2017 NSCAD Design Graduation Exhibition

Through April 29

Nineteen emerging designers showcase their interdisciplinary works at this swish showing that aims to start conversations about the potential impact young creators have on the present and future.
NSCAD Port Campus1107 Marginal Road, Halifax Waterfront (map)

All Request DJ

Saturdays, 10 p.m.

Parkside Pub & Smokehouse14 Highfield Park Drive, Dartmouth Dartmouth (map)

Annapolis, Subd. B: Postcards from the future

Through April 30

When sketching and snapping photos of the place where her roots reside, artist Janice Leonard realized that ethereal-sounding Paradise, Nova Scotia is cooly called “Annapolis Subd. B” in geographical tags. Here, her work explores the way unending nature is clinically catalogued by technology.
Studio 211273 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Billow and Well and Bone and Bough

Through April 30

Figurative paintings of imagined landscapes by Adele McFarlane Wile deck the Craig Gallery, exploring natural cycles of forests and oceans through human narrative.
Craig GalleryAlderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, DartmouthDartmouth (map)

Brenda Francis Pelkey: A Retrospective

Through July 9

Longtime photographer Brenda Francis Pelkey crafted heavily-staged shots of landscapes and architecture across Canada for many decades before retiring from behind the lens. Here, she shows a retrospective of her best snaps.

Bruce and Jay

Saturdays, 4-7 p.m.

Durty Nelly’s Authentic Irish Pub5221 Sackville Street (at Argyle), Halifax Downtown (map)

Bryan Kest Power Yoga Workshop

April 28-30

Three days of meditation, yoga fundamentals and long stretches to deepen flexibility hosted by 30-year yogi Bryan Kest.

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Delta Halifax Hotel1990 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington (map)

Build Your Own Cigar Box Guitar

April 29-30

Create your very own DIY stringed instrument at this supplies-included workshop and you’ll be singing (and strumming!) the blues in no time. $100
Plan B Merchants Co-op2180 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)

Ced, Marty and Dave

Through April 29

Split Crow Pub1855 Granville Street, Halifax Waterfront (map)

Chasing Champions

Through April 30
(902) 429-7300

In 1930s Atlantic Canada, Sam Langford struggles to overcome racism in his quest to be a successful boxer. As Eastern Front Theatre puts it, “A story of endurance, fortitude, friendship, and hope, Chasing Champions is a fighter’s story from a time when race and sport were colliding head on.”
Neptune Studio Theatre1593 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Chubby Chicks

Through May 19

Doug Belding celebrates spring, pallet knife in hand, with these cheerful canvases of plump, baby chickens.
Gallery Nineteen Nineteen6025 Stanley Street, Halifax North End (map)

The Club Kids Fundraiser for Enactus NSCC Waterfront Team

Sat., April 29, 10 p.m.

A ’90s jams party raising funds for the volunteer group Enactus. $10
Menz & Mollyz Bar2182 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)

Cowboy Adventures

Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saddle up on Saturdays and Sundays and join in on the farm life. Enjoy two hours of wagon riding, mini putting, hot dog-eating, animal petting and more. $13.75
Hatfield Farm Cowboy Adventures1840 Hammonds Plains Road, Hammonds Plains Out of Town (map)

The Decelebration of Canada 150

Sat., April 29, 10-11 a.m. and Fri., May 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Raven Davis’ performance piece is art-based activism, an attempt to rebuff the plaid-and-maple-leaf laden celebrations of Canada’s 150. Instead, she’s pointing an eye to the discourse of Indigenous people, Indigenous sovereignty and Indigenous history in Halifax and Canada. Coast writer Allison Devereaux caught up with Davis for our new art issue—read the story here. The April 29 performance is held at Cornwallis Park while the May 5 edition is held at the Citadel clock tower. free

DJ Frost and XS 7

Saturdays, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

Red Stag TavernBrewery Market, 1496 Lower Water Street, HalifaxWaterfront (map)

DJ Trixxx and DJ Billy G


Lower Deck, HalifaxHistoric Properties, 1887 Upper Water Street, HalifaxWaterfront (map)

DJ Randy


Monte’s Showbar Grill245 Waverley Road, Dartmouth Dartmouth (map)

DJ Sticks


Toothy Moose Cabaret1661 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (map)


Sat., April 29, 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

The Drug Rugs W/Tragic Minds, Sidewalk Talk

Sat., April 29, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.

