Acoustic Wednesdays

Wednesdays, 8 p.m.

Chill out to these singer-songwriter sets.
Gahan House1869 Upper Water Street, Halifax Waterfront (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)


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)

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.

Broken Bridges

Wed., May 31

Split Crow Pub1855 Granville Street, Halifax Waterfront (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)

Doomtown Reloaded Bi-Weekly Ranked Tournament

Every other Tuesday, Wednesday

Play Doomtown Reloaded every Tuesday night at The Last Game Store at 278 Lacewood Drive. The evening is a ranked battle for players with prizes awarded after monthly totals. free

Down Town Trivia w/Caesar

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

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)

Form Filling Aid

Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. & 1-3 p.m.

ReachAbility in partnership with the YMCA and Pro Bono Students Dalhousie host a drop-in centre to assist individuals with filling out forms (such as Criminal Record Pardons, lease agreements, applications etc).
YMCA Gottingen2269 Gottingen 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)

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Nightscreening

Wed., May 31, 8 p.m.

Shot in Los Angeles but set in Iran, Ana Lily Amirpour’s 2014 flick is part vampire movie, part spaghetti western with a twist of art house. Free
Dalhousie Art Gallery6101 University Avenue, Halifax South End (map)

Green Drinks

Last Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m.

Interested in meeting a group of friendly people having lively conversations about all things green? Drop in to an informal, relaxed group meeting.
Henry House1222 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington (map)

John Tetrault

Through June 3

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

Karaoke w/DJ Bear

Wednesdays, 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

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

Karaoke Night


Hosted by Dave Smith, this karaoke night is the perfect time to bust out your best Adele impression! From 8:30-12pm

Karaoke w/Mimi Cho


The giant stage, the ever-growing list of tunes and the sweetheart host who will help you out on a song when you’re too tipsy—or nervous—to stay on key: That’s why this is the best karaoke night in the city.
Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs1269 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington (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)

Laughter Burner

Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m.

A pro-am, alt-comedy showcase featuring touring pros from across the country and hosted by Catherine Robertson.
Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs1269 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington (map)

Wednesday Night Jazz W/Damien Moynihan, Silvio Pupo, Ronald Hynes

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

Jazzy tunes provided by local talent make the perfect backdrop to swill $8 martinis and celebrate surviving the first part of the work week.
The Local2037 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (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)

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)

Open House

Wednesdays, 6 p.m.

Open house gathering with free introduction to meditation, social tea and discussion on Shambhala Buddhist philosophy and practice. Free
Shambhala Centre1084 Tower Road, Halifax South End(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 Nights

Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.

Coburg Coffee House6085 Coburg Road, Halifax Spring Garden (map)

Pot Yoga

Wednesdays, 7:30-9 p.m.

If the downward dogs don’t de-stress you, High Life has some other ideas that might. $5/$10
High Life Social Club5982 Spring Garden Road, Halifax Spring Garden (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)

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)

Rickard’s Quiz Night

Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.

Finbar’s Irish PubSunnyside Mall, 1595 Bedford Highway, BedfordBedford/Lower Sackville/Tantallon (map)

Dodge Levatte

Wednesdays, 8 p.m.

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

Rowdy Dow

May 31-June 3

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 #3

Wed., May 31, 7 p.m.

The third Scotia Festival show sees works by Rossini, Trueman, DeFalla & Schubert played by a full line-up: Ani Aznavoorian (cello), Joseph Phillips (bass), Simon Docking (piano), Giora Schmidt (violin), Lynn Stodola (piano), James Ehnes (violin), Richard O’Neill (viola) and John Novack (piano).
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.

Screaming Queen Karaoke w/Rouge Fatale

Wednesdays, 10 p.m.

Menz & Mollyz Bar2182 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)

Trivia w/Dennis

Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.
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Trivia Night at Celtic Corner

Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m.

Celtic Corner Public House69 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth Dartmouth (map)

Trivia Night at Staggers

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

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

Trivia Night at Dooly’s

Wednesdays, 7:30 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, lots of fun. free

Trivia Night at The Fickle Frog

Wednesdays, 8 p.m.

Halifax Comedy Fest comedian Andrew Evans acts as quiz master at this new trivia night. free
The Fickle Frog Pub5675 Spring Garden Road, Halifax Spring Garden (map)

Tyler Key and Dion Macbeth

Wednesdays. Continues through Dec. 20

Tyler and Dion bring cozy harmonies to the stage.
Halifax Alehouse1717 Brunswick Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Weekly Wednesday Comedy & Improv Jam

Wednesdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Second City grad Adrianne Gagnon facilitates a two hour improv workshop at 6pm that’s all about flexing your comedic muscles. Afterwords, participants show off their new silly skills in a one-hour show (at 8pm) that’s a perfect way to get your daily dose of humour. $10
The Company House2202 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)

Live Jazz with Willem Paynter and friends

Every other Wednesday, 8-11 p.m.

Jam out to the bebop-blues sounds of Willem Paynter’s trio while enjoying a featured wine. free
Obladee, A Wine Bar1600 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington (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