Welcome to Upstream Music!

For over 30 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.

Upstream Cancellations

Dear Upstream members, fans and friends,

We will be postponing our next 2 events:

-Upstream Ensemble with Alan Syliboy and the Thundermakers on April 2nd; and
-Celebratory Upstream At 30 on May 9th. 

POSTPONED Alan Syliboy and The Thundermakers in concert with the Upstream Ensemble

Musically and artistically expansive Mi’Kmaw group Alan Syliboy and the Thundermakers will join Halifax’s new music and improvisation group the Upstream Ensemble for an unforgettable collaboration on April 2 at King’s.

POSTPONED Upstream at 30

Bringing together both the founders of Upstream and the flourishing creative music descendants keeping the Halifax scene healthy, a convening of the Upstream Orchestra will mark the 30th Anniversary of the founding of Halifax’s remarkable ensemble and organization dedicated to new and improvised music. 

Andrew MacKelvie First Recipient of Upstream Music Association’s Paul Cram Creation Award

Following the concert with Symphony Nova Scotia at the Open Waters Festival 2020, Andrew MacKelvie was awarded the Paul Cram Creation Award.

Photo Album: Open Waters Festival 2020

Pictures from Open Waters Festival 2020.