It’s the 20th year anniversary of NXNE and boy do have they planned quite a schedule. A ten day festival of Music, Film, Interactive, Comedy, and Art, in this article we’ve focused on the Music and Interactive segment from a Hip Hop perspective. Thanks to the NXNE website for having a great schedule and all the info! Enjoy and let me know what events you are going in the comment section below.
NXNE is a ten day festival of Music, Film, Interactive, Comedy, and Art. Now celebrating our 20th year, we take over Toronto with showcases, screenings, panels, parties, installations, and a whole lot more. From free shows at YDS to extended last calls at your favourite sweaty club/bar, NXNE is the premier destination for bands, filmmakers, innovators, funny people, artists, and most importantly: fans of all of the above.
KEYNOTE, CHRIS KASKIE: DIGITAL DISRUPTION – THE UNDERCURRENT OF MEDIA
FRIDAY, JUNE 20 @ 1 PM
While most spend their time attempting to interrupt an increasingly old conversation, we have moved on to another topic. Common logic is not always correct when looking at the consumption of modern media, especially with the amount of noise that exists in the world, and there is a natural desire to “disrupt” to garner attention. But the undercurrent that exists is beyond disruption, and speaks to a redefinition of what it means to be a publication, regardless of medium. This keynote will look to outline, from the point of view of a place like Pitchfork, the current trends of what needs to be done to maintain relevance and importance as people adjust their habits and the ways they think about media online or otherwise.
WHY NXNE SUCKS FRIDAY, JUNE 20 @ 1 PM
So you’ve got a bone to pick with us, huh? We get a lot of calls/emails/Tweets/Facebook posts/carrier pigeons/etc. regarding things about NXNE that you, the kind, general public and industry vets alike (see: we do read Facebook comments,) think we could improve upon. Occasionally we pay attention to these concerns. Even more occasionally we turn this complaining (we say with love and adoration) into a panel. You can stop getting angry at prices for this one, too. It’s a free panel, open to everyone – whether you’ve got that mystical NXNE Badge/Wristband or not. We’ll take your questions and general concerns, we’ll also gladly welcome your ego-stroking compliments. Please note: there is a 45-day radius clau… Oh, forget it. Come and get (constructively) angry.
KEYNOTE, SUROOSH ALVI: THE NEW NEWS FRIDAY, JUNE 20 @ 2 PM
By now you know VICE Media, the global brand that Suroosh Alvi co-founded. Launched as a punk magazine in 1994, VICE has since spread its tentacles into online video, television production, book publishing, creative services, and record production. VICE tackles everything from the amusingly mundane to the hugely important, covering news, music, travel, fashion, and just about everything else around the world.
Alvi also established VICE Music in 2002, working with acts such as Action Bronson, Justice, Death From Above 1979, and Snoop Lion. With Snoop, Alvi went to Jamaica to produce “REINCARNATED,” a documentary that follows the rapper’s immersion in Rastafarian culture and his transformation from Dogg to Lion. Under Alvi’s initiative and guidance, the company’s record label also expanded in 2011, forming a strategic partnership with Warner Bros. Records.
INTERVIEW, 10 YEARS OF LAST GANG RECORDS FRIDAY, JUNE 20 @ 3 PM
Chris Smith, he discovered Nelly Furtado and assisted with introducing her talents to record companies in the United States. Shortly following Furtado’s rise Taylor discovered Sum 41 and played a vital role in introducing them to the music industry. More recently he has been working for rap phenom, Drake.
Time Magazine cited Chris Taylor as one of the “movers and shakers who are building the entertainment industry” and Billboard Magazine repeatedly cites him as the country’s most influential entertainment lawyer. He is the founder/owner of Taylor Klein Oballa LLP, a leading entertainment and new media law firm. He is also the founder of Last Gang Entertainment, an internationally successful entertainment company credited with discovering Metric and Crystal Castles, among others. With Last Gang Records celebrating 10 years of success, hear from Taylor about his experience in the industry.
PANEL, CONTENT IS KING – LEVERAGING AUDIO/VIDEO TO BUILD YOUR BASE FRIDAY, JUNE 20 @ 3 PM
YouTube! SoundCloud! Facebook! Twitter! Instagram! Vine! SnapChat! Pinterest! Tumblr! WordPress! Email! Email? Email!!!
