NXNE Announces 2018 Club Land Curators

[![Mac DeMarco at NXNE [Photo: courtesy of NXNE]](/content/images/2016/03/01-NXNE-MacDemarco-300x200.jpg)](/content/images/2016/03/01-NXNE-MacDemarco.jpg)Mac DeMarco at NXNE [Photo: courtesy of NXNE]
North by Northeast (NXNE) has announced the 2018 Club Land Curators and second edition of Game Land. The Club Land Curator series returns from June 10-16 at participating venues across Toronto’s downtown core with Game Land once again kicking off the festival June 8-10, at The Concert Hall (888 Yonge St).

“We’re thrilled to have top Canadian artists share the spotlight with up-and-coming acts that they believe in. We think this is a great refresh for the club hopping wristband that has been an essential part of NXNE since 1995,” says Michael Hollett, NXNE founder and president.

The Club Land Curators Series, programmed by leading Canadian musicians, has expanded with over 30 shows throughout the festival week. Club crawlers can look forward to a diverse range of programming including art installations, emerging artist showcases, late night DJ sets, and after parties in some of Toronto’s most loved music venues. The Curator series aims to encourage music fans alike to club hop across the city and witness their favourite artists transform the showcase experience. Fans get get priority access to all shows with a NXNE wristband. For more info visit here.

2018 Curators and Tastemakers are:

Leah Fay (July Talk)

Peter Dreimanis (July Talk)


Jasmyn Burke (Weaves)

Odario Williams (CBC, Grand Analog)

Katie Monks (Dilly Dally)

Cadence Weapon

Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo)

Cone (Sum 41)

Terra Lightfoot

Ian Blurton (Change of Heart)

Moe Berg (Pursuit of Happiness)


Prince Josh (Prince Innocence)

The Elwins


Josephine Cruz (Jayemkayem, ComplexCA)

Kritty Uranowski (Hex, Rock Camp for Girls)

Dan Burke (Promoter)

A. Side

The City of Brampton

Music NL

Sask Music

Female Treble

Participating venues:


Baby G

Horseshoe Tavern

The Dakota Tavern



The Hideout


Cameron House


The Monarch Tavern


Sneaky Dee’s

Hard Luck

Comedy bar

Game Land

The three-day live eSports extravaganza will have hundreds in attendance and tens of thousands viewing online via NXNE’s  twitch channel. The free event is open to the public and will feature an Exhibitor zone, public gaming stations for DBZFSFVSmash Bros. and Fortnite, and a VIP Lounge where top players, musicians, influencers and leaders will come together to play and compete in the opening weekend events.

“NXNE has celebrated new and exciting industries since its inception and this year we’re building on that. With the inaugural Game Land last year, we ushered the burgeoning esports and gaming worlds into the heart of Toronto, and look forward to continuing to bridge the gap between casual and veteran gamers, by inviting everyone to come check out the 2018 edition,” Michael Hollett, NXNE Founder and President shares.

Game Land features:

  • Party brawler Super Smash Bros, duke it out as classic Nintendo characters like Mario, Link and Zelda while earning a chance at the prize pool
  • Street Fighter V
  • Highly anticipated Dragon Ball FighterZ showcasing visually explosive battles

With some of the most intense no-holds-barred fighting game action currently out there it’s sure to be an entertaining event for both viewers/attendees in person, but online as well. Registration is available here: For more info visit here.

NXNE organizers say further announcements on programming, including this year’s festival village line-up at YDS, will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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