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.



NXNE announces the 2018 Club Land Curators and second edition of Game Land. The Club Land Curator series returns from June 10-16 at participating venues across Toronto’s downtown core with Game Land once again kicking off the festival June 8-10, at The Concert Hall (888 Yonge St).
“We’re thrilled to have top Canadian artists share the spotlight with up-and-coming acts that they believe in. We think this is a great refresh for the club hopping wristband that has been an essential part of NXNE since 1995,” states Michael Hollett, NXNE Founder / President.
Club Land
The Club Land Curators Series, programmed by leading Canadian musicians, has expanded with over 30 shows throughout the festival week. Club crawlers can look forward to a diverse range of programming including art installations, emerging artist showcases, late night DJ sets and after parties, all in Toronto’s most cherished venues. The Curator series aims to encourage music fans alike to club hop across the city and witness their favourite artists transform the showcase experience. Get priority access to all shows with an affordable NXNE wristband. For more info visit here.
2018 Curators and Tastemakers are:

Leah Fay (July Talk)

Peter Dreimanis (July Talk)


Jasmyn Burke (Weaves)

Odario Williams (CBC, Grand Analog)

Katie Monks (Dilly Dally)

Cadence Weapon

Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo)

Cone (Sum 41)

Terra Lightfoot

Ian Blurton (Change of Heart)

Moe Berg (Pursuit of Happiness)


Prince Josh (Prince Innocence)

The Elwins


Josephine Cruz (Jayemkayem, ComplexCA) 

Kritty Uranowski (Hex, Rock Camp for Girls)

Dan Burke (Promoter)

A. Side

The City of Brampton

Music NL

Sask Music

Female Treble


Participating venues:


Baby G

Horseshoe Tavern

The Dakota Tavern



The Hideout


Cameron House


The Monarch Tavern


Sneaky Dee’s

Hard Luck

Comedy bar


Game Land

The three-day live eSports extravaganza will have hundreds in attendance and tens of thousands viewing online via NXNE’s  twitch channel. The free event is open to the public and will feature an Exhibitor zone, public gaming stations for DBZF, SFV, Smash Bros. and Fortnite, and a VIP Lounge where top players, musicians, influencers and leaders will come together to play and compete in the opening weekend events.


"NXNE has celebrated new and exciting industries since its inception and this year we're building on that. With the inaugural Game Land last year, we ushered the burgeoning esports and gaming worlds into the heart of Toronto, and look forward to continuing to bridge the gap between casual and veteran gamers, by inviting everyone to come check out the 2018 edition," Michael Hollett, NXNE Founder and President shares.


Game Land features:

  • Party brawler Super Smash Bros, duke it out as classic Nintendo characters like Mario, Link and Zelda while earning a chance at the prize pool
  • Street Fighter V
  • Highly anticipated Dragon Ball FighterZ showcasing visually explosive battles

With some of the most intense no-holds-barred fighting game action currently out there it's sure to be an entertaining event for both viewers/attendees in person, but online as well. Registration is available here: smash.gg/nxne2018. For more info visit here.
Stay tuned for further announcements on programming, including this year’s festival village line-up at YDS June 15-17.