North by Northeast in Toronto, Ontario on June 11-17
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Touted as the northerly brother of SXSW, NXNE showcases 650 acts to an audience of 300,000 people over the span of a week. An all-access wristband gets you into dozens of clubs throughout the week. Even better, there will be free shows at Yonge-Dundas Square, including a Spinner-presented party featuring Flaming Lips, Oberhofer and Hollerado and more. NXNE will also host 40 films, including Irvine Welsh's Ecstacy, and I am the Walrus.