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)

Allie Bennett

Sun., May 21, 7:30 p.m.

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)

Bad Movie Night: Samurai Cop

Sun., May 21, 8-10 p.m.

Movie-loving kids Rec Room present a screening of this bad-hair-and-mistake-filled classic ’80s action flick. $5
The Company House2202 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)

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)

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.

Blues Jam

Sundays, 8:30 p.m.

A show that’s set for your laid-back Sunday attitude.
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.

Bump & Grind: A 90’s R&B Thang

Sun., May 21, 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

Janet Jackson vibes on repeat. $5/$10
Lion & Bright Cafe Wine Bar2534 Agricola Street, Halifax North End (map)

Cahoots pub night

Sun., May 21, 9:30 p.m.

Cook’s Collective and Mother’s Pizza team up to offer a five course tasting menu inspired by classic pub fare. Each course is thoughtfully paired with a fine craft beer from North Brewing. $50
Mother’s Pizza5710 Young Street, Halifax North 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, 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)

Coupon Network

Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Bring in your unwanted coupons and exchange them for ones you will use. With giveaways and a free draw. free
Alderney Landing2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth Dartmouth (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)

DJ Night (DJ Trixxx and DJ Billy G)


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

The Donnybrooks

May 18-21

Split Crow Pub1855 Granville Street, Halifax Waterfront (map)

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)

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)

“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)

Funday Sunday

Sundays, 3 p.m.-1 a.m.

Drink deals and guest DJs make this the dance lover’s place to be on Sundays.

Get a leg up on Homelessness w/ Scumgrief, Black Moor, Orchids Curse, Hitman, Dumpster Mummy

Sun., May 21, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

A concert full of heavy sounds to hit hard against homelessness, this event raises funds for Phoenix Youth Services. $7
Gus’ Pub & Grill2605 Agricola Street, Halifax North End (map)

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)

Goofy Moose Comedy

Sundays, 9 p.m.

Turn your Sunday blues into “bahahas” at the weekly comedy night hosted by Ian Black. PWYC
Toothy Moose Cabaret1661 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Groovera w/Wanderlust, The Third Rail

Sun., May 21

Halifax Central Library5419 Spring Garden Road, Halifax Spring Garden (map)

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)
IWK Auxiliary Art Show & Sale

Jason Wilber W/Dave Carroll, Kim Dunn

Sun., May 21, 8 p.m.

Missed John Prine’s recent Halifax show? Here, his longtime guitarist shreds folky-blues for similar vibes but with more indie cred. $25
The Carleton Music Bar & Grill1685 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Jeff Goodspeed and His Ultimate Band of Super Heroes

Sundays, 5 p.m.

Jeff Goodspeed’s resilience is almost as impressive as his resume–he’s worked with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Bob Hope, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Aretha Franklin. There’s no place like home, though, so you can catch Goodspeed and his band of “Ultimate Superheroes” every Sunday evening at Stayner’s Wharf. free

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.

The LAB Ensemble

Sundays, 8-10 p.m.

The LAB is a weekly improvisation workshop that focuses on strengthening fundamentals through collective improvisation. Leading every session are local improvising educators Jerry Granelli and Tim Crofts. The LAB is for anyone no matter what age, medium, or skill level; the only prerequisite is that you come willing to learn and participate. $10
1313 Hollis1313 Hollis Street, Halifax Waterfront (map)

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)

Maritime Tattoo Festival

May 20-22

Local and international ink artists show off their skills in live sessions while vendors offer up art, jewelry, and clothing. Get that tat you’ve been dying for or a new piercing while taking in entertainment like wrestling, suspensions, music and axe throwing.
Halifax Forum2901 Windsor Street, Halifax West End (map)

The Mellotones

Sun., May 21, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

Groove to this mellow mix of soul and R&B.
The Seahorse Tavern2037 Gottingen Street, Halifax North 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)

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.


Sun., May 21, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Celebrate the official start of patio season with this big-ass dance party on, you guessed it, The Argyle’s rooftop patio.
Argyle Bar & Grill1575 Argyle 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

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

Sundays, 8-11 p.m.

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

Open Mic w/Carl

Sundays, 7-11 p.m.
902-445-5256, (Delivery Hotline 902-455-7000)

Open Mic and Jam

Sundays, 4-8 p.m.

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

Open Session & Irish Set Dancing

Sundays, 2 p.m.

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)

RA The Rugged Man

Sun., May 21, 10 p.m.-3:30 a.m.

You may never have heard of RA The Rugged Man, but the late Notorious B.I.G. called this rhyme-slayer even greater than himself, saying “And I thought I was the illest.” With a gansta-rap persona so large he’s been banned from most major labels, seeing RA spit is the stuff hip hop heads dream of. $14
Reflections Cabaret5187 Salter Street, Halifax Downtown (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)

Rick Gautreau

Sundays, 4-7 p.m.

Acoustic sounds to end your weekend on the right note.
Staggers Pub & Grub26 Portland Street, Dartmouth Dartmouth (map)

Running and yoga club

Sundays, 8:30 a.m.

A 5km run with new friends followed by a yoga class. One catch – you must attend the run to participate in the yoga class!
Mountain Equipment Co-op1550 Granville 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)

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

Sundays, 9:30 p.m.

Fun times in the maritimes. $6-$10
Lower Deck, HalifaxHistoric Properties, 1887 Upper Water Street, HalifaxWaterfront (map)

Signal Hill

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

Lower Deck, HalifaxHistoric Properties, 1887 Upper Water Street, HalifaxWaterfront (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!

Sunday Blues with Buck Tingley & the Galaxy 500’s

Sundays, 3-7 p.m.

Chicago-style blues with a special blue plate menu. free
The Local2037 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)


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)

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