With so many available channels – and exclamation points! – in today’s social media/marketing landscape, deciding on the best platform to promote your work can be a bit daunting. We investigate the issue with the experts, looking at successful campaigns and offering up-to-the-minute tips on how to best use today’s tools to build a following and sell more music, merch, and tickets.
PANEL, MUSIC CURATION NATION FRIDAY, JUNE 20 @ 3 PM
Curation has been a trending topic of late, as the amount of content at our fingertips increases while the hours in the day do not. But what are some of the challenges facing a service built on curation? How does a person or entity become a trusted filter? Services must also address what type of curation – expert, crowdsourced, or something else – is most appropriate for a particular product, and how curated content complements or conflicts with an algorithmic approach to filtering.
KEYNOTE, PAUL ROSENBERG: THE NEW ALBUM CAMPAIGN. FRIDAY, JUNE 20 @ 4 PM
Die hard Eminem fans can tell you who Paul Rosenberg is. Since 1997, Rosenberg’s been popping up as a character on the Detroit rapper’s records. There’s a good reason for that – Rosenberg has been with Marshall Mathers practically every step of the way and has helped Eminem move from the Detroit underground to the world – and to becoming the internationally recognized hip hop star he is today.
Originally interested in pursuing his own rap career, Rosenberg traded in his Paul Bunyan moniker for a law degree. Seeing talent in Eminem from the get-go, Rosenberg offered to represent Slim Shady, and the two developed a close professional relationship and friendship, leading to the two co-founding Shady Records together in 1999. They’ve worked together ever since – an affiliation that’s helped Eminem reach seven number-one debuts on the Billboard 200.
Outside of guiding Shady’s success, Rosenberg is the CEO of Goliath Artists Management and a partner at Deckstar. Over the course of his career, he has also represented acts that include Blink-182, Xzibit, Cypress Hill, Action Bronson, and Danny Brown; and in 2012, Billboard placed him at number 62 on their “Power 100” list.
PRESENTATION, 101S OF FACTOR FUNDING SATURDAY, JUNE 21 @ 1 PM
FACTOR recently launched its largest program and system overhaul in 30 years. Find out what artists and companies must know about qualifying and applying for FACTOR funding in 2014-15. Phil Gumbley, FACTOR’s director of operations, will tell you what you need to know about the new system and will answer any questions about FACTOR’s new programs, eligibility requirements, application process, website, and community outreach strategies. SPEAKER(S)/PANELISTS:
PANEL, MAKING IT AS A MUSIC WRITER SATURDAY, JUNE 21 @ 1 PM
Breaking into music writing in the digital landscape may be daunting, but there are plenty of excellent, highly talented, and young music writers making it work right now. Patrick McGuire will be moderating a discussion between Drew Millard and Ernest Baker to discuss how to make it as a music writer in the era of Twitter and Soundcloud.
PANEL, WHY STREAMING IS YOUR FRIEND SATURDAY, JUNE 21 @ 1 PM
While artists such as David Byrne and Thom Yorke have decried the rise of streaming music services and their disruptive effects on the retail music marketplace, streaming service providers are also potential sources of revenue for artists and rights holders. This panel will offer insights into how these services work, why it’s a good idea for artists to participate – and, yes, how artists get paid.
PANEL, EVOLUTION OF THE MIXTAPE SATURDAY, JUNE 21 @ 2 PM
The role of the mixtape in a musician’s career seems to grow more important each year. No longer are mixtapes just cheaply made CD-Rs with crudely drawn cover art, sold out of car trunks or at pawn shops. They’re now a necessity for any musician who wants to get noticed online – but in spite of the fact that these tapes have some hefty production costs associated with them, they’re rarely “sold” to generate artist profits. This panel will explore how and why mixtapes have come so far, and how musicians can more advantageously work within a system that encourages them to give their best work away for free.
Kyle “KP” Reilly
KEYNOTE INTERVIEW, OLIVER EL-KHATIB: OVO AND THE CREATION OF A GLOBAL BRAND SATURDAY, JUNE 21 @ 3 PM
Everyone knows the impact Drake has had on music in Canada. It’s been a career that’s taken Drizzy around the world and back and has seen the development of the October’s Very Own brand now expanded on a massive global scale – truly cementing a place for Canada and Toronto worldwide.
