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COLOUR250OBEY Convention IX is here. If you’ve yet to familiarize yourself with our program, visit our site to see what’s in store. Headliners such as experimental rapper and performance artist Mykki Blanco, NYC punk-honkers Zs, Berlin’s wall-of-doom duo Nadja, Montreal’s cold techno master Marie Davidson, and so many more perform at some of Halifax’s most iconic venues over the next four days.

Beyond the concerts, we also bring you Art In Fest, the Khyber’s standalone arts festival, and EverySeeker Symposium, a new lecture series presented in conjunction with the Fountain School of Performing Arts. These extra-curriculars, we’re happy to report, are free-to-attend. Yes, everyone can be involved.

Festival weekend is always a whirlwind of inspiration, delirium, contemplation, and exhaustion. We wouldn’t want it any other way. Please be kind and patient with each other, our volunteers, the venues, and the city.

And check below for some housekeeping.


Tickets & Passes – Pickup & Purchase
Have your name on a pass yet? We have very few remaining. Grab one online here or visit Ticket Halifax at 2309 Maynard St. Single tickets for select shows are available online here. You can also grab them from Lost & Found at 2383 Agricola St or Ticket Halifax.

If you’ve purchased a pass already, it can be picked up at the Khyber from noon until 6pm Thursday. If that doesn’t work, you can simply grab it at the door of any show. Bring your ticket and ID. We’ll slap you with a bracelet.

Under 19 Free
If capacity allows, persons under 19 will be admitted free to all unlicensed events. Bring a current school or government photo ID to the door of any show to take advantage of this offer. There may be a wait. You may be turned away. We make no promises. But we’ll do our best. To avoid uncertainty, RSVP 24hrs in advance to

Schedule and Program
Download our program here. A posh print version is also available for free at shops around town. Our schedule is online here. Licensed events are indicated with a “+19”.  Free events are listed. We’ve also included the full schedule for both Art In Fest and EverySeeker Symposium. There’s something for everyone. Check it out.

Drone Day
OBEY Convention IX falls on Weird Canada’s National Drone Day. It’s a day in which sound makers from across Canada and beyond participate in a unifying exercise of sonic endurance and mediation. For the first time ever, all these performances will be brought together, in real time, to form a single day-long drone. Composer Robert Drisdelle will be creating this piece of music using live streams from across the country. And we’ll have a crew broadcasting his work at various locations around Halifax. Follow the hashtag #droneday to find them. We also encourage YOU to play the drone as loud as you can, from where ever can. Go to after 2pm AST to find the feed. The #droneday hashtag is yours as well.


Okay, that’s it.


It is with great appreciation that we acknowledge the generous support of
Department of Canadian Heritage, Arts Nova Scotia, HALIFAX, and The Fountain School of Performing Arts. 

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