Strike poster_29 SeptThis coming Saturday, Oct 7th, we’re collaborating with the Dalhousie Art Gallery to present a screening of Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 silent film STRIKE, which explores the strife and struggle of a worker’s revolt in the former Soviet Union.

We’ve invited local composer, musician and ethnomusicologist Mohammad Sahraei to create a score specially for this one-night only happening. Mohammad has put together an amazing piece that will be brought to life by a five-piece ensemble featuring Sahraei himself on tar, Matt Gallant of drums, Behrooz Mihankhah on piano, Yousef Mousavi on Guitar and Lukas Pearse on double bass.



That’s right, the infamous BUCK GOOTER, America’s most inspiring blooze-punkers are hitting Halifax again. Anyone who was around for their performance at OBEY Convention IIX will tell you in vivid detail all about the madness that is The Goot. Easily one of the most talked about bands in the festival’s history, these maniacs will be playing two unique sets you will not wanna miss!

BUCK GOOTER at Radstorm
w/ Maximata + Nightbummerz
Tuesday July 18th | 8pm
$10 | PWYC | No one turned away | All Ages





BUCK GOOTER at The Khyber Centre For The Arts
w/ Science Project + Blood Beach
Wednesday July 19th | 10pm
$10 | PWYC | No one turned away | +19


Dearly Beloved,

Our annual celebration of wyrd sounds and wild souls has come and gone once again. We’re still reeling from the magic and feeling the residual sensations. As the heavy festival dust begins to settle, we’d like to send love out to all the people who made our 10th anniversary oh-so-special:

the artists who shared their vital voices
the crews who worked tirelessly
the volunteers who smiled and laboured graciously
the venues who opened their doors to us
the sponsors who made our dreams a reality
the board members that gently guide us
the strangers who wandered in
the children who danced in the aisles
the people listening
the people challenging
the people learning
the people teaching
the people present

Such an immense gathering necessitates collective work. We are so very blessed and so very proud to be surrounded by the wonderful people of Halifax. If nothing else, this weekend showed that our community is capable of hospitality and consideration beyond compare.

To all those who expended time, energy, resource, thought and heart to be with us, we are humbled. Your intensity and charity resound. THANK YOU.

- Kat & Andrew


tumblr_static_e4hbsdkv5igosgk0skswcg4ssOBEY X marks ten years of keeping things wyrd in Halifax. To honour this milestone, we’ve invited some close friends of the festival to reflect on what their experiences with us over the years have meant. This one comes care Rachel Weldon. Rachel is a righteous promoter from Ottawa who runs Debaser. An inspiration both in policy and programming, every artist who performs with Rachel glows radiantly about her and her hard work.

O: Any valuable lessons you’ve taken away from OBEY?

R: Not so much lessons as cherished memories and exciting discoveries

O: What are some of your fondest memories of OBEY past? 

R: The intense visceral sensations from Sarah Davachi’s set. A curious and captivating improvised set by Zs. Playing a mix of National Drone Day live streams through an amp pointed out toward the ocean. When Mykki Blanco left it all on stage. (This was all just from Obey IX!)
O: Any words of wisdom for people unacquainted with OBEY?
R: Don’t fear the unknown! Trust the programmers. Do / see / hear everything you can at Obey.
O: If OBEY were an acronym, what might it stand for?
R: Open Borders, Enter Yonder!
O: Why should people care about OBEY?
R: The programming is thoughtful and exciting, and the people are wonderful!

IMG_0135OBEY X marks ten years of keeping things wyrd in Halifax. To honour this milestone, we’ve invited some close friends of the festival to reflect on what their experiences with us over the years have meant. This one comes care of Amy Vinnedge, the incredible mind and voice behind Vulva Culture among other local gems. She’s played our festival under many monikers and has been a HUGE supporter of the fest in many, many ways. It’s folks like Amy that make OBEY possible. Here’s what’s up:::

O: Any valuable lessons you’ve taken away from OBEY?

A: As a musician and song writer, obey is the most inspiring 4 days of the year for me. I end my weekend feeling energetic, enlightened, challenged and appreciative. At the end of the weekend I dig myself out of the comfort zone I live in the rest of the year and push myself further. My favourite songs I’ve ever written are songs I’ve started right after obey. 

O: What are some of your fondest memories of OBEY past?

A: My favourite obey moment was watching lubomyr melnyk at the conservatory during obey 8. I was completely silent and didn’t take my eyes off of him for the entire performance, and when it was over, I turned to my band mate Bianca who was next to me and both our faces were covered in tears

O: Any words of wisdom for people unacquainted with OBEY?

A: Go to everything! I would have never heard US girls, dirty beaches, noveller, wolfcow, Jef barbara, white poppy, grouper, Tropic of Cancer etc (SO MANY performers I love) if i hadn’t just jumped into every show I could. 