Behind Drake is a team of people keeping everything in motion – and chief among them is Oliver El-Khatib, his co-manager and the founder and creative director of OVO. With a vested interest in mentoring kids and growing Toronto’s image on a global scale, El-Khatib is set to deliver one of the most impactful and memorable keynote addresses NXNE has ever hosted.
What you should know is that even though he’s obviously got a whole lot of insight into the music industry and a clear idea on development, Oliver El-Khatib rarely grants interviews. For NXNE, the elusive brand leader is opening up to share insight on the gigantic undertaking that is OVO and its hip hop reign. That’s why his appearance at NXNE Interactive is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Don’t miss it.
Events on Wednesday June 18, 2014
Young Toronto Lords Showcase w/ DillanPonders, Jimmy B, Terrell Morris, Jahkoy, G Milla, SeT, Devontee, Young Lungs & theO.
Crawford Bar 718 College St,
Music By: The Bass6 | 19+ | $10 | NXNE badges.
Events on Thursday, June 19, 2014
HOUSE OF VANS AT VICE ISLAND
443 Lakeshore Avenue. Toronto Island.
3:00 PM Jonathan Toubin
3:20 PM Cellphone
3:55 PM Mean Jeans
4:45 PM Mikey Dangerous
5:30 PM Posterz
6:15 PM Le1f
6:45 PM Brendan Philips
7:15 PM Omar Souleyman
8:30 PM Future Islands
10:00 PM Pusha T
Danny Brown (Thursday, June 19 @ 7:40 PM)
YONGE DUNDAS SQUARE
In an era of industry-obsessed MCs, interchangeable hashtag raps, and “viral” everything, it has become increasingly difficult to find a true original in the rap game, an artist able to ignite a buzz without calculatedly chasing it down. Yet ask anyone who’s been paying attention and they’ll tell you: Danny Brown is that dude.
88 Days of Fortune Showcase: Leaders of The New School. Weldon Park (569 College St. West) 9pm – 4am. 19+
Celebrating their 5th year anniversary, along side NXNE’s 20th, 88 Days Of Fortune gears up to bring you “Leaders of the New School”. An underground hip hop showcase featuring performers from Seattle, New York, DC, and Toronto. Get ready to experience the rebirth of hip hop. Featuring performances by: L.atasha A.lcindor (NYC), Progress (TO), AKOKO + Sir E.U (DC), NeverLand Gang (TO), LOAF Muzik (NYC). With DJ sets by: DJ SassyBlack (SEATTLE), DJ SunSun (TO), DJ Bambii (TO).
Events on Friday, June 20, 2014
araabMUZIK AT THE HOXTON
69 Bathurst St.
9:30 pm – araabMUZIK.
Danny Brown (12 AM)
MOD CLUB THEATRE
722 College St, M6G 1C4
SHOWCASE: A3C’S BEST IN SHOW @ STUDIO BAR
824 Dundas St W.
Based off the concept of the A3C x SXSW Showcase that happened earlier this year, The Best In Show shines a light on several independent artists from North American markets. This showcase also marks the first time A3C is crossing the border into Canada, bringing along A3C’s own history, values, and talent. This showcase also symbolizes building bridges between the American and Canadian markets and developing relationships that benefit unsigned artists on both sides of the border.
8:00 pm – The Bass6
9:00 pm – Austin Millz
10:00 pm – Flex The Antihero
10:20 pm – Soul Khan
10:40 pm – Ro Spit
11:00 pm – EarthGang
11:20 pm – Dow Timo
11:40 pm – Michael Christmas
12:00 am – Dutch ReBelle
12:20 am – Kydd Jones
12:40 am – Immerze
1:00 am – Doughbeezy
Red Bull Sound Select TATTOO 567 Queen St W
8:00 pm – doors open
9:00 pm – The Posterz
10:00 pm – Shi Wisdom
11:00 pm – 100s
12:00 am – A$AP Ferg
1:00 am – Evian Christ (special headliner)
WELDON PARK 569 College St.
ANTHM (Friday, June 20 @ 12:45 AM)
Calez (Friday, June 20 @ 9:45 PM)
Cory Kendrix (Friday, June 20 @ 9 PM)
Devin Miles (Friday, June 20 @ 12 AM )
Ikes (Friday, June 20 @ 10:30 PM)
KAi Sky Walker (Friday, June 20 @ 11:15 PM)
Third Mind (Friday, June 20 @ 1:30 AM)
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Battle of The Americas. Virgin Mobile Mod Club – 722 College St
24 music producers from all across North America are preparing to compete at North By Northeast (NXNE) on June 21st, 2014 at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club to be titled as the North American champion.
