Open Waters Festival '18

Dalhousie Arts Centre, The Marquee Club, King's College, Halifax Central Library
Friday, January 5, 2018 - 7:30pm to Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 11:00pm
Festival Passes $60, Adults $25, Seniors $20, Students $15. Afternoons and late night $10

Never the same river twice… Open Waters Festival celebrates the flow of new and surprising music. While water brings life, music enlivens life, especially live music. Rivers of improvisation run through many traditions, and we celebrate where these meet at Open Waters Festival of new and improvised music. 

Upstream Music Association brings together musicians and presenters of varied facets of contemporary music, each united by being up-river from the main stream, and with a common spirit of exploration of the new and a celebration of the unknown.

We are pleased to present these artists, each different from one another, yet who all share this path of searching. 

Five Halifax locations, 20 extraordinary events.  

Festival Pass $60

Friday, Jan. 5, Day Pass - Adults $25, Seniors $20 & Students $15
New Hermitage - 7:30pm Dunn Theatre
Fifth Wind - 8:30pm Dunn Theatre
Jason Sharp - 10:00pm Marquee Club

Saturday, Jan. 6, Day Pass - Adults $25, Seniors $20 & Students $15
Talk-Back - 12pm, Maureen Batt - 2:00pm, Tristan DeBorba - 2:35pm, MAC - 3:00pm, all at MacAloney Room
suddenlyLISTEN - 7:30pm, Thundermakers - 9:00pm, all at Dunn Theatre
Jeri Brown - 10pm, Transatlantic Zodiac all at the Marquee Club

Sunday, Jan. 7, Day Pass - Adults $25, Seniors $20 & Students $15
Simon Docking & Tim Crofts - 2:00PM, Trio Pupo - 3:00PM, all at MacAloney Room
Vocalypse Productions - 7:30PM, at the Dunn
Upstream Quartet - 10PM, Open Company - 11:00 PM, both at the Marquee Club.

Monday, Jan. 8, Day Pass - Adults $25, Seniors $20 & Students $15
Dalhousie Ensemble Composers - 7:30pm, Dalhousie Improv. Ensemble - 8:15pm, Birds of Paradise - 9:25pm, all at the Dunn Theatre.

Tuesday, Jan. 9 - Individual Ticket
To Dream of Silence - 8pm at the Halifax Music Coop

Wednesday, Jan. 10 - Individual Ticket
Metropolis - 7pm at King's College Alumni Hall

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