2011 North By Northeast Music Festival and Conference (NXNE)

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Expecting over 270,000 attendees, NXNE Music Festival offers the hottest music, international exposure and life changing experiences. Not to mention, 250 slots are reserved for Sonicbids members.

Sonicbids will offer 2 international artists $1,000 each to get to the event, and everyone who submits - selected or not - can get deep discounts on full NXNE delegate passes for each band member.

Check out our interview with NXNE's promoter to find out the top 5 things they look for in a band./n/nFor five days and nights the NXNE Music Festival, expecting to bring in around 270,000 attendees, offers the hottest music and the freshest music -related ideas — all within a few km of each other. NXNE 2010 presented over 600 international, national and local acts at 50 official festival stages in downtown Toronto's famous club district.

There are 250 reserved slots for Sonicbids members and EVERYONE who applies to NXNE – even if not selected - can get deep discounts on full delegate passes for each band member.

Based outside of the U.S. or Canada? Sonicbids will offer 2 international artists of NXNE's choosing $1,000 each to get to the event. These artists must be from outside of the U.S. and Canada.

Wondering what it's like playing NXNE? Check out what The Wheat Pool had to say about their NXNE experience:Tips From A NXNE Alumni: The Wheat Pool

Wondering what types of bands NXNE wants, the best ways to plan for the fest and/or how to make the most of your time there? Well, check out our interviews with Crispin Giles, NXNE's Music Program Manager:

About NXNE:

The event is an essential showcase opportunity for the best in new music. Many performers have played NXNE on their way to major worldwide breakthroughs. Hotly tipped buzz bands and soon-to-be-discovered gems join international touring acts, making NXNE eclectic and exciting.

In addition to hundreds of thousands music fans, NXNE brings in thousands of industry professionals that take part in conference sessions and thousands more fans at the concurrent NXNE Film Festival.

The NXNE Conference draws over 2,300 industry delegates for celebrity interviews, networking sessions, and music-business panels. Demo-listening and mentoring sessions give participants straight, one-on-one opinions and answers from successful artists and industry professionals. Past guests include Police drummer Stewart Copeland, head Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten, songwriters Steve Earle and Bruce Cockburn, Peaches, Patti Smith, Thomas Dolby and Stones’ ex-guru Andrew Loog Oldham.

Correspondents from international media like the BBC, Vanity Fair, the New York Times, pitchfork.com, La Blogotheque, Filter, and Fused UK cover festival showcases alongside influential music bloggers, television stations, radio programmers, podcasters, filmmakers, and Canadian journalists. Over 600 accredited media covered last year's NXNE festival.

Festival alumni include:

Iggy and The Stooges • Broken Social Scene • The Raveonettes • De La Soul • Feist • Eagles of Death Metal • Mudhoney • X • Les Savy Fav • Black Lips • Matt and Kim • Japandroids • HEALTH • Cold Cave • Warpaint • The Soft Pack • The Sonics Kid Sister • Thee Oh Sees • Best Coast • Surfer Blood • King Khan & The Shrines Swervedriver • Ted Leo & The Pharmacists • Monotonix • WAVVES • Zola Jesus Man or Astroman • GZA • No Age • The Cool Kids • The Dears • Avi Buffalo Dillinger Four • Big Freedia • Indian Jewelry • Mika Miko • Pere Ubu • Evan Dando MC5 • Television • Kid Cudi • Dinosaur Jr. • Soundtrack of Our Lives • New York Dolls • DFA 1979 • Buzzcocks • Buck 65 • Sufjan Stevens • AA Bondy • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club • My Morning Jacket • Peaches • The Strange Boys Golden Triangle • These are Powers • Diamond Rings • Japanther • The Death Set Glass Candy • Ninjasonik • Youth Brigade • Redd Kross • The Duke Spirit • We Are Wolves • The Homosexuals • Experimental Dental School • Tyvek • Pterodactyl The Zoobombs • Crystal Antlers • Aids Wolf • The Stills • Blue Rodeo • Great Lake Swimmers • Fake Blood • Hidden Cameras Hercules & Love Affair • Ron Sexsmith Mooney Zuzuki • Apostle of Hustle • Sloan • Peanut Butter Wolf • Money Mark Bran Van 3000 • Sheek Louch • Brant Bjork & The Bros • Alejandro Escovedo • Silversun Pickups • Lightspeed Champion • Mr Lif • K OS • Xavier Rudd • K’naan Kathleen Edwards • Rock Plaza Central • Freeway... plus thousands & thousands more.


Whether you define your sound as Rock, Garage, Punk, Reggae, DJ, Folk, Hip Hop, Goth, Americana, Dance, Ambient, Metal, Bluegrass, Electronic, Singer-Songwriter, R&B, Acoustic, Alternative, or simply Bedroom 4-Tracker, get your NXNE application underway now. NXNE 2011 submissions are open from September 1, 2010 until January 31, 2011. For early applicants it’s just $25 to get your act on stage for Canada's premier music festival and conference next June ($35.00 from Jan 1, 2010 to Jan 31, 2011). Performers selected to appear at NXNE 2011 will have their artist information and web site links featured at www.nxne.com. Please make sure your EPK is complete and up-to-date; NXNE cannot accept and review incomplete EPKs.

All artists selected to appear at NXNE are entitled to receive complimentary NXNE delegate passes, with priority access to all official festival venues and to the NXNE Conference. (Sorry - managers, agents, crew and assorted hangers-on not included).

In addition, Canadian artists showcasing at NXNE are eligible for an opportunity to be included in the NXNE Top 60 Tip Sheet – a list of NXNE showcasing artists sent to a database of close to 300 national radio programmers and music directors complete with a dedicated microsite served via nxne.com.


  • "The NXNE experience was one of the most magical events for The Soundtrack of our lives... Toronto is always the place to be when it comes to interesting entertainment. And the people are almost as beautiful as the Swedes..." - Ebbot, The Soundtrack of our Lives

  • "NXNE is an exciting combination of indie music and a film lover’s gourmet feast. We had a great time and we would love to come back." - Stewart Copeland, The Police

  • "You guys ruled! Thanks for all the love. NXNE is the jumpoff fa sho!" - Heathcliff Berru, manager, GZA

  • "It was perfect" - Melissa Auf Der Maur

  • "It was great to be able to participate in NXNE, as a performer and as the celebrity interview." - Bruce Cockburn

  • "Thousands of artists showcased by NXNE directly to key music and film executives. This is where you bring your en