NXNE: North By Northeast Festival

  • Dates June 17 – 21, 2015
  • Location Various venues
  • Official site NXNE.com

1000 Bands / 100+ Comedians / 17 Films / 10 Sleepless Days

North by Northeast (NXNE) has become the Canadian festival destination for emerging artists and major-label headliners, for music filmmakers, and for digital interactive innovators bridging the gap between technology and the arts. Consisting of five event-packed streams – NXNE Music, NXNE Film, NXNE Interactive, NXNE Comedy, and NXNE Art – the festival creates an essential gathering spot for artists, industry professionals, and fans.

Over the course of 10 sleepless days and nights, NXNE Music offers the hottest music and the freshest music-related ideas-all within a few kilometres of each other. NXNE 2014 presents over 1000 international, national and local musical acts at 46 official festival venues in downtown Toronto. No wonder it’s the most anticipated summer music event in Canada!

For film aficionados, NXNE Film will be screening 17 of the year’s best music-themed features, documentaries, shorts, and experimental films from around the world. Directors, producers, actors and musicians often attend the screenings – many of which are world or Canadian premieres.

NXNE Interactive (NXNEi) is a digital interactive media conference like no other. Bringing together content-creating artists, tech entrepreneurs, digital marketing gurus, web business experts, and social media aficionados for four days of workshops and presentations, it explores the newest ideas about the intersection between creativity and the interactive world.

Finally, NXNE Comedy and NXNE Art are the two most recent streams to be recognized at the festival. Check out more than 100 standup, sketch, and improvisatory comics representing the best of contemporary comedy. Then admire countless art exhibits, projections, and installations at a dozen different locations around the city.

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Video: The Spirit of the Season

The D’Alfonso family – Cal, Julie, and their twins Hannah and Olivia – hadn’t been on a family trip in years before they decided to come to Toronto for the festive season. Between the Cavalcade of Lights, ice skating at Nathan Phillips Square, Ripley’s Aquarium, and the Distillery District Christmas Market, the D’Alfonsos discovered plenty of fun ways to get into the holiday spirit in Toronto.