Splash-update-fixA Nova Scotian spring is salvation—a coastal playground of natural and spiritual opulence that gives life to the winter-worn soul will soon awaken. OBEY Convention VII, Atlantic Canada’s only festival of alternate realities for music and art, celebrates this year’s rejuvenating season between May 22nd and May 25th at some of the most varied and historic spaces that the city of Halifax has to offer.

To usher in the new season, we start by unveiling a few choice selections from our roster of confirmed artists. OBEY Convention VII will present one of the most spellbinding indie outfits of the last two decades LOW; sublime pop choralist JULIANNA BARWICK (USA); fashionista and dance club crooner JEF BARBARA (Canada); composer and vocal contortionist MAJA RATKJE (Norway); and new age, dub-fi healer WHITE POPPY (Canada). Twenty five other equally alluring solo artists and bands will be announced on March 27th.

2014 will also see the inaugural installment of Art In Fest, a standalone festival of visual and installation works by some of Canada’s most intriguing artists. Openings begin on May 20th at various galleries and alternative spaces, with shows lasting throughout the weekend. Further details will be announced along with the full OBEY Convention lineup later this month.

Taken together, OBEY Convention VII and Art In Fest will present nearly twenty events, more than half of them free to an all ages public. The festivals will transpire in tandem, suffusing Halifax’s beautiful downtown and vibrant North End with an outpouring of invigorating art and music by innovators from across North America and beyond. Do not miss out on this unusual and memorable artistic experience. Reasonably priced early bird passes are available now.