NEWS: Halifax Pop Explosion Announces Free Concerts on Grand Parade

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 Halifax Pop Explosion has announced two free concerts on Grand Parade, taking place Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th. Friday evening's concert is presented by Eastlink and features Shad (8pm), a secret special guest (7pm), We Are Wolves (6pm), and The Zolas (5pm). Saturday's show features Islands (8pm), DIANA (7pm), Golden Dogs (6pm), The Town Heroes (4pm) and more. Both shows are open to all ages. These free concerts are made possible through support from the Pop Explosion's sponsors and Halifax Regional Municipality.
 
Halifax Pop Explosion (HPX) is Music. Digital. Culture. Taking place from October 22nd to 26th, the international festival presents 200 bands in 20 venues over five days to 22,000 fans and industry delegates from around the world.
 
“We’re very pleased to be involved with this year’s Halifax Pop Explosion,” says Eastlink Regional Manager, Jeff Brown. “We’re committed to showcasing local talent and supporting the events that make a strong impact in our communities. As an internationally-acclaimed event that provides exposure to many local and emerging artists, partnering with HPX is a great opportunity for us to deliver on both of these commitments.” 
 
Shad is a critically-acclaimed MC, regarded for his humour, honesty, and intelligence. His third album, TSOL, continued his thoughtful approach which traverses soulful arrangements with sharp, progressive lyrics. Since its release on Black Box/Decon in 2010, TSOL was named a shortlist nominee for the Polaris Music Prize - Shad's second consecutive nomination - and won the 2011 Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year.
 
In 2005, We Are Wolves released their album Non Stop Je te Plie en Deux on the American label Fat Possum. The press soon followed with articles in Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Spin and shows in famous international festivals like Le Rock dans tous ses états, Les Eurokéennes, Dour Festival, SXSW, CMJ, Virgin Festival and Osheaga. We Are Wolves had their first north American tour in Spring 2005 opening for And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead and The (International) Noise Conspiracy. The band recently released their new album La Mort Pop Club on Dare to Care Records
 
After debuting with Tic Toc Tic in 2009, The Zolas scaled the precipice of cult status across Canada, thanks to a loyal fan base carried over from Zach Gray (vocals, guitar) and Tom Dobrzanski’s (piano) lengthy songwriting and producing experience. With Ancient Mars, their second album, The Zolas have continued their legacy of postmodern pop. Armed with poetic lyrics, Ancient Mars trades in the cabaret glitz of Tic Toc Tic for reverbed pianos and hard, minimalist beats.
 
Produced by principle songwriter Nick Thorburn and bandmate Evan Gordon, Islands' upcoming album Ski Mask is arguably the most sonically diverse album the band has ever made. From the opener, "Wave Forms," Ski Mask percolates with hooky, left-of-center rock songs that have forever been the band's trade, aside songs that also voice Thorborn's personal frustrations. Songs like "Death Drive" "Nil" and "Of Corpse" balance beautiful melodies against of the darkest lyrical missives that Thorborn has ever written.
 
DIANA are an enigmatic foursome from Toronto. Consisting of Joseph Shabason, Kieran Adams and singer Carmen Elle, with Paul Mathew recently joining the live line up, Shabason and Adams met while studying jazz at music college where they played extensively together. Having lent their skills (saxophone and drums, respectively) to many bands, including Bonjay, The Hidden Cameras and Shabason's recent contributions to Destroyer's excellent Kaputt, it was a leap of faith to make their own full-length. But the time had come. And now we have their sultry debut Perpetual Surrender to have and to hold.
 
Establishing a reputation for bringing the house down, The Golden Dogs' ramshackle and raucous pop rock have consistently satisfied packed houses and have been labelled as one of the best live bands in Canada by Chart Magazine. Sharing the stage with the likes of Zeus, Sloan and Feist, they are confident and commanding, with frenzied performances showcasing some of the best songwriters in the country.
 
Voted Best Local Band in 2012 and Best New Band in 2011 by readers of The Coast, The Town Heroes write good songs and wear toques.
 
HPX 2013 wristbands and passes are on sale now. The various types of wristbands and passes are as follows. All prices subject to HST and service fee:
 
FESTIVAL WRISTBAND
Five Day Access to all Music, Comedy and Culture Events (subject to venue capacity; not including Symphony Nova Scotia)
★ Pop!Talks Conference
★ Bike Concierge Parking at Key Venues
★ HPX Festival Express Bus Pass
★ Pop Expo! (Records / Zine / Craft and Art fair) Entry
★ Insider festival communications and special offers
Early Bird Rate (until September 6th) - $65 | Advanced Rate - $75
 
PRIORITY PASS
Five Day Skip the Lineup Access to Music, Comedy and Culture Events (subject to venue capacity; not including Symphony Nova Scotia)
★ Reserved Seating at Pop!Talks Conference
★ Bike Concierge Parking at Key Venues
★ HPX Festival Express Bus Pass
★ Pop Expo! (Records / Zine / Craft and Art fair) Entry
★ Insider Festival Communications and Special Offers
Early Bird Rate (until September 6th) - $129 | Advanced Rate - $169
 
VIP PASS
Guaranteed Access to all Music, Comedy and Culture Events One ticket to Symphony Nova Scotia w/ Joel Plaskett with Mo Kenney
★ Reserved Seating at Pop!Talks Conference
★ Bike Concierge Parking at Key Venues
★ HPX Festival Express Bus Pass
★ Pop Expo! (Records / Zine / Craft and Art fair) Entry
★ 2013 HPX Tote Bag
★ Insider Festival Communications and Special Offers
Early Bird Rate (until September 6th) - $249 | Advanced Rate - $299
 
HPX DIGITAL PASS 
Digital Workshops, Sessions, Keynotes and Parties
★ 5-Day Access to all Music, Comedy and Culture Events (subject to venue capacity; not including Symphony Nova Scotia)
★ Pop!Talks Conference
★ Bike Concierge Parking at Key Venues
★ HPX Festival Express Bus Pass
★ Pop Expo! (Records / Zine / Craft and Art fair) Entry
★ Insider Festival Communications and Special Offers Standard
Early Bird Rate (until September 6th) - $249 | Advanced Rate - $349
 
HPX DIGITAL FLEX PASSES (Transferable Pass)
Want to share your pass with another person? Add another name to your pass with this flexible option.
Early Bird Rate (until September 6th) - $349 | Advanced Rate - $449
 
Festival wristbands and passes are available now at http://halifaxpopexplosion.com
 
Tickets to Symphony Nova Scotia presents Joel Plaskett are available in person at the Dalhousie Arts Centre (Rebecca Cohn Auditorium Box Office - 6101 University Avenue). They will also available online at http://www.symphonynovascotia.ca/Tickets/ and by calling (902) 494-3820.
 
Sponsors of Halifax Pop Explosion 2013 include: Molson, Lixar, SiriusXM, Eastlink, Porter, The Coast, Impact, Deezer, Radio Starmaker Fund, Province of Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality, FACTOR, and Government of Canada
 
For details on HPX Digital, visit: http://halifaxpopexplosion.com/digital/
 
For more information on Halifax Pop Explosion, visit: http://halifaxpopexplosion.com/

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