North by Northeast (NXNE) is officially starting to unveil its 2022 plans. Taking place in Toronto, the annual festival of music and more is set to return June 14-19 and feature more than 300 of the world’s best artists of today and tomorrow.
“We’re back and taking over more than 20 of Toronto’s top live music venues,” NXNE founder and president Michael Hollett reveals. “We want to make it very easy for people to come back to live music and experience stage-hopping like festivals used to be.”
NXNE makes great music accessible and inclusive to all, no artists are asked to pay to apply to play, all performers are paid, and admission to club shows in 2022 is low cost or free. A preview of the forthcoming roster will be announced on May 4, and passes are available for sale now at the NXNE website.
Full festival five-day passes are $20 — $9.99 less than they were in 1995 when NXNE launched. “Given the pummelling the live music scene has taken over the last two years, we committed to removing financial barriers to NXNE to best connect artists with audiences; even for artists, it’s free to submit and they get paid to play.
“We have had an incredible response to our submission process and can’t wait to present these great acts to the world,” Hollett says. “It’s time to experience live music again — and listen to the future at NXNE.”
In previous years, the festival has hosted Grimes, Lumineers, Daniel Caesar, Run The Jewels, The Weather Station, Sarah Harmer, Metz, Sarah Harmer, the Arkells, Sam Roberts, Lizzo, Future Islands, Vince Staples, Billy Talent, Post Malone, Feist, and thousands more.
The festival is committed to gender equity and BIPOC representation, boasting a diverse line up that reflects the festival’s core theme: Talent is Everywhere. See the NXNE website for more information.