Underground rapper & performance artist Mykki Blanco
OBEY Convention just announced some of its headlining artists for the annual contemporary art and music festival from May 26 to May 29, which will include: "Underground rap and performance artist, Mykki Blanco; New York’s renowned avant-jazz futurists, Zs; Marie Davidson, Montreal’s bright light in dark minimal wave; Canada’s most transcendental metal outfit, Nadja; and New Fries, the angular noise-punk heroes of Toronto’s weirdside scene."
Toronto's New Fries
"Over the course of four days, we will host 10 main events alongside multiple free-to-attend happenings. There will be concerts, artist talks, a bell walk, installations, workshops, a multi-city collaboration with Weird Canada’s Drone Day and so much more ... Over two dozen more artists will be announced in March. We’ll also bring you info on The Khyber Centre for the Arts standalone visual art festival, Art In Fest. And we’ll tell you about EverySeeker Symposium, a brand new performative lecture series that explores the intersection of sound and other disciplines such as craft, science, psychotherapy, storytelling, dance, and video."
This is one special lineup. Blanco in particular has become one of the most important voices in underground rap, a transgender artist who has introduced ideas into her art that have never before been explored in the genre. Her live show is surreal, powerful and assaulting, at times.