3rd Annual Jamaican Independence Day Celebration

Mon., Aug. 1, 12-9 p.m.
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The Jamaican Cultural Association of Nova Scotia invite you to join their celebration of Jamaica’s Independence Day. The third year they’ve thrown this party, they’ll be on the Halifax Common with lots of Jamaican food and music to help you celebrate and learn about their dynamic culture.

Halifax Common(map)
Halifax Common
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As You Like It

Through Sept. 1

Shakespeare by the Sea takes on the 317-year-old classic, telling the upside-down story of Rosalind, Frederick and Orlando, love, exile and honesty. The show schedule alternates over the summer with SBTS’s Pinocchio and King Lear, and Mondays are dark, so checkthe website before you go. $25

http://shakespearebythesea.ca/asyoulikeit.html

Balance Point: 20 Years of Artistic Process

Through Aug. 28

Malone Bay’s Kate Church is a self-described “maker,” crafting life drawings, paintings and sculptures. This retrospective collection delves into Church’s figurative puppets, quirky creatures that tell a soulful story. free

Mary E. Black Gallery (map)
1061 Marginal Road
Waterfront
phone 902-492-2522
Balance Point: 20 Years of Artistic Process

Best of Boxwood 2016

Through Aug. 5, 8 p.m.
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Part of Musique Royale’s 31st annual summer season, this “best of” concert series is bound to give you new favourites.
July 31 show is held in Shelburne.
August 1 performance is in Iona.
August 2 performance is in Tatamagouche.
August 3 concert is in Parrsboro.
August 4 show is held in Poplar Grove.
The series finishes with an August 5 finale in Margaretsville at Evergreen Theatre, 1941 Stronach Mtn Rd.

Best of Boxwood 2016

Canada’s Titanic–The Empress of Ireland

Through Nov. 13

Pier 21’s dramatic temporary exhibit plunges visitors into the history of one of the most devastating maritime disasters in Canadian history.

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (map)
1055 Marginal Road
Waterfront
phone 902-425-1365, 902-492-0768
Canada’s Titanic–The Empress of Ireland

The Carriage Room Photography Studio

Through Aug. 4

Calling all shutterbugs! Learn how the art of photography has evolved through the years and peer into the past through the lenses of select antique cameras.

Dartmouth Heritage Museum (map)
26 Newcastle Drive
Dartmouth
phone 902-464-2300
The Carriage Room Photography Studio

Chester Playhouse Summer Festival

Through Aug. 22

Is there anything nicer on a summer evening than heading out of town for supper and a show in a quaint little seaside town? In July, head into Chester for campy fun with Ruthless!, a musical about would-be child star and her (stage) mother who’ll go to any lengths to climb the ladder of success. In August, Rhys Bevan-John stars as a very unreliable narrator in the one-man show Here Lies Henry. Also check outBack Home Again, a John Denver tribute, as well as Bohemians in Brooklyn, a cabaret narrated by CBC’s Tom Allen. —Kate Watson $15-29

http://chesterplayhouse.ns.ca

Chester Playhouse (map)
22 Pleasant Street
Out of Town

Collected Works By Active Artists

Ongoing

With new works by Matthew Collins, Shelley Mitchell, Lorena Ziraldo and more, now’s the time to catch some of the summer-themed works on display at Teichert Gallery.

Teichert Gallery(map)
1723 Hollis Street
Downtown
phone 902-424-3087
Collected Works By Active Artists

Dave MacIsaac & Louis Benoit

Mondays

Classic for a reason.

The Old Triangle Irish Ale House (map)
5136 Prince Street
Downtown
phone 902-492-4900
info@oldtriangle.com
Dave MacIsaac & Louis Benoit

Department of Prints and Drawings Collection

Through Aug. 19

This collection of works—from multi-media wall hangings to wood turnings—is meant to be a reflection about defining art by the medium it’s made in.
As the exhibit curators say, many large public collections are grouped by how the art is made rather than what it is about.
This showing, which feature prints and drawings done in atypical ways, aims to change that.

Don Russell: A Metaphor for the Subconscious

Through Sept. 3, 12-4 p.m.

Newfoundland’s Don Russell shares a mini exhibition of his black and white drawings and prints, tackling themes about the mind and subconscious.

Studio 21 (map)
1273 Hollis Street
Downtown
phone 902-420-1852
Don Russell: A Metaphor for the Subconscious

Double Take

Through Aug. 21

Double Take is a collection of paintings and assemblage by Gerald Ferguson and sculptural objects by Marc Courtemanche and Kelly Mark. The works are modified found objects designed to give the viewer pause on a double or triple-take.

