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

3rd Annual Halifax Donair Crawl

Sat., June 3, 2-4 p.m.


Eat your way around town with Halifax’s signature food! A slew of local spots will be offering their own take on the dish, with partial funds raised going to the IWK foundation. Bring your appetite for: Classic donairs at King of Donair, donair pizza at Freeman’s Little New York, donair doughnuts at RIOT Snackbar and donair cheesecake Sweet Hereafter. Get the full list, with a dose of sauce, by checking the event’s Facebook page. 2-4pm

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)

All Request DJ

Saturdays, 10 p.m.
902-464-1310

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

Arsoniste

Sat., June 3, Thu., June 22 and Thu., June 29
902-407-5001


Sharp, shiny pop that’ll make you dance in your seat is Arsoniste’s speciality.

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)

B-Line Launch Bike Week Challenge

June 2-11


Bike Week 2017 is taking over the B-Line mobile app to get people cycling. Up to 10,000 participants can join the challenge to promote active, sustainable communities and communicate about transportation choices in the city. Sign up and track how much you cycle to win prizes and in-app badges! Free

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)

Bells in the Bay

Sat., June 3, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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Pimp your bike with a gifted bell before pedalling around the scenic St. Margaret’s Bay trail.
Bike and Bean5401 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, Halifax Out of Town (map)

Bereavement Support Group

First and Second Saturday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m. and Third Saturday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m.


The Halifax Hospice (618 Franklyn Street) welcomes you to their support group, helping people work through their grief with sharing and camaraderie. free

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)

Bike Week 2017

June 2-11

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Go green, get fit and explore your city with a host of two-wheeling ( or should we say free-wheeling?) bike week events!

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)

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.

Bruce and Jay

Saturdays, 4-7 p.m.
902-406-7640

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

Carmel Mikol

Sat., June 3, 7:30 p.m.
902-429-9467


The lyric-driven singer-songwriter returns with an album that was a decade in the making. $25

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Music Room6181 Lady Hammond Road, Halifax North End(map)

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)

Contra Dance

Sat., June 3, 7:30 p.m.


Solo and pair dances await at this instruction-provided dance steeped in local tradition. $10

Cowboy Adventures

Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
902-835-5676


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)

The Dartmouth Makers Market

Fri., June 2, 5-9 p.m. and Sat., June 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Some of the best and brightest crafters, bakers and makers of all stripes bring their creative heads together for this two-day buying bonanza.
Christ Church Hall61 Dundas Street, Dartmouth Dartmouth(map)

DJ Frost and XS 7

Saturdays, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
902-422-0275

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

DJ Trixxx and DJ Billy G

Saturdays
902-425-1501

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

DJ Randy

Thursdays-Saturdays
902-435-1770

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

DJ Sticks

Saturdays
902-407-3170

Toothy Moose Cabaret1661 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown(map)

The Donnybrooks Band

Sat., June 3, 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
902-435-5311

Doors Open Halifax

June 3-4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Doors Open—the yearly celebration that lets Haligonians peek inside some of the city’s most famous structures—turns five this year. Get in on the fun by visiting one of the 30-plus sites around town, from the famous Citadel Hill clock tower to Theadore Tugboat, the waterfront’s friendliest face. See doorsopenhalifax.com for a full list of participating locations.

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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Eastern Shore Cold Waters Seafood Festival

June 3-4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.


Foodies, start the car! This summer, you have a chance to sample some of the world’s top seafood in it’s natural habitat, from clams and mussels to smoked fish. Perfect to hold your cravings until The Coast’s Oysterfest hits in September, this seafood fest is held at 5435 Clam Harbour Road, Lake Charlotte, NS. $5

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)

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)
An Expression of Faith: Sacred Art of Centuries Past

Garrett Mason Band

Sat., June 3, 10 p.m.
902-423-2526


Powerful vocals and fierce finger-picking makes Mason’s brand of blues one you won’t wanna miss.

Giant yard sale

Fri., June 2, 4-7 p.m. and Sat., June 3, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


Bake sale treats and plants for your garden await at this cash-only treasure hunt.
First Baptist Church1300 Oxford Street, Halifax South End(map)

Graboids w/Cathartics, Wolf Country, The Staples

Sat., June 3, 10 p.m.
902-423-7786


Self-proclaimed Pea Coat Punks the Graboids scream and thrash your angst away. $6
Gus’ Pub & Grill2605 Agricola Street, Halifax North End(map)

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)

Halifax Body, Mind & Spirit Expo

Sat., June 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
902-490-4614


An expo waxing on all things wellness, from nutrition and fitness to meditation and energy healing, will help all your good habits get on track.
Halifax Forum2901 Windsor Street, Halifax West End(map)

The Harbour Kings

Saturdays, 4-7 p.m.
902-406-3661


Good tunes, good times. free
Staggers Pub & Grub26 Portland Street, Dartmouth Dartmouth(map)

Ian Janes Album Release Show

Sat., June 3, 7 p.m. and Sun., June 4, 8 p.m.
902-422-6335


Critically-acclaimed songwriter Ian Janes debuts his latest effort in a special, full-band performance at The Carleton. $20/$25

International Trails Day

Sat., June 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Get in on the Bike Week fun with this 25 kilometre ride in celebration of nature trails. Departing from the trail head near 2553 St. Margaret’s Bay Road, the journey ends with a barbecue and fun family activities.

