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Open Waters Festival 2023

We are excited to share with you the poster and brochure for the 2023 Open Waters Festival!

With 19 extraordinary events taking place at five locations throughout Halifax, you will not want to miss this! 


  • AJAX and Sam Wilson
  • Alan Syliboy and the Thundermakers, Featuring Morgan Toney
  • Amber (Lori Freedman and Scott Thomson)
  • Jeffrey Zeigler Houses of Zodiac 
  • Joel Miller Trio
  • Mike Murley and David Occhipinti
  • Saltwater Percussion
    • Symphony Nova Scotia with Conductor Karl Hirzer and featuring the music of composers: Amy Brandon, Andrew MacKelvie, Behrooz Mihankhah, Sam Wilson, Jérôme Blais, Morton Feldman and John Cage
  • Unfolding River - the music of Tom Richards 
  • Upstream Septet
  • and more!

WHEN: Friday, January 6, 2023 - Thursday, January 12, 2023


  • Joseph Strug Hall (Dal Arts Centre), 6101 University Ave
  • The Dunn Theatre (Dal Arts Centre), 6101 University Ave
  • St. Andrew’s Church, 6036 Coburg Rd.
  • Breaking Circus Studio, 2164 Barrington St.
  •  Sourwood Cider, 5576 Cornwallis St


Upstream Music Association gratefully acknowledges our festival’s presence in K’jipuktuk, (Halifax) on unceded Mi’kmaw territory, where we have supported new and improvised music for the past 33 years.

posted 12/13/2022