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.

Upcoming Events

Landscape of Hate and Pig Destroyer, Montreal 26 July

Landscape of Hate and Pig Destroyer will play on 26 July at Théâtre Corona as part of Heavy in the City. The event will feature creative workshops with members of Pig Destroyer and Landscape of Hate, as well as a panel discussion on racial and social profiling featuring local activists, youth and community leaders. The workshops and panel session will be free to the public.

Tickets are on sale here. Facebook event here. For more information see here.


Landscape of Hope with Bardspec , Iceland 10-13 July

Landscape of Hope will perform with Bardspec at the Eistnaflug 2019 festival in Neskaupstaður, Iceland in July. Festival tickets are on sale here.   For more information see here.

In addition to performing, we are proud to collaborate with Eistnaflug to auction some unique posters -which have been signed by all the members of Enslaved– during the festival itself! We will donate all the proceedings from the auction to local Icelandic initiatives that promote community resilience to discrimination.

As part of the public engagement activities at NordiQC, Grimposium founder Vivek Venkatesh and Enslaved founders Ivar Bjørnson and Kjetil Grutle teamed up with Québec-based visual artist Filip Ivanović to create a video reclaiming runic narratives from right-wing extremists.


For more information see here.

Past Events

You can view our past events here: 20192018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014.


Landscape of Hope explainer

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

Also with French captions:


Landscape of Hope Montreal performance

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).