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NXNE 2018 to Bring Music Back to Yonge-Dundas Square, Ditches Port Lands Site

October 12th, 2017
Billy Talent playing in Yonge-Dundas Square during NXNE

Billy Talent playing in Yonge-Dundas Square during NXNE

North by Northeast (NXNE) has announced the 2018 edition will be held June 8-17. Now in its 24th year, the festival returns to Toronto’s downtown epicenter, Yonge-Dundas Square, with free outdoor programming from June 15-17. NXNE will turn Yonge Street into a festival village throughout the weekend to host free concerts, NXNE talk sessions, and comedy shows.

Notable this year is the absence of the main festival at the Port Lands, which NXNE experimented with the last two years. The Port Lands’ location, which is removed from the downtown core and more difficult to access by transit, received a lot of criticism on social media for its poor attendance and lack of festival atmosphere.

In 2018, the festival will expand the Club Land – Curator Series throughout the week. Leading Canadian musicians will host and curate showcases across the city at dozens of venues and clubs.

Game Land kicks off NXNE, returning June 8-10, and will take place in a unique Toronto venue, according to organizers. The three-day live eSports event will have hundreds in attendance and tens of thousands viewing online via NXNE’s Twitch channel.

“We at North by Northeast have always loved presenting amazing new music at Canada’s most exciting intersection, free of charge. And NXNE’s fans and supporters have been clear they love shows on Yonge Street, even miss them. So we’re bringing the music back to the centre of the city, bigger and better,” says Michael Hollett, NXNE Founder.

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