Edgemere & Rosenberg

Through Aug. 26

A blend of paintings and photography, this exhibit tells the story of American-born artist Henry M. Rosenberg. Learn about his marriage to Emily Scarfe, daughter of the influential Frederick Scarfe, mayor of Dartmouth, and the building of the Edgemere home. $5

Dartmouth Heritage Museum (map)
26 Newcastle Drive
Dartmouth
phone 902-464-2300
Edgemere & Rosenberg

Family Play Group

Mondays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

There is snack time, reading circle, rhymes, games, crafts and more. free

Gerald Ferguson: Collected Works

Through Aug. 1

A collection of mixed media stencil paintings by the late artist, this show features strong lines and an undone feel, plus a variety of themes.

Zwicker’s Gallery (map)
5415 Doyle Street
Spring Garden
phone 902-423-7662
Gerald Ferguson: Collected Works

The Golden Age of Postcards & Beyond: A Look Back at the Original Text Message

Ongoing

The Dartmouth Heritage Museum is re-opening after a tough winter with a sweet exhibit celebrating postcards from around the world.

Dartmouth Heritage Museum (map)
26 Newcastle Drive
Dartmouth
phone 902-464-2300

HABITAT: illuminating our freshwater & coastal resources

Through Sept. 30

Nova Scotian artist Gilbert van Ryckevorsel has captured 31 underwater photographs shot in the freshwater rivers and lakes of the maritimes. The artist hopes to call attention to the importance and beauty of our waters through this thoughtful exhibits.

gallery@thelinc(map)
306 Lincoln Street
Out of TownHABITAT: illuminating our freshwater & coastal resources

Halifax International Busker Festival

Mon., Aug. 1, 12-6 p.m.
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It’s the Halifax International Busker Festival’s 30th anniversary! The Halifax summer staple is the biggest festival of its kind in Canada. Performers from across the country and around the world make the downtown their canvas at the five event stages. The cast of fire-eaters, sword jugglers, acrobats and many more of the weird and wonderful are sure to bring their A-game and expect your donations. If you’re looking for a reason to brave the waterfront in the summertime—this is it. —Mitchell Mullen

http://www.buskers.ca/index.php

Halifax Waterfront (map)
Halifax Waterfront
DowntownHalifax International Busker Festival

How We Are Talking 2015-16 Mentorship Program Exhibition

Through Aug. 7

Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s latest installation of the results of their mentorship program, How We Are Talking features works by emerging artists and their mentors.
A vivd collection of mixed-media works, this collection explores as array of themes.

Craig Gallery(map)
Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street
Dartmouth
phone 902-461-4698
<i>How We Are Talking</i> 2015-16 Mentorship Program Exhibition

I Believe I Can Fly by Sharon Cave

Through Aug. 3

Sharon Cave’s latest works are pieces featuring women and birds, presented with snippets of poetry by Terry Tempest Williams: “Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to feel the world through joy…”

Art 1274 Hollis(map)
1274 Hollis Street
Downtown
phone 902-446-4077
randesmith65@gmail.com
<i>I Believe I Can Fly</i> by Sharon Cave

Journey to Canada

Through Oct. 30

Marking the 125th anniversary of many Ukrainians’ immigration to Canada, this exhibit explores the events that made many leave the Austro-Hungarian Empire behind.
While most eventually settled in Canada’s western provinces, Halifax proved their port of entry, meaning our city was shaped by their presence.

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (map)
1055 Marginal Road
Waterfront
phone 902-425-1365, 902-492-0768
<i>Journey to Canada</i>

Karaoke with Laurie The Guy

Mondays, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

With the infinitely sad closing of Michael’s in the north end, you’re going to have to look elsewhere for your Monday night karaoke fix. Thank goodness ol Laurie The Guy already has a back up plan starting weekly tonight. Whew!

Staggers Pub & Grub (map)
26 Portland Street
Dartmouth
phone 902-406-3661

Kyle Jackson: To Those Still At Sea…

Through Oct. 31

Pier 21’s very first artist-in-residence Kyle Jackson will spend six months working with museum visitors on To Those Still At Sea…, a large sculptural painting of the Empress of Ireland.

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (map)
1055 Marginal Road
Waterfront
phone 902-425-1365, 902-492-0768
Kyle Jackson: To Those Still At Sea...

