With gathering restrictions and health protocols in place, Halifax’s Upstream Music Association is moving forward with its 31st season in 2020 and 2021.
Upstream’s commitment to presenting and promoting new improvised and composed music, spanning genres from jazz to classical, will continue with live and livestreamed events starting on Sunday with its official season launch at The Music Room, 6181 Lady Hammond Rd. at 8 p.m.
The intimate venue allows for 40 people to attend in person, while the event can also be viewed online. Upstream’s artistic director Lukas Pearse will be joined by fellow Upstream Quartet members Dawn Hatfield, Andrew Miller and Geordie Haley.
Following events include guitarist Sam Wilson at the Music Room on Sunday, Oct. 18, and the silent German expressionist classic Der Golum accompanied by the Upstream Quartet, with an introductory lecture, at King’s College Alumni Hall, on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
The final show of 2020 will take place in early December with Upstream Upstart featuring Andrew MacKelvie at Radstorm on Gottingen Street. All of these events will be livestreamed.
The new year marks the return of Upstream’s Open Waters Festival from Jan. 6 to 16, 2021, followed by an Upstream Birthday Party with the Upstream Ensemble planned for March 14 at Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery (if conditions allow).
April 2 is the tentative date for a concert by Upstream Ensemble with Alan Syliboy and the Thundermakers at King’s College Alumni Hall, and on June 26 there will be a light-hearted combination of music and sport for the Mixed Doubles Improv Tournament at the Halifax Commons Tennis Courts, with 20 improvisors and a master of ceremonies/refereee to observe and guide the proceedings of this unique outdoor event.
Tickets for Sunday night’s Upstream season launch at the Music Room are available at Ticket Halifax or at the door.