May 25, 2017

Acoustic Jam

Thursdays, 7 p.m.

Trellis Cafe22 Highway 3, Exit 6 from Highway 103, Hubbards Out of Town (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)

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)

Audio Therapy Thursdays

Thursdays, 11 p.m.

Start your weekend a bit early with DJ IV every Thursday night at Reflections. $7/$9
Reflections Cabaret5187 Salter 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)

Beth Biggs: Florilegia

Through 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)

Blood Work

May 24-June 3

Blurring the line between art and science, Kim Morgan presents this collection of magnified blood samples and cell cross-sections. The result? Plexiglass portraits that embody 16 subjects on a cellular level—literally.
Anna Leonowens GalleryGranville Square, 1891 Granville 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, 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)

David Barclay—Sensing The Ocean Using Ambient Noise

Thu., May 25, 4 p.m.
902-424-7490, 902-424-6447 (events)

An explorer chronicling the noises of the ocean’s most remote parts, David Barclay’s takes you on a sonic deep sea dive. free
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax Waterfront (map)

DJ Randy


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

Electronics Club

Thursdays, 5-10 p.m.

Centre for Art Tapes2238 Maitland Street, Halifax North End(map)

Elysia Crampton w/New Chance, Budi, Staying Underground, NoiSeCAD

Thu., May 25, 10 p.m.

OBEY’s opening night marquee lights up with Bolivian-American producer Elysia Crampton sharing her genre-less mix of club culture and cumbia traditions. Warming the stage? Local music mover Nick Dourado’s latest incarnation BUDI, the husband-and-wife beat makers Staying Underground and NoiSeCAD, NSCAD students presenting experiemental sound. $20/$25
Citadel High School1855 Trollope Street, Halifax Quinpool (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)

Fairview Jamboree w/Troy Arsenault

Thursdays, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
902-445-5256, (Delivery Hotline 902-455-7000)

“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)

Frankie Duece

May 25-27

Frankie Duece wants to see you one-two step!
Halifax Alehouse1717 Brunswick Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Grawood Trivia


The GrawoodDalhousie Student Union Building, Halifax South End(map)

Heathers: The Musical

May 24-26, 8 p.m.

When the meanest, hottest girls in school get their scrunchie-wearing heads together to go up against misfit Veronica, a laugh-out-loud clique competition ensues. This sold-out show returns for Stages Fest!

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The Waiting Room6040 Almon Street, Halifax North End (map)

Fresh Baked Comedy

Thursdays, 9-11 p.m.

Get the giggles at the Amsterdam-inspired social club’s weekly stand-up night hosted by Frank Russo. Bring your own cannabis. No, really. $3/$8
High Life Social Club5982 Spring Garden Road, Halifax Spring Garden (map)

IWK Auxiliary Art Show & Sale

Through May 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)

Jamirokeith W/Keith Doiron, Jordan Murphy, Leith Fleming-Smith

Thursdays, 10 p.m.

Groovy arrangements of smooth hip hop tracks played live. free
The Local2037 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)

Jay Crocker’s Bibelot

Thu., May 25, 6 p.m. and Sun., May 28, 1 p.m.

A Calgary kid who left the developmental emptiness behind for rural Nova Scotia, Crocker debuts a part-instrument, part-installation piece of 16 ceiling-mounted music boxes at this OBEY event. free
Anna Leonowens GalleryGranville Square, 1891 Granville Street, Halifax Downtown(map)

Jeff Bonang

Thursdays, 8 p.m.

Acoustic stylings to help you slide into the weekend.
Staggers Pub & Grub26 Portland Street, Dartmouth Dartmouth (map)

Jeff Elliot W/Ryan Fried, Bryan O’Gorman

May 25-27

Canadian Comedy Award nominated Jeff Elliot is also a Winnipeg Comedy Fest fave, showing he knows what’s funny.
Yuk Yuk’sWestin Nova Scotian, 1181 Hollis Street, Halifax South End(map)

Karaoke w/Jackie Smith

Thursdays, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

The Perfect Pour Pub & Grill19 Norm Newman Drive, Dartmouth, Halifax Dartmouth(map)
Karaoke w/Jackie Smith

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.

Kitchen Party

Thursdays, 7-10 p.m.

Trellis Cafe22 Highway 3, Exit 6 from Highway 103, Hubbards Out of Town (map)

Landing Sound

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

A blend of covers and originals in acoustic style add ambiance to your night. free
The Loose Cannon1556 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Last Chants

Through June 4

Nine artists who work in a shared space form the loose collective behind this group show. The thread tying them together? The space above the Army Navy Surplus Store on Agricola Street, where they have splattered paint for almost a decade. Here, the relation to art and the space it is made in is explored: “What does it mean to ‘have space’? And how does that inflect a sense of ‘having place’?” the joint statement asks.
Hermes5682 North Street, Halifax North End (map)

Light It Up Blue: Benefit for Autism Nova Scotia feat. Leona Burkey, David Bradshaw, Jon Cornwall

Thu., May 25, 8 p.m.

