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2018 Conference Schedule

Presented by Kobalt, the 2018 Halifax Pop Explosion Conference will feature an engaging lineup of delegates, speakers, panelists and who are coming together to discuss the future of the industry and accessibility in music. 

This year's conference will see the return of the free XPAND track, the in-demand Label Summit, and for the first time ever, the Publishing Summit. Each track is designed to offer participants unique opportunities for quality one-on-one engagement and networking opportunities.

Below is a first look at a few of our exciting panelists and presenters for this year. Keep checking back for updates! 

 
 
 

Wednesday

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Songwriting Essentials with Halifax Pop Explosion

Wednesday, October 17th | 6:30-8:30pm
BMO Community Room, 2nd floor
Adults & Teens +14
Registration required,
Register Here

Hosted by Quake Mathews and Dave Sampson
Join us at Halifax Central Library for a beginner's guide to songwriting. Halifax Pop Explosion presents a unique opportunity to engage with an industry professional. The session will be focused on a specific topic geared towards artists looking to perfect their skills.

 
 
 

Thursday

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Songtrust Presents:
Musicians vs. The Blackbox: Royalties and Revenue in the Streaming Era

Stephen Carroll
Thursday, October 18th | 10:00-11:00 AM
RBC Learning Centre

In the current music business money is generated from a multitude of sources, live fees, physical or digital sales, merchandise sales, and through broadcast of music (TV, Internet, Radio). To make a living as a recording artist it is essential that you are properly registered to receive royalties generated by the performance, purchase and broadcast of your music. This presentation will distill how to secure 100% of the back end royalties owed to you as a recording artist and provide a road map for properly registering yourself with the various neighboring rights organizations and mechanical collection societies.

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If the Artist Only Knew the Business of Music

KP the Great
Thursday, October 18th | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
RBC Learning Centre

Kawan Prather aka KP the Great is a seasoned music executive, he’s been an A&R for about 22 years. He got his start as a member of The Dungeon Family as a DJ for the group Parental Advisory and moved onto the record business by becoming one of “L.A.” Reid’s first hit men at LaFace Records. Today KP heads Pharrell’s creative collective “i am OTHER” which allows him to marry his two most natural attributes: listening to the artists that are next up, and brainstorming on ways to break them to the world. KP the Great will shed light on how he’s adapted to hip hop’s changing landscape, emphasizing the importance of how both a passion for music and a mind for business are equally important nowadays to succeed in the industry.
 

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Spotify Masterclass

Nathan Wiszniak
Thursday, October 18th | 2:00PM-3:00 PM
RBC Learning Centre

Join Spotify Canada's Head Of Artist And Label Services, Nathan Wiszniak for an informal discussion on all things Spotify. Get up to speed on the streaming audience in Canada, marketing opportunities for Canadian artists and best practices on how to use the platform and grow your global fans on Spotify.

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Special Screening: Amplify Her

Thursday, October 18th | 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
RBC Learning Centre
Combining ecstatic energy and feminine artistry, talented young women in the global electronic dance music scene are harbingers for the emerging paradigm. Staring Madeline Fauss (Lux Moderna), Mya Hardman (AppleCat), Samantha Matthews (Blondtron), Adi Laflamme (WALA), Gabrielle Watson (A Hundred Drums / Nya Beats), Kyla LeBlanc (Kytami), Chloe Herry (Clozee), Amplify HER explores these rising stars and more as they come-of-age amidst the emerging cultural renaissance of the feminine.

Label Summit

The Label Summit requires prior registration.

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Label Summit Roundtables

Thursday, October 18th | 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room 301

Intended for industry professionals, the Label Summit creates a unique opportunity for engagement between industry professionals, individuals operating independent labels, and artists. Delegates come from around Canada and around the world.

Publishing Summit

The Publishing Summit requires prior registration.

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Publishing Summit Panels

Thursday, October 18th | 2:00-4:00 PM
Room 301
The Publishing Summit brings together top minds in publishing to create unique opportunities to engage with one another. Publishing and copyright exploitation continues to evolve and play a significant role in monetizing an artist’s career. This track will deal with the many opportunities for monetization artists and industry in today’s music industry.

 
 
 

Friday

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Feature Friday Talks: Turning Touring Green

Stephen Carroll
Friday, October 19th | 10:00-10:30 AM
Paul O'Regan Room

Touring and the music business in general have a negative impact on our Environment. Often not thought of as outcome of the music we make, we are a contributor to the climate change issues face by the planet. There are some simple steps we as an industry can take to reduce our emissions, waste generation and our overall impact. This talk will go over some of the issues and provide tips and tricks for musicians to reduce the environmental impact of their business.