Borrowing influences from Iggy Pop and the Smiths, the Drug Rugs know how to make you cut a rug. $6
Jacob’s Lounge106 Portland Street, Dartmouth Dartmouth (map)


Through April 30

Four ceramic urns that as anthropomorphic feminine figures, this show is a response to Craig Gallery’s March show by Kaas Ghanie. Together, Kaas Ghanie’s thrown platters and Kate Grey’s urns “allude to a sense of an imagined future that is based on our current world affairs. “
Craig GalleryAlderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, DartmouthDartmouth (map)

Eighty – David Sorensen

April 28-June 7

Come celebrate the work of the late David Sorensen on what would be his 80th birthday.
Studio 211273 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

The Entrepreneurial Development Conference & Expo

April 28-29

Listen to speakers from around the globe share their experiences and best practices for small business owners and managers looking to get ahead. $197 – $282

Everything I Know About Bioethics I Learned from The Golden Girls

Sat., April 29, 7 p.m.

Join Dr. Elizabeth Yuko for an introduction to and discussion of bioethics through clips and case studies from The Golden Girls, and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the show’s pilot episode. Who better to learn about autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice from than Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia? $7/$10

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The Company House2202 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)


Through May 15

An immersive artwork that part blacksmithing, part ceramics and part gestural drawings, this show by Ruben Irons, Fenn Martin and Raina McDonald explores themes of rural lanscape, ownership, permissions and borders.
Mary E. Black Gallery1061 Marginal Road, Halifax Waterfront (map)

Flea market

Sat., April 29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The 4th and 8th Sackville Scout Groups wanna help you score your next vintage treasure with this fundraising flea market. Held at Faith Baptist Church, 299 Stokil Drive, Lower Sackville.

Fundraiser Breakfast

Saturdays, 7-10:30 a.m. Continues through May 1

A classic breakfast with all the fix-ins built for big appetites (3 eggs, 2 sausages, 3 strips of bacon AND hash browns?!) raises funds for local Veterans. Held at 137 Main Street, Dartmouth on Saturdays. $8/$5

Funk Family

Sat., April 29, 9 p.m.

Good Day After Dark – Pop Up Dinner

Sat., April 29, 6:30-11 p.m.

A Good Day Kitchen & Cafe (4/1480 Fall River Road, Halifax) goes for a different vibe after dark, offering an intimate dinner party feel with an Australian-inspired menu.

Ha!ifax ComedyFest Gala of Laughs Finale

Sat., April 29, 7:30 p.m.

Hosted by Mark Critch from This Hour Has 22 Minutes, the funny finale to Halifax’s biggest laugh fest will feature 10 comics from across North America: Jay Malone, Erica Sigurdson, Darryl Orr, Derek Seguin, JR DeGuzman, Rob Bebenek, Charlie Demers, Ted Morris, Sterling Scott and Ryan Belleville.
Spatz Theatre1855 Trollope Street, Halifax Downtown(map)
Ha!ifax ComedyFest Gala of Laughs Finale

Halifax Mayworks Festival 2017

April 28-May 10

An extended celebration of May Day, the Mayworks Festival takes aim at today’s struggles—from Trump to the Chronicle Herald strike—with creative solutions.

The Harbour Kings

Saturdays, 4-7 p.m.

Good tunes, good times. free
Staggers Pub & Grub26 Portland Street, Dartmouth Dartmouth(map)

Harlem Globetrotters

Sat., April 29

The famous travelling basketball team touches down, stripes and all, at the Scotiabank Centre.

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Scotiabank Centre5284 Duke Street, Halifax Downtown(map)

Home Free

Sat., April 29, 8-10 p.m.

This acapella group offer a blend of Nashville country standards and quick-witted stage banter. $35

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Casino Nova Scotia1983 Upper Water Street, Halifax Waterfront(map)

The Hours Turn To Nothing

April 28-29, 8 p.m. and Sat., April 29, 2:30 p.m.

Every Maritimer worth their salt knows the stories of death and ruin that followed the Halifax explosion. But, did you know the force of the blast caused many pregnant women to go into spontaneous labour? This piece, by Xara Choral Theatre, uncovers the stories of midwives who flocked to Halifax, ready to help in the city’s darkest hour.

HRM Grandmothers to Grandmothers Fabric & Yarn Sale

Sat., April 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Great bargains on crafting supplies (think yarn, beads and fabric) are on offer at this sale, with funds raised going towards the Stephen Lewis Foundation in support of African grandmothers who are raising children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
St. Vincent de Paul Church320 Flying Cloud Drive, Dartmouth Dartmouth(map)

International Dance Day Celebration

Sat., April 29, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

A slew of dance workshops aimed at various age groups help all levels get in on the fun of International Dance Day in the morning, while the afternoon sees various dance groups show off spiffy steps. free
Halifax Central Library5419 Spring Garden Road, Halifax Spring Garden(map)

James Kirkpatrick (AKA Thesis sahib)

Sat., April 29, 8-11 p.m.

Old-school hip hop complete with homemade beats from an eight-bit gameboy give this rapper-slash-painter a particularly artsy sound. $5/PWYC
Radstorm6050 Almon Street, Halifax North End(map)

Joe Murphy & The Water Street Blues Band

Saturdays, 4-8 p.m.

