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)


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)

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)

The Big Sing

Every other Monday, 7-9 p.m.

The Big Sing is a bi-weekly, drop-in singing event open to anyone who’s ever sung arias in the shower, pop songs on a road trip, or rock’n roll while vacuuming. $5
The Company House2202 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (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)

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)

Dave MacIsaac & Louis Benoit


Classic for a reason.

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)

Family Play Group

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

There is snack time, reading circle, rhymes, games, crafts and more. free

“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)

Get Your Drag On

Mondays, 9 p.m.

A weekly drag show with an open-stage policy, Get Your Drag On sees both first-timers and seasoned vets stepping out in their most fabulous looks. Hosted by Drag Kings Richard Rockhard and Matthew McImagay, it’s the chance to live your stage star dreams. $3
Menz & Mollyz Bar2182 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (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.
Karaoke with Laurie The Guy

Karaoke with Laurie The Guy

Mondays, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

With the infinitely sad closing of Michael’s in the north end, you’re going to have to look elsewhere for your Monday night karaoke fix. Thank goodness ol Laurie The Guy already has a back up plan starting weekly tonight. Whew!
Staggers Pub & Grub26 Portland Street, Dartmouth Dartmouth (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)

Lisa MacDougall

Mon., May 29, 9 p.m.

A solo set to start the week.
Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs1269 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington (map)

Live Music Monday W/Paul Lamb

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

Got the Monday blues? Paul Lamb’s guitar stylings will help you come around.
The Auction House1726 Argyle 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)


Mondays, 8:30 p.m.

A stellar lineup of comedians that explode on stage each week, spinning tales of magic and adventure. free
Gus’ Pub & Grill2605 Agricola Street, Halifax North End (map)

Moose Mondays w/DJ Tom Fleming


Toothy Moose Cabaret1661 Argyle 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)

One Man Show


Halifax Alehouse1717 Brunswick 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 Night w/Larry and Friends

Mondays, 5-9 p.m.

The Perfect Pour Pub & Grill19 Norm Newman Drive, Dartmouth, Halifax Dartmouth(map)

Open Mic W/Theo Macintosh

Mondays, 8 p.m.

Get ready to croon away the Monday blues.

The Plan B Unplugged Open Mic & Spoken Word with The Jukebox Ninja

Mondays, 5-8 p.m.

Come share your words in one of the city’s coolest settings. free
Plan B Merchants Co-op2180 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)

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)
Pour L'Amour du Country/For the Love of Country

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)


Mondays, 10:30 p.m.

Big bucks are up for grabs. Play on. $4
Reflections Cabaret5187 Salter Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Rolling Rockstar Karaoke


Hosted by Jackie Smith with prizes by Pizza Pizza.
Cheers Bar & Grill1741 Grafton Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron Meetings

Mondays, 6:30-9:15 p.m. Continues through June 19

A weekly meet up for youth aged 12-18, air cadets teaches teamwork, offers friendship, and can even give teens the chance to get their pilot licence. Located at the Halifax Armoury (On the corner of North Park and Cunard streets, facing the Halifax Common). free

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 – Highlight Concert #1

Mon., May 29, 7 p.m.

The Scotia Festival of Music returns with an opening bill that’s all Bach, baby! Featuring James Ehnes (violin), Joseph Phillips (bass), Ani Aznavoorian (cello) and Richard O’Neill (viola). $50
James Dunn Theatre6101 University Avenue, Halifax South End (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.

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 Night at Durty Nelly’s

Mondays, 8 p.m.

Halifax Comedy Fest comedian Andrew Evans serves as trivia night quiz-master with 60 questions, and an “adult” themed bonus round. Lots of prizes, nine video clues, nine picture clues, lots of fun. free
Durty Nelly’s Authentic Irish Pub5221 Sackville Street (at Argyle), 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)
The Year Of The Fire Rooster And other impossible feats of the Occult