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Halifax Pop Explosion: Feature Friday Talks

Central Library


Feature Friday Talks
XPAND Conference - Free Sessions

10:00-10:30 AM
Turning Touring Green
Stephen Caroll
Touring and the music business in general have a negative impact on our environment. We often don't consider the impacts of the music we make, but we are a contributor to the climate change issues faced by our planet. There are some simple steps we as an industry can take to reduce our emissions, waste generation, and our overall impact. This talk will go over some of the issues and provide tips and tricks for musicians to reduce the environmental impact of their business.

10:30-11:00 AM
The Need For Accessibility Riders
Paul Vienneau
Accessibility riders are a new concept for the festival and events industries. Paul will introduce you to the concept, and explain why artists and festivals need to work together to ensure that everyone is able to attend and enjoy live music without barriers.

11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Francine Gorman
Led by the PRS Foundation, Keychange is a pioneering initiative which is transforming the future of the music industry, and encouraging festivals to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022. Backed up by an innovation fund for the network to test new projects and ideas, Keychange aims to accelerate change and create a better, more inclusive music industry for present and future generations.

1:00-2:00 PM
Unison: Health and Wellness Panel

Amanda Power and Zac Crouse
In today's musical climate, the need for health and wellness services is on the rise. Hosts, Amanda Power of Unison Benevolent Fund (an assistance program created and administered for the music community, by the music community, to industry professionals in times of crisis) and Zac Crouse (touring musician, recreational therapist specializing in working with individuals who have mental health and substance use issues) will share an approach to the music business that could change the way the industry approaches the importance of health and wellness in our community.

2:00-3:00 PM
Who Gets in and Who Doesn't? What Access Means to the Entertainment Field

Amber Galloway-Gallego
A passionate advocate for equal access, sign language interpreter Amber Galloway Gallego has created an immersive interpreting style that brings the emotional experience of music and performance to the Deaf community and beyond. Vibe Magazine has described her as "the most recognizable sign language interpreter" in the United States. During her talk she will cover what she, and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community face to access music and how we can all work together to break down the barriers.

3:00-4:00 PM
Accessibility in the Arts: Disability and the Future of Creativity

Gaelynn Lea
Gaelynn Lea is a musician, public speaker, and disability rights advocate. She will explore a number of practical ways to make the art and music industries more accessible and then discuss how disability representation in pop culture can help usher in positive social change.

The Halifax Pop Explosion returns with an exciting mix of up and coming talent and local favourites.

Known as a festival of exploration, HPX is a city-wide music takeover that live music fans just can't miss. Halifax Central Library is proud to be the venue for a variety of music events and conference sessions throughout the 2018 festival.

For full festival and conference details, visit

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