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Select events at Harbourfront Centre June 15-16, 2013

TORONTO, ON (May 16, 2013) –Now in its 19th year, NORTH BY NORTHEAST (NXNE) joins forces with Harbourfront Centre to bring young, emerging musicians to the Redpath stage from June 15-16. Harbourfront Centre is proud to partner with NXNE to present music, film and family activities as part of the larger, Toronto-wide, NXNE music festival. In total, NXNE brings over 800 artists from across the globe to Toronto over five days in June.

Festival activities at Harbourfront Centre offer varied experiences for people of all ages and all interests including boarding along the waterfront, taking in cinematic culture or checking out upcoming musical talent. Highlights include:

• Performances by young (18 and under), up-and-coming musicians Lyric Dubee, Sugar Rush, Livewire, Unfinished Business, Motion Device and Oliver Pigott.

• A 10km Coast to Coast Against Cancer longboard fundraiser along the waterfront

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront. For information about getting here during the Queens Quay revitalization, visit

Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto's central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe. Harbourfront Centre attracts more than 17 million visits to its site each year to experience 4,000 diverse public events and activities. Harbourfront Centre receives operational support from the Government of Canada and the City of Toronto and program funding from all levels of government, the private sector and individual donors.


Media contact (for additional info, high-resolution images and media resources):
Althea Linton
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Harbourfront Centre’s NXNE Listings:


• NeXt by NE – Sugar Rush
Sunday, June 16 from 12-12:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Sugar Rush was formed in 2010 and consists of brothers Owen (guitar and vocals) and Thomas (drums and vocals) Panksep, Cameron Penney (guitar and vocals) and Seth Brown (bass guitar). Previously the Mystery Men, this group of 11-14 year old boys play new and alternative rock covers along with the catchy tunes written by lead singer Cameron Penney.

• NeXt by NE – LiveWire
Sunday, June 16 from 1-1:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
LiveWire is a young rock band from the western suburbs of Chicago. The four members of the band all range in age from eight to ten years. With influences that range from Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and the Beatles to Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, LiveWire plays with a maturity beyond their years.

• NeXt by NE – Unfinished Business
Sunday, June 16 from 1:30-2 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Formed in 2010, Unfinished Business is comprised of three middle school girls aged 12-13. Josh Zucker of F’ed Up invited the girls to open the first night of the Long Winter Series 2012. They also recently played their first 19 show opening for Mac Demarco at the Silver Dollar Room.

• NeXt by NE – Lyric Dubee
Sunday, June 16 from 3-3:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Lyric Dubee is a rock/pop/blues/jazz artist, born and raised in Barrie, Ontario. Although he can fit various genres of music, he’s created his own personalized genre called ‘revolution rock.’ At the age of fourteen, he has already released two full-length albums, Broken Dreams and Alive.

• NeXt by NE – Motion Device
Sunday, June 16 from 12-12:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
In 2006, a group of students began their musical journey in Bolton, Ontario. After five short years, those kids have honed their repertoire to include classic rock, hard rock and heavy metal. They also have a good dose of blues, acoustic and original rock songs in their set list. Every song they perform is done with unique twists and turns that make their brand of rock, a very new, fresh and exciting one.

• NeXt by NE – Oliver Pigott
Sunday, June 16 from 12-12:30 p.m. – Redpath Stage
After the passing of his father, a blues harmonica player, Oliver Piggot picked up the instrument while living in The Algarve, Portugal. Returning to Toronto in his teens, Oliver gathered a passionate legion of fans with his high school band, playing legendary clubs like The El Mocambo and The Opera House. In addition to being a participant on Canadian Idol, Pigott is an up and coming actor who has also written music for the hit CBC series "Being Erica”.


• NXNE Flicks
Saturday June 15 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. – Studio Theatre
NXNE will be showcasing a variety of innovative films.


Saturday, June 15 from 12-1 p.m. – Redpath Stage
Started in 2011 by then 12 year-old Cameron Roberts, Longboard4Kids is a 10 kilometre longboard and skateboard cruise along Toronto’s waterfront to raise money for Coast to Coast Against Cancer which supports children and families living with cancer.

Broken Pencil’s Zine Machine for Teens and Tweens
Saturday June 15 & Sunday June 16 from 1-5 p.m. – HarbourKids Zone Tent
Teens and Tweens can create their own ‘zines’ with Broken Pencil Magazine. Using various materials, cut and paste collage techniques and black-out writing, teens can create their own magazines. Note: For participants ages 13-21.

Coming up next at Harbourfront Centre:

Redpath Waterfront Festival (June 20-23)
The Redpath Waterfront Festival, along with Harbourfront Centre, provides on-land and water programming while positioning and promoting Toronto locally, nationally and internationally as a waterfront destination. Join us for family-friendly programming at Harbourfront Centre and access to Tall Ships along the waterfront!

Canada Day Weekend Celebrations (June 28 -July 1)
This Canada Day weekend, celebrate a new chapter in our history as we officially open the brand new Canada Square with music, dance (lots of dance!), food and spectacular 'Canada Eve Fireworks' presented by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, on Sunday, June 30.

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