Your Father’s Moustache5686 Spring Garden Road, Halifax Spring Garden(map)

John Tetrault

Through April 29, 7-10 p.m.

Le Bistro by Liz1333 South Park Street, Halifax Spring Garden(map)

KAMP Songspiel

April 28-30, 7:30 p.m., Tue., May 16, 2 p.m. and Sat., May 27, 11 a.m.

When a group of homosexual men are sentenced to “extermination by labour” in a Nazi concentration camp, they defy their captors—and their fate—by producing a searing, satire-laiden cabaret. $25
Halifax Music Co-op2170 Barrington Street, Halifax Downtown(map)


Fridays and Saturdays


Fridays, Saturdays

Parkside Pub & Smokehouse14 Highfield Park Drive, Dartmouth Dartmouth(map)

Karaoke w/Val

Saturdays, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

Jenny’s Place6211 Lady Hammond Road, Halifax West End(map)

Karaoke w/Brandon The Babe

Saturdays, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Hugo’s Bar & Grill451 Windmill Road, Dartmouth Dartmouth(map)

Kokonut Kings

Sat., April 29, 4:30 p.m.

La Azulita

Sat., April 29, 7-9:30 p.m.

A spicy flamenco celebration for International Dance Day, this show is all coiling wrists and swaying hips. Round out the Spanish-influenced experience with tapas and sangria. $18
The Seahorse Tavern2037 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End(map)

Lobster or baked ham supper

Sat., April 29, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Shelled lobster or baked ham with potato salad, rolls and dessert makes this fundraiser a home-cooked delight. $15-$25
Grace United Church70 King Street, Dartmouth, Halifax Dartmouth(map)

The Magic Project Presents: A Collection of Photography

Through April 30

Celebrating portraiture and diversity, the Magic Project captures photographs of under-represented groups. Here, see the standout snaps from three different sessions.
Alteregos Coffee House2193 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End(map)

The Mellotones

Sat., April 29, 10 p.m.

The Carleton’s house band is away, so Bearley’s standbys The Mellotones fill in with their lush sounds. $10


Through April 29

Make merry with Merimac!
Halifax Alehouse1717 Brunswick Street, Halifax Downtown(map)

Music at the Market W/Reminiscent

Sat., April 29, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

The Nature of Nature: The Photographs of Thaddeus Holownia

Through May 28

Thaddeus Holownia spent four decades exploring how we interact and respond to our environment from behind a camera lens, emerging as one of Canada’s biggest names in documentary and analogue photography. Here, 180 of his best snaps snag AGNS wall space.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia1723 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown(map)

New Works – James Kirkpatrick

April 28-June 7

Multi-medium artist James Kirkpatrick showcases his latest sci-fi, bad graffiti and cult inspired pieces.
Studio 211273 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown(map)

Nicole & Zehava Power: DARTMOUTH

Through April 30

An ode to downtown Dartmouth in realist canvases, these works by Nicole Power and Zehava Power show just how sunny the dark side can be.
Teichert Gallery1723 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown(map)

Not Made For TV

Sat., April 29, 7 & 9 p.m.

Catherine Robertson, John Beuhler and Matt O’Brien run the early session of this edgier arm of the comedy fest while night owls can laugh it up at 9pm with Dan Hendricken, Kyle Brownrigg, Rob Bebenek and Keith Pedro. $20
Yuk Yuk’sWestin Nova Scotian, 1181 Hollis Street, Halifax South End(map)

Nova Voce

Sat., April 29, 7:30 p.m.

Hear the men’s choir celebrate Canada 150 with an all-Canadian concert. $15

NSCAD 2017 Graduation Exhibition & Catalogue Launch

April 28-May 6

The Graduation Exhibition is an annual event showcasing the work of emerging artists who are in the process of completing their degrees at NSCAD University.
Anna Leonowens GalleryGranville Square, 1891 Granville Street, Halifax Downtown(map)


Through May 28

The runaway Broadway hit comes to Halifax to recount a classic tale of guy-meets-girl: As a Dublin street musician falls for an enchanting woman, his music reaches new heights.
Neptune Theatre1593 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown(map)

Open Mic and Karaoke with Val

Saturdays, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

Jenny’s Place6211 Lady Hammond Road, Halifax West End (map)

Open Mic w/Bill Kidney


Staggers Pub & Grub26 Portland Street, Dartmouth Dartmouth (map)

Paint and Perception – Work by Carol Mahtab and Randy Engelberg

April 28-May 26

Carol Mahtab’s minimalist works and Randy Engelberg’s colorful abstracts share the Secord Gallery floor in this exhibit.
Secord Gallery6301 Quinpool Road, Halifax Quinpool (map)

The Persuaders

Sat., April 29, 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

The Shore Club reopens for another year, showing summer is on it’s way. $10
Shore Club250 Shore Club, Hubbards, Halifax Out of Town (map)

Pier 21 Reads with Madeleine Thien

Sat., April 29, 7-9 p.m.
902-425-1365, 902-492-0768

Author Madeleine Thien reads from her novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing, a piece that explores a Chinese family of musical prodigies during the country’s cultural revolution and charts their arrival in Vancouver. The page-turner won the Governor General’s Award for English-language fiction, and the 2016 Giller Prize, meaning bookworms won’t wanna miss this.