O: If OBEY were an acronym, what might it stand for?


O bviously

B est

E ver

Y eah!!!

(I’m the lamest)

O: What are you most excited for at this year’s festival?

A: I’m always very excited to see my local friends perform during obey (especially budi, aquakulture, geil and rabies) ! But I’m also very excited to see the submissives, echo beach, plasma lab and moor mother

O: What would you like to see at OBEY Convention’s of the future?

A: Gosh, obey has already stretched it’s arms out so wide already. The way they marry visual art and musical performances is one of my favourite things. More artist and musician collabs! 

O: Why should people care about OBEY?

A: I go to lots of shows, 90% of the time I leave early because I feel uncomfortable, like I’m not supposed to be there. Obey makes you feel like you belong everywhere. I’ve always been too weird for the ‘norms’, and too normal for the ‘weirdos’. The obey convention appreciates what EVERYONE appreciates. No one is ever left out.

17498538_10154465716051305_7946154358540046417_n OBEY X marks ten years of keeping things wyrd in Halifax. To honour this milestone, we’ve invited some close friends of the festival to reflect on what their experiences with us over the years have meant. This one comes care of Jesse Locke, one of Canada’s most on-point music writers and drummer for Century Palm (among many others). Recently, Jesse released the most excellent Heavy Metalloid Music: The Story Of Simply Saucer.


O: Any valuable lessons you’ve taken away from OBEY?

J: If you build it, they will come. Since my first time at OBEY in 2010, it’s been truly inspiring to see how far people are willing to travel for a ‘convention’ of boundary-pushing music and art. The drive to Halifax is always a highlight of the trip too.

O: What are some of your fondest memories of OBEY past?

J: Late nights parties at the Khyber with U.S. Girls, Dirty Beaches, and Pete Swanson. Wig-flipping weirdness at the Bus Stop Theatre with Paul Metzger, Gashrat, and Buck Gooter. Getting in the pit at Menz & Mollyz with Marie Davidson, Petra Glynt, and N.213′s Group Vision. Double-drum blowouts from Eddy. Future music from Mykki Blanco. Transcendent performances from Joshua Abrams, Grouper, Peter Brötzmann, Lubomyr Melnyk, and more than I could ever remember…    

O: Any words of wisdom for people unacquainted with OBEY?

J: Even if you’re not familiar with artists’ names, trust that OBEY’s bookers have put together something incredible and go along for the ride.

O: If OBEY were an acronym, what might it stand for?

J: Obviously Bangin’ Every Year

O: What are you most excited for at this year’s festival?

J: I’m truly sad that I won’t be there but everyone should go see Senyawa, Uniform, Jerry Granelli, Pelada, New Chance, and Plasmalab!

O: What would you like to see at OBEY Convention’s of the future?

J: More performances from Nick Dourado if that’s somehow humanly possible.

O: Why should people care about OBEY?

J: Because it’s so much more than just a music festival. Every time I’ve gone to OBEY I’ve made new friends, had my mind blown, and left feeling recharged, challenged, and inspired.



08Dear Friends,

As you prepare to delve into our 10th annual festival, take a moment to consider how you might arrive. It is our hopes that any and all people may attend our weekend of wilding and so each year we work at improving the accessibility and safety of our festival. From the pages of our festival guide, here are some notes regarding these matters :::


The OBEY Convention will not tolerate discrimination/violence/hate of any kind, which includes but is not limited to: racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, queerphobia, fatphobia, ableism, sexual harassment and bullying.

It is our intention to make events at our festival welcoming to all, including audience, staff, performers and volunteers. If at anytime you are made to feel unsafe, please let an employee or volunteer know. OBEY staff can be reached at 902-789-6239 (Andrew) or 514-554-6258 (Kat), or via e-mail at

**Thank you to The Khyber for all their hard work in drafting and developing the above policies and for helping OBEY to follow their example.**


Persons under 19 will be admitted free to all unlicensed events.


No one will turned away at the door of a ticketed event for lack of funds. We’re offering a sliding scale option for admission at the door of each event as capacity permits.


For people travelling from Quebec: some venues do not accept QC health cards as a primary form of ID in Nova Scotia. Please bring additional ID with you!

What follows is a list of each of the festival venues and their pertinent accessibility information:

Anna Leonowens
all-ages, wheelchair accessible by appointment, non-gendered washrooms, accessible washroom located in Art Bar.