Let’s Try This Standing

Through Aug. 18

A 19 year old university student’s life is turned upside down after being hit by an SUV on Spring Garden Road. Her body becomes unrecognizable, relationships become messy, and daily struggles become harder, yet funnier.
Based on the true experiences of Gillian Clark, this play is part of Ship’s Company Theatre seasonal line up. Performed in Parrsboro, NS.

Let’s Try This Standing

Meditation

Wednesdays, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Mondays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m.

Instructions will be given at the beginning of every meditation session, feel free to stay for as long as you like.$5-$7 suggested donation

Creative Crossing (map)
2526 Agricola Street
North End

MegaComedyMondays

Mondays, 8:30 p.m.

A stellar lineup of comedians that explode on stage each week, spinning tales of magic and adventure. free

Gus’ Pub & Grill(map)
2605 Agricola Street
North End
phone 902-423-7786
MegaComedyMondays

Miramichi Folksong Festival

Through Aug. 5
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The tradition continues! One of Canada’s oldest folksong festivals features plenty of talented performers including Susan Butler, two-time Juno Award winner Valdy, the Miramichi Fiddlers and so many more. Traditional and contemporary music for the whole family.––Danielle Cameron

Held at the Beaverbrook Kin Centre, 100 Newcastle Boulevard, Miramichi, New Brunswick $15.75-$77.50

http://www.miramichifolksongfestival.com/index.html

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Miramichi Folksong Festival
Toothy Moose Cabaret (map)
1661 Argyle Street
Downtown
phone 902-407-3170

Natal Day Festival

Through Aug. 1

The proper way to enjoy a long weekend is packing it with fun and festivities, and that’s what this annual celebration of the city does. A parade, fireworks and a lots of live music (like The Mellotones and Asia & Nu Gruv) and events are on the books for the 121st Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day.

http://natalday.org

Natal Day Festival

Natal Day Parade

Mon., Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m.

Before you dismiss the parade as a generic event, hear this: NSCAD artist Jessica Winton has created several public art pieces that will walk in the parade, attacking themes of art in society while taking the shapes of magic carpets and candy.
This means no matter if you’re a culture hound or just love a good ol’ fashioned parade, this Natal Day celebration offers something for you.
It starts on Windmill Road (near Lyle Street) and continues down Alderney Drive to Ochterloney Street, ending on Prince Albert Road. While there is no scheduled rain date for the parade at press time, you can keep up-to-date with cancellations by dialling 311 or checking natalday.org. free

Natal Day Weekend

Through Aug. 1

It’s Halifax’s 121st birthday (you know, obviously overlooking the thousands of years Indigenous peoples inhabited this slice of rugged coast). Anyway, since we all have an extra day off, why not celebrate?! There’s lots of events both in the city and around the province to check out, meaning it’ll be easy to make the most of your long weekend.

Natal Day Weekend
Halifax Alehouse (map)
1717 Brunswick Street
Downtown
phone 902-423-6113

The O’Pears

Mon., Aug. 1, 2 p.m.

The Carleton Music Bar & Grill (map)
1685 Argyle Street
Downtown
phone 902-422-6335
info@thecarleton.ca

Open meditation sessions

Mondays-Fridays, 7, 9 a.m. & 5 p.m., Wednesdays, 7 p.m. and Sundays, 9 a.m.

Finding peace every week. free

Shambhala Centre (map)
1084 Tower Road
South End
phone 902-479-1876
The Perfect Pour Pub & Grill (map)
19 Norm Newman Drive, Dartmouth
Dartmouth
phone 902-462-7827

Pinocchio

Through Sept. 4

Shakespeare by the Sea presents an original musical adaptation of the classic story of the fake boy who wants to be a real boy. Coast theatre critic Kate Watson loved it: here’s her review. The show schedule alternates over the summer with SBTS’s As You Like It andKing Lear, and Mondays are dark, so check the website before you go. $25

http://www.shakespearebythesea.ca/pinocchio.html

The Plan B Unplugged Open Mic & Spoken Word with The Jukebox Ninja

Mondays, 5-8 p.m.

Come share your words in one of the city’s coolest settings. free

Plan B Merchants Co-op(map)
2180 Gottingen Street
North End

Portaging with Chocolate by Eileen Boyd

Through Aug. 21

A new collection of works by Eileen Boyd graces the walls of this Wolfville gallery.

