Acoustic Wednesdays

Wednesdays, 8 p.m.

Chill out to these singer-songwriter sets.
Gahan House1869 Upper Water Street, Halifax Waterfront (map)

AFCOOP’s Screenwriters’ Circle

Second Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m.

Join Brett Hannam and John Davies for the Writers’ Perspective, to discuss screenwriting structure and conventions. Everyone is welcome, all you need is a desire to write! Coffee provided and participants are encouraged to bring snacks.
Atlantic Filmmakers CooperativeRegal Building, 5663 Cornwallis Street, Halifax North End(map)

After a Very Long Winter

Through June 7

A group exhibition by gallery members celebrates the return of warmer weather with still life florals and blue sky scenes.
Art 1274 Hollis1274 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Ailleacht Nadurtha by Eric Boutilier-Brown

Through May 28

Boutilier-Brown latest exhibit features soft, nude photographs taken among the ruins and landscapes of Ireland.
ViewPoint Gallery1272 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington (map)

Amy Corbett: Drops, Dots, & Drips

Through May 11

A new collection of highly-textured works in a smattering of shades.
The Dart Gallery127A Portland Street, Dartmouth Dartmouth (map)

ANCESTRA OBSCURA; going. gone.

Through May 24

The first solo show of watercolors from artist Michelle SaintOnge focuses on animals and bugs on the brink of extinction, a choice SaintOnge makes because the medium’s inability to be undone once it dries mirrors the animal’s fate: Once gone, there’s no bringing them back.
Argyle Fine Art1559 Barrington Street, Halifax Downtown (map)


May 9-June 4

When Marc realizes his friend’s large. all-white painting isn’t a joke, awkward conversations about what is (and isn’t!) art ensues. Neptune promises this play by Yasmina Reza (writer of God of Carnage) delivers “sophisticated laughs.”
Neptune Theatre1593 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

The AXEcellent Craft Beer Party

Wed., May 10, 4:30-10:30 p.m.
(902) 453-8627

Get your plaid ready, people! This Beer Week event sees axe throwing and a lumberjack show followed by a beer trivia session—and, of course, dozens of craft beers to sip.
Timber Lounge2712 Agricola Street, Halifax North End (map)

Barry Colpitts With GUST-O

Through June 4

Local folk artist Barry Colpitts brings his whimsical, whirligig art to the Craig Gallery to celebrate sunny days and “having art outside, moving with the wind almost like it’s alive.”
Craig GalleryAlderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, DartmouthDartmouth (map)

The Bombadils W/James Hill & Anne Janelle

Wed., May 10, 8 p.m.

The Carleton Music Bar & Grill1685 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (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.


Through Oct. 29

In 1550s Belgium, nuns scrawled hymns and scraps of daily life in choir books—but none as beautifully, perhaps, as the nameless writer who crafted the large-scale, vellum book known as the Salzinnes Antiphonal. Thought to have travelled to Halifax in the luggage of an Archbishop who was tracing roots in the mother land, the then-unidentified piece was discovered in dusty files at Saint Mary’s University library in 1998. A restoration process began and historians soon saw how much insight into daily life the choir book held, making it a valuable example of hymn books of that era. Now, finally cleaned up and ready for its debut, the book arrives at the AGNS to show off it’s curly script and gilded trim.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia1723 Hollis 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)

City and Colour Solo Show

Tue., May 9 and Wed., May 10

Dallas Green, save the band (and save the scissors) hits the Cohen stage to deliver a solo serving of his folky sound. $50.50-$55.50

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Rebecca Cohn Auditorium6101 University Avenue, Halifax South End (map)

The Deep End at The Board Room

Second Wednesday of every month, 8-11 p.m.

DJ Snug guides you through the deeper end of electronic music.
The Board Room Game Cafe1256 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington(map)

Doomtown Reloaded Bi-Weekly Ranked Tournament

Every other Tuesday, Wednesday

Play Doomtown Reloaded every Tuesday night at The Last Game Store at 278 Lacewood Drive. The evening is a ranked battle for players with prizes awarded after monthly totals. free

Down Town Trivia w/Caesar

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

Eighty – David Sorensen

Through June 7

David Sorensen’s abstract landscapes are his vision of a creative space that “gave voice to an inner reality.” See some of his best alternative universes at this show falling on what would have been the late artist’s 80th birthday.
Studio 211273 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

An Expression of Faith: Sacred Art of Centuries Past

Through Oct. 29

Twenty Northern European works from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries explore an ancient, longstanding tie between artistic movements and religious iconography. Mostly carvings and etchings, the pieces come together to give the gallery the feeling of a small Gothic chapel.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia1723 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown (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)

“The Fine Print” small print show

Through May 31

A collection of petite prints on an array of themes crafted by local makers.
Corridor Gallery1113 Marginal Road, Halifax Waterfront (map)

Form Filling Aid

Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. & 1-3 p.m.