Sway the night away for a good cause at this show studded with local singer-songwriters, including host Leona Burkey, David Bradshaw, Jon Cornwall and Norma MacDonald. $10
The Carleton Music Bar & Grill1685 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Liz Ingram: Site Collaborations

May 24-June 3

Visiting artist Liz Ingram bedecks the gallery with her fine art screen prints of a snippet of Albertan boreal forest.
It’s an attempt to remind the viewers of their place within nature and of nature’s place within us.
Anna Leonowens GalleryGranville Square, 1891 Granville 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, examining their identities as individuals. The result? Documented bits form a multi-screen art piece 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 Lunenburg Farmers’ Market

Thursdays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

The year-round market on the South Shore, is celebrating 30 years of commitment to all things local. 17 Green Street, Lunenburg, NS. free

Mainland North Volunteer Awards

Thu., May 25, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

A celebration of the value of volunteers and award ceremony for 85 community members making their neighbourhoods a better place.
Comfort Hotel88 Chain Lake Drive, Bayers Lake Business Park, HalifaxBayers Lake/Fairview/Clayton Park (map)


Thursdays, 10 p.m.

There’s no dance party like a soul funk dance party. Halifax’s favourite eight-piece ensemble boogies down every Thursday at Bearly’s. $7/$9
Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs1269 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington (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 Music from the Academy

Thu., May 25, 5 p.m.

Get down with fresh sounds at this all-ages Obey event held outside the Granville Mall. free
Granville MallGranville Mall, 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)

North-End Hotline: Lew Moss and the Lost Cause W/Plural, Hemineglect

Thu., May 25, 9:15 p.m.

A monthly live music show with fresh acts to delivery edgy sound. $6
The Company House2202 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (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.
NSCC Novafest 2017

OBEY Convention 2017

May 25-28

After a decade of making waves with its underground and out-there offerings, OBEY’s arrival feels like a natural sign of spring. Check out the one-of-a-kind curated fest’s lineup that offers a mix of both local artists pushing the envelope and international indie stars in our listings and upcoming OBEY-themed issue.


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)

Open Mic

Thursdays, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m.

With full backline and house tech. free
Monte’s Showbar Grill245 Waverley Road, Dartmouth Dartmouth (map)

Open Mic with Phyl Laferriere

Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.

Rockbottom Brewpub5686 Spring Garden Road, Halifax Spring Garden (map)

Outlandish Thursdays w/DJ Master


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

Rachel Ryan: Holding Patterns

Through 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)

Richard & Gordon

May 24-27

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)

Salsa Dura

Thursdays, 9-11 p.m.

An all-levels night of swaying awaits at this night of salsa, bachata and kizomba music. No partner or skills needed, it’s all about getting down and having fun! $3
1313 Hollis1313 Hollis Street, Halifax Waterfront (map)


May 25-27

Split Crow Pub1855 Granville Street, Halifax Waterfront (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)

Senyawa w/Jerry Granelli, Colin Fisher

Thu., May 25, 7 p.m.

Indonesian doom-folk duo Senyawa offer up a fresh blend on traditional sounds while sharing the stage with iconic Halifax free drummer Jerry Granelli and multi-instrumentalist/composer Colin Fisher. $20/$25
Fort Massey United Church5303 Tobin Street, Halifax Downtown(map)
Senyawa w/Jerry Granelli, Colin Fisher


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!

Throwback Thursdays

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

students free
The Dome1726 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (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 with Julian Caesar

Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.

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

Trivia Night at the Red Stag

Thursdays, 7 p.m.

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

Tyler Key

May 24-25

Guitar and vocals to round out your evening. free
Le Bistro by Liz1333 South Park Street, Halifax Spring Garden (map)

Varsity Laughs

Thursdays, 8 p.m.

Belly laughs hosted by Dan Hendricken. free
The Muse Cafe & Pub1252 LeMarchant Street, Halifax South End (map)

Weekly Dartmouth Hike

Thursdays, 9:45 a.m.

Join Chebucto Hiking Club every Thursday for a 10km (2-hour) hike through Dartmouth. Meet at the Graham’s Grove Park parking lot on Prince Albert Road in Dartmouth, opposite the Atlantic Superstore on Braemar Drive. Everyone welcome!


Through May 27

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