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 will perform on Friday 12 October, 2018 at O Patro Vys. Facebook event here.


Landscape of Hate in the Norwegian Media

The Bergen Landscape of Hate performance was covered in the Norwegian media here:

Vårt Land “Støykunst mellom hat og håp” (Strong art between hatred and hope) by Camilla Helen Heiervang, May 28, 2018

Vårt Land “Hatets mangfold” (Diversity of hate) by Sara J. Høgestøl , May 29, 2018

Highly Commended Article

An article on the Norwegian black metal scene by Jason Wallin, Jeff Podoshen, and Vivek Venkatesh was selected by the editorial team as Highly Commended in the 2018 Emerald Global Literati Awards:​​

(Photo credit: David Hall)

House of Mythology

Grimposium and SOMEONE director Vivek Venkatesh’s music video collaborations with filmmaking partner David Hall of Uneasy Sleeper and musical collective Ulver is now public! We are humbled and honoured by all the views and the encouragement. All relevant details including the Bandcamp link to Ulver’s new Sic Transit Gloria Mundi EP alongside the YouTube links of the two videos on the House of Mythology label are here:


Echo Chamber (Room of Tears)

Grimposium creator and SOMEONE director Vivek Venkatesh and his filmmaking partner David Hall of Uneasy Sleeper are proud to present a music video for Norwegian musical collective Ulver’s new song Echo Chamber (Room of Tears) taken off their forthcoming EP Sic Transit Gloria Mundi which will be released by House of Mythology. Live footage courtesy of BN Visuals.


Necrophilic Empathy in Cervantes’ La Numancia

Grimposium creator and SOMEONE director Vivek Venkatesh spoke alongside his Concordia collaborator Brad Nelson on the concept of ‘necrophilic empathy’ which refers to society’s fixation with the arduous consumption of death and dystopia in an accelerated era of social media. For more information of the “Apocalyptic Imagination in Early Modern Spain” event held on November 14, click here.

(Photo credit: Vivek Venkatesh)


“I want to turn hate on it’s head” 

Vivek Venkatesh spoke with Jesse Coady on April 24th about the Someone/Grimposium event “Landscapes of Hate”. Landscapes of Hate  (or Paysage de la haine) will be help as part of this year’s Acfas conference.

Read more from Concordia University News here.


Blekkmetal documentary gets second US screening at Cinedelphia

Decibel reports on the second US screening of Blekkmetal here


Review of the Blekkmetal film

Read Andy Elijah’s Cindelphia  2017 review of Blekkmetal here


SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council)  brings research in music to Acfas (Association francophone pour le savoir) congress 2017

Vivek Venkatesh, an associate professor of education at Concordia University and creator of the SSHRC-funded festival Grimposium, will host a creative concert that will explore the themes of hate and discrimination. This will be followed by a discussion on how to build resilience against online hate speech. The event will take place at Katacombes on May 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the city’s theatre district. For more information click here.


Le CRSH (Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines) braquera les projecteurs sur la recherche en musique au Congrès 2017 de l’Acfas  (Association francophone pour le savoir)

Vivek Venkatesh, professeur agrégé en sciences de l’éducation à l’Université Concordia et créateur du festival Grimposium que finance le CRSH, animera un concert créatif ayant pour thèmes la haine et la discrimination. Ce concert sera suivi d’une discussion sur la manière d’accroître la résilience face aux discours haineux en ligne. L’activité aura lieu le 9 mai à 19 h, à la salle Les Katacombes dans le Quartier des spectacles. Pour plus d’informations, cliquez ici.


From shock to doc: Norwegian black metal on the big screen

On Thursday 30th November, Jason Wallin was interviewed by Kateryna Barnes at the University of Alberta about the Blekkmetal documentary. Read the story here.


Pussy Riot talks punk rock, prison and Pokemon. November, 2016

Concordia professor Vivek Venkatesh interviews Russia’s human rights rebels.  Read more here.