OK so here it is the end of the long weekend and for many of you it is BACK TO SCHOOL. Well now is the time to start to look at what is happening and what is going on this year in Halifax.
I am going to use the coasts breakdown to show what is happening and what you could be and should be doing everyday in Halifax.
Mon., Sept. 4, 3:30 & 9:45 p.m., Thu., Sept. 7, 6 p.m., Fri., Sept. 8, 9:35 p.m., Sat., Sept. 9, 2:45 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 10, 2:20 & 5:45 p.m.
An unorthodox hypnotherapy session goes awry when it is interrupted by two unexpected visitors.
Through Sept. 12
A rotating group exhibition that showcases a number of gallery artists and flits from sculpture to jewellery to two-dimensional works takes over Studio 21 this summer.
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. Here, the group of golden vocal chords cover “Better Together” by Jack Johnson for optimal good vibes. $5
First Monday of every month, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of bike care! $10
Mon., Sept. 4, 7-9 p.m., Mon., Oct. 9, 7-9 p.m., Mon., Oct. 30, 7-9 p.m. and Mon., Nov. 27, 7-9 p.m.
If all the new Fall shows at galleries across town have you feeling inspired to pick up the pen, head to the Craig for these drop-in sessions that let you sketch models holding various-length poses. $5
Mon., Sept. 4, 1:10 p.m., Tue., Sept. 5, 8:40 p.m., Wed., Sept. 6, 9:30 p.m., Thu., Sept. 7, 10 p.m., Fri., Sept. 8, 8:45 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 10, 1:30 p.m.
This brand-new, pitch-black comedy tells the tale of Børghild, the strongest person in Denmark, as they embark on a quest to destroy Copenhagen’s evil slaughterhouse and punch its owner right in the face. $5
Mon., Sept. 4, 3 p.m., Wed., Sept. 6, 10:55 p.m. and Fri., Sept. 8, 5:40 p.m.
We think writer Kathryn Reeves’ synopsis says it all: “There are some things in life so beautiful they hurt, and Sara walking into Steph’s life is one of those things. How can the two women find a way to exist in the same world when there’s hardly enough room for just one of them? What is so appealing about being talked to the way you’ve always talked to yourself? And is it worth it? Carpe Noctem explores mental health, roommates, falling apart, falling into place, and things so beautiful it hurts… including you.”
Held at the Old Pool Hall Theatre (6050-6070 Almon Street), a portion of this show’s ticket sales will be donated to mental health organizations. $10
Mon., Sept. 4, 1:40 p.m., Thu., Sept. 7, 10 p.m., Fri., Sept. 8, 7:10 p.m., Sat., Sept. 9, 3:50 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 10, 9:30 p.m.
Described by the authors as “a seed of a play,” this piece asks why we trust the maps of others—and how to trace your own path to invisible destinations. $6
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 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 its curly script and gilded trim.
Through Sept. 17
An exhibition of new work by emerging craftspeople in ceramics, jewellery, metal, textiles and book arts—including pieces by Kaas Ghanie, Laura Horrocks-Denis, Violeta Izquierdo, Amanda Kopas, Juliana Naccarato, Eunseon Park and Nicolas Soni.
Mondays, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Classic for a reason.
Mon., Sept. 4, 3:40 p.m., Fri., Sept. 8, 8:40 p.m., Sat., Sept. 9, 1:15 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m.
“I see dead people. ‘Nuff said.” is the tight description of this Fringe veteran’s 2017 offering. Enough said, indeed.
Through Jan. 31, 2018
The Dartmouth Heritage Museum examines the dark side’s story of what happened 100 years ago on the morning of December 6, 1917—including audio and interactive content available on www.dartmouthmuseum.ca by the end of July.
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.
Mon., Sept. 4, 10 p.m., Tue., Sept. 5, 7:50 p.m. and Wed., Sept. 6, 10:05 p.m.
Heist, the live art crew behind Halifax Fringe’s 2016 best of the fest The Princess Show, returns with a cabaret show full of hot messes sharing sickening talents.
