Artist Development

Apply to perform at NXNE Toronto


NXNE is Canada’s most important discovery music festival, presenting thousands of essential emerging artists, often just before they break, from across Canada and around the world – since 1995.

Toronto has one of the greatest live music scenes in the world and NXNE works with the city’s remarkable music venues to showcase top emerging Canadian and international acts throughout Festival Week. The Festival also features secret shows by top artists.

Discovery is at the core of NXNE and artists including: Billy Talent, The Arkells, Daniel Caesar, Feist, the Weeknd, Sam Roberts, Knaan, Lizzo, the Lumineers and thousands more all played intimate, NXNE gigs early in their careers.

NXNE’s track record is second to none helping launch the careers of Canadian artists in intimate settings from 1995 including: The Arkells(2007), Billy Talent (1999), Sarah Harmer (1995), Sam Roberts(2002), Feist (2004), K’naan (2005), BADBADNOTGOOD (2012), The Beaches (2013), Daniel Caesar (2016) Haviah Mighty (2018) and thousands more.

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