Hi Pals! With the festival less than a month away, it’s probably time for a quick update. As you can imagine, things have been insane here at OBEY Convention headquarters. But insane is good, and thanks to an amazing crew, the festival is coming together beautifully.
Tickets have been selling fast! In fact, we have already sold twice as many advance tickets and passes than in any year past. Full festival passes are gone. The Mac DeMarco show is getting close to sold out, and the Pissed Jeans show isn’t too far behind. You can continue to buy tickets online from our Big Cartel shop. We’ll also have tickets for every main event available in real life at Lost and Found starting next weekend (the Mac DeMarco show will likely sell out before then). Thanks for buying in advance. It helps us out in a big way!
Despite the lack of front page blog posts, we have been adding content for the last month. Jon Dempsey, Andrew Patterson, and I have written a mini feature for each OBEY 6 artist. Check out our Artist section. Kate Walchuk is also doing a batch of features for her Dog Show artists. Keep an eye out. We are also going to start blogging regularly from now until the festival ends on June 9th. There are a number of interviews in the works, as well as mixtapes, artist sketches, premieres, staff picks, and more.
In other exciting news, OBEY merch will soon be available both online and at Lost & Found. The good people American Apparel donated a huge box of sweat shop free t-shirts and tote bags for us to print and sell. Seth Smith is working on the design as I type, and Halifax’s Fresh Prints is going to screen the stuff. We’ll let you know as soon as it is available!
OKAY, you’ll hear more from us soon. Thanks to all the staff, volunteers, artists, and attendees.
OBEY Convention VI
June 6th – June 9th
The OBEY Convention, Eastern Canada’s only music and arts festival dedicated to the cultural outsider, is thrilled to return with an uncompromising sixth season. Some of the acts scheduled to perform include bizarre indie darling Mac DeMarco (Montreal), Sub Pop’s hardcore punks Pissed Jeans (Philadelphia, PA ), the world’s most supple free-jazz-punk drummer Chris Corsano (Boston, MA), power noise punisher Pete Swanson (New York, NY), ghost and song conjurer Grouper (Astoria, OR), psychedelic dream brothers Tonstartssbandht (New York, NY/Montreal, QC), neo-classical drone composer Kyle Bobby Dunn (Toronto, ON), cosmic jammers PC Worship (Brooklyn, NY), indie proggers Each Other (Montreal, QC), hard rawk weirdoes Babysitter (Victoria, BC), psych outfit The Ketamines (Toronto, ON), and Halifax’s very own road warrior party duo Cousins.
Besides music, look forward to parasitic art installations by James Gauvreau at the main events, an outdoor “Music for Plants” experience by Lindsay Dobbin and friends, experimental video screenings at the library, an art opening by Mitchelle Weibe, a resonating building, and plenty more.
All events will take place at artist run and alternative spaces around the city—The Khyber Centre for the Arts, The Bus Stop Theatre, the Commons Roots Urban Farm, Lost & Found, the Halifax Public Library and more. As usual, OBEY will bring in deluxe sound and light equipment to maximize fidelity and audience pleasure. The main event venues are small and always sell out quickly. Advance tickets and weekend passes are on sale now.