Halifax Pop Explosion 2017 Music Conference

For music lovers, industry professionals, and those interested in the intersection between community and music.


  • October 19-21
  • Free and open to the public
  • Panels, forums, and keynote speakers
  • Songwriters, artists, industry leaders, music executives, and community leaders
  • A focus on inclusivity in music

Label Summit

  • Oct 19 and 20
  • Prior registration required
  • Discuss issues facing labels and artists 
  • Delegates from around the world
  • Discussions with influencers 
  • Networking and career-building

Sync Summit

  • Oct 19 and 20
  • Prior registration required
  • Get your music into film and television
  • Connect with industry experts
  • One-on-one talks, roundtable discussions, and networking mixers

 Mentor Cafe

  • Presented by Women in Music Canada in partnership with Music Ontario.
  • For female-identifying and non-binary persons
  • Meet and seek advice directly from female delegates.

Conference Schedule

Thursday / Oct 19

Presentations on entertainment law, legal access to the US markets, publicity and branding, festival management, and an examination of emerging label Buzz Records.

These sessions are all free and open to the public, though seating is limited.

The Canadian Label Summit and Halifax Pop Explosion Sync Summit will also kick off with focused, high-level roundtable discussions for registered participants.

These sessions require pre-registration.

Friday / Oct 20

A series of keynote presentations from important industry figures. Malcom London, Laina Dawes, and Lido Pimienta will speak about their long and storied time in the industry, as well as well as their differing experiences.

Day two of the Canadian Label Summit, with roundtable discussions and one-on-one meetings for registered participants, a focused look at Treefort Festival, as well as the Festival and Venue Symposium. 

These sessions require pre-registration.

Saturday / Oct 21

A focus on all-ages programming, with several panels and presentations dedicated to the all-ages scene, including an all-ages roundtable aimed at revitalizing and supporting the all-ages scene.

These sessions are all free and open to the public.

Women in Music Canada will present a Mentor Café in partnership with Music Ontario. Open to women, female-identifying, and non-binary persons. Participants will seek advice and mentorship from female delegates.

This session requires pre-registration.


View all talk presentation times and descriptions by clicking here

View our printable Conference Event Schedule by clicking here

Conference Badge

Price: $200.00 plus tax and fees

Duration: 4 days (Entire Festival)


  • Entry to all venues on a first come first served basis (excludes Symphony NS performance)
  • Delegate listing on conference page. (Festival staff will reach out to you after completing your order to confirm these details.)
  • Access to the Forum MPC VIP lounge every night
  • Personalized festival laminate
  • Participate in industry mixers as a professional working in the music industry

You don't not need to purchase a badge to attend the conference. This badge if for attendees looking to be identified as an industry professional or artist working in the music industry. It's the perfect pass for attendees who are hoping to network and meet other attendees working in the music industry.