ReachAbility in partnership with the YMCA and Pro Bono Students Dalhousie host a drop-in centre to assist individuals with filling out forms (such as Criminal Record Pardons, lease agreements, applications etc).
YMCA Gottingen2269 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)

Full moon yoga

Wed., May 10, 9-10 p.m.

A slow, mindful, outdoor practice under the light of the full moon. Please come prepared with warm layers, and note that ifs the weather is rainy or soggy, yoga will be cancelled. PWYC

Ghost Walk of Historic Halifax

Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

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(This tour operates May through October.) Meet Andy Smith at the town clock and have a look at the spookier side of city. Hear about Halifax’s darkest tales, eerie mysteries and town gossip. $15
Old Town ClockCitadel Hill, Halifax Downtown (map)

Ghost walk of historic Halifax

Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Andy Smith guides you on a goose bump inducing walk around downtown’s best haunts, all while sharing fun facts and local gossip.
Old Town ClockCitadel Hill, Halifax Downtown (map)

Halifax Mayworks Festival 2017

Through 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.

I Was There

Through May 10

An audiovisual installation by Katie Toth and Mary-Dan Johnston that uses photographic stills and video footage, this work questions urban development and the capitalist ownership of community land. free
The Bus Stop Theatre2203 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)

Karaoke w/DJ Bear

Wednesdays, 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

Menz & Mollyz Bar2182 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)

Karaoke Night


Hosted by Dave Smith, this karaoke night is the perfect time to bust out your best Adele impression! From 8:30-12pm

Karaoke w/Mimi Cho


The giant stage, the ever-growing list of tunes and the sweetheart host who will help you out on a song when you’re too tipsy—or nervous—to stay on key: That’s why this is the best karaoke night in the city.
Karaoke w/Mimi Cho

The King of Beasts and the King of Planets

Wed., May 10, 7:15 p.m.

The Halifax Planetarium is back with another show all about the night sky. This time, the focus is on springtime constellations, like Leo the Lion. Learn about the king of the beasts (and king of the stars!) by registering at $5

Laughter Burner

Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m.

A pro-am, alt-comedy showcase featuring touring pros from across the country and hosted by Catherine Robertson.
Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs1269 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington (map)

Learn to lawn bowl

May 8-12, 7-9 p.m.

Learn the basics of this fun outdoor past time. Held at 2 Mount Hope Ave, Dartmouth.

Wednesday Night Jazz W/Damien Moynihan, Silvio Pupo, Ronald Hynes

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

Jazzy tunes provided by local talent make the perfect backdrop to swill $8 martinis and celebrate surviving the first part of the work week.
The Local2037 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)

The Long Time: 21st Century Art of Steele + Tomczak

Through July 16

For over a decade, artists Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak have studied the subjectivity of self and its experiences. Using themselves as subject matter, they examine their identities as individuals—documenting it in multi-screen art that also chronicles the digital revolution of video.
Catch the show, including their 12-years-in-the-making trilogy …before I wake and get lost in deep questions about the human experience. Free
Dalhousie Art Gallery6101 University Avenue, Halifax South End (map)

May Run Music Festival

May 10-14

Over 40 acts and 15 shows make this a sweet reason to head to PEI this spring. Get the full lineup—which features Paper Lions, Dylan Menzie and Dennis Ellsworth—at $50

Mobility workshop for gardeners

Wed., May 10, 6 p.m.

If tending your flowerbeds often means a back ache, this could be the workshop for you: Participants will learn a simple 10 minute joint mobility routine, foundational stretches and how to lift and work with proper movement mechanics.
Common Roots Urban Farm1929 Robie Street, Halifax Quinpool (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)

100% Real Humdinger by James Kirkpatrick

Through June 7

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

Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week

Through May 14

Various locations and various brews await at this festival of all things craft. Get the details at

Old Stock: a refugee love story

Through May 14, 8 p.m.

