The Halifax Pop Explosion is one of Canada's most respected festivals & showcases for new and emerging music, art, and culture. Founded in 1993, the festival features the best in new amusic, and fuses it with the unique perspectives and exhibitions of art, media and pop culture, from Halifax, Canada, and around the world. Since its founding 16 years ago, the Halifax Pop Explosion has historically combined the excitement of the global underground music scene with the booming Halifax indie pop scene. The Festival has expanded its programming to support other genres within the independent music community from hip-hop and electronica to folk, alt-country, punk, hardcore and everything in between. The Halifax Pop Explosion continues to set the stage for a variety of independent music and art by presenting the Zine and Label Fair, a self publishing conference and work shop; the Halifax Film Explosion, a three day film festival; and the Music Matters Conference, a two day independent music workshop and educational opportunity with a significant international development component We are the second largest annual music events in Atlantic Canada. Sixteen thousand people will attend performances by 143 bands at 43 shows in 12 venues over five days. We take place the second weekend after Canadian Thanksgiving, or Columbus Day in America.