North by Northeast
(NXNE) and AOL Canada today announced that three-time Grammy-Award winning group The Flaming Lips will headline an electrifying free show at Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday, June 16. Celebrating its 18th year, NXNE Music presents more than 650 artists for 300,000 attendees and generates more than $47 million for the city. NXNE takes over Toronto June 11-17, 2012.

Saturday night at NXNE is always legendary – and this year is no different. For the second consecutive year, AOL Canada is the proud sponsor of the Saturday night concert at Yonge-Dundas Square. Oklahoma psych-rockers The Flaming Lips, renowned for their elaborate live shows featuring costumes, balloons, puppets-yes, puppets – and electric light performances, will bring their psychedelic A-game to Canada's pre-eminent music festival.

One of the most anticipated summer music events in Canada, NXNE is an essential gathering of the best new artists, their fans, the music industry – and a destination for youth-focused experiential brand integration. NXNE 2011 was the best-ever edition of the week-long event, marking a 15 per cent increase in overall festival attendance. Each year, NXNE delivers some of the most impactful brand integrations within the world of live entertainment.

During NXNE 2011 more than 110,000 people visited Yonge-Dundas Square over four days to check out free concerts including new wave legends Devo and Men Without Hats, both presented by AOL Canada. Handing out more than 500 Spinner.ca branded t-shirts, and hosting a backstage VIP booth for AOL Canada clients, Spinner.ca has enjoyed a killer 151% increase in traffic since June 2011! *

*comScore Inc. Total Canada. Home and Work. Spinner property Media Trend June 2011-Feb 2012.