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 Access Ladies’ Night

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

ladies free
The Dome1726 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (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)

The Archive of Missing Things

Through May 27

This Zuppa Theatre piece bends the rules of what a play can be, arming viewers with wifi and an iPad to solve a mystery in 90 minutes—using snippets of overheard dialogue heard through a headset. Nancy Drew, your time is now. Part of the Stages Theatre Festival. $25-$30
Dalhousie Killam Library6225 University Avenue, Halifax South End (map)


Through 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)

Atlantic Book Awards 2017

Through May 19

While the celebration of this year’s top tomes means bookworms can get their geek on at various events from May 11 to 19, the gala itself is held May 18. Better warm up your library card now to catch up on the shortlist!

The Barrowdowns w/The Brood, The Drug Rugs

Fri., May 19, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

The folky fun sounds of The Barrowdowns will make you wanna cut a rug at this party celebrating their brand-new, debut LP. $10/$15
The Seahorse Tavern2037 Gottingen 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)

Bedford Leisure Club Orchestra

Fri., May 19, 7 p.m.

Expect classics by Mozart, Handel, Prokofiev at this free show, along with a rendition of Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” (AKA the theme from The Lone Ranger) Sinatra’s “New York, New York” and more. Held at Birch Cove Baptist Church (50 Donaldson Avenue).

Beth Biggs: Florilegia

May 19-July 9

Bigg’s fine art jewellery weaves signs and symbols with gender politics to explore the tension between the intimate and the public.
Mary E. Black Gallery1061 Marginal Road, Halifax Waterfront (map)

Black Moor w/ Diner Drugs, Only Vultures Left

Fri., May 19, 10 p.m.

Stoner rock to chill to.
Gus’ Pub & Grill2605 Agricola Street, Halifax North End (map)

Blue Nose Marathon 2017

May 19-21

Run, cheer or volunteer in the city’s biggest cardio session while raising funds for various charities. Get the details here.

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.

Bryan O’Gorman W/Ian Black, Andrew Evans

May 18-20

Not many comedian bios make us giggle, but Bryan O’Gorman’s did: “Catch him now before he dies in a feeble attempt to make it to the moon in a homemade rocket,” and tag along for a laugh-fuelled ride.
Yuk Yuk’sWestin Nova Scotian, 1181 Hollis Street, Halifax South End(map)
Bryan O'Gorman W/Ian Black, Andrew Evans


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, the then-unidentified piece was discovered in dusty files at Saint Mary’s University library in 1998. 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)

House Party w/DJ Savory


Ladies free before 12am
Toothy Moose Cabaret1661 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown(map)

Dammien Alexander and the Sonic Cinema

Fri., May 19, 10 p.m.

The Halifax-based soul singer/songwriter returns to celebrate his latest effort, Love + Infinity.

Daytime DJ dance party W/DJ Fadzwa

Fridays, 8 a.m.

Alteregos Coffee House2193 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End(map)

Deux Jours, Une Nuit Screening

Fri., May 19, 7 p.m.
902-455 4411

Celebrate the kick-off of this year’s Cannes Film Festival with Alliance Francaise by catching this 2014 fest favourite, starring Marion Cotillard: When a factory worker realizes her co-workers have accepted a cash bonus making her redundant, she must convince them to change their minds. $5/PWYC
Alliance Francaise5509 Young Street, Halifax North End(map)



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

DJ Mike Gough

Fri., May 19, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

DJ Randy


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

The Donnybrooks

May 18-21

Split Crow Pub1855 Granville Street, Halifax Waterfront(map)

Downtown Dartmouth Food Crawl

Fri., May 19, 5-7 p.m.

Wear your stretchy pants and walking shoes for this two-hour trek offering take-away eats for $10 or less. Get a map of the area (and shops on the tour!) through the Facebook event page.

Eighty – David Sorensen

Through June 7

Sorensen’s abstract landscapes “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)

Eric Hamilton

Fri., May 19, 8:30 p.m.