2bTheatre Company and Halifolk star Ben Caplan team up (along with Dora Award-winning playwright Hannah Moscovitch) to deliver a genre-bending piece of musical theatre. Old Stock follows the real life story of Moscovitch’s great-grandparents, both Romanian Jews, immigrating to Canada in the early twentieth century. $15-$25

Buy Tickets

The Waiting Room6040 Almon Street, Halifax North End (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 House

Wednesdays, 6 p.m.

Open house gathering with free introduction to meditation, social tea and discussion on Shambhala Buddhist philosophy and practice. Free
Shambhala Centre1084 Tower Road, Halifax South End(map)

Open meditation sessions

Mondays-Fridays, 7:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. and Sundays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Finding peace every week. free
Shambhala Centre1084 Tower Road, Halifax South End (map)

Open Mic Night w/Jeff Bonang

Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m.

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

Open Mic Nights

Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.

Coburg Coffee House6085 Coburg Road, Halifax Spring Garden (map)

Paint and Perception – Work by Carol Mahtab and Randy Engelberg

Through 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)

Philip Delisle: Pieces of the Map

Through May 20

Philip Delisle’s work explores the conventions of framing, building pieces within pieces. Here, he bends classical art styles (from ancient Greek forms to Picasso-esque nudes), layering them with image-warping textures.

Pot Yoga

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

If the downward dogs don’t de-stress you, High Life has some other ideas that might. $10
High Life Social Club5982 Spring Garden Road, Halifax Spring Garden (map)

Rickard’s Quiz Night

Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.

Finbar’s Irish PubSunnyside Mall, 1595 Bedford Highway, BedfordBedford/Lower Sackville/Tantallon (map)

Dodge Levatte

Wednesdays, 8 p.m.

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

Ruth Marsh: Ideal Bounds

Through June 4

Multi-disciplinary artist Ruth Marsh chronicles the bee population crisis through bee sculptures and animations.
Craig GalleryAlderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, DartmouthDartmouth (map)

Screaming Queen Karaoke w/Rouge Fatale

Wednesdays, 10 p.m.

Menz & Mollyz Bar2182 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)

Stayner’s Wharf Open Song Showcase

Wed., May 10, 8 p.m.

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)

Ten Mile House

May 8-13

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


Wed., May 10, 8 p.m.

In Duncan Tucker’s 2005 film, Felicity Huffman stars as a trans mother rekindled with her unknowing son (Kevin Zegers) after bailing him out of jail. The unlikely duo go on a cross country trip, discovering their relationship and themselves. Free
Dalhousie Art Gallery6101 University Avenue, Halifax South End (map)

Tristan Legg &The Madd Dogs

May 10-13

Tristan Legg &The Madd Dogs

Trivia w/Dennis

Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.
902-445-5256, (Delivery Hotline 902-455-7000)

Trivia Night at Staggers

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

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

Trivia Night at Dooly’s

Wednesdays, 7:30 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, lots of fun. free

Trivia Night at The Fickle Frog

Wednesdays, 8 p.m.

Halifax Comedy Fest comedian Andrew Evans acts as quiz master at this new trivia night. free
The Fickle Frog Pub5675 Spring Garden Road, Halifax Spring Garden (map)

Trivia Night at Celtic Corner

Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m.

Celtic Corner Public House69 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth Dartmouth (map)

Tyler Key and Dion Macbeth

Wednesdays. Continues through Dec. 20

Tyler and Dion bring cozy harmonies to the stage.
Halifax Alehouse1717 Brunswick Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

The View From Her(e)

Through May 10, 7:30-8 p.m.

An abstract piece illustrating the experiences of inclusion and exclusion that women face on a daily basis, this show by Liliona Quarmyne aims to find its footing between movement and message. $10-$20
The Bus Stop Theatre2203 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)

Weekly Wednesday Comedy & Improv Jam

Wednesdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Second City grad Adrianne Gagnon facilitates a two hour improv workshop at 6pm that’s all about flexing your comedic muscles. Afterwords, participants show off their new silly skills in a one-hour show (at 8pm) that’s a prefect way to get your daily dose of humour. $10
The Company House2202 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)
Weekly Wednesday Comedy & Improv Jam