When is it truly deliberate “summertime” in Toronto? If you’re looking for a answer, forget a calendar. Summer eventually arrives for Toronto song fans when NXNE descends on a city.

NXNE (North by Northeast), in box you’ve been vital underneath a stone for a final 19 years, is a annual weeklong festival that brings a brew of music, film, comedy and art to T.O. Ford is a unite during this year’s book of NXNE. Creativity is critical to a blue oval and sponsoring a festival gives us a possibility to compensate reverence to a artistic community.

The 2013 lineup includes 1,000 bands, 150 comedians, 60 artists, and 30 films. Last year, a festival drew 330,000 people during a week. And, maybe many importantly, NXNE generates an annual mercantile impact of approximately $50 million on Toronto.

Talk about numbers on a board.

NXNE runs from Jun 10-16. So, to symbol a occasion, here is a list of 5 things we don’t wish to skip during a 2013 edition.

The Rockstar Booth

Visit a Ford Rockstar Mini Movie Booth during Yonge-Dundas Square, where we can poise in front of a immature shade and act out a array of actions and audio. We’ll afterwards spin that into a video, superimposed with a cold background, and share it with you. It’ll make a good further to your Facebook form page or YouTube channel.


Hometown punk rockers Billy Talent will be behaving during a Ford unison night on Saturday.


June 15

Saturday is a Ford unison night during NXNE and a categorical eventuality will be hold during Yonge-Dundas Square. Headlining a Ford theatre is a punk stone organisation Billy Talent, who accost from circuitously Mississauga. The best partial is this unison is totally giveaway and open to all ages! For a finish list of who will be performing, click here.




Rolling Stones Documentary

The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band is in a spotlight again since of their 50 Counting tour, so this documentary comes to NXNE during a ideal time. The Rolling Stones – Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965 takes a demeanour during a early days of a rope and facilities never-before-seen unison footage. It’s ideal if you’re in a mood for nostalgia, or if we wish to uncover your kids what done this rope renouned in a initial place.

Keynote from Kobo

As partial of a Interactive shred of NXNE, Mike Serbinis, a boss of eReading hulk Kobo, will broach a keynote address. Kobo has valid utterly a success story, assisting to wholly renovate a book attention for a digital age. And best of all – Kobo got a start in Canada! This display will see Mike plead a arise of a insubordinate company.

Ludacris will take a theatre during Yonge-Dundas Square on a final night of NXNE (June 16).


A hip-hop megastar, Luda has utterly a conspicuous resumé that includes over 20-million albums sold, 3 Grammys, and behaving roles in an considerable list of films. As a maestro rapper with copiousness of club-bangers and No. 1 hits in his catalogue, we’re really vehement to see him take a theatre on a final night of a festival (June 16). It’s a protected gamble that a appetite turn of Yonge-Dundas Square will be incited adult that night.

What are we looking brazen to during 2013 NXNE? Have we been to a festival in a past? Let us know in a comments below!

Bonus Contest

We’re giving we a chance to win a V.I.P. pass to Saturday’s Ford concert. Just send us a twitter @FordCanada with a hashtag #NXNE revelation us what you’re looking brazen to during a festival.