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NXNE returns June 14-19 in spectacular fashion

Oh, how we’ve been waiting for this to happen: North By Northeast is returning to Toronto for a full week of shows featuring bands from across Canada. 

More than 300 bands in all will take stages across Toronto from June 14-19, performers at all levels of their craft, eager to win over fans, show off their chops and keep the city buzzing deep into the night. 

Perhaps the coolest thing about this year’s festival is the price for a wristband to hit as many shows as you’d like: A five-day pass is just $20, nearly $10 less than when NXNE first kicked off in 1995. 

“Given the pummeling the live music scene has taken over the past two years, we wanted to remove financial barriers to attending NXNE to best connect artists with audiences. You can see live music all week for the price of a movie ticket and popcorn,” says Michael Hollett, NXNE’s founder and president. “We want to make it very easy for people to come back to live music and experience stage-hopping like festivals used to be.” 

A key focus among this year’s line-up is diversity, with organizers committing to showcasing gender diversity and BIPOC artists to fit with this year’s theme, “Talent is Everywhere.” And every performer who sings or performs even a single note gets paid for their time and effort, further supporting artists at a time when they  need it most. 

“We can’t wait to present these great acts to the world,” Hollett says. “It’s time to experience live music again — and listen to the future at NXNE.” 

Among the first artists announced and confirmed to be performing at this year’s festival are: 

  • Omega Mighty
  • Ose
  • Balto
  • Dallas
  • Broken Islands
  • Vicky R
  • Jeremy Voltz
  • Atay & JAX
  • 3409
  • Big Smoke Brass Band
  • Dover Lynn Fox
  • Foolproof
  • Kingdom of Birds 
  • Lindsey & The Lonelies
  • Sleepy Gonzales

The full list of performers can be viewed at, which is also where tickets can be purchased.

Amber Healy

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