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)

Feel good FRIDAYS

Fridays, 10 p.m.-3:30 a.m.

Catch the feel-good vibes Friday nights on the Reflections dance floor.
Reflections Cabaret5187 Salter Street, Halifax Downtown(map)
Feel good FRIDAYS

“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)

Florilegia & Holding Patterns

May 19-July 9

Two exhibits, one gallery. Florilegia features the jewelry of Beth Biggs, while Holding Patterns includes quilts and fabric collages by Rachel Ryan.
Mary E. Black Gallery1061 Marginal Road, Halifax Waterfront(map)

Friday Night Kitchen Party

Fridays, 6-10 p.m.

A night of down-home style tunes.

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)

Groovera W/The Third Rail, Funk MD

Fri., May 19

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

House Concert with Holly Arsenault, piano / Ron Seguin, bass

Fri., May 19, 7 p.m.

Two old friends hold a charming salon-style show from a private home (6040 Jubilee Road) while doing jazzy renditions of pop standards and originals.

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IWK Auxiliary Art Show & Sale

May 18-27

Over 100 artists with pieces in various mediums—from original watercolours to hand carved bowls to queen sized quilts—await at this sale benefiting the IWK Auxiliary.
Chase Exhibition Room6016 University Avenue, Halifax South End(map)

Jacob Strang & The High Class Hussies

Fri., May 19, 10 p.m.

Back at it again, Jacob Strang and Co. bring the type of sound you wanna cut a rug to. $5


Fridays and Saturdays


Fridays, Saturdays

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

Karaoke w/Jackie Smith

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

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

Karaoke with Laurie the Guy

Fridays, 10 p.m.

Lion’s Head Tavern3081 Robie Street, Halifax North End(map)

Karaoke with The Duggans

Fridays, 9:30 p.m.

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

Kate Crackerberry: A Children’s Theatre Show

Through May 20

Based on Scottish folktale, this puppet show tells the tale of two step-sisters, a sheep’s head and a prince under a fairy spell.
Sir James Dunn Theatre6101 University Avenue, Halifax South End(map)
Kate Crackerberry: A Children's Theatre Show

The Life of Viola Desmond

Fri., May 19, 2:30 p.m.

An all-ages event giving children and adults alike the chance to learn more about civil rights icon Viola Desmond. Special guests Graham Reynolds and Wanda Robson will share snippets of their Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award shortlisted effort, Viola Desmond’s Canada: A History of Blacks and Racial Segregation in the Promised Land. As well, Beatrice MacDonald and some student authors behind the children’s book The ABC’s of Viola Desmond will also read some of their work. Held in the Lindsay Room, on the Library’s second floor. free
Halifax Central Library5419 Spring Garden Road, Halifax Spring Garden(map)


Fridays, 5:30 p.m.

Breath, movement, & melody come together in a class that is entirely improvised. Yoga teacher/singer Claire Leger & guitarist/composer Jeff Torbert collaborate together to create a class that is different every time, flowing to the rhythm of the music & the rhythm of the breath. All experience levels welcome. Cash only. $10/$8
Leslie’s Yoga Shack1043 Tower Road, Halifax South 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)

Natural Forces

May 18-20

See new work choreographed by Halifax movement artists at this triple bill of dance.

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Dalhousie Arts Centre6101 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)

100% Real Humdinger by James Kirkpatrick

Through June 7

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)

Newcomers Conversation Club

Fridays, 1 p.m.

Join people from other countries to meet and share experiences. free

The Nova Knots

Fridays, 8-10 p.m.

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

NSCC Novafest 2017

Through May 25

A celebration of new music that skips across genres and venues, Novafest will help your hankering for the next hot sound.


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 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)

All Request DJ Night


BYOGY (bring your own guitar, yo). Open to full bands as well as acoustic players.
Big Leagues Dining Room & Lounge920 Cole Harbour Road, Dartmouth Dartmouth(map)

Open Mic Fried-Daze

Fridays, 9-11 p.m.

