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Back again after an agonizing (for us) year off


  • Seth Smith

May 31 to June 3, Halifax turns into a beautiful cacophony of damaged music and art thanks to DIVORCE Records' OBEY Convention. The fifth year of the outsider music festival includes New York's electro-pop futurist Gary War (Sacred Bones/Spectral Spools), San Francisco's acoustic guitar master Bill Orcutt (Edition Mego, Palilalia), and from New York, pop-noise wonderkid Eric Copeland of Black Dice (Paw Tracks, Post Present Medium), Montreal's rock and roll pomade salesman/whirlwind Bloodshot Bill (Norton Records), and Montreal punks The Pink Noise (Sacred Bones, Pleasance Records).

DIVORCE's own talent includes Jerry Granelli, Shearing Pinx (Vancouver), Torso, Husband & Knife, J fm (Toronto), and You'll Never Get to Heaven (London, ON).

No OBEY is complete without a bitchin' art component, so this is where Robert Drisdelle and Jacquline Lachance, James Gauvreau, the Crowd Control Sound & Art Fair, Heather Rappard, space&time and FRANKIE step up.

Get ready for a Weird Canada showcase and a Periodical Project launch party. All events will take place at Halifax's premiere artist run spaces—The Khyber Centre for the Arts, The Bus Stop Theatre, 1313, and Lost & Found.

A very limited number of weekend passes are on sale now. Advance tickets for select events MAY be available starting late April. More info and full listings at and at

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