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Halifax Pop Explosion Conference

Wednesday October 21- Friday October 23, 2020

The Halifax Pop Explosion Conference is committed to providing the next wave of music talent with the networks, market intelligence, and inspiration to succeed at home and abroad.  

Bringing together industry professionals and artists from around the world, the HPX conference provides unique opportunities for engagement and the creation of meaningful industry connections.

Taking place again this year at the beautiful Halifax Central Library, the HPX conference will be host to a number of panels and presentations by some of the brightest minds in the music industry.  Featuring workshops, clinics, keynotes, targeted one-on-one mentorship meetings, and networking events, this conference is designed to educate, entertain and inspire. 

The HPX Conference is FREE to attend and has something for every level of experience.

Take a look at our various programs in detail below.


Learn from the experts. 

Date: Oct. 22-23, 2020
Recommended level: Beginner – Intermediate
Prior Registration Required: No

Halifax Pop Explosion presents XPAND. Two full days of educational content and market development opportunities for artists, music entrepreneurs, and music industry students. Featuring workshops, clinics, and inspirational keynotes.

Join us at XPAND if you are new to or have an interest in the music industry and are looking to build a strong foundation and enhance your knowledge. 

Label Forum

Create quality connections with other industry professionals.

Date: Oct. 22, 2020
Recommended level: Intermediate to Advanced
Prior Registration Required: Yes

The fifth annual Label Forum will bring together national label representatives, the top minds in publishing, and experienced artists to participate in round table discussions and B2B networking. By focusing on the modern role of labels and publishers, and analyzing the current shift happening in the market, we can determine where the industry is headed and how best to do business in this modern context.

Applications will open Summer 2020. This session offers a professional level of discussion and so it requires a solid foundational knowledge of the industry to participate. 

One on One’s

Meet with music industry experts!

Date: Oct. 23, 2020
Recommended level:
All levels
Prior Registration Required: Yes

Sign up for an individual meeting with the invited industry experts who are participating in the conference. Ask questions, network and get feedback from professionals with the knowledge and experience to help you get ahead of the game. This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone from folks fresh to the industry to old hands who want to learn from experts in a focused, individualized setting. Applications will open Summer 2020. 

Delegate Badge

The Delegate Badge is available for the industry professional who is looking to add extra value to their HPX experience and showcase themselves as valued affiliates of the HPX Festival and Conference. The badge gets you:

• Front of line access to the entire conference and festival (excludes partnered shows)
• Delegate listing on conference page
• Guaranteed access to Label Forum
• Invitations to all industry networking events
• Personalized festival laminate
• Limited edition VIP poster

Delegate badges will go on sale Summer 2020. 


All events take place at Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd.
The RBC Learning Centre is located on the third floor.
Paul O’Regan Hall is located on the ground level.



“Halifax Pop Explosion has built up a reputation that rivals similar Canadian street-level venue-hopping music festivals like Toronto’s NXNE and Pop Montreal, and that’s due in a large part to the adept mix of high profile touring acts and quality east coasters.”

— NOW Magazine

“Music festivals are happening everywhere and all the time nowadays. HPX stands out because you experience the city of Halifax, connect with people who are genuinely passionate about music, and get to see some of your favourite artists as well as acts you’ve never heard of perform incredible live shows.”

— Fan Survey

We would like to acknowledge that the festival takes place in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) people first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.

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