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)

Joe Murphy & The Water Street Blues Band

Saturdays, 4-8 p.m.
902-423-6766

Your Father’s Moustache5686 Spring Garden Road, Halifax Spring Garden(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)

June Day Tour – Annapolis Valley

Sat., June 3, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
902-424-5280


Join the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Art Tour Committee for a day trip to see studios and artists from the Valley.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia1723 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown(map)

Karaoke

Fridays and Saturdays
902-435-5311

Karaoke

Fridays, Saturdays
902-464-1310

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

Karaoke w/Val

Saturdays, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
902-455-5824

Jenny’s Place6211 Lady Hammond Road, Halifax North End(map)

Karaoke w/Brandon The Babe

Saturdays, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Hugo’s Bar & Grill451 Windmill Road, Dartmouth Dartmouth(map)

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)

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)

MEC’s Mobile Bicycle Maintenance Station

Sat., June 3, 2-4 p.m.
902-490-5706


Brush up your bike basics (and your actual bike) at this MEC-hosted station that will keep your bike in pedalling condition. Can’t make it to Central Library? The station will also be at Tantallon Public Library from 10:30am-12:30pm and the Captain William Spry Public Library June 4 from 2:30-4:30pm. More visits include June 9 at the Alderney Gate Public Library from 2:3-4:30pm and the Cole Harbour Public Library on June 10 from 2-4pm.
Halifax Central Library5419 Spring Garden Road, Halifax Spring Garden(map)

Mike Forbes

Sat., June 3, 5 p.m.
902-492-4900

The & More Blues Band w/Kevin Fletcher

Sat., June 3, 2:30-5 p.m.
902-464-1310

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

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)

Doors Open Guided Bike Ride

Sat., June 3, 1 p.m.
902-406 7774

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Just in time for Doors Open 2017, the event that peeks inside famous Halifax Landmarks, this I Heart Bikes and the Halifax Cycling Coalition collab brings you a guided tour of downtown. Enjoy the ride while learning more about the history behind the buildings at the heart of the city. No bike? No fear! I Heart Bikes has got you covered with rentals ranging in price from $25-$35.
I Heart BikesThe Sands at Salter, Halifax Waterfront, Halifax Waterfront(map)

Open Mic and Karaoke with Val

Saturdays, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
902-455-5824

Jenny’s Place6211 Lady Hammond Road, Halifax North End(map)

Open Mic w/Bill Kidney

Saturdays
902-406-3661

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

Pineo & Loeb

Fridays, 11 p.m.-2 a.m. and Saturdays, 11 p.m.-2 a.m.
902-422-3633

PacificoMaritime Centre, 1505 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington(map)

Plein Air Paintings

June 3-30
902-490-5738


Catch these canvases created by 15 artists who painted on-site scenes of Blue Mountain Birch Cove.

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)
Rachel Ryan: Holding Patterns

Ride to Halifax Seaport Market

Sat., June 3, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

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Come join a group bike ride down to the Halifax Seaport Market where you’ll find discounts by select vendors for cyclists. Meet up at the Dalhousie Quad.

Rowdy Dow

June 1-3
902-492-4900

Rowdy Dow

Through June 3
902-492-4900

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)

Saint George’s Annual Plants Sale

Sat., June 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sun., June 4, 12-2 p.m.
902-423-1059


Get your green thumb to this annual sale to stock up on plants, supplies and more. Please note sales are cash only.
St. George’s Round Church2222 Brunswick Street, Halifax North End (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 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)

SIN City: five DJs and a band

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

The Dome1726 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Single Track Mountain Biking

Sat., June 3, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

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Biking beginners who want to step (er, cycle) off the beaten path can join MEC and Ride East for this how-to session all about mountain biking. Register for the fun at events.mec.ca. free
Shubie Park54 Locks Road, Darmouth Dartmouth (map)

Skin & Jones

Fridays, 8-11 p.m. and Saturdays, 8-11 p.m.
902-431-1726

The Auction House1726 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Society of Bastet Orientation

First Saturday of every month, 6:30-8 p.m.


An orientation session to provide information about the club, kink community and the kink lifestyle. First time attendees may stay for the play party after for no additional charge. $5
Society of Bastet1-327 Windmill Road, Dartmouth Dartmouth (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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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)
tell me where to go

The Kokonut Kings

Sat., June 3, 4:30 p.m.
902-423-2526


Reggae-infused blues to vibe to.
Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs1269 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington (map)

Willem Paynter’s Hard Bop Quartet

Sat., June 3, 9 p.m.
902-492-1800

Willem Paynter’s Hard Bop Quartet

Sat., June 3, 9 p.m.
902-492-1800


The hard-bop style of Willem Paynter makes him a Jazz Fest favourite, and this show will make you see why. $5

WISH: Widowed in Self-Help

First and Third Saturday of every month
902-453-1752


A recovery group open to men and women dealing with bereavement. In the Sobeys Community Room.
Halifax Shopping Centre7001 Mumford Road, Halifax West End (map)

Writing workshop

Saturdays, 2-4 p.m. Continues through June 10


A writing workshop for those battling cancer to explore poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction with others who have had a similar journey. free
Sobeys1120 Queen Street, Halifax South End (map)
Writing workshop