Toronto Bands Explode in Halifax
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Toronto Bands Explode in Halifax

We hit up the Halifax Pop Explosion to see if top-notch Toronto acts are as adored by East Coast audiences as they are at home.

Last week, bands of all descriptions from around the world gathered in Halifax for the Halifax Pop Explosion, also known as HPX. The five-day festival, which started in 1993 and sees around 17,000 fans and industry delegates descend on the city, drew around 150 bands.

Though the acts come from across the globe, the large majority of the HPX bills are filled with Canadian bands. Toronto had a strong showing of talent in the HPX, and we were there to see how East Coast audiences would respond to the Toronto-based artists. At this point it should be pretty much taken for granted that Canadian audiences are going to go nuts for the like of Stars, Fucked Up, Timber Timbre, and the Rural Alberta Advantage—the HPX crowds were no different, as all four bands saw their shows sell out quickly.

To see how some other Toronto-based bands fared, click through the gallery images.