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.

Club Land schedule and venues announced

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A Triple A-List of Canadian musicians is busy programming their Curators’ Series shows for NXNE and we now have venues and dates for their shows.

Watch here for details on what great up-and-coming bands they program as Canada’s best give their picks on who will be the Next Big Thing to emerge. NXNE’s Tastemakers are also booking their nights, pouring through a ton of submissions to local music associations  or using all of their contacts in the industry to find Canada’s best emerging talent.

And remember, priority access to all Club Land shows is available with a low-price, all-in $29 NXNE Club Land wristband, available now. All NXNE Club Land venues will have extended, 4 last call throughout all 10 days of NXNE, except for the Dakota and the Cameron House. Sleep later, enjoy great live music now.

Saturday, June 9

Sum 41’s Cone brings his best bets to the Bovine Sex Club.

Sunday, June 10

Ralph rules The Garrison.

Tika takes over The Baby G.

Monday, June 11

Weaves’ Jasmyn Burke brings it to The Baby G.

Terra Lightfoot lifts off at The Dakota.

Dan Burke hog ties the Horseshoe Tavern for much of the week.

Tuesday, June 12

 Blue Rodeo’s  Jim Cuddy programs one of the bars that launched his career at the Horseshoe.

Dilly Dally’s Katie Monks makes it happen at The Baby G.

July Talk’s Peter Dreimanis dishes it up at the Dakota.

Kritty from Hex and the No Means Collective creates an All Ages show at the Hideout.

Wednesday, June 13

 The Pursuit of Happiness’s Moe Berg crams the Cameron House.

Prairie power, Sask Music brings the best from the West as Saskatchewan takes over the Dakota.

Legendry hip hop pioneer, K-os gets to The Garrison.

Dan Burke is back at the Horseshoe.

Odario (Grand Analog) rams the Rivoli.

Thursday, June 14

Keswick-kingpins, The Elwins do a late show at The Dakota.

July Talk’s Leah Fay returns as NXNE Curator at the Garrison.

Music NL brings the best of the Rock and Labrador to the Rivoli.

Saya selects at The Libertine.

Prince Josh from Prince Innocence programs at Unlovable.

Friday, June 15

 Cadence Weapon kicks it at the The Baby G.

A.Side x Secret Songs present The Garrison featuring swim good now, RYAN Playground, Harrison, Shagabond, beat sampras and a super secret surprise special guest

Dan Burke at the Horseshoe.

City of Brampton rocks the Rivoli.

Saturday, June 16

 Rock legend Ian Blurton blasts the Bovine Sex Club.

Female Treble books a day show at Unlovable.

Hip hop collective Stay Out Late heats up the Hideout.

 Dan Burke brings it home at the Horseshoe.