The Big Sing

Every other Monday, 7-9 p.m.

The Big Sing is a bi-weekly, drop-in singing event open to anyone who’s ever sung arias in the shower, pop songs on a road trip, or rock’n roll while vacuuming. $5
The Company House2202 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)

Bike Maintenance 101

First Monday of every month, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of bike care! $10
Mountain Equipment Co-op1550 Granville Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Blue Mondays

First Monday of every month, 8:30 p.m.

Catch chill vibes from blues legend Morgan Davis at this weekly jam. free
Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs1269 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington (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.

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)

Dave MacIsaac & Louis Benoit


Classic for a reason.

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)

Family Play Group

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

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


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)

Get Your Drag On

Mondays, 9 p.m.

A weekly drag show with an open-stage policy, Get Your Drag On sees both first-timers and seasoned vets stepping out in their most fabulous looks. Hosted by Drag Kings Richard Rockhard and Matthew McImagay, it’s the chance to live your stage star dreams. $3
Menz & Mollyz Bar2182 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)

Getting Things Done: Evolution of the Built Environment in Vorarlberg

Mon., May 1, 7 p.m.

When thinking of design leaders, the state of Vorarlberg, Austria probably doesn’t leap to mind—but, as this exhibit shows, it should: By investing in young designers, focusing on traditional craftsmanship and keeping a small eco-footprint, the region has been pushed to the forefront of good design. See for yourself at this exhibition which also features a talk from exhibit curator Wolfgang Fiel.

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.

International workers’ day rally and march

Mon., May 1, 6-7 p.m.

Halifax’s hat-tip to the global day of celebrating the working class sees union activists and working folk of all types gather for speeches and marching. A reception at the Bus Stop Theatre follows.
Grand Parade SquareBarrington at George, Halifax Barrington (map)

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 & Grub26 Portland Street, Dartmouth Dartmouth (map)

Karaoke with Laurie The Guy

Sundays, 6-10 p.m. and Mondays, Thursdays, 6-10 p.m.

A local legend, Laurie will guide your good-time sing alongs.
Karaoke with Laurie The Guy

Lisa MacDougall

Mon., May 1, 8:30 p.m.

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

Live Music Monday W/Paul Lamb

Mondays, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.

Got the Monday blues? Paul Lamb’s guitar stylings will help you come around.
The Auction House1726 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (map)


May 1-6

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


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 & Grill2605 Agricola Street, Halifax North End (map)

Moose Mondays w/DJ Tom Fleming


Toothy Moose Cabaret1661 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

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)

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)

One Man Show


Halifax Alehouse1717 Brunswick Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

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 Centre1084 Tower Road, Halifax South End (map)

Open Mic Night w/Larry and Friends

Mondays, 5-9 p.m.

The Perfect Pour Pub & Grill19 Norm Newman Drive, Dartmouth, Halifax Dartmouth(map)

Open Mic W/Theo Macintosh

Mondays, 8 p.m.

Get ready to croon away the Monday blues.

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 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-op2180 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End(map)


Mondays, 10:30 p.m.

Big bucks are up for grabs. Play on. $4
Reflections Cabaret5187 Salter Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Rolling Rockstar Karaoke


Hosted by Jackie Smith with prizes by Pizza Pizza.
Cheers Bar & Grill1741 Grafton Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron Meetings

Mondays, 6:30-9:15 p.m. Continues through June 19

A weekly meet up for youth aged 12-18, air cadets teaches teamwork, offers friendship, and can even give teens the chance to get their pilot licence. Located at the Halifax Armoury (On the corner of North Park and Cunard streets, facing the Halifax Common). free

Spring Break From Capitalism

Mon., May 1, 7-8 p.m.

Take a vacation from consuming with some much needed R&R&R&R (that’s rest and relaxation and resistance and revolution) at this micro-vacation complete with non-alcoholic daiquiris. free
The Bus Stop Theatre2203 Gottingen 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)

Trivia Night at Durty Nelly’s

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 Pub5221 Sackville Street (at Argyle), Halifax Downtown (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.

Where we call home: A community conversation about housing

Mon., May 1, 6:30-9 p.m.

Halifax Needham MLA Lisa Roberts hosts this event that features a light meal and tackles topics surrounding housing on the eve of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Assocation Congress in Halifax . Everyone welcome! free
Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre2158 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)
Where we call home: A community conversation about housing