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Friday, October 24, 2008

Halifax Pop Explosion Now Underway

I was extraordinarily fortunate last year to take a two week vacation to Canada’s east coast. The highlight for me was discovering Halifax for the first time. An amazing city whose beauty is unrivalled, with a thriving music scene most impressive. The city is in the music spotlight this week as the host of Canada’s premier music festivals. This year's Halifax Pop Explosion is now underway and this festival of all things music, culture and media features more than 140 acts performing at 12 venues in the city from Oct. 21 to 25. You can see the full schedule at the festival's website. As well, Passes and tickets to select shows are still available through the same portal.

Jay Reatard, Londoner and Polaris Prize Music finalist Basia Bulat, HILOTRONS and White Cowbell Oklahoma are among the acts to join a lineup that includes Islands, The Inbreds, Monotonix, Woodhands and Polaris finalists Holy Fuck and Two Hours Traffic.

In addition to the musical festivities, the Halifax Pop Explosion will feature the inaugural Halifax Film Explosion from Oct. 23 to 24. The mini-film festival will see the DVD debut of 6015 Willow, which provides a snapshot of Halifax's independent music scene and features performances by Dog Day, North Of America, The Stolen Minks, The Superfantastics, Windom Earle, The Just Barelys and others. The festival will also feature the third edition of The Music Matters Conference on Oct. 24 and 25 at the Citadel Halifax Hotel.

So all you music afficianados who puruse this site, it’s not too late to book that last minute plane ticket and enjoy an unforgettable weekend of music.

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