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Halifax Pop Explosion* bits and bites 

The 55-page schedule at an irreverent glance

* Stats do not include September’s launch party. Margin of error depends on unpredictable border guards, weather, double bookings, theft and any other catastrophe than can befall a band and make it miss a show.

Total bands playing: 112

Local representation: 39 (Be Bad, The Beginners, Broken Deer, Caledonia, Die Brucke, Dog Day, Double A, Down with the Butterfly, Jenn Grant, The Establishment, Fax 4, Gamma Gamma Rays, Gilbert Switzer, Stephanie Hardy, Rebekah Higgs, The Hold, HOTSHOTROBOT, The IMF, Instruments, The Just Barelys, Dusty Keelor, Old Man Luedecke, Jon McKiel, Lighthouse Choir, Mardeen, Laura Peek, Joel Plaskett, Brent Randall and His Pinecones, Sko-shun Tiez, Spesh K, The Stance, Jonny Stevens, The Stolen Minks, The Superfantastics, Their Majesties, the Tom Fun Orchestra, Carmen Townsend and the Shakey Deals, Al Tuck, Wintersleep)

Excited about the new US preclearance at the airport: The Chainletter, My Little Radio, The Slip (all from Boston)

Women artists, solo or in a band**: 37

Women artists, solo or in a band**, at the 2005 HPX: 14

Band names that start with The: 18

Panic! At the Disco award for punctuation: (tie) dd/mm/yyyy, Garbage!Violence!Enthusiasm

Requisite Wolf band: We Are Wolves

Official cancellations: Creepshow, The Holy Shroud, Matadors, Memphis, Small Sins, Windom Earle

Official additions: Gilbert Switzer, Al Tuck, Knock Knock Ginger

Proof that Montreal is still hot: Bless, Jordan Dare, Duchess Says, Giselle Numba One, Land of Talk, Lil Andy & Karaoke Cowboy, Pony Up, We Are Wolves

Official CD releases: Lily Frost’s Cine-Magique, Spesh K’s Media Coverage

International exchange program: PMX (Scotland), Randy (Sweden), The Spades (Netherlands)

Swears patrol: Fucked Up, Holy Fuck

Animal lovers: Broken Deer, Dog Day, Down with the Butterfly, The Golden Dogs, Pony Up, Shotgun and Jaybird, We are Wolves

Digging the great outdoors: Lily Frost, Great Lake Swimmers, Land of Talk, Lighthouse Choir, Jon-Rae and the River, Brent Randall and His Pinecones, Wooley Leaves a

**A band counts as one, i.e. the four girls in Pony Up equal 1 artist, and Jenn Grant equals 1 artist.

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