NXNE announces first wave of invited musicians

Emerging-artists festival programs acts from around the world

North by Northeast (NXNE), Toronto’s annual emerging-talent club crawl taking place each June, has announced its first 100 invitees in a lineup that appears peppered with international acts along with top, on-the-rise Canadian talent.

Musical acts from France, Taiwan, Great Britain and the United States (including from New York, Texas, Tennessee, Florida, Pennsylvania, Utah and Oregon) — along with top Canadian acts from most provinces and territories — have all been invited to perform at the festival between June 13 and 17.

Invited acts include Charmaine (Toronto), Broken Fires (Swansea, U.K.), We Demand Parachutes (Boston, MA), Sorry Peach (Spartanberg, SC), Housewife (Toronto), The Vanrays (Vancouver), Blvck Hippie (Memphis, TN), Lynn (Taiwan), The Garrys (Saskatoon), Prado Munroe (Vancouver), Platinum Moon ( New York, NY), Flamél (El Paso, TX, USA) and dozens more.

Full-festival passes are $25 in 2023, with a free pass option for music fans who sign up for Neo financial services. Festival-goers who get their free pass this way will also receive a $10 cash credit for NXNE spending money.

“NXNE has never been more committed to reducing financial barriers for people to make and consume music than we are right now as demonstrated by our elimination of fees to apply to play, our commitment to paying all performing artists and our extremely low-cost festival passes,” said NXNE founder Michael Hollett. (Hollett is also the editor/publisher of NEXT).

“Our revolutionary partnership with Neo allows us to go one step further and offer NXNE fans a chance to attend the festival for free and even have some cash for a drink, parking or the TTC. It has never been easier — or cheaper — to explore the future of music at NXNE.”

Here’s the first list of invited acts for NXNE 2023. Look for more confirmed acts in the coming weeks.

36? (Calgary, AB)
Accolades (Toronto, ON)
Alex Southey (Toronto, ON)
Almyr Jules (Ottawa, ON)
Ariel View (Ontario, CA)
ashlye (Brampton, ON)
Balto (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Banditos (Nashville, TN, USA)
Bandits on the Run (Brooklyn, NY, USA)
Bealby Point (North Vancouver, BC)
Big Loser (Winnipeg, MB)
Black Note Graffiti (Ann Arbor, MI, USA)
Black Pontiac (North Vancouver, BC)
Blvck Hippie (Memphis, TN, USA)
Borderline Toxic (London, U.K.)
Borito (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Bree Taylor (Mississauga, ON)
Broken Fires (Swansea/London, U.K.)
Chris Pierce (Savannah, GA, USA)
Cindë (Toronto, ON)
Cinzia & the Eclipse (Montréal, QC)
Dali Van Gogh (Halifax, NS)
Danny Toeman (London, U.K.)
Diamond Weapon (Toronto, ON)
Dilettante (Manchester, U.K.)
Durham County Poets (Ormstown, QC)
Electric Religious (Edmonton, AB)
Equal (Oshawa, ON)
Eric Ryan (Toronto, ON)
Fame Cartel (Hamilton, ON)
Fionn (Vancouver, BC)
FKB (Edmonton, AB)
Flamél (El Paso, TX, USA)
Gunner & Smith (Saskatoon, SK)
Half Tangerine (San Jose, Costa Rica)
Harkness (Toronto, ON)
Hot Fudge Sundae (Guelph, ON)
Housewife (Toronto, ON)
Jessica Sevier (Toronto, ON)
Joey O’Neil (Dawson City, YT)
Josh Bogert (Vancouver, BC)
Kevin Daniel & the Bottom Line (Nashville, TN, USA)
King Kuda (Brighton, U.K.)
King of Foxes (Edmonton, AB)
KYLO (Toronto, ON)
LGS (Ottawa, ON)
Living Room for Small (Kitchener/Waterloo, ON)
Luxe (Toronto, ON)
Lynn (Taipei City, Taiwan)
Maddisun (Cranbrook, BC)
Mark and the Tiger (Pasadena, CA, USA)
Missy D (Vancouver, BC)
Monad (Tel Aviv, Israel)
monarch. (Brooklyn, NY, USA)
Moving City (Vancouver, BC)
Napoleon (Toronto, ON)
Nederveen (Bristol, U.K.)
Nicole Ariana (Halifax, NS)
Osyron (Calgary, AB)
Pixie & the Partygrass Boys (Salt Lake City, UT, USA)
Platinum Moon (New York, NY, USA)
Pony Girl (Ottawa/Hull, ON)
Prado Monroe (Vancouver, BC)
Queens & Kings (Toronto, ON)
Rip Pop Mutant (Montreal, QC)
Sadé Awele (Vancouver, BC)
Saults (London, UK, USA)
Sky Olson & the Valley (Salt Lake City, UT, USA)
Sleep Outside (Cardiff, Wales, U.K.)
Sorry, Peach (Spartanburg, SC, USA)
St. Arnaud (Edmonton, AB)
Stuck on Planet Earth (Vaughan, ON)
Surf Dads (Regina, SK)
Taylor Ashton (Vancouver, BC)
The 12/21 (Winnipeg, MB)
The Band Ice Cream (Toronto, ON)
The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
The Garrys (Saskatoon, SK)
The Magnettes (Pajala, Sweden)
The Motive (London, U.K.)
The People Versus (Oxford, U.K.)
The Q-Tip Bandits (Boston, MA, USA)
The Vanrays (Vancouver, BC)
theWorst (Portland, ME, USA)
Velvet Rouge (Philadelphia, PA, USA)
Victory (Toronto, ON)
VISSIA (Edmonton, AB)
Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys (Boston, MA, USA)
Wave Montega (Malton, ON)
We Demand Parachutes (Boston, MA)
Wonderstate (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
YASSiN & Sean Terrio (Oakville, ON)
ZELA (Newcastle, U.K.)
Zeroscape (Toronto, ON)