Common Roots Farm
all-ages, outdoors, public, accessible washrooms located in QEII Health Sciences Centre

Eyelevel Parking Lot
all-ages, outdoors

Fort Massey United Church
all ages, accessible entrance at 5303 Tobin St., non-gendered washrooms, accessible washroom via ramp by exiting building

Granville Square
all- ages, wheelchair accessible, outdoors, accessible non-gendered washrooms located in Art Bar

Halifax Central Library
all-ages, wheelchair accessible, accessible washrooms non-gendered washroom

Halifax Music Co-op
all-ages, accessible entrance, non-gendered washrooms

Khyber Centre for the Arts
all-ages, wheelchair accessible (through Granville Mall entrance on Hollis), accessible washroom, non-gendered washrooms

Maritime Museum
all-ages, wheelchair accessible, accessible washroom, non-gendered washroom

Marquee Ballroom
19+, wheelchair accessible, accessible washroom, non-gendered washrooms

North Memorial Public Library
all- ages, wheelchair accessible entrance, accessible washrooms, non-gendered washroom

North Memorial Library Garage
all-ages, wheelchair accessible — accessible, non-gendered washrooms located through front of building

Portia White Atrium
19+, wheelchair accessible entrance, accessible washrooms, non-gendered washrooms

Seahorse Tavern
wheelchair accessible entrance at Portland Pl., accessible washroom, non-gendered washrooms

Seven Bays Bouldering
all-ages, wheelchair accessible, accessible washroom, non-gendered washroom

* * *

Any questions or concerns can be e-mailed to

travellerBack by popular demand, our Guide For The Weary Traveller (2017 edition) :::

As you prepare to ascend into the portal that is OBEY Convention, you may be wondering: Where will I eat? Is there coffee nearby? How will I quench my undying thirst? Who’s got the freshest spring duds in town? Where the deep cut wax at? Why is it called OBEY Convention? Isn’t that whole city destined to slip into the ocean eventually? Do they even have cell reception in such a craggy outpost?

Answers to most of these questions can be found below.


The Westin – Our friendly hosts for the weekend. Mention that you’re headed here for OBEY and get a nice rate. Maybe you’ll go swimming with Jim White? Or hit the treadmill with UNIFORM?
Alteregos – This place really belongs in each category. Though if you’re looking for a hostel, look no further! Great neighbourhood vibes, best location.
CrashInn – A musician-focused Air BnB, which brings us to…
Air BnB – duh


EDNA Restaurant – Easily the finest local fare. Beautiful atmosphere. Oysters anyone?
Highwayman – Tapas-inspired sharing plates and INSANE cocktails. This place will put a spell on you.
Dee Dee’s - Burritos on the cheap. Homemade ice cream and all around adorability. Some of the nicest vibes going!
Truly Tasty – 100% cheap authentic Ramen. Goes down nice n’ easy with a Sapporo. One bowl is more than enough. Small tables, no reservations, quick turnaround.
Kitsune Food Co. – Excellent pint-sized Japanese resto with a tightly curated, top notch menu.
The Canteen – Take the ferry to Dartmouth and eat the best sandwich/salad combo you’ve ever had.
Ace Burger – Killer patties and fries tucked inside the legendary Gus’ Pub & Little Casino
Salvatore’s Pizza – Real traditional-like pizza in the Deep North. A classic.
enVie – Righteously delicious vegan fare.
Mary’s Place 1 and 2 – This is where breakfast happens, all day, all the time. Your pals are already there.
Coastal Cafe – Indulgent brunch and breakfast done really, really right. Limited seating, early hours.
Song’s Korean – A no brainer. Quinpool’s oasis of deliciousness. The house special soup is epic.
9+Nine Chinese Cuisine – Drive all the way to Clayton Park. Do not pass Go. Do not miss a show. Get wicked authentic Chinese fare in a tucked-away strip mall.
Seven Bays Bouldering – Have a light lunch, drink a draft, climb a wall. Not necessarily in that order.
Mid-East Food Centre – Right at the nexus of Agricola + North. Garlic, parsley, beans, souvlaki. Quick + Cheap.
ASAP Rocky’s Filipino Buffet – That’s right. The original ASAP Rocky. An $11 all-you-can-eat buffet served weekdays at lunchtime and a late night street meat cart on weekends. In the heart of our weird ‘downtown’.
John’s Lunch – This is the deepest cut. Seafood fried up by hairy-armed men in a tiny shack on the outskirts of Dartmouth. It’s proximity to Value Village means you can make a day of it.

Saturday Morning Market Musts:

Dragon Pad Thai – Pro tip: Best Pad Thai In The City, Saturday mornings only until 1pm at the Historic Brewery Market.
Selwood Green – Halifax’s first farm to table restaurant run by the tallest, friendliest german man, Norbert. This is total purity. It will save you. Plus, this sucker is open seven days a week!
Gold Island Bakery – Deeply delicious cheeses you won’t find nowheres else. And German style bread 2 die 4.
Mary’s African Cuisine – The $10 super sampler plate will fill you. FOREVER.
Boulangerie La Vendéenne – Sweet, sweet french breads.


