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25 facts you may not know about Halifax Pop Explosion!

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Halifax Pop Explosion (HPX) is hands-down one of my favourite things about this city. There’s something about picking up a schedule (or lately, downloading an app) and comparing your musical must-sees with friends and planning your festival experience.

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When those five days in October finally arrive, you can’t beat getting out on crisp autumn nights, grabbing a few drinks, hearing some great music and maybe forgetting that you’ve got to wake up and be a responsible adult in a few hours.

Whether you’re completely new to the festival, or you’re a reasoned regular, here are 25 FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW about HPX:

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Fall for Halifax: 7 Things to Do in Halifax This October

Everyone knows winter can be long, spring is a fling and summer is all about the endless chase, but fall… fall in Halifax is easy to fall in love with.

So, say hello to October and get a load of this month’s hottest happenings from new bars opening, museum shows and exciting new attractions, to city wide art crawls, explosive music festivals and haunted houses.

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8 Reasons Why You Can’t Miss the 31st Annual Halifax International Busker Festival

Fire breathers, comedians, acrobatics and street magic; it’s all happening in Halifax from August 2-7, 2017 for the 31st annual Halifax International Busker Festival.300 shows. 6 days. 5 stages. 1 waterfront. Prepare yourselves. This massive FREE busker festival is hitting the Halifax waterfront and you’re not going to want to miss it!

1. The entire festival is FREE admission
Everyone is welcome, however it is strongly encouraged that audience members tip the performers following the show. How much you pay is up to you.

2. There’s a brand new stage this year with FREE live music.
This year the Halifax International Busker Festival is launching the Nova Scotia Marquee Stage. Located at Bishop’s Landing, you can see some awesome Nova Scotian musicians right on the Halifax Waterfront. In keeping with the spirit of the Festival, the entertainment is all free!
Check out the NS Marquee Stage schedule here.

3. This year’s program is right at your fingertips!
The Buskers event program is exclusively online this year so all the info is easily accessible, especially because of the BRAND NEW waterfront wifi!

4. There are some things that you have to see for yourself to believe
Bendy Em is going to squeeze herself into a tiny 16″ Perspex Box balanced on a 7ft rig.

5. You get to walk along the BRAND NEW seabridge!
While the Halifax Waterfront may be under some construction, Waterfront Development has come up with some awesome solutions and it’s totally worth it! The seabridge is 520 feel of floating dock that’s open 24/7 (the bridge gets lit up after dark!). The bridge connects between The Cable Wharf South Side, and the Museum Wharf North (where CSS Acadia is berthed).

Local tip: There’s also a brand new road train that operates daily from 10am-7pm in a continuous half-hour loop downtown and along the Halifax waterfront.

6. It’s not just buskers – there’s a carnival on the waterfront!
Who doesn’t love a classic carnival! Whether you’re a daredevil and can’t resist the rides, or you just want to check out some games and treats, the midway at the Salter Lot is always a festival highlight!

7. You can watch some homegrown buskers!
Halifax native, Mighty Mike is going to drive a nail through a board… with his hand…. You’re definitely not going to want to miss this.

8. You will never have to wonder…
The Buskers team is online during the festival answering questions on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, so any question you may have, just let them know and they’ll get right back to you. There’s also an FAQ section on their website.

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Best Places to Dance in Halifax

In the mood for a night out?  You’ve come to the right place!  We’ve got the scoop on the city’s best dance spots.

1. The Seahorse Tavern
Address: 
2037 Gottingen St., Halifax

Known citywide for their amazing dance parties, The Seahorse hosts fun theme nights like Retro Night, That 90s Night, and It Felt Like a Kiss (Motown, Stax, and Soul!).  The dance party continues upstairs at live music venue, The Marquee.

2. The Marquee Ballroom
Address:
 2037 Gottingen St, Halifax 

Located above The Seahorse, this venue hosts “quality National, International, and East coast music.”  It’s a great place to enjoy a night out and take in some awesome music- just be sure to book your ticket in advance!


3. Lion and Bright
Address:
2534 Agricola St, Halifax

This hip café/wine bar has recently begun bringing in live music on Saturday nights and opening up a dance floor.  It’s the perfect spot for the cool, hipster crowd, or anyone who wants a slightly more refined place to bust a move.

#DIMETIME

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4. Halifax Ale House
Address: 1717 Brunswick St., Halifax

With their historic building, old fashion bartender uniforms, and packed dance floor, the Alehouse is a really fun mix of traditional and modern.  Popular amongst the university crowd, but great for all ages, you’ll find live bands and great music here 7 nights a week.

Clusterfunk at the Halifax Alehouse this past weekend. Great times and a fantastic venue. A post shared by Sean (@bass_in_space) on


5. Pacifico
Address:
 1505 Barrington St , Halifax

Pacifico is basically Halifax’s answer to a Vegas/Miami type nightclub (they don’t call themselves a “Party Playground” for nothing!).  Come here for bottle service, a sleek décor, and lots and lots of dancing.

#Pacifico #Halifax #eastcoastlifestyle 📸@Slauney

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6. Bearly’s House of Blues
Address: 
1269 Barrington St, Halifax

For a fun low-key night, stop by Bearly’s for some Kansas City-Style BBQ and stick around for live music and dancing.  There is a slightly older crowd at Bearly’s than many of the downtown dance spots, so it’s a popular option for the 30+ crowd.


7. Durty Nelly’s
Address: 
5221 Sackville St., Halifax

A Halifax icon! Start your evening with drinks on the patio before heading inside to hit the always-busy dance floor.  You’ll find great live bands Tuesday-Sunday playing Maritime hits and other classics.

#halifax #barhopping #googoodolls #iris #favoritesong

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8. The Lower Deck
Address: 1887 Upper Water St., Halifax

Grab your kilt and your dancing shoes and head to the Lower Deck for a night out – Maritime style!  Enjoy fish and chips on the patio, beer in the main floor tavern, then head upstairs for some serious dancing.

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9. Reflections
Address:
5187 Salter St., Halifax

Originally catering specifically to Halifax’s thriving LGBTQ+ community, Reflections has evolved into a “no labels, no rules” bar where everyone is welcome and encouraged to be themselves.  Oh, and did we mention it’s one of the hottest dance spots in the city?

FENDi ON MY BRAiDS

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10. The Dome
Address: 1740 Argyle St., Halifax

A mecca for a younger crowd, the Dome is a Halifax institution, and certainly not for the faint of heart!  With its huge dance floor, the drinks are flowing and the music is pumping all night. For a slightly more relaxed vibe, grab a drink at the attached bar, Cheers, or if you’re in the mood for a swankier night, head upstairs to Taboo.

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11. Vinyl
Address: 
1575 Argyle St., Halifax

One of the newer dance spots in town, Vinyl serves up retro hits and a décor to match.  Prepare for a night filled with disco balls, flashing lights, and a packed dance floor.

Choose wisely and have fun dancing the night away in Halifax!