Halifax's OBEY Convention Sent Cease-and-Desist by Shepard Fairey

Organizers will "develop a new name and strengthen our identity"
Halifax's OBEY Convention Sent Cease-and-Desist by Shepard Fairey
Days ahead of kicking off their 2019 edition, organizers behind Halifax's OBEY Convention have revealed that this year's fest will be the last under its current name.

As organizers detailed in a Twitter thread, the festival received a cease-and-desist letter from a law firm representing Shepard Fairey in February. Fairey is best known as the artist behind the OBEY Giant graphic and clothing brand.

"As per a Canadian trademark pre-dating our organization, they've asked that we stop using the word 'OBEY' as part of our public identity (while affording us limited use of their trademark as we transition from our current brand into something new)," festival organizers wrote on Twitter.

They continued: "As a small non-profit, there is never a good time to receive such a letter, but we're grateful for the lenience with which the word arrived. After initial fears, concerns and big feelings, we now see this as a catalyst / opportunity to take stock of how our organization has changed over the years."

OBEY Convention organizers concluded that they will "be working through the summer months to develop a new name and strengthen our identity," promising that "the organization and its values will most certainly live on, and we're excited to reemerge next fall with a fresh perspective."

As previously reported, the 2019 edition of OBEY Convention takes place from May 30 to June 2 in a variety of alternative and historic spaces around Halifax.

This year's lineup includes Kelly Moran, JustJohn & Dom Dias, 75 Dollar Bill, Guttersnipe, Mary Jane Leach, Laura Ortman, Cucina Povera, Strange Froots, DJ Haram, Eartheater, Tomoko Sauvage, Justice Yeldham, Mich Cota and more.

Festival passes are available now, with further ticketing and festival information available here.