North by Northeast Music Festival (NXNE) 2011

If you ever needed a good excuse to venture north of the border, this could be reason enough to brave the chill. The 17th edition of the North by Northeast Music Festival and Conference goes down in Toronto from June 13-19.

NXNE has just announced that Devo, Descendents, Stars, The Pharcyde, Men Without Hats, Digable Planets, Twin Shadow, OFF!, Art Brut, Shad, Land of Talk, Chad VanGaalen, and Cults will join a festival line-up that also includes performances by The Dodos, Deerhoof, Hot Water Music, The Bouncing Souls, and Anti-Flag, Dum Dum Girls, Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield, Braids, Ty Segall, Suuns, PS I Love You, Crocodiles, Wild Nothing, The Pack A.D., Metz, Dirty Beaches, Forest City Lovers, The Luyas, Lower Dens, Gentlemen Husbands, Rusty, Royal Bangs, Julianna Barwick, No Joy, Prince Rama, Doldrums, Secret Cities, Evening Hymns, Snowblink, Parlovr, Talk Normal, PUJOL, Woodsman, Gauntlet Hair, Joey Cape, Tape Deck Mountain, AIDS Wolf, Houses, CJ Ramone, and Kevin Seconds. Phew! Looks like almost all of this year's buzzed-about indie bands are here, along with quite a few hot Canadian wunderkids. For the full festival line-up, peep here.

Given its propensity for attracting emerging talent, the addition of interactive and film plus its badass moniker, NXNE, it's little wonder that Canada's most prestigious festival is often compared to a certain annual conference that happens down South. The difference is, NXNE keeps the focus largely music-themed, even during the Film and Interactive portions. Though with 625 international, national and local acts performing over 7 days at 50 official festival stages in downtown Toronto’s famous club district, we're sure no one is likely to forget what this whole song-and-dance is about.

Get a 5-day pass at a very affordable $50 + tax or score a 5-day early bird Priority Pass for $150 (priority access to all NXNE club shows and film screenings plus afternoon Interactive sessions). Peruse other ticket options here. If you're still rocking that sweet mullet from your student ID photo, then lucky you gets a 50% discount! Party like its 1979 in Canada, kids!