Spring is peeking through the clouds on the Atlantic coast. Today we unveil the full schedule for OBEY XII, four days of new sounds and radical ideas. Head to our schedule page for an overview of the weekend. Everything before 6pm is FREE and open to ALL AGES. Evening and late night shows are ticketed on a PWYC basis at the door (cash only). Advance tickets for all events are live now, head to our online box office to scoop up a ticket and ensure entry. Or go all in and get a festival pass; nothing overlaps so with a pass, you can catch every single happening. See you this spring, at the edges of everything!
After a long winter of work, we’re psyched to unveil the full line-up and poster for OBEY Convention XII: May 30 – June 2nd. So many incredible artists will be lending their unique voices to this four day celebration of new ideas and radical sounding. Head to our Artists Page for a deeper dive and get to know the folks who’ll be touching in to turn heads and blow minds. The full schedule and individual tickets are coming up April 18th. In the meantime, a limited number of Festival Passes are still available (passes guarantee you access to every single moment of the fest). And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date. Join us this spring at the edges of everything!
We’re excited to announce this most special project as part of this year’s EverySeeker Symposium. Nikki A Basset and Elyse Moir, a duo of Halifax-based educators, organizers and music lovers, are facilitating a collaborative zine project to be launched May 31st as part of OBEY XII. The intention behind Resilience Resonates, the zine in question, is to advocate for and offer a platform to femme, trans, gender non-conforming, and two-spirit people within, throughout and around music communities. The duo are currently seeking contributions from folks all across the globe who identify as such.
If you’re interested in submitting something, we’ve got info on content, dimensions, guidelines and compensation after the jump!
Here it is: a 2nd wave of artists set to take part in our 12th annual festival, coming up May 30th – June 2nd. Amidst a history of left-field sounds and an ever-encroaching sphere of influence, this year marks one of our most bombastic, worldwide line-ups to date. Recent additions include NYC’s piano-bending mystic Kelly Moran, junked trance duo 75 Dollar Bill, brutal UK rainbow rockers Guttersnipe, Toronto’s rising club punks Just John x Dom Dias, Finnish-born Glaswegian dreamweaver Cucina Povera, veteran minimalist composer Mary Jane Leach and SO! MUCH! MORE!
Check out these artists and more on our festival page. Full passes to the weekend’s festivities are on sale via our Big Cartel. Catch an Early Bird price before midnite Tue March 12th. Passes guarantee you access to the entire festival; nothing overlaps, no industry trash. Join us this spring at the edges of everything!
OBEY Convention’s voracious vision of sonic exploration means that it’s continually delving deeper, in search of new pathways through the musical underground. This year marks a noteworthy expansion with a brand-new composer-in-residence program. After considering a batch of curious and diverse applicants from across North America, we’re delighted to announce that free-jazz trumpeter and improv innovator Nicole Rampersaud has accepted the inaugural role. In the days leading up to the festival, Nicole will be collaborating with a select crew of local musicians to realize her vision. Rehearsals for the project will take place with the generous support of The Khyber Centre For The Arts. A public performance of Nicole’s composition will be included in our Keynote Concert on Thursday, May 30th, in Paul O’Regan Hall at Halifax Central Library. The event marks the kick off to our 12th annual festival and is free and open to the public.
OBEY CONVENTION AGM
Monday March 11, 6pm
Halifax Central Library, Room 301
We’re getting ready to host our annual general meeting and we’d love to see you there. The AGM is a great way to get involved and/or get a peek into what’s going on with our organization. This year, we’re looking for three new board members to join our team. If you’re interested, there’s more information on how to apply and what the position entails after the jump!
We’re SO excited to announce the first few artists set to perform at our 12th annual festival of free ideas in music and sound. Our dates this year are May 30th – June 2nd. So far we’ve got: Philly’s post-bounce clubshaker DJ Haram, PAN’s contrarian collagist Eartheater, the hypnotic aquatics of French-Japanese artist Tomoko Sauvage, Australia’s broken glass maverick Justice Yeldham, Algonquin synth-pop sensualist Mich Cota, bitchpunk sound theorist Debby Friday, The Brodie West Quintet‘s bent, multidimensional, jazz, and Toronto beat chemist Korea Town Acid. A limited number of generously priced Early Bird passes are on sale now until March 5th when we’ll unveil another batch of confirmed performers. Passholders are guaranteed access to the entire festival. Nothing overlaps so audience are able to enjoy the entire weekend. Check out artist details here and scoop up a pass here. Join us this spring at the edges of everything!
Our fourth and final show of the off-season is a pure, deep winter celebration. At a time of year when the body needs collective release and community love, we’re psyched to announce worldbuilding DJ / producer / organizer Ciel for her first-ever appearance in Halifax. A triple threat with a taste for the strange and dreamy, we’re psyched to light the dancefloor with this major Canadian selector. Full details on the events page as always!
Our third show, and first of the new year, is a true blessing. We’ll be hosting legendary free jazz vet Joe McPhee. He’ll be with us for two days, for an artist talk and a solo performance. It’s hard to put into words how important Joe’s work has been to so many people throughout his five decade career. Full insight and details on our events page.
Really psyched to announce that our second show of the season features NYC’s industrial noise heavy Dreamcrusher aka multidisciplinary artist Luwayne Glass. Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Glass is known for their unique compositional voice and kinetic live performances. Joining them at the Bus Stop Theatre will be local punk thrashers Grief and the elusive electro scrambler Junk Entity. Preceding the show, we’ll be hosting ‘Live In Conversation with Dreamcrusher’ moderated by local artist Francesca Ekwuyasi. Full details on our events page!