11th Annual Lebanese Cedar Festival

June 1-4

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When hunger for crispy falafel or gooey mankouche cheese—or for dabke dancing—arises, get yourself to the Lebanese Cedar Festival (3844 Joseph Howe Drive), stat. free

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
902-446-4077


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)

Arsoniste w/Andre Pettipas & The Giants, Magnetic North

Thu., June 1, 9 p.m.
902-422-6335


Slick soft pop sounds await at this piano-driven show.
The Carleton Music Bar & Grill1685 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Art

Through June 4
902-429-7070


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.
902-422-2957


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
902-461-4698


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
902-492-2522


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
902-494-8223


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)

Breagh MacKinnon

Thu., June 1, June 8-10 and Fri., June 16
902-407-5001


The Cape Breton singer-songwriter (and Port Cities member) belts it out at The Barrington.

Brenda Francis Pelkey: A Retrospective

Through July 9
902-457-6160


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.

Centuries of silence: The discovery of the Salzinnes Antiphonal

Through Oct. 29
902-424-5280


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 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)

Craig Visser w/Emily Shaw

Thu., June 1, 7:30 p.m.
902-423-4294


Two Ottawa guitar gurus strum it out. PWYC
Fort Massey United Church5303 Tobin Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Death Café

First Thursday of every month, 12-1:30 p.m.
902-423-0856


Looking to increase understanding of death in an effort to help people live their best “finite life,” this unusual event asks you to bring your thoughts and questions. Those needing greif councelling can find resources here, while others can explore what it means to be alive.

DJ Randy

Thursdays-Saturdays
902-435-1770

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

Double Indemnity

June 1-3, 8 p.m., June 8-10, 8 p.m., Sun., June 11, 2 p.m., June 15-17, 8 p.m., Sun., June 18, 2 p.m. and June 22-24, 8 p.m.
902-477-2663


A stage adaptation of James M. Cain’s 1920s hard-boiled, gritty serial follows a murder that lands a convicted killer in Sing Sing’s electric chair. $18

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Eighty – David Sorensen

Through June 7
902-420-1852


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)

An Expression of Faith: Sacred Art of Centuries Past

Through Oct. 29
902-424-5280


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)

Grad Show

June 1-July 2
902-420-0854


A collection of works by NSCC photography grads rendered in sharp black and white.
ViewPoint Gallery1272 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington(map)

Grawood Trivia

Thursdays

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

Fresh Baked Comedy

Thursdays, 9-11 p.m.
902-420-0055


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)

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

Through June 3
902-494-8223


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 that’s sticking around the gallery until June 3. free
Anna Leonowens GalleryGranville Square, 1891 Granville Street, Halifax Downtown(map)

Jeff Bonang

Thursdays, 8 p.m.
902-406-3661


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

John Tetrault

Through June 3
902-423-8428


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

Karaoke w/Jackie Smith

Thursdays, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
902-462-7827

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

Karaoke with Laurie The Guy

Sundays, 6-10 p.m. and Mondays, Thursdays, 6-10 p.m.
902-835-5212


A local legend, Laurie will guide your good-time sing alongs.

Kirk Smith

June 1-3
902-429-9857


With over 100 shows on five continents under his belt, Smith knows how to work a room.
Yuk Yuk’sWestin Nova Scotian, 1181 Hollis Street, Halifax South End(map)
Kirk Smith

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.
902-407-8797


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
902-403-0030


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)

Liz Ingram: Site Collaborations

Through June 3
902-494-8223


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
902-494-2403


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

Making Tracks Workshop

Wednesdays, Thursdays. Continues through June 8


Youth and adults alike learn safe active transportation skills—including cycling, in-line skating, scootering and skateboarding—at this series of workshops. Get in on the fun June 1, 6:30-8:30pm at the Gordon R. Snow Community Centre (1359 Fall River Road, Fall River) or head to the Cole Harbour Public Library June 7 from 3:30-5:30pm. Those on the peninsula can swing by the Ecology Action Centre June 7 from 3:30-5:30pm for a session, too.

Mauno w/ Inland Island, Valerie

Thu., June 1
902-423-7786


Chill indie rock vibes.
Gus’ Pub & Grill2605 Agricola Street, Halifax North End (map)

Mellotones

Thursdays, 10 p.m.
902-423-2526


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)

My Week on Welfare screening

Thu., June 1, 6 p.m.
902-490-5811


Filmmaker (and former welfare recipient) Jackie Torrens chronicles the stories of several welfare recipients and their struggles in this powerful documentary. After the credits roll, a Q&A panel will discuss what life is like on income assistance in Nova Scotia.

100% Real Humdinger by James Kirkpatrick

Through June 7
902-420-1852


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 meditation sessions

Mondays-Fridays, 7:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. and Sundays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
902-420-1118


Finding peace every week. free
Shambhala Centre1084 Tower Road, Halifax South End (map)

Open Mic

Thursdays, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
902-435-1770


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.
902-423-2938

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

Outlandish Thursdays w/DJ Master

Thursdays
902-446-6969

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

Rachel Ryan: Holding Patterns

Through July 19
902-492-2522


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)

Ramzoid

Thu., June 1, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
902-423-7200


PEI’s up-and-coming hip hop head arrives in Halifax. $8/$12
The Seahorse Tavern2037 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)

Rowdy Dow

June 1-3
902-492-4900

Rowdy Dow

Through June 3
902-492-4900

Running Club

First Thursday of every month, 5 p.m.
902-421-2667


Don’t forget your sneakers! free
Mountain Equipment Co-op1550 Granville Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Ruth Marsh: Ideal Bounds

Through June 4
902-461-4698


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)

SALT WATER by Katharine Burns & Yachts by Luke Naylor

Through June 15
902-425-9456


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 #4

Thu., June 1, 7 p.m.
902-494-3820

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A blend of dance and musical performances of works by Reich, Trueman, Ginastera, Hindemith and Dohnányi, featuring the Mobius Percussion Ensemble, shakes up Scotia Festival’s fourth show.
James Dunn Theatre6101 University Avenue, Halifax South End (map)

Scotia Festival of Music 2017

Through 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.

Shameless

June 1-3
902-423-6113


Shameless want you to dance like no one’s watching!
Halifax Alehouse1717 Brunswick Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Spring is in the Air, Soil and Streams

Through June 23


Sarah Jane Conklin seamlessly blends soft colours in her ethereal landscapes.
Gallery Nineteen Nineteen6025 Stanley Street, Halifax North End (map)

Steel Magnolias

June 1-3, 8 p.m., Sun., June 4, 2 p.m., June 8-10, 8 p.m., Sun., June 11, 2 p.m. and June 15-17, 8 p.m.


A beauty salon in the deep south hosts the verbal sparring and secret sharing of its’ patrons, including an eccentric millionaire and the prettiest girl in town.

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Stories Galore!

Every other Thursday, 7-9 p.m.


An initiative from the Storytellers Circle of Halifax (SCH) that showcases local and visiting writers and storytellers. This meeting, in the words of SCH’s president Elinor Benjamin, “focuses on [storytelling] being an oral art, rather than a literary one.”

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
902-420-5445


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)

Tomi Allen Band

Thu., June 1, 8:30 p.m.
902-492-1800

Trivia with Julian Caesar

Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
902-464-1310

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

Trivia Night at the Red Stag

Thursdays, 7 p.m.
902-422-0275

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

Varsity Laughs

Thursdays, 8 p.m.
902-494-3816


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!