NXNE announces Future Land conference programming

NXNE Future Land poster

NXNE Future Land posterNXNE has announced the return of Future Land, a one-day conference presenting a platform for industry experts and artists to discuss all elements of the music, digital, gaming and interactive worlds. Featuring SXSW Co-founder Louis Black, Dreyuh Safo (Rap Season), Jasmyn Burke (Weaves), Raina Douris (CBC Radio 2) and more, this year’s contributing speakers comprise a variety of roles and influence across the industry landscape. Future Land also welcomes Intersessions, a production panel and workshop with Kat Duma, Harrison and Shifra Rifka hosted by Chippy Nonstop. This year’s event will take place at The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West) on Wednesday, June 21. For more information, visit nxne.com/future.html.

Future Land will feature many networking opportunities including cocktail mixers and B2B ‘speed dating’ sessions with panelists and speakers. Tickets are available here.


Presented by Music Canada Live: SXSW – Where we started, where we’re going
SXSW Co-founder Louis Black and NXNE founder Michael Hollett sit down for an in depth discussion on where the festival started, how it grew, and where it is headed in the future.
Louis Black, SXSW co-founder
Moderator: Michael Hollett, NXNE founder

Intersessions – Presented by Shesaid.so x Work Late
Intersessions and shesaid.so bring a production panel and workshop to the NXNE Future Lands on June 21st, 2017. Featured instructors Kat Duma, Harrison and Shifra Rifka will rundown their music production processes in a panel discussion hosted by Chippy Nonstop, followed by a tutorial highlighting beat breakdowns, recording, songwriting and a walk-through of Ableton.

Interessions is a workshop series of artist run seminars aims to address the significant gender and sexuality based imbalance within the music industry, offering DJ and sound focused workshops for women, and those within the LGBTQ+ spectrum.
Kat Duma
Shifra Rifka
Moderator: Chippy Nonstop

Business or Pleasure? What is actually working in the music industry
Raina Douris (CBC Radio 2), Monique Barbieri (Ticketmaster), Jasmyn Burke (Weaves) discuss the future of employment, generating income in a creative industry and what is working and what isn’t. Moderated by Sacha Miller (Work Late).
Raina Douris (CBC Radio 2)
Monique Barbieri (Ticketmaster)
Jasmyn Burke (Weaves)
Moderator: Sacha Miller (Work Late)

Hip Hop – Toronto’s takeover
Dreyuh Safo (Rap Season promoter), Tasha the Amazon, and Dalton Higgins sit down to examine the history and evolution of the Toronto hip hop scene – from a fringe genre in the 1980s to the most commercially successful music of the 21st century.
Dalton Higgins
Dreyuh Safo (Rap Season)
Tasha The Amazon

Cannabis & Sponsorship
As Canada continues to roll out legalization of medical marijuana along with many American states, expert panelists discuss the potential of marijuana marketing dollars to replace labels and fuel a profile expansion for artists with major sponsorship funding. Will other sponsors be comfortable sharing a profile with this once illegal drug.
Jodie Emery
Scott McNearney (SXSW)
Jay Wilgar (Newstrike)

The Business of Gaming and it’s Future – Presented by HP
Over the last several years, the eSports industry has experienced significant growth on a global scale, with no signs of slowing down.  As leading brands increase their support, the commerce side of gaming and its future relevance in today’s digitized market, demands attention.  What are the opportunities for athletes to grow their own businesses?  How does Canada encourage the industry’s advancement and compete in world competitions?  How has buyer behaviour and product expectations changed?  Where can Canada go from here?
Stephen Kozak, WW Product Lead – HP Co.
Red Bull Gaming Lead

Fireside Chat: MafiaBoy – Presented by HP
Michael “MafiaBoy” Calce is Canada’s most notorious white hat hacker, a cyber-security expert and author of How I Broke the Internet and Why It’s Still Broken. At 15 years old he hacked some of the largest ecommerce websites in the world. His experience is documented in the book “Mafiaboy: How I Cracked The Internet And Why Its Still Broken” and the film Rivolta. Today, he is the president of Optimal Secure, a Montreal-based cyber security firm specializing in penetration testing.
Michael “MafiaBoy” Calce
Moderator: Mary Ann Yule – President and CEO of HP Canada Co.

Women in STEM – Presented by HP
Canada has developed into a global leader thought the genius and hard-work of its scientists, engineers and innovators. Women are enrolling in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields in record numbers, but how can industries better support and empower them through their professional development in order to shatter the glass ceiling?
Denise Shortt , Vice-President – Industry Development for Information Technology Association of Canada
Natalie Benitah, Head of Printing – HP Canada Co.
Kaitlyn Richelle, Engineer, Gamer, Medical Student
Moderator:  Sandy Chan Mills, Consumer Personal Systems Marketing Manager – HP Canada Co

For more information on NXNE, visit nxne.com.