence Weapon, Alx Veliz, Seon Leon, Torres and more.