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Feature Friday Talks: The Need For Accessibility Riders

Paul Vienneau
Friday, October 19th | 10:30-11:00 AM
Paul O’Regan Room
Accessibility riders are a new concept for the festival and events industries. Paul will introduce you to the concept, and explain why artists and festivals need to work together to ensure that everyone is able to attend and enjoy live music without barriers.

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Feature Friday Talks: Keychange

Friday, October 19th | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Paul O'Regan Room

Led by the PRS Foundation, Keychange is a pioneering initiative which aims to transform the future of the music industry, in part by encouraging festivals to achieve a 50:50 gender balance across their programming by 2022. Set up to accelerate change and create a better, more inclusive music industry for present and future generations, the Keychange project will be presented by Francine Gorman, followed by a panel discussion on the importance of balance and representation, and why we need to effect change now in order to guarantee a successful industry in the future.

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Feature Friday Talks: Health and Wellness

Friday October 19th | 1:00-2:00 PM
Paul O'Regan Room

In today’s musical climate, the need for health and wellness services is on the rise. Presenting this panel; Amanda Power of Unison Benevolent Fund (an assistance program – created and administered for the music community, by the music community, to industry professionals in times of crisis), also featuring Zac Crouse (touring musician, recreational therapist specializing in working with individuals who have mental health and substance use issues; and has an extensive background in adventure therapy and eco-therapy.) will share an approach to the music business that could change the way the industry approaches the importance of health and wellness in our community.

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Feature Friday Talks: Who gets in and who doesn’t? What access means to the entertainment field

Friday, October 19th | 2:00-3:00 PM
Paul O'Regan Room
A passionate advocate for equal access, sign language interpreter Amber Galloway Gallego has created an immersive interpreting style that brings the emotional experience of music and performance to the Deaf community and beyond. Vibe Magazine has described her as “the most recognizable sign language interpreter” in the United States. During her talk she will cover what she and Deaf and Hard of Hearing community face to access music and how we can all work together to break down the barriers.

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Feature Friday Talks: Accessibility in the Arts - Disability and the Future of Creativity

Friday, October 19th | 3:00-4:00 PM
Paul O'Regan Room

Gaelynn Lea is a musician, public speaker, and disability rights advocate. She will explore a number of practical ways to make the art and music industries more accessible and then discuss how disability representation in pop culture can help usher in positive social change.
 

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It Might Get Loud: Featuring an HPX Special Guest Band

Friday, October 19th | 3:30-5:30pm
Media Studios, 2nd Floor
Teens 12-18
Registration required,
Register Here
Drop-in to the media studios on the second floor to let your creativity loose in the music studios. Teens can experiment with instruments and recording, synthesizers and samples, or join an impromptu jam session. This month will feature a Halifax Pop Explosion special guest band!

Label Summit

The Label Summit requires prior registration.

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Label Summit Roundtables

Friday, October 19th | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Room 301

Intended for industry professionals, the Label Summit creates a unique opportunity for engagement between industry professionals, individuals operating independent labels, and artists. Delegates come from around Canada and around the world.

Publishing Summit

The Publishing Summit requires prior registration.

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Publishing Summit Roundtables

Friday, Octotber 19th | 2:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Room 301

The Publishing Summit brings together top minds in publishing to create unique opportunities to engage with one another. Publishing and copyright exploitation continues to evolve and play a significant role in monetizing an artist’s career. This track will deal with the many opportunities for monetization artists and industry in today’s music industry.

 
 
 

Saturday

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Think Tank

Saturday, October 20th | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
RBC Learning Centre

A culmination of the conference’s discussions, Max Rollinger will host a final group conversation among attendees about building music communities, the future of the industry and accessibility.

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Live DJ Production 101

Saturday, October 20th | 1:00-3:00 PM
Paul O’Regan Hall

Registration required, Register Here
Join us in Halifax Central Library’s Paul O’Regan Hall for an exclusive Production Workshop with a DJ from the Halifax Pop Explosion. Are you interested in becoming a DJ  and want to know what it takes to be successful? Stop by to gain some insight or just enjoy some tunes!

 
 
 

ADDITIONAL DELEGATES FROM:

More panelists, presenters, and delegates to be announced!

 
 
 

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 HST & $6 fees)

 
 

TESTIMONIALS

 
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.