NXNE Hits the Streets of Toronto
North by Northeast (or NXNE) is an annual five-day live music and film festival and music conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, held each June.
It began in 1994 and was patterned on the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Each year, over 50 music venues host hundreds of bands from Canada, the United States and all over the world. Most music venues hosts five bands a night (9 p.m. onward), and the majority of the venues are grouped along downtown Toronto's Queen Street West, College Street, and the Bloor St. Annex.
The music conference at NXNE runs for three days at the Hyatt Regency on King (formerly the Holiday Inn) Hotel which serves as festival headquarters. NXNE delegates, panelists and bands playing the festival are able to participate in discussions, songwriter round tables, keynotes, demo listening and peer critiquing, legal clinics and the very helpful peer mentor sessions. The NXNE conference panels are held Friday and Saturday, and aim to foster a professional environment where musicians, artists and music industry reps can network and share ideas within their field.
A film festival was added in 2001 to run concurrently with the weekend music festival and industry conference, in conjunction with the National Film Board of Canada. Films are primarily music related documentaries and videos. NXNE also has a film showcase at the popular Hot Docs Film Festival. The conference also hosted the world premiere of Bruce McDonald's Broken Social Scene concert film, This Movie Is Broken, in 2010.
North by Northeast is a volunteer driven music festival. The dedication and enthusiasm of NXNE volunteers caught the eye of Andrew Loog Oldham (the 2002 keynote speaker), who remarked that NXNE volunteers reminded him of why he originally entered the music business.
Yonge-Dundas Square free shows: All weekend long, June 14-17, massive block parties with THE FLAMING LIPS, RAEKWON & GHOSTFACE KILLAH, BAD RELIGION, MATTHEW GOOD. (Saturday night, we ‘re closing down Yonge Street for The Flaming Lips.)
Club shows: The hot new buzz acts, up close in clubs, bars, dives, galleries. Check out the big blue graphic above.
Parks, airports, and everywhere else: NXNE takes over Toronto with 650 bands. So whether you’re sitting in a park, getting off a flight, or wandering the streets of the city, we have all your music needs covered.
…and Secret Shows, of course…small sweaty clubs, up-and-coming bands, and a whole lot of mystery. We hope you’re good at guessing.
Music know-it-alls and random schedule pickers, discover your new favourite band – before everyone else does. Practice saying, “I saw them when…”
Check out the whole schedule. And then buy your pass or wristband. And then get ready…
NXNE LINEUP 2012
THE FLAMING LIPS
RAEKWON & GHOSTFACE KILLAH
PROTEST THE HERO
PORTUGAL. THE MAN
ARCHERS OF LOAF
OF MONTREAL | PURITY RING
THE MEN | BLEACHED
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA
NO USE FOR A NAME | MATT MAYS
A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS
GOOD RIDDANCE | 2:54
METZ | CEREMONY | FRIENDS
JOHN MAUS | PLANTS AND ANIMALS
THE DEATH SET | OBERHOFER
ANDRE WILLIAMS & THE SADIES
REIGNING SOUND | HAYES CARLL
YOUNG MAGIC | THE BLACK BELLES
ACTION BRONSON | BRAN VAN 3000
EIGHT AND A HALF | MAC DEMARCO
KILLER MIKE | PS I LOVE YOU | DIIV
YAMANTAKA//SONIC TITAN | ODONIS ODONIS
DOLDRUMS | RIVAL SCHOOLS | DUSTED
HOLLERADO | BASS DRUM OF DEATH
PORCELAIN RAFT | DZ DEATHRAYS
BADBADNOTGOOD | PHEDRE GRASS WIDOW | EXITMUSIC
THE HUNDRED IN THE HANDS
ETERNAL SUMMERS | DAUGHN GIBSON
ART VS. SCIENCE | THE NILS | B L A C K I E
JONATHAN TOUBIN | IVAN JULIAN