So you want to play HPX?

March 30th, 2012 by
BAND SUBMISSIONS for the 2014 festival NOW OPEN!

What is HPX?

“Playing HPX was definitely a highlight for Deer Tick… We love Halifax and can’t wait to come back!” Rob Crowell, Deer Tick

The Halifax Pop Explosion (HPX) is an International music, culture and media festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. HPX takes place over five days in October- in bars, small theatres and some larger multi-use venues (arenas, banquet halls) and is composed of 50+ shows staged in venues as small as 90 seats and as large as 3500 capacity.  We do this festival for the love of the music and to bring amazing bands to  the city and people we love.

With 180+ bands in almost two dozen venues- as well as our Digital Conference, Music Conference, Zine/Label and Record Fairs- the Halifax Pop Explosion continues to reach a diverse audience and provides considerable exposure for new and innovative talent in genres from hip hop to punk, from folk to indie rock.

How do you decide who plays HPX?

“There is no other festival in Atlantic Canada with the profile of the Pop Explosion.  I know I can rely on HPX to treat my artists well.  The artists always want to go back and play again.” – Steven Himmelfarb, Agent, The Billions Corporation

Showcasing Artists  must apply to the festival via our submissions process; each artist application is given fair consideration by our programming committee. Please feel free to get in touch with us, if you have any questions.


Interested Agents and Managers should approach our Talent Director as early as possible.


Key Deadlines for Agents, Managers and Artists

Submissions open: January, 2014

Submission deadline: May 12, 2014 

Dates of Future Festivals

  • Oct 21-25, 2014