By Karoun Chahinian
Ryerson will be one of the venues for this year’s North by Northeast (NXNE) music and arts festival from June 15 to 19.
Celebrating its 22nd anniversary, NXNE annually takes place city-wide in a variety of locations, but this year they announced a location partnership with Ryerson’s Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) where they will host an interactive music and gaming conference at the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM).
“We are always looking for partners who can enhance opportunities for students as well as further strengthen our reputation and thus help reach our academic objectives. Partnering with NXNE on the programming and content of their interactive conference made sense for all these reasons,” said Charles Falzon, the dean of FCAD.
This is the first time Ryerson has partnered with NXNE and the two-day conference includes “a speaker series, industry panels, and a job fair focusing on technology, gaming, and how musicians can thrive in these industries,” said Falzon.
“It’s about strengthening our ties to the music and gaming communities while supporting a dynamic and highly relevant conference,” he continued. “NXNE Interactive is supporting creative communities by presenting thought leaders and creating opportunities for conference delegates to find great talent. We want to give students the opportunity to be a part of this.”
Through this conference, Falzon also said he is anticipating new industry connections which will benefit both the students and the faculty.
“We are looking forward to new strategic connections within the gaming and music industries and elevated visibility as a community of creative innovators in the city,” he said.
The main stage of the conference is being held in the building’s auditorium, but different sessions and panels will take place in different classrooms throughout the two days.