NXNE - North by Northeast

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Country and Region CanadaOntario
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Festival Contact Information

NXNE - North by Northeast
NXNE Headquarters
189 Church Street, Lower Level
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1Y7 Canada
Phone: 416-863-6963
Fax: 416-863-0828
Email: info@nxne.com

Festival Description

North by Northeast (NXNE) is Canada’s biggest and most important music festival. NXNE has a worldwide reputation for discovering and exposing new and emerging talent to music fans and industry professionals. Come to Toronto, see and hear what all the buzz is about. Check out all the new music during an awesome, three-night, club hopping frenzy. More than 25 clubs in downtown Toronto will showcase over 400 of the best artists from Canada, the US and around the world. The NXNE industry conference—two days of panels, round tables, demo listening sessions, legal clinics, one-on-one mentor sessions and much more—is the essential gathering for anyone looking to learn more about the music business, from a rookie manager to a grizzled rock veteran.

Festival Dates June 10 - 16, 2013
Festival Links http://www.nxne.com

Festival Events:

Artist feature 2013:
  • UN (Canada)
    M for Montreal showcase on Friday, June 14, 10:00pm, at Sneaky Dee’s
    • UN is composed of Kara Keith (vocals, synths, electronics) and Jen Reimer (drums, electronics). After playing in bands with mostly male members, Keith broke away from the influence of others and played her first solo show in Montreal in the winter of 2010. Shortly after, feeling that something was missing, best friend Reimer came to rehearsal and laid down a 4 on the floor drum beat, giving the music a considerable lift and an added intensity of sound. The pair of musicians felt psychically connected and their unique, raw, electro-pop began to take form. It was the first time Reimer had ever played drums… And thus UN was born. 

Since their formation, the band has been invited to play numerous international festivals, including SXSW, NXNE, CMW, Sled Island and POP Montreal, while also ensuring an important place on the local scene for their uniquely moody and spirited performances. They have played with BIG FREEDIA, The Soft Moon, BRAIDS, Mozart’s Sister, STFKR appeared live on Musique Plus and headlined many local sold out shows. 

Without the use of backing tracks, UN use their virtuosic skill and dedicated practice to perform all aspects of their songs live, often with an improvisatory element. If you were to close your eyes and succumb to the trance like beats and repetitive hooks, it is hard to imagine there are only two people on stage. Keith plays up to 9 instruments at the same time, and Reimer, with her years of training in the classical academy, has the skill to never waver from the beat as she brilliantly predicts Keiths’ every move. A treat for both the eyes and the ears. If you like ESG, cold wave, feeling spellbound or simply love good pop hooks that you will be humming for days after, this is the band for you.
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Featured artist 2013:
  • Heidi Happy is a Swiss singer of international renown, a multi instrumentalist who has played shows and had radio airplay all over Europe, America and Japan. Her catchy yet unconventional pop music with sophisticated arrangements have been awarded many times over. Whether she plays solo, with her band or with an orchestra, her infectious stage presence has been bringing her a continuously growing fan base. As an in-demand duet partner, she has collaborated with world-famous acts such as Yello and Stephan Eicher. Her forthcoming album On The Hills unites all the good sides of her three previous records and presents Heidi Happy at the peak of her career as an artist.
  • Performing June 12, 2013 at 8:00pm — NXNE
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