Grimposium is an international touring festival and conference which brings together musicians, visual artists, journalists, writers and record label executives in underground music and cultural scenes including extreme metal, electronica, dance and hip-hop.

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Two Nights of Spellbound Performances: Halka at St-Jax Church – October 2022

On October 14th and 15th, over a hundred Montrealers gathered at St-Jax Church for Halka, a musical performance project born from several years of artistic collaboration between Vivek Venkatesh, David Hall, Owen Chapman, and Norwegian progressive metal legend Enslaved’s co-founder Ivar Bjørnson. Read more here.

Halka events image credits: Youth Documentary Interns Hunnayna Hemed, Kendra McDonald, Kaymarie Sutherland

Blekkmetal original motion picture soundtrack – September 2019

The Blekkmetal original motion picture soundtrack by Landscape of Hate is now available on Bandcamp, Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music.

Released September 13, 2019, and co-produced by Vivek Venkatesh, Owen Chapman and Danji Buck-Moore, this experimental musical and multimedia collective based in Montréal, Canada, recorded the soundtrack over a four-day period this past June.

Landscape of Hate Montreal performance – July 2019

Grimposium was proud to collaborate with their longstanding partners at Heavy Montreal to bring grindcore legends Pig Destroyer back to Montreal for a unique and intimate evening at Théâtre Corona on July 26, 2019. Local electronic improvisation outfit Landscape of Hate opened the show. Here is a video of the performance.

Here is a video of the panel.

For more information see here.

Landscape of Hope explainer

In this video you’ll see members and participants explain the concept and their experiences around Landscape of Hope.

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Landscape of Hope Montreal performance – February 2019

Check out this short video of the Canadian premiere of Landscape of Hope which was held in Montreal on February 20, 2019. To read more about this Landscape of Hope performance and workshop, see here.

Here is a recording of the full performance.

Landscape of Hate explainer video

Hear Vivek Venkatesh and Owen Chapman explain the concepts behind Landscape of Hate.

Deciphering Norms of Media Consumption in Extreme Metal – a podcast series

This new four-episode podcast series brings thought-provoking, contemporary topics to the table. Be it reappropriating Runes, warning against the perils of media censorship, distinguishing between provocative art and hateful discourse, and giving voice to the experiences of women in the music industry, no topic proves too challenging for Vivek Venkatesh and his co-host, Michelle Ayoub. Produced by Aaron Lakoff and Kathryn Urbaniak, each episode runs at about 30 minutes long and also has original music by Leticia Trandafir.

The first episode is titled Propositions for Cultural Reappropriation and features Jannicke Wiese-Hansen, Kirsti Rosseland, Ivar Peersen (Enslaved) and Kjetil Grutle (Enslaved).

Next is Balancing Free Speech, Critical Thinking and Media Literacy featuring J.R. Hayes (Pig Destroyer), Richard Johnson (Agoraphobic Nosebleed) and Ihsahn (Emperor).

Then there is Social Media: The Good, the Bad and the Unforgivable featuring Neill Jameson (Krieg), Jason Rockman (Slaves on Dope), Ihsahn (Emperor), Richard Johnson (Agoraphobic Nosebleed) and Sean McGuinness (Pissed Jeans).

And finally, Women in Metal: Underdogs or Equals? featuring Kirsti Rosseland, Jannicke Wiese-Hansen and Ivar Peersen (Enslaved).