​Ben Brennan, Fixture of Halifax's Music Scene, Has Passed Away

He played in bands including Word on the Street, Weed Thief, GEIL, Swan & Leach, and more

Photo courtesy of Aaron Burke

BY Alex HudsonPublished Apr 10, 2023

Ben Brennan, a staple of Halifax's music scene who played in numerous bands, has passed away at the age of 29.

Brennan was involved in many projects as a bassist and/or guitarist, including Megalodon, Surveillance, Them, Castle Wolfenstein, Watermelon Eating Contest, Weed Thief, Sewn Eyes, GEIL, Word on the Street, and Swan & Leach. He also was a driver for Exclaim!'s print edition, working in distribution in the Halifax area.

Brennan's friend and frequent musical collaborator Aaron Burke told Exclaim!, "He's had a fairly tremendous impact on a lot of people, be they family, friends or musicians in general. He's leaving behind a massive void in his absence."

In a post on Facebook from April 6, Burke additionally wrote, "Many of us have had the pleasure to spend time with Ben, make music, play or attend shows with him, hear his contagious laughter and laugh alongside it, and that's all to say when you were with him you always knew you were being given the gift of true friendship. Unconditional and indivisible from one person to the next, he would always go the distance to show how much he cared if you needed help, to make you feel looked after and loved."

A memorial service will be held in the coming weeks.

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