NXNE Concert Curator Call

NXNE Call for Concert Curator

Get ready Brampton, we’re heading back to NXNE this summer!
And we’re looking for a Concert Curator to help get us there.
Is that you?


The City of Brampton’s Arts, Culture and Creative Industry Development Agency (ACCIDA) is bringing Brampton back to the North by Northeast (NXNE) Music Festival on June 17 and we’re looking for a Concert Curator to help put on the show.


  • Are you a local concert promoter?
  • Do you have experience curating festivals and events? 
  • Are you quick on your toes and thrive under pressure? 
  • Do you know what’s up in the Brampton music scene?


We’re looking for an individual or group to curate a special evening concert that showcases the best and brightest Brampton talent. After two years of virtual performances and cancelled gigs, it’s time to dim the lights, turn up the volume and show the GTA just what we’re made of.


Learn all the details below and apply by Friday, April 22.


Submit your Application Now

The Opportunity

Project Fee (including Curator’s own fee and performer fees): $3,500 CAD

Project must include Minimum 3 performers, that curator pays according to Toronto Music Assocation’s fee guidelines.

Deadline to Apply: April 22, 2022

Concert Details

Date: Friday, June 17, 2022 (Evening)

Location and Venue: The Drake Underground 

Resources provided: ​NXNE Administrative support and venue rental, AV and technical support, staging, marketing and communications planning and programming support, and concert MC.

Resources not provided: backline, transportation, accommodation, catering services

Curator Fee: $3,500 for all associated planning, development of marketing assets and day of coordination + artist fees per Toronto Music Association’s fee guidelines.

Application Accessibility Support: Applicants who require additional resources, assistance or time to apply are welcome to request as such. Please request this assistance at least one week in advance of the submission deadline. To do so, or for any additional information please contact accida@brampton.ca.

LEGAL: The curatorial team is open to creatively diverse work that expresses Brampton’s emergence to the GTA artistic and music scene. Artists and their work will be identified and publicized as participants on all ACCIDA, NXNE and City of Brampton materials. ACCIDA, NXNE and City of Brampton will promote the event(s) on the website, social media and in select media releases and paid advertisements. Artists will be required to sign an artist agreement with the City of Brampton. Exceptions to any of these guidelines may be considered at the discretion of the Arts, Culture & Creative Industry Development Agency.

Additional Information: ​For additional information or questions, please contact:
Michael Vickers, Senior Program Lead
Arts, Culture and Creative Industry Development Agency

Selection Criteria

Applicants must: 

  • Have related experience in concert and event planning 
  • Develop a concert that includes a minimum of 3 performers each performing for a minimum of 30mins, and receiving a fee following the Toronto Music Association’s recommended fee guidelines. 
  • Both curator and the majority of their selected performers must demonstrate a strong connection to Brampton and the Peel Region and interest in celebrating and showcasing our performers, producers, curators and promoters. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the NXNE festival, and the unique opportunity this showcase represents. 
  • Consider public safety, and all performances must be able to be safely performed in an indoor venue. 


Note: curators are permitted to include themselves as a performer in their own presentation. 


As part of the scope of the role, Applicants will be required to: 

  • Provide a workback schedule and budget pre-concert, followed by a close out report with proof of artist payments and other associated costs post event. 
  • Attend regular check in meetings with ACCIDA and City staff for progress updates 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to audience development and high-quality artistic expression and performance- including resharing marketing material and assisting in communications efforts. 
  • To submit a final report detailing the impact and use of funds received, including documentation of invoices and receipts. The reporting template must be returned to ACCIDA staff no later than June 30, 2022 at 11:59 pm. 


A proposal will be chosen based on artistic merit, impact, and viability as expressed in the proposal. 

Priority will be given to applicants from (or that center performances by) equity-deserving groups, including those who identify as Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Trans, Nonbinary, Queer, Disabled and intersections of those identities. 

Performances should not be disrespectful or anti- other culture, political or religious views, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, language, national or social origin, property, birth or other status such as disability, age, marital and family status, health status, place of residence, economic and social situation. Performances should be void of any political or religious views.

Selection Committee

  • Michael Hollett, NXNE Founder & President 
  • City of Brampton Staff 
  • Arts, Culture & Creative Industry Development Agency Staff 
  • Lady Pista, local Canadian-Tamil Producer/DJ/Recording Artist​

Brampton Showcase Purpose & Goals

The Arts, Culture & Creative Industry Development Agency (ACCIDA) is thrilled to bring Brampton back to the NXNE Music Festival in 2022 and we want YOU to put forward your idea for who gets on the stage. The 2022 concert provides an open platform for an individual or group to curate an evening concert showcasing local Brampton talent (after two years simmering during Covid-19). We are excited to work with someone who has success and experience in presenting and promoting local musicians and performers and who is invested in developing the amazing talent Brampton has to offer.

What are we hoping to achieve?

  1. Provide a platform to a local music curator or concert planner to be contracted to lead how Brampton is represented to a significant audience at a major GTA festival. 
  2. Provide a paid opportunity and resources for up to 3-5 Brampton or Peel Region musicians or performers to bring their talents to the stage and have them promoted widely. 
  3. Share the work of ACCIDA in addition to the local musicians to new audiences and support their success. 
  4. Continue building Brampton’s identity as a Canadian hotspot for music and culture through this special production and associated marketing, promotion.

About the Arts, Culture and Creative Industry Development Agency (ACCIDA)

The Arts, Culture & Creative Industry Development Agency is a unique organization incubating under the City of Brampton focused on growing, celebrating, advocating for and connecting the sector through the provision of a range of programs, services and resources. We are a key partner in delivering the City’s ambitious vision for arts, culture and creative industries as articulated in the City’s strategic vision and culture Master Plan.


About the NXNE Music Festival

North by Northeast (NXNE) is a discovery music Festival focusing on promoting emerging musician, supporting Toronto’s amazing live music venues and, connecting audiences with new acts they need to hear. NXNE has been discovering and presenting new music and new ideas since 1995. Over 200,000 attend the Festival every June in Toronto — except recently. The Festival presents top curated, emerging artists from Canada around the world in ideal showcase settings.

We will present showcase gigs at Toronto’s best live music venues from June 14 – 19, 2022.

NXNE is again soliciting emerging artists from across Canada and around the world with an emphasis on promoting Canadian talent.