North by Northeast takes over downtown Toronto for four days and nights on the cusp of summer and will entertain close to 100,000. The Music Festival will showcase over 500 local and international performers on stages at 40 of the city’s coolest clubs. The Film Festival will screen the year’s best music-related cinema. And the Conference will bring music celebs to Toronto for in-depth interview sessions (yes, you can attend!) and host discussions in which the future of the music business reveals itself.
During the festival, Toronto throws open its heart and its beer fridges to fans from around the world. Bars serve booze till 4 am nightly so those with the stamina can stay fully lubricated in a crazed quest to get maximum blast from this explosive event.
Music is the star: Just like other world-famous film festivals, the NXNE Film Festival scoops world premieres and lures cool film folks to town. The differences? Here, there’s no ticketing hassles, no price-gouging, no pretentious speeches, no red carpet bullshit, and no Hollywood celebs preening for the paparazzi. At NXNE films, music is always the star.
North by Northeast first rolled out in 1995, conceived as a sister festival to the South by Southwest Festival & Conference in Austin, Texas. Since then, NXNE has grown each year, with last year’s festival being the biggest yet. It’s a feeding frenzy for fans, a must-do for performers, and a vital gathering for international music & film industry execs.
The NXNE Film Festival specializes in movies with a beat, NXNE features performance films, documentaries, feature flicks, shorts and even animation from around the world from Rio to Rwanda. Music is never an afterthought but an essential element of the films on view at the fest.
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