Now in it's 24th year, Halifax Pop Explosion annually brings the largest mess of music to the East Coast. Bands who may not normally make it out east mount bigger shows in bigger venues, meet fans who've waited years to see them, and usually eat donairs. I've been photographing the festival for 9 years now. Despite the fact that I no longer live full time on Canada's East Coast, it's still something I look forward to every fall.
Thanks to Exclaim! Magazine for asking me to photograph the live shows to accompany outstanding reviews by my favourite music journalist, Ryan McNutt. Click here to check out his coverage of the 2016 festival.
This year I also included several portraits of musicians who rarely make it out east. To these artists: thank you for your time. Touring is long, and busy, and exhausting, and schedules can blow up without warning. It was mighty kind of you to give me a few minutes of your time to capture you in Halifax. For those artists who were up for a photoshoot but we weren't able to for reasons such as flights, sound check, or broken gear, I'm still thankful and hopeful we can make it happen another time.
See you next year, HPX, for year 25.