Mondays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
There is snack time, reading circle, rhymes, games, crafts and more. free
Mon., Sept. 4, 8:20 p.m., Thu., Sept. 7, 9:30 p.m., Sat., Sept. 9, 2:30 & 8:40 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 10, 12 & 5:40 p.m.
This Grey Gardens-meets-Looney Tunespieces tells the story of three women living in isolation who have fallen prey to the vicious vanity of one: In a haunting world of shadows and make-believe, three enchantingly grotesque characters struggle with vanity, power, and who makes the rules. See it at the Old Pool Hall Theatre, 6050-6070 Almon Street.
Through Oct. 21
William Weedmark shares snaps of Iceland’s stunning landscape at this photography show held at the out-of-town (but worth the drive!) Gallery@theLinc.
Through Oct. 21
Deborah Washington shares her found and assembled art, made of bits gleaned from the historic Lunenburg Foundry, at this out-of-town (but worth the trip!) gallery.
Mon., Sept. 4, 8:30 p.m. and Fri., Sept. 8, 7 p.m.
Fringe artists and festival chair Kevin Kindred play Q&A in a live talk show style setting. The Sept 2 show is held at The Bus Stop Theatre (2203 Gottingen Street) while subsequent shows are held at Plan B, further down Gottingen at 2180.
Mon., Sept. 4, 8:30 p.m., Tue., Sept. 5, 9:30 p.m., Wed., Sept. 6, 7 p.m., Sat., Sept. 9, 3 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 10, 7 p.m.
Fresh off the plane from a European tour, Guy and Doll explore the spirit of adventure and romance through sharing their most awkward encounters on the road.
Through Sept. 10
Mon., Sept. 4, 5:15 & 10 p.m., Tue., Sept. 5, 8:25 p.m., Sat., Sept. 9, 10:30 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 10, 4:45 & 10:20 p.m.
This play, based on a short story by Ernest Buckler, sees a man navigating single parenthood in rural 1950s Nova Scotia.
Mon., Sept. 4, 12:45 p.m., Thu., Sept. 7, 10:15 p.m., Fri., Sept. 8, 7:10 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 9, 6 p.m.
All your favourite ’90s Canadiana commercials—from Winnie the Pooh to standard time—re-enacted live for your viewing pleasure.
Mon., Sept. 4, 1:45 p.m. and Fri., Sept. 8, 9:55 p.m.
Two young women—and their lonely mothers—navigate addictions that swing from alcohol to attention to early jazz in this sad comedy. Held at the Old Pool Hall Theatre (6050-6070 Almon Street).
Through Sept. 17
A historic, gothic church in rural PEI lights up all summer long as a slew of hot Maritime acts (think Matt Andersen, Tomato Tomato and Port Cities) perform under its pitched ceilings.
Mon., Sept. 4, 2:30 p.m., Sat., Sept. 9, 1 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 10, 5:55 p.m.
Michelle Leger’s play is stuffed with topics: Discussions about gender, transphobia, mental illness, assault, harassment and marshmallows are promised.
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 here. Whew!
Mondays, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.
Got the Monday blues? Paul Lamb’s guitar stylings will help you come around.
Mondays, 8 p.m.
A stellar lineup of comedians that explode on stage each week, spinning tales of magic and adventure. free
Mon., Sept. 4, 7 p.m., Tue., Sept. 5, 11 p.m., Fri., Sept. 8, 8:40 p.m., Sat., Sept. 9, 1:40 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 10, 5:30 p.m.
This magic show sees Jeff Newman messing with your head: Influencing your thoughts, making impossible predictions and even reading your mind. Using science, suggestion, and good old-fashioned trickery Newman will fool you badly, and you’ll love every minute of it.
Through Sept. 4
If your travels have you heading towards the South Shore, make a pit stop for Williams’ photography show capturing the region’s beauty in a fresh way.
