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Riptide online mini festival


New and improvised music for spring – livestream and produced online video music sure to take us far from shore, enjoyed from the safe harbours of our homes.

Festival Schedule


SIDEband – exploratory new music


Shauna DeGruchy (trombone)
India Gailey (cello)
Devin Wesley (bassoon)
Ellen Gibling (harp)





As a result of modulations, sidebands are the frequencies interacting that carry information transmitted by radio signal. SIDEband is comprised of Halifax based improvisers Shauna DeGruchy (trombone), India Gailey (cello), Devin Wesley (bassoon) and Ellen Gibling (harp). All a part of the Upstream Music community, this will be their first public collaboration as a quartet: frequencies interacting to carry musical notions by livestream.


Herd of Pianos, part 2


The second installment of Upstream’s collaboration with the Dalhousie Art Gallery, featuring Canadian-NZ composer Juliet Palmer’s piece for 6 grand pianos, “Circus Dog” as performed by 6 of Halifax’s premiere pianists

Simon Docking
Tara Scott
Jennifer King
Megan Thibeault
Mark Morton
Ian Bent


Open Borders


Persian-fusion group led by tar player Mohammad Sahraei, featuring original compositions, choice interpretations and intriguing improvisation.

Mohammad Sahraei - tar
Behrooz Mihankhah - piano
Yousef Mousavi - guitar
Matt Gallant - drums
Lukas Pearse - bass