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How to Break Your Band Into the Diverse Toronto Music Scene

Billy Talent performs at NXNE in Toronto. (Photo by Phil Brennan)

Unlike other cities’ music scenes, Toronto’s is made up of such a quirky history that it’s virtually impossible for anyone to define "the Toronto sound." When you consider that minorities nearly make up the majority, the diverse, multicultural influences on the music that comes out of Toronto actually make a whole lot of sense.

In recent years, so many musicians have become drawn to Toronto – and as a result, the competition has gotten incredibly fierce, with artists having to do more now than ever before to stand out in the crowd. So, what do you need to do to break into the Toronto market? We asked some of the most experienced promoters and talent buyers in the city to find out.

This Week's Top Music Gigs: VH1 Save the Music Showcase, NXNE, and More

Perform at NXNE 2015

Trying to find gigs for your band? We've got lots of Sonicbids promoters who want you to perform! Check out our top opportunities this week, and then submit your EPK to anything that sounds like a good fit for you.

Spotlight On: NXNE Festival

Photo courtesy of NXNE

Attracting over 360,000 music fans, the renowned NXNE festival is back on the hunt for at least 250 Sonicbids artists to play across 50 stages in Toronto. Along with top-notch musical performances (past performers include Future Islands, St. Vincent, The Flaming Lips, Grimes, and Ludacris), the fest also brings the best in comedy, visual art, film, and a four-day conference featuring the freshest thinking in music, culture, and technology.

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Oct 29, 2013 10:58 AM

Jeff Israel

How to Get Noticed By NXNE

More than 1,000 bands and comedians descend upon Toronto every summer for more than a week's worth of music, arts, and laughs. The annual festival is called North By Northeast or, as the cool kids refer to it, NXNE.

NXNE counts among its alumni everyone from The National and The Flaming Lips to Ghostface Killah and De La Soul. Each year, NXNE selects hundreds of Sonicbids artists to take part in the festival.

Ever wonder what makes your EPK stand out? We asked Crispin Giles, Director Of Music Programming for NXNE, for some tips on what they look for in submissions.