Through Sept. 5
An ode to nature’s beauty, this show sees Cristine Sonntag’s ethereal, mixed-media paintings paired with Jean Hughes’ colourful, bohemian jewellery.
Through Sept. 22
Burns brings a slew of sea-themed canvases that catalogue crashing waves in their many glorious forms to Argyle Fine Art. It’s perfect timing as scenes like these seem to be harder to come by with summer’s end looming.
Mon., Sept. 4, 2:30 p.m., Tue., Sept. 5, 5:30 p.m. and Wed., Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m.
One day in 1949, seven-year-old Raymond Birch is following his typical morning routine—buttering toast, brushing teeth—while a graduate student from the University of Kansas records every last detail on a clipboard. The results of this research would propel that student to the top of his field—and this one person show envisions the true tale.
Mondays-Fridays, 7:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. and Sundays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Finding peace every week. free
Mondays, 5-9 p.m.
Mondays, 8 p.m.
Get ready to croon away the Monday blues.
Mon., Sept. 4, 2 p.m., Wed., Sept. 6, 8:30 p.m. and Thu., Sept. 7, 7:30 & 10:25 p.m.
A double bill about coming out late in life, this show sees one lesbian and one trans guy tell their frank, candid, funny and poignant stories.
Mon., Sept. 4, 7 p.m., Tue., Sept. 5, 8:30 p.m., Thu., Sept. 7, 6:40 p.m., Sat., Sept. 9, 10 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 10, 8:30 p.m.
Armchair philosophers, get ready as this sketch comedy duo answer life’s big questions: Can a light sabre be used as a musical instrument? Who invented public bathrooms? And what does the Hulk do on his days off?
Held at the Old Pool Hall Theatre (6050-6070 Almon Street). $5
Mon., Sept. 4, 8:30 p.m., Fri., Sept. 8, 5:40 p.m., Sat., Sept. 9, 5:45 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 10, 1:45 p.m.
Tackling the social stigmas and stereotypes surrounding palliative care, death and dying, The PEACE Project is an intimate and personal piece that’s the result of an interprovincial research collaboration.
Mon., Sept. 4, 7 p.m., Tue., Sept. 5, 8:40 p.m., Wed., Sept. 6, 8:30 & 10:45 p.m. and Thu., Sept. 7, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.
A concert pianist invites you into her world with this comedy showing how she keeps her spirits up in the midst of troublesome times.
Through Oct. 2
Artists from around the globe created these posters based on interpretations of text by Duncan Harper. The theme? Navigating wellbeing.
Through April 1, 2018
Editorial cartoonist Bruce MacKinnon premieres his latest renderings of the various residents of 24 Sussex Drive—from John A. Macdonald to Justin Trudeau—with this solo show.
First Monday of every month, 8:30 p.m. and First Tuesday of every month, 8:30 p.m.
Chanel Freire and Richie Bell host this open mic that aims to grow local comedy, one laugh at a time. Get in on the fun(ny) times Tuesdays at Oasis or Mondays at The Local (2037 Gottingen Street).
Mon., Sept. 4, 2:15 p.m., Tue., Sept. 5, 5 p.m., Wed., Sept. 6, 5:20 p.m., Thu., Sept. 7, 5:15 p.m., Sat., Sept. 9, 8:45 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 10, 1:40 p.m.
This drama, set in the fictional, rural Black community of Coleville, NS, follows down-on-her-luck socialite Vicki Flemming’s return to her childhood home. As she attempts to bridge a relationship with her sister Allee, a born-again christian, both women’s lives end up in tatters.
Mon., Sept. 4, 9:40 p.m., Wed., Sept. 6, 9:25 p.m., Fri., Sept. 8, 8:25 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 9, 7:10 p.m.
Matt Hertendy brings his Ottawa Fringe show east, sharing a tale of a rideshare agreement gone awry, forcing two troubled strangers to spend time in the great Eastern Ontario wilderness, getting to know each other. Held at the Old Pool Hall Theatre (6050-6070 Almon Street).
Mondays, 10:30 p.m.
