With the change in time and light comes new feelings of excitement and freedom. We’re psyched to present to you the full festival line-up for OBEY Convention XI. Added to the gnarly acts already announced, we’ve got:
avant-soul treasurer Un Blonde, queer doom cult Vile Creature, rising club deconstructionist Jerico, Anishinaabe viola weaver Melody McKiver, chill-soul warriors Strange Froots, tidal truthseeker WANDARIAN, nomadic groove conjurers DIáSPORA, violin maven Gina Burgess, freek-punk 4-piece Science Project, chamber-jazz naturalists New Hermitage, ambient soundshaper Markus Floats, conceptual theme-ripperz Platitudes, powwow trail blazers the Sacred Wolf Singers, art-beat breaker Maximata, dark-soul lyricist Yohvn Blvck, (bp)d-beat ear-crushers Cutie, Syrian oud titan Hussam Al Assaf, trap phenom Benjamin and deep field song-healers Melissa Labrador & Corbin Hart. Selectors for the weekend’s soundsystems include skin tone, DJ Douvet and DJ Fadzwa.
Check out the line-up page to go a little deeper and explore this amazing artist. More info regarding programming after the jump…
Beyond musical offerings, OBEY XI offers The EverySeeker Symposium, a series of educational events exploring culture at the intersections of sound. This year’s events include: the Canadian premier of US composer Sarah Hennies’ Contralto, an experimental art-doc that investigates transfeminine identity, with a Q+A moderated by local poet and trans femme supernova Arielle Twist to follow, a new performance piece, How To Talk With Plants, by conceptual art-star Ray Fenwick, a Live-In-Conversation session with Chicago industro-punks ONO and local BIPOC advocate, artist and facilitator Bria Cherise Miller and a community-driven workshop led by Melody McKiver.
We’re also blessed to be partnering once again with the eternally wycked Khyber Centre For The Arts in showcasing Lou Sheppard’s choreographic translation project A Strong Desire and the beloved children’s art workshop O’BABY, facilitated this year by the amazing team at Wonder’neath.
Oh and International Drone Day, lest ye forget. We’ll be throwing down another epic, durational, community jam to honor the almighty sounding with drone cronies across the globe.