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Andrew Patterson

Nadah El Shazly + JOYFULTALK | March 31st

Our third show of 2018 is coming up and it’s a wild blessing. Visiting all the way from Cairo is Nadah El Shazly, a young woman working at the very forefront of contemporary Arabic music. With roots in the underground punk scene of Egypt’s capital city and diverse influences across jazz, classical and electronic composition, El Shazly burst onto the international radar with her first full-length, Ahwar, at the tail end of 2017. A stunning debut by any measure, Ahwar (which translates to ‘marshlands’) covers an incredible amount of musical and emotional territory through pairing forward-thinking composition with El Shazly’s stunning vocals. Joining her for this unique evening at Garrison’s newly renovated barroom is Crousetown’s  junked analogue duo JOYFULTALK. Tickets on sale now, don’t sleep on this one! More details and insights on our events page.

OBEY XI Dates + Early Bird Passes

The 11th instalment of our annual festival will consume the coastal city of Halifax with free ideas in music and sound, May 24 – 27th 2018.  A limited number of Early Bird Passes are available now!

A convergence of creative musicians and sound-savants from local, national and international scenes, OBEY Convention XI will unfold at unusual, alternative and historic venues throughout Halifax. Programmed as a four-day narrative, our festival promises a weekend filled with auditory inspirations from across genres, identities and mediums. Featuring 20+ carefully curated events (none of which overlap), OBEY XI rewards both dedicated festival-goers and casual fans alike as they dip into the mysterious portal of heavy bliss and gnarly power.

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Lea Bertucci (NYC) + Taral Naik & Daniel MacNeil

We’re excited to announce that our second show of 2018 features NYC composer, sound artist and space-braider Lea Bertucci. Celebrating her new LP, the heavily resonant, psycho-cumulative Metal Aether (out Feb 9 on NNA Tapes), Bertucci is sure to warp the walls of The Khyber. Joining Lea for this evening of long-form musicality will be local sitar/tabla duo Taral Naik & Daniel MacNeil. Tickets available here

Beverly Glenn-Copeland and Friends + Nick Dourado / Jan 20th 2018

We’re thrilled to announce our first show of this year’s off-season programme: on January 20th, in partnership with suddenlyLISTEN at the Halifax Music Co-op (2164 Barrington St) we’re hosting two incredible spirits, Beverly Glenn-Copeland and Nick Dourado. Ticketing, accessibility and performer info can be found on our events page. Start the new year right, grab some tickets for this lifechanger right here, right now, or go a little deeper and become a member of our organization and get in FREE.

AGM // Call For Board Members

As we prepare for our 11th year of bringing new sounds into the spotlight, we’re seeking support in doing so. If you’re looking for a way to get involved with OBEY, attending our AGM and/or joining our board is a great place to start :::

OBEY is looking to expand its Board Of Directors by bringing people with fresh perspectives and new ideas to the table. We are looking for individuals who show attention to detail, a willingness to ask questions, an enthusiasm for the organization and who have sufficient time to fulfill the requirements of the position they take on, including attending board meetings (approx. 6 annually).

If you are interested, please send a brief letter of interest to including:

– Your name and contact information
– What interests you about being a member of the OBEY Board

* We welcome interested parties to self-identify in any way they feel comfortable as well as including any insight into pertinent work / volunteer experience

Joining the OBEY Board of Directors is a great opportunity for artists or supporters of the arts living in Halifax NS. Board members play an active role in supporting OBEY staff, artists, and community members in maintaining and developing a vision of an inclusive, forward-looking music organization. Anyone with a membership in good standing is eligible to run for a board position. If financial contribution presents a barrier, we are open to skill trades and volunteered time (10 hours minimum) in lieu of payment. If this option appeals to you, simply include a note in your letter of interest.

To nominate another member, please supply the name and contact information for your nominee and we will contact the nominee directly prior to our AGM :::

The OBEY Convention Music & Arts Society AGM

Thursday December 7th 6-8 PM | Plan B, 2180 Gottingen St.

Live Film Score ::: STRIKE ::: Mohammad Sahraei

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.



Summer Deluxe ::: Double Buck Gooter!!!

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


So Long! And See You Next Season!

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


10 Years Of Wyrd ::: Rachel Weldon aka DEBASER

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!