NXNE Adds 2-Day Outdoor Event At Port Lands

North by Northeast (NXNE), Toronto’s music and arts festival, announced yesterday that it will host a new two-day outdoor event at the Port Lands, in addition to its regular programming.

The ticketed event will feature live music, art installations and food trucks, and will run on June 17 and 18 at Cherry and Commissioners Streets.

Michael Hollett, the president and managing director of NXNE, said in a press release that the new event addition “represents major growth for NXNE” this year.

NXNE will also host an “Interactive, Music and Gaming Conference” in conjunction with Ryerson University’s Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD). The conference will be held at the Ted Rogers School of Management and will concentrate on technology, gaming and musicians in working in these industries.

Organizers say that the conference will include live competitive gaming at the Yonge-Dundas Square stage, where NXNE often presents free concerts.

“We see huge opportunities for our community of scholars, artists and creators at the intersection of music, gaming and technology,” Charles Falzon, the dean of FCAD at Ryerson, said in the release. “With NXNE, we’re excited to play a part in uncovering and discussing the cultural, creative and business possibilities where these industries converge.”

NXNE will continue its plan to host events in Toronto’s clubs and venues such as The Mod Club and Danforth Music Hall from June 15 to 19 in collaboration with Collective Concerts.

Last year’s event included performances by Vancouver indie rock band, The New Pornographers, and American hip-hop duo, Rae Sremmurd.

Tickets and lineups have yet to be announced.

Band submissions for NXNE 2016 are open until April 14 and it’s free to apply! Bands of all genres are welcome to apply.



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