Presented by Kobalt, the 2018 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. 

This year, the overarching themes will centre around the Future of the Industry and Accessibility in Music. 


Oct. 18-20, 2018

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
Oct. 18-20, 2018 

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
Oct. 18-20, 2018

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

$200 (+$30 tax & $6 fees)



Q. Which Conference events are free to attend?

A. All of our events under the Xpand Music Conference banner are free to attend — some do require registration, however. The events in Halifax Central Library’s Media Studio are also free to attend. 

Q. What is the difference between a wristband for the festival and a badge for the conference?

A. You’ll need either a festival wristband or a conference badge to attend the conference. The badge comes with some additional perks that the wristband doesn’t — a delegate listing on our website (ideal for networking opportunities), a personalized laminated delegate pass, and front of line access for the entire festival. The conference badge also includes a limited edition VIP poster.

Q. How do I participate in the Label Summit and Publishing Summit?

A. The best way to participate in these events is to purchase a conference badge — however, you still need to apply so we can confirm your registration. If you purchase a festival wristband, you can apply to attend these events, but does not guarantee access as registration is limited. 

Q. Why do I have to apply for the Label and Publishing Summits?

A. We want to ensure that all of our delegates and attendees are engaging in the best quality meetings and conversations during our conference. These conference tracks are very comprehensive and require a base level of knowledge in order to participate in conversations. Priority is given to people working full time at a label, managing bands, or self managed artists with significant career history.



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.