While both teams have impeccable resumes (Canada: A-Game, JD Era, Shad. K. USA: 50 Cent, A$AP Rocky), the only thing that matters in the battle is what goes down in the moment, on the stage, live.
Already a star-studded event with legends, the BA added in an additional component to inspire our nation: music legends to critique and judge the battle. The Legendary Young Guru (Jay-Z and Beyonce’s go-to) will be joining Symbolyc One (S1) and Jake One to provide knowledge and feedback.
Needless to say, this event will be one for the books. We guarantee, you will regret not being live with us on June 21st.
ADELAIDE HALL 250 Adelaide St W
100s (Saturday, June 21 @ 12 AM)
Ain’t No Love (Saturday, June 21 @ 10 PM)
The Lytics (Saturday, June 21 @ 9 PM)
Run The Jewels (Saturday, June 21 @ 1 AM)
STUDIO BAR 824 Dundas Street W.
Camille Safiya (Saturday, June 21 @ 10:45 PM )
Constant Deviants (Saturday, June 21 @ 12:15 AM)
Dee-1 (Saturday, June 21 @ 10 PM)
Kobi Onyame (Saturday, June 21 @ 11:30 PM)
Philly Moves (Saturday, June 21 @ 1 AM)
Fusebox Radio Broadcast. Weldon Park (569 College St)
We’re hooking up with DJ Fusion & Ausar Ra Black Hawk for another year. You can usually find the pair at YDS on Sunday, kicking off the day and entertaining in-between sets with some of the best in hip hop and soul via their FuseBox Radio Broadcast. This year, they’ll also be busy at Weldon Park the night before. They’re hosting a showcase with some of the best in the underground.
9:00 pm – DJ Fusion & Ausar Ra Black Hawk (FuseBox Radio Broadcast)
10:00 pm – Jovie
10:30 pm – Will EQ
11:00 pm – MeccaGodZilla
11:30 pm – b.FUNK
12:00 am – Ark The God Given MC
12:30 am – The Audible Doctor
1:00 am – Soul Khan
1:30 am – The Immortals Project feat. El Da Sensei
SmashMouth Mentality Showcase w/ The Antiheroes, Dillan Ponders, ForteBowie, Jimmy B, Doley Bernays, Dee-1, Nue, SeT, Rashid St. James, Vader The Villin, Ryshon Jones, TheKnobodies, Calez & Shome
Music By: The Bass6
Wrongbar 1279 Queen St W.
Sennheiser House at Massey Hall 178 Victoria St.
a l l i e- 8pm.
Sunday June 22, 2014
RYERSON Victoria & Gould.
Kobi Onyame (5:30 PM)
The Lytics (4:30 PM)
MCBC Sunday (3:30 PM)
Soul Khan (2:30 PM)
WRONGBAR 1279 Queen St W.
Little T & DJ Cross (8:30 PM)
Mitch Tones (9 PM)
Kalyssa (9:25 PM)
iLLvibe (9:50 PM)
DJ Mike Stoan (10 PM)
Swish Styles (10:15 PM)
Robbie G (10:25 PM)
Daniel Son & Saipher Soze (10:35 PM)
JDon & Brian Rudder (10:45 PM)
Stokes (10:55 PM)
StreetScape Team (11:10 PM)
PinKushn Kidz (11:20 PM)
Handel Anrew (11:30 PM)
Scott Jackson (11:40 PM)
Bossalini & GMurdah (11:50 PM)
Jai Jones (12 AM)
Raz Fresco (12:10 AM)
Dilemmanade (12:20 AM)
JJones (12:30 AM)
Church Chizzle (12:40 AM)
Dre Barrs (12:55 AM)
Gangis Khan aka Camoflauge (1:10 AM)
DJ Mike Stoan (1:25 AM)
YONGE DUNDAS SQUARE Yonge and Dundas, M5B 2R8
Flex The Antihero (2 PM)
Mibbs (of Pac Div) (3 PM)
Krazy Drayz (4 PM)
Ain’t No Love (5 PM)
Astro (6 PM)
Ratking (7 PM)
Run The Jewels (8 PM)
Juicy J (9 PM)