Cutting through the muggy weather and the fog was this morning's Halifax Pop Explosion announcement. Media bellies full of PopTarts and coffee boarded a double decker bus that drove us tantalizingly close to Bedford (represent) and past this year's pack of venues while HPX executive director Jonny Stevens played tour guide and announced the headliners and keynote speakers for both the HPX Digital Conference and the Halifax Pop Explosion (October 22-26). There are 200 bands in 20 venues, so ready yourself.
Here's what Stevens said, minus the jokes 'cause what am I? Some kind of joke remembering machine? I was busy sitting on a bus.
Halifax Pop Explosion 2013 headliners:
Japandroids, The Walkmen, Wavves, Killer Mike, Action Bronson, Fucked Up, Shad, The Besnard Lakes, Young Galaxy, Metz, Braids, Great Lake Swimmers (solo), Chad VanGaalen, Hannah Georgas, Hollerado, No Joy, Joel Plaskett w/ Symphony Nova Scotia, Brian Posehn, Todd Barry, Doldrums, BadBadNotGood, Dirty Beaches, Obits, Grandtheft, Zeus, Dusted, Lunice, The Plan, Suuns, KEN mode, We Are Wolves, Aqua Alta, Mo Kenney, Leif Vollebekk, Ladies Of The Canyon, Royal Canoe, By Divine Right, Thus:Owls, Lindy, The Beards, The Zolas, Louise Burns, BA Johnston, Pick a Piper, Jay Arner, Groenland, Woodpigeon, Kayo, Quake Matthews, Poor Young Things, and The Highest Order.
Rank them in order of your favourites in the comments. Or feel free to contribute haikus for each artist, also in the comments. I promise to read them all.
HPX Digital 2013 keynote speakers:
Disney Research's Ivan Poupyrev and Fantasy Interactive's Anton Repponen & Irene Pereyra, Johnny Cupcakes, Leviathan's Jason White, Publicis' Jason Theodor, Tangible Interaction's Alex Beim, Microsoft's Stacey Mulcahy, gSkinner's Grant Skinner.
HPX Digital is an interactive event for digital creators that explores innovative trends in web, mobile, gaming, startups, design and marketing. The three day conference takes place October 23rd to 25th at the Atlantica Hotel during the Halifax Pop Explosion.
Other speakers confirmed for HPX Digital 2013 include: Daniel Schutzsmith, Saul Colt, Geri Coady, CineCoup's J Joly, Vancouver Film School's Myron Campbell, Jam3 Inc's Matt Fisher, ZSO's Sara Blake, Frontier Developments' David Walsh, Teehan & Lax's Jon Lax, Youtube's Ipsa Desai, Star Content Studios' Meg Button, and Myplanet Digital's Erik von Stackelberg. See www.hpxdigital.com for more info.
Wristbands and passes are on sale now. There's a variety so check them all out here.