Enjoy your favourite herb while watching emerging talent take the stage. $5
High Life Social Club5982 Spring Garden Road, Halifax Spring Garden(map)

Paddlefest NB

May 18-21

Sleepy St.Andrews, New Brunswick is about to get woke with this fest that’s part music, part paddling and features the likes of Villages, The Modern Grass and Les Paiens.

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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.

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)

Rachel Ryan: Holding Patterns

May 19-July 19

Rachel Ryan’s fabric works blend painting and stitching, blurring the line between quilts and canvases. With a strong use of colour and mostly up cycled materials, the artist tackles conceptual issues like “the transient military population and the farm culture of Annapolis River.”
Mary E. Black Gallery1061 Marginal Road, Halifax Waterfront (map)

Reggae Night


Bump and grind to hot island hits.
Hugo’s Bar & Grill451 Windmill Road, Dartmouth Dartmouth (map)

Roger & Anthony

Through May 20

Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound

Fri., May 19, 9 p.m.
(902) 453-8627

The Best of Halifax-winning band brings big sound to the Timber Lounge. $10
Timber Lounge2712 Agricola Street, Halifax North End (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)

The Semi-Annual Group Show 2017

Through May 28

A juried exhibition featuring over 70 new artworks from 55 local artists.
Teichert Gallery1723 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Signal Hill

May 18-21, 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

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

Singles Dance

Fridays, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Mix and mingle to your two-stepping content.
Newfoundland Social Club40 Wright Avenue, Dartmouth Dartmouth (map)

Skin & Jones

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

The Auction House1726 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Songs of Life

Every fourth Friday, 6:45 p.m.

Fresh music by fresh talent in a chill cafe. PWYC
Coburg Coffee House6085 Coburg Road, Halifax Spring Garden (map)


Through May 27

Nancy Stevens revisits classic ground, crafting seven traditional watercolour still life pieces. Electricity is added to the scenes, though, with impressionistic-esque use of colour and light.
Zwicker’s Gallery5415 Doyle Street, Halifax Spring Garden (map)

Stages Theatre Fest 2017

Through May 27

What’s in a name? Well, when it comes to Stages fest, a whole lot. The two weeks of theatre happen at various stages in the city, with people in various stages of their theatre careers. Stay tuned as individual shows for this year’s lineup are announced!

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)
tell me where to go


May 19-21

An emotional ride, this play by Meghan Hubley tells the story of a palliative care nurse who befriends the son of a former patient, whose ghost haunts her during in the branches of a yew tree.

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Sir James Dunn Theatre6101 University Avenue, Halifax South End (map)

Tristan Legg

May 18-20

Legg is quickly making a name for himself as a cover king, the perfect concert to attend when you wanna boogie down.
Halifax Alehouse1717 Brunswick Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Trivia Night at the T-Room


T-RoomDalhousie University, Sexton Campus, Halifax Barrington(map)

Values and Vision: An all-candidates forum for Halifax Chebucto and Halifax Citadel / Sable Island

Fri., May 19, 7-8 p.m.

Pauline Dakin moderates this forum that sees topics like poverty, the environment and immigration discussed by candidates from the Green Party, NDP, Liberals and Conservatives.

The West Woods

Through May 19

This play presents the harsh realities faced by the Clarke family in 1960s-era Guysborough County, while challenging traditional expectations of the rural Black woman.

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James Dunn Theatre6101 University Avenue, Halifax South End (map)

XL Lifestyle Forecast Fridays

Fridays, 10 p.m.

Argyle Bar & Grill1575 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

The Year Of The Fire Rooster And other impossible feats of the Occult

Through May 31

Lee Cripps explores the rooster figure, weaving elements of occult, superstitions and general theosophy into illustrating and painting methods.
The Dart Gallery127A Portland Street, Dartmouth Dartmouth (map)

Zoe Leger

Through May 20

Jazzy piano stylings create warm vibes. free
Le Bistro by Liz1333 South Park Street, Halifax Spring Garden (map)
Zoe Leger