NXNE Talks Conference & Other Festival Programming Announced

nxne-logoNorth by North East (NXNE) has announced the final round of programming for the 2018 edition of the festival, including NXNE Talks, House of Aurora, Festival Village Comedy Tent, and the Lost Craft beer garden. House of Aurora (aka The Great Hall) will feature an art show and industry mixer, a live podcast recording, musical performances, and NXNE Talks across three days on June 11th, 13th and 14th at The Great Hall in Toronto.
All House of Aurora programming, including NXNE Talks are open to the public. RSVP here.

NXNE Talks
Cannabis. Community. Culture.
How the Cannabis industry is engaging the community through cultural activities. Brand involvement in the arts can be delicate, however like-minded partnerships with events and artists create a number of opportunities including free events, education on the benefits of cannabis products and greater accessibility.  Marketing experts will discuss how to align a cohesive voice when strategizing digital and on the ground audience engagement.
Moderator: Tyler Fyfe (Herb)
Panelists: Paula Whitmore, (Aurora), Katherine McFarlane (Westward Music Festival/ MRG), Dreyuh Safro (Manifesto)

Safe spaces and Event Practices
How a festival or event space ethos can dictate audience growth and development by creating new communities. Setting a protection precedence when it comes to harm reduction, sexual harassment, the role of venues, zero tolerance policies, internal education for staff and overall curation and messaging when it comes to programming and representation of the brand’s voice.
Moderator: Carly Lewis (Journalist)
Panelists: Viktoria (Dandelion Initiative), Aerin Fogel (Venus Fest), Cindy Lee (Work In Progress) Jamal Ryan Severin Watson (Unlovable, Loveless)
**Creative Collaborations: **
The importance and value of visual representation for musicians and artists. Creatives and their counterparts discuss their process and design aesthetic and how to translate it to their audiences. Panel will include projections and set visuals.
Moderator: Kaitlyn Davies (Work Late)
Panelists: Jasmyn Burke and Rosie H Maheaux, (Strands / Weaves), Josh McIntyre and Talvi Faustman (Prince Innocence).

Building New Infrastructure in the Canadian Music Industry
As Canadian entertainers and recording artists continue to dominate on the international scene – how has the Canadian music industry been responding? Historically there has been a massive lack of infrastructure and support for hip-hop and R&B music in Canada. How is that changing and what needs to happen still?
Moderator: Chris Penrose (Watrvision Creative)
Panelists: Rodney Murphy (Director of A&R, SOCAN), Ricochet (DJ & Personality, MOVE 93.5fm), Tia Gordon (FACTOR), Get At Kat (Box Power)

Art vs. Artist
How do we / should we separate the art from the artist. Is there a difference, what is a festival’s role in curation and programming?
Moderator: Jordan Sowunmi (Fader, Complex, Vice)
Panelists: Erin Lowers (Manifesto), Kevin Ritchie (Now Magazine), Melissa Vincent (A.side)

House of Aurora 

Monday, June 11th
Opening Night
Art Show & Industry Mixer
Featuring artwork by Benny Bing
Curated by Giles Monette
Acoustic Performance by LastxCall
Special Guest DJ by Laith Hakeem

Wednesday June 13th
Extra Gravy Show
Live Podcast Recording
Hosted by Marlon Palmer & Big Norm
w/ Special Guest Tiara Thomas

Wednesday June 13th
Quiet x Public
Music Showcase
Performances by:
Tiara Thomas
Logan Staats
Pilla B
Bread Doe
Laith Hakeem (DJ set)

Gxxrls Creative Agency vs. Extra Gravy Show
w/ Special Guest judges
Jordon Manswell
Lissa Monet

June 14
1pm to 6pm – NXNE Talks – relevant discussions surrounding cannabis, community, culture, ensuring safe event spaces and programming within the music industry.

The festival is also pleased to announce Comedy Tent programming and Lost Craft as the first locally brewed craft beer sponsor of NXNE now located in the Festival Village Beer Garden. More details on Lost Craft and full comedy programming below.

Festival Village Comedy Tent
Friday June 15th:
4:30pm to 5:15pm – Fog & Lazers
6pm to 6:45pm – Superstars
7:30pm to 8:15pm – Laugh Sabbath

Saturday June 16th:
1:30pm to 2:15pm – Dirty North
3pm to 3:45pm – Top Shelf
4:30pm to 5:15pm – Perfect 10
6pm to 6:45pm – Showcase Supreme
7 PM to 8:30 PM – I Ain’t No Joke: Music & Comedy Showcase featuring Big Norm Alconcel, Nitish Sakhuja, Hisham Kelati, Goodknight, Marito Antonio Lopez, Runnin At The Mouth and The Dirty B-Sides.

Sunday June 17th:
1:30pm to 2:15pm – Ebony Tide
3pm to 3:45pm – Crimson Wave
4:30pm to 5:15pm – Joke Party
6pm to 6:45pm – 5 for 5

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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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