You Can’t Miss…
CupcakKe is the alias of 21 year old Chicago rapper Elizabeth Eden Harris. It is impossible to ignore CupcakKe’s aggressively sexual lyrics and themes, but under no circumstances should she be pigeonholed for them. Her music is fearless and sincere, with topics ranging from abuse to police brutality to pedophilia to the legacy of slavery. “CupcakKe isn’t just a character. She has a whole lot more to show us — there is just a whole slew of pussy jokes along the way.” (Pitchfork, 2018)
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Zola Jesus is 29 year-old singer, songwriter, and record producer Nika Roza Danilova. Her album ‘Okovi’ (which translates to ‘Shackles’ in most Slavic languages) was named Best New Music by Pitchfork in 2017. The album has been praised for expressing heavy emotional themes of life, death, loss, and reconciliation with a profound urgency that is simultaneously bleak and ‘deeply comforting’. She has toured with Fever Ray, The xx, and Alice Glass and she was featured on M83’s 2011 Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. In 2013 she performed at the Guggenheim with the Mivos Quartet.
A festival of live music discovery.
For over 25 years, we've been dedicated to helping music fans explore the local, national, and international scene, and discover their next favourite bands.
If you’re a live music fan, this highly curated, city-wide music takeover is for you.
2018 Polaris Prize winner Jeremy Dutcher is a classically trained operatic tenor and composer who blends his Wolastoq First Nation roots into his music. Dutcher’s debut album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, involves the rearrangement of 110-year-old recordings from his community. “…if you lose the language, you lose an entirely distinct way of experiencing the world.”
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From hip-hop, to rock, to pop and folk, the HPX lineup spans across multiple genres and has something for everyone.
Cadence Weapon is Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper and producer Rollie Pemberton. All of his four albums have received Polaris Prize nominations, and he served as Poet Laureate of Edmonton from 2009 to 2011.
His 2018 album Cadence Weapon has been described by Pemberton as a ‘rebirth’ and has an all-star cast of guests and producers: Harrison, Kaytranada, Blue Hawaii, Jacques Greene, Gibbs, Angel Deradoorian, FrancisGotHeat, and his own father Teddy Pemberton (via a radio sample)
Check out the 2018 lineup.
This year’s festival presents an incredible opportunity to discover new bands to fall in love with. We’ve curated a lineup that brings you a new kind of music experience not found throughout the year in Halifax.
Known for their incendiary live show, Born Ruffians sold out FIVE shows in one week at Lee’s Palace in Toronto back in April. The trio recently released a trio of music videos for their singles Love Too Soon, Forget Me, and Miss You, directed by Leah Fay Goldstein and Peter Dreimanis of July Talk. "Born Ruffians are one of those bands that has something special - a special charisma about them...hearing Luke invert the melody to the song he's singing impromptu or the energy in the way they reinterpret the songs differently from night to night is thrilling." - Dan Snaith (Caribou, Daphni)
You can’t miss these artists.
Featuring both local and international acts who are about to blow onto the scene, don’t miss your opportunity to say “I saw them when….”
Montréal’s Helena Deland writes songs that are a testimony of a given time or place, converting her memories to something that sounds, in a word, unforgettable. A myriad of influences filter in and out of her writing, from ’60’s Parisian pop to indie folk to fuzz rock.
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South African/Canadian Zaki Ibrahim is a globally distinguished singer, songwriter and producer known for making music that defies any one genre. The two-time Polaris Music Prize nominee (2013 Shortlist and 2018 Longlist), and Juno Award-nominated artist has come up as one of Canada’s hip hop and soul icons. Her works have lived comfortably in the art world, broken through as South African house music anthems, and have been featured in several film + TV placements (Suits, For Coloured Girls, Othello Burning) .
Discover your next favourite band.
HPX has always been a festival of exploration — this year, that might be truer than ever. Our 2018 lineup features artists from a mix of genres and backgrounds; some are up-and-coming, while others have been on the scene for a while; some you may have seen before, and others are coming to Canada's East Coast for the very first time. But, there’s one thing all of these artists have in common: they’re making waves in their genres. We love what they’re doing, and we think you will too.
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.