With SXSW Over, North by Northeast is Next, Marc Maron Set for Keynote Interactive

5:20 PM PST 03/21/2014 by Roy Trakin
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Giving the keynote at NXNWi

Toronto music festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with Spoon, Sleigh Bells, St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, more.

Austin down, Toronto to go.

SXSW sister festival North by Northeast marks its 20th anniversary at the Hyatt Regency in Toronto on June 13-22, with actor/comic/WTF podcaster Marc Maron as the keynote speaker and Avaaz founder Ricken Patel scheduled to address attendees at the fest’s NXNE Interactive, which takes place from June 17-21.

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Other NXNEi speakers including Vice co-founder Suroosh Alvi, who will discuss his first-hand experience with peer-to-peer storytelling and gonzo-style war journalism during conflicts in Congo, Pakistan and the Gaza Strip; MakeLoveNotPorn creator Cindy Gallop, the self-described “Michael Bay of business” because she likes to “blow s--- up!”; Reddit director of communications Victoria Taylor; Sonic Boom Creative Media vp strategy Ujwal Arkalgud, exploring how online communities affect our daily communication and define societal trends; and artistic hacker Evan Rothy, described by the Huffington Post as an artist who "sees raw technology and the unseen inner-workings of computers and devices as his tool box for art making."

More NXNEi guest speakers include writer and filmmaker Kestrin Pantera, discussing how the tech industry’s unconventional, agile approach helped her make a successful indie film; Adam Garone, co-founder and CEO of Movember -- a foundation that has raised $570 million for men's health through the power of the mustache; MemeFactory co-creator and host of PBS' Idea Channel Mike Rugnetta, who examines connections between pop culture and technology; and Brothers Ryan and Hays Holladay, dubbed the "darlings of the art and music scenes" by the New York Times for their work exploring the intersection of art, music and technology.

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Previously announced NXNEi speakers include OVO founder and Drake’s co-manager Oliver El-Khatib, giving his first public talk; Pitchfork President Chris Kaskie; and Eminem manager, Shady Records president and Goliath Artists CEO Paul Rosenberg.

Acts scheduled to appear include Spoon, Sleigh Bells, St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs and the Pizza Underground, among others.

NXNE's stated “five pillars” -- Music, Film, Comedy, Art and Interactive -- have helped draw 350,000 attendees and generates an annual economic impact of over $50 million for the city of Toronto.

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