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)

Anthony McMullin

Sun., May 28

Split Crow Pub1855 Granville Street, Halifax Waterfront (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)

Obaby w/The Magic Project

Sun., May 28, 12 p.m.

An aimed-at-littles version of the portrait collection and diversity celebration that is The Magic Project. free
Khyber Centre for the Arts1880 Hollis 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

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

Through 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)

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.


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)

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)
Eighty - David Sorensen

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)

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.

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)

The Hali-ditarod

Sun., May 28, 1-4 p.m.

The Hali-ditarod takes the famous Alaskan Iditarod race and replaces the dogs with people, the snow gear with costumes and the sleds with shopping carts. Join in the fun and race your cart around the oval while raising funds for the Parker Street Food & Furniture Bank, or cheer from the sidelines!
The Emera Oval5775 Cogswell Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Let our Spirits Soar – The Voices of our Past: Halifax Camerata Singers 30th Anniversary Season

Sun., May 28, 4 p.m.

Camerata calls PEI’s young women’s ensemble Sirens a “rising star”. The two groups will come together for a collaboration centred around history and culture. $10-$25

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First Baptist Church1300 Oxford Street, Halifax South End (map)

Jay Crocker’s Bibelot

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 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

Kara-Lis Coverdale: PICL (PIECES IN CAPS LOCK)

Sun., May 28, 3:30 p.m.

Referred to as “one of the most interesting composers in North America” by The Guardian, Kara-Lis Coverdale walks a tight space between new classical and electronic composition. free
Halifax Central Library5419 Spring Garden Road, Halifax Spring Garden (map)

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.

KiDanCo 2017

Through May 28, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., May 28, 2:30 p.m.

The next crop of emerging dance artists heading to post-secondary training show off their steps as they perform works by choreographers of national and international renown. Grab tickets at the door or by contacting 902-466-0101 or $23/$16/$11
DANSpace1531 Grafton Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

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)

Laraaji w/Echo Beach

Sun., May 28, 7:30 p.m.

Discovered by Brian Eno, new age visionary Laraaji brings introspective sounds to the stage, ready to blend with Echo Beach’s gentle analog tones and clever conceptual underpinnings at OBEY 2017’s final curtain. $20/$25
Fort Massey United Church5303 Tobin Street, Halifax Downtown(map)
Laraaji w/Echo Beach

Laraaji’s Laughter Meditation Workshop

Sun., May 28, 2 p.m.

New age visionary Laraaji guides this meditation workshop that’ll melt stress. Held in room 301 of the Library, this free event requires you to register in advance, which you can do by calling 902-490-5700 or visiting first floor welcome desk. free
Halifax Central Library5419 Spring Garden Road, Halifax Spring Garden (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)

Live Video Mix Show w/DJ Savory

Tuesdays, Sundays

Cheers Bar & Grill1741 Grafton Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Liz Ingram: Site Collaborations

Through 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)

Midnight Vesta w/Brooklyn Doran

Sun., May 28, 9 p.m.

Toronto-based Canadiana artists trek their banjo and guitar laden sound out east for a Carleton show.
The Carleton Music Bar & Grill1685 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Monster Jam

Sun., May 28, 1 p.m.

Monster Jam, the jacked-up celebration of jacked-up trucks, turns 25 this year. To celebrate, it will spend three days rolling around the Scotia Speedworld with the biggest names in big trucks—like Grave-Digger, Northern Nightmare and Black Stallion. Get in on the adrenaline, but don’t forget costumes are banned on those over 14. $19.00-$24.00
Scotia Speedworld70 Ilsley Avenue, Dartmouth Downtown (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)

OBEY Convention 2017

Through May 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 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.

Pour L’Amour du Country/For the Love of Country

Through June 12

A celebration of Francophone music (from Louisiana to Quebec to Acadian) storms the stage at this county-folky-blues blend. Catch new acts each night!
Alderney Landing Theatre2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth Dartmouth (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)

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)


Through May 28

Irish dancing superstars Riverdance are celebrating 20 years by lacing up their shoes and stepping around the world. One stop on their tour? Halifax, so now’s the time for those looking to embrace celtic roots to book some seats.

Buy Tickets

Scotiabank Centre5284 Duke Street, Halifax Downtown (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)

SALT WATER by Katharine Burns & Yachts by Luke Naylor

Through June 15

The works of Burns and Naylor are both related to the sea. Burns, the ocean itself, and Naylor, the extravagant yachts and people that sail upon them.
Argyle Fine Art1559 Barrington Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Scotia Festival of Music 2017

May 28-June 11

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The two-week, 50-event chamber music festival returns for its 38th year with a roster of international talent.

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)

Seton Cantata Choir

Sun., May 28, 7 p.m.

See this 35 voice ensemble offer up traditional choral numbers, including “Toward the Unknown Region” by R. Vaughan Williams and “A Jubilant Song” by Norman Dello Joio; Both pieces are inspired by the same Walt Whitman poem but have dramatically different scores.
Maritime Conservatory6199 Chebucto Road, Halifax West End (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)

Spring Seconds Sale

Sun., May 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Stock up on pottery and fine art at this cash-only, end-of-season sale featuring work by Bread and Butter Pottery, Therese Bombardier Designs and Christine Waugh.
Wonder’neath Artist Studios2891 Isleville Street, Halifax North End (map)

Spryfield & District Community Market

Every other Sunday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

What do eight farmers, 11 crafters, five bakers and a kimchi vendor have in common?
No joke, this is Spryfield’s community market! With lots of live music and new vendors, go get your shop on!
This event has no cover. Located at the Spryfeild Lions Rink Rec Centre.
Spryfield & District Community Market

The Spryfield & District Community Market

Every other Sunday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Continues through Oct. 8

This seasonal market, held at 111 Drysdale Road, returns with soaps, pillows, Pakistani food, preserves, coffee and more. Live music rounds out the all-ages fun!

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)

Tristian Legg

Sun., May 28, 7:30 p.m.

What Does Femme Feel Like?

Sun., May 28, 6:30-8 p.m.

A facilitated discussion by and for femmes to unpack what being femme means, how it could be political, and how feeling femme can intersect with other parts of your personality. Attendees will nosh on snacks while facilitators give talking points before the floor opens for everyone to share their favourite piece of femme writing or art.
Venus Envy1598 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington (map)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? screening

Sun., May 28, 8:30 p.m.

Every Sunday after sunset, all spring long, Good Robot will be screening a classic flick of the feel-good variety on their outdoor GastroTurf. This week? It’s the 1988 neo-noir tale of a hard-boiled detective taking down animated characters in 1940s Hollywood.
Good Robot Brewing Company2736 Robie Street, Halifax North 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