Sonicbids, the leading matchmaking site for bands and music promoters, and —North By Northeast (NXNE) Music Festival and Conference, the leading Canadian festival for unsigned bands, indie favourites, and major-label headlining artists, have partnered to find the best independent artists to perform at the event on June 13-19, 2011. NXNE has chosen Sonicbids as their exclusive online submission platform and 250 slots have been reserved for Sonicbids artists.

What: NXNE draws more than 2,300 industry delegates and 270,000 music fans for celebrity interviews, networking sessions, music-business panels, and nightly showcases. Last year, over 600 international, national and local acts performed at 50 official festival stages in downtown Toronto's famous club district and even more is planned for this year’s event.

With 250 reserved slots for Sonicbids members, NXNE will also be choosing two international artists who will receive $1,000 stipends from Sonicbids to help pay for travel to the event.

Following are blogs that discuss the types of bands NXNE is looking for, secrets on the festival planning process, and tips from the NXNE promoters:
• NXNE Wants You! The Top 5 Things NXNE Looks For in a Band -
• Inside NXNE: Planning A Showcase and Must-Haves for the Festival -
• Inside NXNE: How To Make The Most of NXNE -

When: June 13-19, 2011

Where: Toronto, Canada

How: The deadline to submit is January 31, 2011. To submit, please visit here ( ) and receive a 14-day free trial to Sonicbids.

About Sonicbids
Sonicbids is the leading matchmaking site for bands and music promoters. Our community includes more than 300,000 bands and 25,000 promoters and licensors from all around the world. With festivals, clubs, colleges, music licensing and much more, Sonicbids offers a diverse range of gigs for every kind of musician. In fact, last year alone, more than 80,000 gigs were booked on the site. The company was founded in 2001 by Panos Panay and continues to focus on its core mission of empowering the artistic middle class. Get a gig or book a band at