Jack’s Gallery(map)
450 Main Street, Wolfville
Out of Townjacksgallerywolfville@gmail.com
Portaging with Chocolate by Eileen Boyd

$ROCKIN 4 DOLLAR$

Mondays, 10:30 p.m.

Big bucks are up for grabs. Play on. $4

Reflections Cabaret (map)
5187 Salter Street
Downtown
phone 902-422-2957
mail@reflectionscabaret.com
$ROCKIN 4 DOLLAR$

Rolling Rockstar Karaoke

Mondays

Hosted by Jackie Smith with prizes by Pizza Pizza.

Cheers Bar & Grill (map)
1741 Grafton Street
Downtown
phone 902-421-1655

Summer Group Exhibition

Through Sept. 3

A rotating exhibition featuring works from many of the gallery’s artists in dozens of mediums, this exhibit offers something for every art lover.
highlights include a small selection of paintings by Belgian-born New Brunswick artist Francis Coutellier , who’s back on the art scene after a four-year hiatus with this show.
Other gallery artists with new works include Janice Leonard and Michael Harrington.

Studio 21 (map)
1273 Hollis Street
Downtown
phone 902-420-1852
Summer Group Exhibition

Jerry Ropson, Summer Visiting Artist Series

Through Aug. 6

Visiting artist and NSCAD alum Jerry Ropson’s exhibition will use both studio- and community-based practices, showing drawings and small-scale sculptures, while he also completes a site-specific wall drawing. Additionally, Ropson will host public storytelling events next door at the Art Bar as part of his residency, acting as both bartender and listener. —Laura Kenins

Anna Leonowens Gallery (map)
Granville Square, 1891 Granville Street
Downtown
phone 902-494-8223

Terroir

Through Jan. 1, 2017

“A Nova Scotia Survey” might suggest a lot of Maud Lewis and 18th-century engravings of Halifax Harbour, but Terroir skips the tourist fare and celebrates the artists who are living and working in our province today. Curated from an open submission process, the exhibition shows the work of 29 contemporary Nova Scotian artists working in all media, including works by Wayne Boucher, Melanie Colosimo, Ursula Johnson, Susan Tooke and others. Curator Sarah Fillmore calls it “the first of its kind in the province.” Taking up three floors of the gallery and including painting, sculpture, video, drawings and mixed media, this exhibition is one not to be missed on any local or tourist’s itinerary this summer. —Laura Kenins

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (map)
1723 Hollis Street
Downtown
phone 902-424-5280
infodesk@gov.ns.ca

The O’Pears w/ Fiona MacGillivray

Mon., Aug. 1, 2 p.m.

Toronto-based folk trio The O’Pears bring their signature jaw-dropping harmonies to Halifax while sharing the stage with Fiona MacGillivray (of the family band The Cottars). $5

The Carleton Music Bar & Grill (map)
1685 Argyle Street
Downtown
phone 902-422-6335
info@thecarleton.ca
The O'Pears w/ Fiona MacGillivray

Trivia Night

Mondays, 8 p.m.

Halifax Comedy Fest comedian Andrew Evans serves as trivia night quiz-master with 60 questions, and an “adult” themed bonus round. Lots of prizes, nine video clues, nine picture clues, lots of fun. free

Durty Nelly’s Authentic Irish Pub (map)
5221 Sackville Street (at Argyle)
Downtown
phone 902-406-7640
info@durtynellys.ca

The Uncanny: When Fantasy is Too Real

Through Aug. 7
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Three short plays makes one full evening of adult-only fairytales. In The Marriedest One of All, the evil Queen and Snow White are locked in a competition to see who can procure the most husbands. (Hint: Cohabitating with seven dwarves lends a distinct advantage.) In Asleep at the Wheel, the story of Rumplestiltskin is re-imagined to explore the implicit violence of patriarchy in fairy tales. And lastly,Hansel in Lederhosen is a psychological cat-and-mouse set in an eerie theatre in Halifax. —Kate Watson $15-$20

http://tabootheatre.wordpress.com

The Bus Stop Theatre (map)
2203 Gottingen Street
North End
phone 1-888-639-1169

Women and Wine by Sandra Englehutt

Ongoing

A reflective series of portraits capturing women nursing their favourite wines, these pieces are, as the artist puts it, “frozen in thought”.

Lion & Bright Cafe Wine Bar(map)
2534 Agricola Street
North End
phone 902-496-0022
Women and Wine by Sandra Englehutt