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)

All Request w/DJ Bill Kidney

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.

Make it a Saturday on a Tuesday with these hot dance floor vibes. free
Staggers Pub & Grub26 Portland Street, Dartmouth Dartmouth (map)

Amateur DJ Night w/DJ Master


See what’s coming up in the scene.
Menz & Mollyz Bar2182 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (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)

Another Damn Duo w/ Dion Macbeth and Teddy Zee

Tuesdays. Continues through Dec. 19

These guys stand out from the pack, dishing up all your favourites.
Halifax Alehouse1717 Brunswick 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)

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)

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.

Cecilia Concerts 2017/18 Season Launch

Tue., May 9, 11:30 a.m.

Cecilia Concerts celebrates the beginning of a new season by unveiling their latest artist in residence and sharing snippets of song from the upcoming concert calendar. Light refreshments will also be on offer.
Maritime Conservatory6199 Chebucto Road, Halifax West End (map)


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

Buy Tickets

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

Craft Beer Cocktail Face-Off

Tue., May 9

Looking for a change from sipping beer straight-up? This event sees barkeeps from several of the city’s swish-est spots create their ultimate craft concoction. $25
The Auction House1726 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown(map)
Craft Beer Cocktail Face-Off

Craft Beer Cocktail Face-Off

Tue., May 9, 8-11 p.m.

Watch simple suds get transformed at this evening of cocktail crafting.
The Auction House1726 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (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

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)

Food sensitivities

Tue., May 9, 6:15-7:15 p.m.

Jayme Babin talks about living and dealing with food sensitivities and allergies.
North Woodside Community Centre230 Pleasant Street, Dartmouth Dartmouth (map)

Garrett Mason: Solo

Tue., May 9

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

Going for Baroque

Tue., May 9, 7:30 p.m.

A home near Quinpool Road opens its doors for a concert that swivels between modern and period instruments, offering “baroque in both worlds.” Get the exact location info (and tickets!) by calling 902-402-1125.


Tuesdays, 10:30 p.m.

Open stage every Tuesday, $75 prize, full backline of drums and amps. Each night ends with a free-for-all jam! Sign up at $3
Menz & Mollyz Bar2182 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (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.

Hungry Bowls – St. Margaret’s Bay Food Bank Fundraiser

Tue., May 9

A meal of gourmet soup with homemade bread and dessert raises funds to fight community hunger at Sir John A Macdonald High School (31 Scholars Road, Upper Tantallon). Ten dollars gets you dinner, while $20 allows you to also take home one of 200 hand-made, glazed ceramic bowls. Get tickets at the school or call 902-826-3222.

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)


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

The Fickle Frog Pub5675 Spring Garden Road, Halifax Spring Garden(map)

Karaoke With Laurie the Guy

Tuesdays, 10 p.m.

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

Laugh House Comedy

Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.

A weekly comedy show hosted by Frank Russo—not to be confused with a weekly podcast of the same name—sees comedy newbies take the mic for five minute slots. PWYC
The Company House2202 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (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.

Live Video Mix Show w/DJ Savory

Tuesdays, Sundays

Cheers Bar & Grill1741 Grafton Street, Halifax Downtown (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)

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 Parent’s/Baby Play Group

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

Snacks and coffee are free. Up to the age of 12 months. Socialize and let your little ones explore. Public health nurse available every other Tuesday.

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


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

Tuesdays, Sundays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Enjoy drink specials, and friendly staff. Players, prepare three or four tunes to share with the audience. free
The Loose Cannon1556 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (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 w/Dave Bradshaw

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

Celtic Corner Public House69 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth Dartmouth (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.
Philip Delisle: <i>Pieces of the Map</i>

Prevention and management of autoimmune disorders

Tue., May 9, 6:30-8 p.m.

Held at the Bedford superstore (1650 Bedford Highway).

Quiz Night in the Seanchai

Tuesdays, 8-11 p.m.

Riff Raff w/DJ Afterthough

Tue., May 9, 9 p.m.

The dread-wearing Houston rapper that may have been James Franco’s Spring Breakers inspiration hits Hali with big beats. $20-$60
Reflections Cabaret5187 Salter Street, 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)

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)

Town Clock Stitchers

Every fourth Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Meeting on the last Tuesday of each month, The Town Clock Stitchers is an all-levels embroidery group welcoming you to join in their crafting and conversation.
Museum of Natural History1747 Summer Street, Halifax South End (map)

Trivia Night at Rockbottom

Tuesdays, 8-10 p.m.

Your pal Norm hosts this battle royale for bragging rights and Rockbottom gift certificates.
Rockbottom Brewpub5686 Spring Garden Road, Halifax Spring Garden (map)

Trivia Night w/Dennis

Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.

Trivia w/Dennis

Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.

Tuesday Night Trivia

Tuesdays, 8 p.m.

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

Tyler and Scott

Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m.

Durty Nelly’s Authentic Irish Pub5221 Sackville Street (at Argyle), 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 Bedford Hike

Tuesdays, 4:15 p.m.

Join Chebucto Hiking Club every Tuesday for a 10km (2-hour) hike through Bedford. Meet at the Sobeys/NSLC parking lot at Mill Cove on the Bedford Highway. Everyone welcome!

Writing workshop

Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. Continues through June 6

A free, six-week writing workshop for women who have (or have survived) cancer, this workshop offers a chance to explore poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction with those who have had a similar journey.
Sobeys1120 Queen Street, Halifax South End (map)
Writing workshop