Pineo & Loeb

Fridays, 11 p.m.-2 a.m. and Saturdays, 11 p.m.-2 a.m.

PacificoMaritime Centre, 1505 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington(map)

Prismes by Montréal Danse

Through April 29, 8 p.m.

Shape-shifting, light-shattering movement that swings from erotic to unsettling, this edgy performance will have you at the edge of your seat.
Dalhousie Arts Centre6101 University Avenue, Halifax South End (map)

Pub Comedy

Sat., April 29, 1 & 3 p.m.

Mike Delamont (Host), Chantel Marostica, Charles Haycock, Keith Pedro, John Beuhler and Matt O’Brien give the giggles at the sold-out 1pm show. Late afternoon sees another sold-out session, this time with Mike Delamont (Host), Kyle Brownrigg, Eman El-husseini, Derek Seguin, Carol Zoccoli and Darryl Orr. $20
Lower Deck, HalifaxHistoric Properties, 1887 Upper Water Street, HalifaxWaterfront (map)

Rasta Gumbo Band

Sat., April 29, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

The centennial arena is celebrating 50 years with the big sounds of the Rasta Gumbo Band. $15
Halifax Forum2901 Windsor Street, Halifax West End (map)

Retro Night

Sat., April 29, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

The Seahorse Tavern2037 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)

Rowdy Dow

Through April 29


Through April 29

Lower Deck, HalifaxHistoric Properties, 1887 Upper Water Street, HalifaxWaterfront (map)


April 28-30

Shirley Jackson and her Good Rockin’ Daddies

Sat., April 29, 10 p.m.

Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs1269 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington (map)

SIN City: five DJs and a band

Saturdays, 11 p.m.-3:30 a.m.
902-454-9344 ext. 228

The Dome1726 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown(map)

Skin & Jones

Fridays, 8-11 p.m. and Saturdays, 8-11 p.m.

The Auction House1726 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Spring Bingo

Sat., April 29, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Celebrate spring being sprung with this card-dabbing session at North Woodside Community Centre (230 Pleasant Street, Dartmouth). $5

Still Lifes and Lifes Re-Lived

Through April 30

Ineke Graham’s works centre around her home studio, overlooking Chocolate Lake. As she creates new still-life works in the space, older canvases end up being featured as backdrops. See her geometric approach in these paintings (and paintings within paintings) at Studio 21 and peel back several decades of craft.
Studio 211273 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Stonehouse w/ Dang Danglers

Sat., April 29

Gus’ Pub & Grill2605 Agricola Street, Halifax North End (map)

tell me where to go

Through June 4

A curated collection of works from the SMU gallery’s vaults, this show features works that “interrogate and interrupt implicit cultural codes that inform and dictate the way gendered, diasporic and queer bodies move through the world.”
Saint Mary’s University Art GalleryLoyola Building, 5865 Gorsebrook Avenue, Halifax South End (map)

Thirty days of biking

Through April 30

The Halifax Cycling Coalition invites you to make the most of spring’s arrival and register for this nation wide challenge that invites people to bike every day throughout the month of April. Weekly rides in various HRM communities will help you get back in the saddle (er, seat!) and also highlight how to improve biking for everyone. Get full ride details and register for the challenge at cyclehalifax.ca.

TommyKnuckles & Friends

Sat., April 29, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

The Company House2202 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)

Two Little Monkeys consignment sale and expo

Sat., April 29, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

170 Joseph Zatzman Drive (off Akerley Drive in Burnside) turns into a family fun emporium, offering discounted brand name toys, face painting and a slew of local entrepreneurs.

UFORIA W/Dali Van Gogh

Sat., April 29

Big-time thrash metal.
Monte’s Showbar Grill245 Waverley Road, Dartmouth Dartmouth (map)

Urban Paper Illuminated

Through May 6

This showing of Frankie Macaulay’s work—part of a Nocturne project offshoot called the storefront project—follows “the cycle of urban structures in stages of neglect, decay and reconstruction.” As Haifax whips through this cycle at breakneck speed, the show feels extra timely.


Sat., April 29, 9:30 p.m.

Lion & Bright Cafe Wine Bar2534 Agricola Street, Halifax North End (map)

You Are Here

Through April 30

Roxanne Smith’s photographic responce to media representation of people and places celebrates slow living.
ViewPoint Gallery1272 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington (map)
You Are Here