The Unison Festival

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May 19 - May 22

The Festival

The Unison Festival is a quadrennial weekend choral festival featuring Canada’s 2SLGBTQIA+ choruses. For more information, see our festival history page.

Dates & Location (new dates)

Friday, May 19 to Monday, May 22, 2023 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Visit Discover Halifax to learn about the city and its attractions.


Open Harbour


The festival will bring together around 22 choirs from all over Canada. There will be invited performers. The festival is expecting between 600 and 1,000 participants.

Host Choruses

The Women Next Door and the Halifax Gay Men’s Chorus


All festival events will take place at the Halifax Convention Centre. Address: 1650 Argyle Street, Halifax.


Hotel accommodations will be available close to the Halifax Convention Centre. Budget accommodation will also be available at local universities.

Opening Concert

Friday, May 19, featuring the host choruses and special guests. A reception is planned before the concert.

Concert Blocks

There will be four concert blocks for participating choruses:

    • Concert Block 1: Saturday afternoon (12:30 – 2:30 pm)
    • Concert Block 2: Saturday afternoon (3:15 – 5:15 pm)
    • Concert Block 3: Sunday afternoon (12:30 – 2:30 pm)
    • Concert Block 4: Sunday afternoon (3:15 – 5:15 pm)

Social Activities

There will be a program of social activities throughout the weekend to suit everyone.


Sunday, May 21 at the Halifax Convention Centre, followed by a dance party.

Closing Concert

Monday, May 22 (afternoon)


Date May 19 - May 22
Time All day
Event Category Live Music & Entertainment / Festivals
Venue Halifax Convention Centre