About the Conference | HPX

about the conference


The Halifax Pop Explosion Conference is committed to bringing together industry professionals, artists, and fans from around the world to participate in unique opportunities for engagement and create quality industry connections. 

Stay tuned to find out this year’s overarching theme and delegates! 


The XPAND track is designed to provide quality educational and market development opportunities for Canadian artists, music entrepreneurs, and music and industry students, through workshops, clinics, keynotes, targeted one-on-one mentorship meetings, and networking events. This track is perfect for those who are new to or have a interest in the industry, as well as those who have a strong foundation but are looking to enhance their knowledge.

Free and Open to the Public

Label Summit

The Label Summit brings together national label reps from both large and small labels, as well as delegates from around the world. The first event of its kind at a Canadian Music Festival, participants are involved in B2B networking, focused learning, and are able to attend curated artist showcases. This track is for industry professionals, music business and music arts students, individuals operating independent labels, and artists.

Prior Application Required

Publishing Summit

The Publishing Summit was created to bring together some of the top minds in publishing from Canada and around the world. Publishing and copyright exploitation continues to evolve and play a significant role in monetizing an artist’s career. More than just a “sync” summit, this track will deal with the many opportunities for monetization artists and industry in today’s music industry. This track is for industry professionals, music business and music arts students, individuals operating independent labels, and artists. 

Prior Application Required

Conference Badge

The HPX conference badge is for those who are looking to make industry connections, gain valuable insight, and experience 4 days of music. The badge gets you: 
• Front of line access to the entire festival (excludes Symphony NS performance)
• Delegate listing on conference page
• Personalized festival laminate
• Limited edition VIP poster

The Conference Badge is not yet on sale. 



“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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