OWF19 - Nicole Rampersaud & J. LeBlanc - Jan. 5, 2 pm, Dal Arts Centre
OWF19 - “Noise Knitting” with Sarah Albu - Jan. 5, 3 pm, MacAloney Room, Dal Arts Centre
OWF19 - suddenlyLISTEN/ Sound of the Mountain - Jan. 5, 8:30 pm, Dunn Theatre
OWF19 - Gillian Smith and Jennifer King - Jan. 6, 1 pm, MacAloney Room
OWF19 - Upstream Ensemble & Symphony NS - Jan. 8, 7:30 pm, Dunn Theatre
OWF19 - Upstream Ensemble & Symphony NS - Jan. 8, 7:30 pm, Dunn Theatre

Welcome to Upstream Music!

For over 28 years, the Upstream Music Association has been creating pan-genre orchestral nujazz, beyond classical, cyber world, experimental music improvisation, composition & conduction ensembles, concert series, festivals, recordings, workshops and symposia in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Open Waters Festival '19

Upstream Music Association Presents
The Annual Open Waters Festival ‘19
January 4 - 9, 2019
Four Halifax locations, 24 extraordinary events.
At the Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre, The Marquee Club and King’s College Alumni Hall

New Music for the New Year
Never the same river twice…Upstream Music Association welcomes you to the Open Waters Festival 2019

Upstream Ensemble - Inventions and Re-Inventions

Halifax Music Co-op, 2164 Barrington Street, Halifax
Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 8:00pm
Featuring new compositions by Fiona Ryan, Derek Charke and members of the Upstream Ensemble. Performed by Jeff Reilly, Andrew Jackson, Geordie Haley, Dawn Hatfield, James Shaw, Andrew M Miller, Lukas Pearse, Donald MacLennan and Holly Arseneault. Get your tickets now!

Spotlight on Chris Elson

Chris Elson has been on the Upstream board in one capacity or another since 2005 with a couple of breaks for sabbatical years. As a listener, the relationship is even longer: he attended some of the first concerts of the Upstream Ensemble and also reviewed their first CD in The Paris New Music Review (which evolved into the online new music site, Paris Transatlantic: )


He’s involved with Upstream because he’s committed to supporting all forms of improvised music, to helping develop the community of players and the audience, and, as he describes, ‘selfishly’, as he just wants to have more opportunities to hear new and challenging music.


Born in Halifax, he lived here about 2/3 of his life. He’s a French professor,cross-appointed in Canadian Studies and a member of the King's-Dalhousie joint faculty. He works in the area of contemporary literature and culture with a recent book entitled In the Name of Friendship: Deguy, Derrida and Salut (Brill/Rodopi 2017).