Garrison - One of the oldest and most creative micro breweries in the city. Drink it up all weekend.
Field Guide – Innovative small plates to share. Totally ballin’ cocktails and swoon-worthy waitstaff
Stillwell – The beer place with all the good beers, y’know? Also: snacks. There will be snacks.
Charlie’s Club – A local staple of strange encounters. Pool tables, a jukebox somehow featuring The Fall, odd stragglers. The code to get in is the civic address. Good luck.
Superstar Bar – Private-room karaoke anyone? It’s like partying in those suburban teenage basements of your youth. And they have dumplings too, but you might have to be insistent in your ordering of them.


Java Blend – For the morningtimes, you gentle beast. Pull that thorn from your paw. Awake, awake!
Trident Cafe - The gem of the South End. Grab a coffee, peruse the stacks of used books.
Lion & Bright – Bring a laptop, send us an e-mail about how you’re feeling. Oh, and they have nice food, too. Also, lastly, a place for nighttime drinks (which you can enjoy equally in the daytimes, capiche?)
Smiling Goat – Top notch downtown-type coffee. Real premium.


Lost & Found - Just all the things you could ever want. Wins ‘best in-store music’ every damn day. Our nearest and dearest. Festival passes and tickets available heeeeere!
One Block Barbershop – Get a cut, have a soda, spin a yarn. A most accommodating, friendly joint.
Obsolete Records – Loads of new vinyl. Go there and learn strange facts about Unwound, or purchase an obscure Madlib-related release no one else would consider stocking.
Taz Records – The emporium of wax. You never know what you’ll find. Deep, deep oceans of sound and culture.
Elsie’s - Vintage royalty. Tasty fashion. Oh the splendour!
Bookmark – Independent, locally owned bookstore with the nicest people inside. Just in case you’re dying to read some Anne Carson while you’re in town.
Courtside Sneakers – For the weary traveler, a pair of ballin’ kicks.
Last Word – Deceptively piled-up bookshop owned by a talkative, knowledgeable man with a 1% gruff layer.
Atlantic News – Grab a candy bar and a fancy magazine for the long ride home, you intrepid maniac.
Strange Adventures – Comics! Comics! Nerds! Comics!
Plan B Merchants Co-op – A wide spectrum of who knows what. A real must for the curio.


The Khyber – Our BFFs. The most important art space in Halifax. Go visit, scoop up something from their tiny members shop.
Halifax Central Library – The new architectural centre piece of downtown. A friendly space to hang around in for FREE. Oversized Lite Bright, board games on loan, nice cafe… Plus, see Kara-Lis Coverdale slay in the auditorium.
Halifax North Memorial Library – Check your e-mail and watch the youtubes without using data. Then watch GEIL rip it up in the garage.
CKDU – Local campus & community station and strong supporter of OBEY.
Public Gardens – One of the oldest Victorian Gardens in North America. Don’t feed the swans.
OBEY Ride Share – If you’re looking for a ride, check in here. We didn’t set it up, but it looks like a good resource.

DSC00587OBEY X marks ten years of keeping things wyrd in Halifax. To honour this milestone, we’ve invited some close friends of the festival to reflect on what their experiences with us over the years have meant. This one comes care of Matt Charlton, OBEY Convention’s first official Board Chair and founder of Pigeon Row publicity.

O: Any valuable lessons you’ve taken away from OBEY?

M: Watching Darcy build the festival into an event that people trust so inherently has been amazing. I would go to some shows without knowing anything about the artists, because I knew OBEY wouldn’t steer me astray. The lesson I took from that was the value of integrity and the wisdom that hard work earns. 

O: What are some of your fondest memories of OBEY past?

M: I was stage managing a show at the Khyber a few years back and we were running really late. The opening act had put us way behind. JFM was up next. I hadn’t met Jesse at that point. I was asking around, trying to figure out who he was. Finally, someone pointed him out in line grabbing a beer. I ran up and said, “We’ve gotta get this started right now.” He very calmly looked at me and said, “No problem, just go hit the green button on my board. That’ll start the music. I’ll be out soon.” I always thought that was the coolest. Some acts put endless thought and effort into planning the opening moments of their set. Jesse didn’t even care if he was around for his. 

O: Any words of wisdom for people unacquainted with OBEY?

M: Find Darcy and just follow him around. 

O: What are you most excited for at this year’s festival?

M: Jerry Granelli. 

O: What would you like to see at OBEY Convention’s of the future?

M: More acts that I will pretend I’m cool enough to have discovered on my own. 

O: Why should people care about OBEY?

M: So many festivals just pick from a swath of whatever acts have some ‘buzz’ that year. OBEY made the choice to focus in on a relatively small subset of the whole musical landscape. When you narrow your scope like that, you’re opening the door to becoming an expert rather than a generalist. I think that’s key to what makes the festival so important.