Obey Convention: Friday, North Street Church

Halifax’s annual festival of weirdos kicked off at Lost & Found Thursday with a poster art show from Cosmic Bubblegum (Nicholas MacMillan, also of Cosmetics) and performances by ECT and Troy Richter. With the growth of Obey over the last couple years one can only assume the city’s weird population is growing, or at least coming out of the woodwork. Friday night opened with what I’m going to take a leap and call the least accessible show of the festival, at the North Street Church. The organizers put together a pretty seamless night of experimental music and sound art, with artist and NSCAD professor Craig Leonard filling in the gaps between sets with samples from four decades worth of noise music in his vast record collection. D’arcy Gray, a percussion teacher at Dalhousie, started off with a minimalist play of sound ranging from percussion numbers to eating an apple and scrunching paper into the microphone.

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