Big bucks are up for grabs. Play on. $4
Hosted by Jackie Smith with prizes by Pizza Pizza.
Through Sept. 10
Take a journey up north through SakKijâjuk (“to be visible”), the first exhibition of its size and scale to highlight work from the Nunatsiavut region. The autonomous area is claimed by the Inuit people of Newfoundland and Labrador, and it achieved self-government in 2005. The Inuit artists and crafters have used a variety of traditional materials, such as stone, wood, fur, beads and saltwater seagrass. The results are everything from carvings to wearable art to basketry. The AGNS will also display more contemporary works, including painting, photography, ceramics and video.
Mon., Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m., Tue., Sept. 5, 9 p.m. and Wed., Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m.
What happens when the lights go up and the actors onstage don’t know their lines? Find out at this fully improvised play that sees longtime friends and seasoned improvisers build a funny, sad and intense world before your eyes.
Mon., Sept. 4, 6:30 p.m., Tue., Sept. 5, 9:30 p.m., Wed., Sept. 6, 7:45 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 9, 1 & 7:10 p.m.
After Callie meets Sara, the two unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss provokes a violent attack that transforms their lives in a way they could never anticipate.
Mon., Sept. 4, 5:30 p.m., Tue., Sept. 5, 5:30 p.m., Wed., Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m., Thu., Sept. 7, 5:10 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 9, 11:30 a.m.
This modern thriller explores what can happen in a small town when family and politics become uncomfortable bedfellows. A dark comedy (with even darker secrets), the show is held at the Old Pool Hall Theatre (6050-6070 Almon Street).
Mon., Sept. 4, 8:15 p.m., Wed., Sept. 6, 6:15 p.m., Thu., Sept. 7, 8:30 p.m., Fri., Sept. 8, 7:15 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 10, 6:45 p.m.
This play picks up six months after The Final Problem, as Dr John Watson returns to 221B Baker Street to collect on a promise to an old friend. Amongst the debris of his mystery-solving days, Watson relives the twisted riddle that claimed the life of his partner, Sherlock Holmes. Authors Dan Bray and Jacob Sampson call it “a new comedy by two Benedict Cumberbatch fans who have seen The Great Mouse Detective and, on occasion borrowed books from the library.” We call it a bound-to-be-epic tribute to the greatest English detective of all time.
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
Mon., Sept. 4, 6 p.m., Tue., Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m., Wed., Sept. 6, 6 p.m., Thu., Sept. 7, 6 p.m., Fri., Sept. 8, 5:30 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 9, 6 p.m.
A weaving of stories written by children across the country, TRUNK! follows the magical, musical adventures of Daisy, Oliver and their dragon.
Mondays. Continues through Sept. 17
PEI’s longest-running independent theatre company has a slew of summer offerings worth driving over the bridge for, from smart comedies to Island storytelling. Adding extra oomph to their season? Every Monday through July and August, a different singer-songwriter will perform an intimate set. The lineup’s list includes Amelia Curran and Old Man Luedecke, but you can get the full roster (and details) at victoriaplayhouse.com.
Through Sept. 29
A collection of portrait shots by Deedee Morris, this show explores the relationship women have with what the artist describes as their “wild selves”: The part of us lying beyond the day-to-day, the part that’s innate and instinctual. Each photo displays this “wild self” for an intimate, deep gaze into the subject.
Through Nov. 5
Ian Willms documents his father’s months of hospitalization (and eventual death) following a motorcycle accident. Unframed photos printed on easily-bruised, tissue-weight tracing paper stand despite a fraught relationship, capturing unknown emotional terrain through love, grief and mortality.
Mon., Sept. 4, 4 p.m., Thu., Sept. 7, 8:35 p.m., Fri., Sept. 8, 5:30 p.m., Sat., Sept. 9, 12 & 10:30 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 10, 12 p.m.
It’s a cascade of 25 colorful characters, all bundled up in a true-to-life tale, sharing the life and times of Woody Guthrie—and the songs he sang about them.