Monday May 21st – Victoria Day

If you are looking for things to do in Halifax for Victoria Day here is a comprehensive list (Thank you to the Coast)

 

Victoria Day tea party

Mon., May 21, 2-4 p.m.

902-423-6331

Food & Drink

Chase your viewing of the royal wedding with another British tradition: afternoon tea. Nibble crustless sandwiches and sip your steeped leaf water while wearing a “fascinating hat” for the chance to win a prize. Victorian dress is welcomed but not required, and the good times go down in the hotel’s ballroom. $25

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Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

1515 South Park Street, Halifax South End

Victoria Day tea party

 

 

Cole Harbour Heritage Farm season launch

Mon., May 21, 1-4 p.m.

902-434-0222

Outdoors

Cole Harbour Heritage Farm get things started with a weather-permitting outdoor party featuring produce and gardening vendors, food trucks, seed-starting activities for kids and the return of the farm’s animal friends.

Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum

471 Poplar Drive, Cole Harbour Out of Town

Cole Harbour Heritage Farm season launch

 

 

Lou Sheppard artist talk

Mon., May 21, 6-9 p.m.

902-422-9668

Lecture

Current Khyber artist-in-residence Lou Sheppard discusses their dance project documenting “a choreographic translation of the diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria” at this talk.

Khyber Centre for the Arts

1880 Hollis Street, Halifax North End

Lou Sheppard artist talk

 

No Date, No Signature screening

Mon., May 21, 6-9 p.m.

902-424-7353

Film Screening

A coroner at a medical office is confronted by a familiar corpse in this 2017 critical darling.

Museum of Natural History

1747 Summer Street, Halifax South End

 

 

 

 

Del Barber w/The Mighty River

Mon., May 21, 8-11 p.m.

902-422-6335

Live Music

The Carleton calls this a “‘discovery night’ because you may not be familiar with the acts but we think you should be”—both acts hail from western Canada, with Del Barber offering earnest singer-songwriter stylings and The Mighty River delivering a baritone spin on post-post-rock. $12.50/$15

The Carleton

1685 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown

Del Barber w/The Mighty River

 

Colours of the Earth

Through June 3

902-420-0854

Galleries

Ted Coldwell’s solo show is stuffed with snaps of rock formations that celebrate nature’s colour palette.

ViewPoint Gallery

1272 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington

 

inflate

Through July 8

902-492-2522

Galleries

Catherine Allen’s exhibit dives into the deep end of the imagination as it shows children’s early representations of self: “Over the past two years, Allen collaborated with children ages three to seven to draw portraits of themselves and their families and then ‘inflated’ these images into jewellery objects,” the artist’s statement explains.

Mary E. Black Gallery

1061 Marginal Road, Halifax Waterfront

 

Maritime Tattoo Festival

Through May 21

902-490-4614

Meeting

The 12th annual tattoo fest helps you get some grade-a ink.

Halifax Forum

2901 Windsor Street, Halifax West End

Maritime Tattoo Festival

 

Reflections on Memorial Tattoos

Through Oct. 29

Other Spaces

Held in the main floor of the MSVU library, this collection of snaps explores the meaning and purpose of commemorative tattoos.

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway, Halifax Bayers Lake/Fairview/Clayton Park

 

 

Shaydid

May 21-26

902-425-1501

Live Music

Shaydid probably do the best cover ever of Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” so wear your dancing shoes to this party.

The Lower Deck, Halifax

1887 Upper Water Street, Halifax Waterfront

Shaydid

 

Stages Theatre Festival 2018

May 21-June 3

Stages Theatre Festival

Eastern Front Theatre’s celebration of plays at various stages of development returns to theatre spaces around town.

Stages Theatre Festival 2018

 

Sure Thing The Closer Together Things Are

Through May 27

902-420-5445

Galleries

The gallery describes this show best: “The Closer Together Thing Are explores the space between difference and similarity that arises from intense observation and consideration. It focuses on the proximity of time, heredity, frottage, palette, concept and presentation. Under close scrutiny, the most mundane objects and situations can compel us. The more we look, the more variations surface; differences arise from things that once seemed identical, and sameness arises from things that once seemed unrelated. The exploration of nearness guides how the artworks interact with one another though proximity, mirroring, repetition and reinterpretation.”

Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery

Loyola Building, 5865 Gorsebrook Avenue, Halifax South End

 

Sure Thing The Light Fantastic

Through Sept. 16

902-424-5280

Galleries

Questioning identity, sexuality and the seeming futility of existence, this group show of works in neon, video, print and paint recalls John Milton’s 1645 poem about the nature of existence. “In an anxious political climate, compounded by challenging questions of nationality, indigenization and sexual identity, artists in this exhibition set forward with urgency to shine a greater light on uncomfortable issues,” the gallery adds.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

1723 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown

 

Sure Thing A Strong Desire

Through May 26

902-422-9668

Galleries

Khyber artist-in-residence Lou Sheppard traces the space where meaning is lost in translation, envisioning it as a queer space and exploring how the diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria fits within it.

Khyber Centre for the Arts

1880 Hollis Street, Halifax North End

 

Members Pick Open meditation sessions

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

902-420-1118

Health & Wellness

Finding peace every week. free

Shambhala Centre

1084 Tower Road, Halifax South End

 

April Showers

Through May 31

Galleries

A group show focussing on florals and featuring the works of Fuze, Tylor McNeil, Eleni Manolakos, Rhonda Marineau, Sanna Rahola, Lisa-Maj Roos and Al Simm.

14 Bells Fine Art Gallery

5523 Young Street, Halifax North End

 

Ascension

Through June 6

902-420-1852

Galleries

Charley Young’s new series of drawings, based on helicopter travels through the Rocky Mountains, are in the perfectly sweet spot between blink-and-you’ll-miss-it minimalist and texture-rich rendition of the alpine landscape.

Studio 21

1273 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown

 

Awakening

Through June 6

902-446-4077

Galleries

As nature begins to awaken from a long winter’s nap, Chris Sonntag and Jean Hughes celebrate climbing temperatures and the optimism of spring with canvases of flowering trees and fine jewellery in dozens of shades of green.

Art 1274 Hollis

1274 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown

 

Behind Closed Doors

Through May 27

902-403-0030

Galleries

Erica Flake explores her artistic practice with drawings, maps and three-dimensional photographs during her Hermes artist residency and exhibition.

Hermes

5682 North Street, Halifax North End

 

Summer Guide Fall Guide Blue Rocks

Through Nov. 4

902-424-5280

Galleries

A retrospective show tracing how two years living in the rural community of Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia, shaped the artistic practice of painter Marsden Hartley, this exhibit highlights how this American modernist was able to make good on the wish of his artistic movement and live a more authentic, simple life—captured in his canvases.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

1723 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown

 

Collision in the Narrows: The 1917 Halifax Harbour Explosion

Through Nov. 4

902-424-7490, 902-424-6447 (events)

Museums

While the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic’s permanent nod to the Halifax Explosion, Halifax Wrecked, shows what the Explosion did, this exhibit takes the next step: Viewing the events of December 6, 1917 through the lenses of a deeply rooted indigenous culture, a global maritime culture and a Canadian national culture, Collision in the Narrows explains what it means for those who suffered the explosion and for the city today.

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax Waterfront

 

Erotic Landscapes

Through June 3

902-461-4698

Galleries

Carlos Gomez crafts colourful, texture-rich landscapes featuring sunbathing beauties in works he says “are related to femininity, beauty and power. Women and femininity have always remained a strong focus and inspiration for my work. This series is an homage to the feminine,” his artist’s statement adds.

Craig Gallery

Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth Dartmouth

 

Eyelevel Reshelving Initiative: Inner/ Outer space

Through June 8

902-425-6412

Galleries

Eyelevel Gallery “imagines new worlds, possible futures and forgotten pasts” through this show of printed matter featuring over 70 works by a group of 40 new artists, and many more from the gallery’s bookstore archive. See some of the works at Eyelevel’s new digs (100-5663 Cornwallis Street) as well as at a host of off-site spots, like Beaver Sailor Diner, One Block Barbershop, South House, Alteregos Cafe, Seven Bays Bouldering, Pramana, Java Blend Coffee Roasting and more.

Eyelevel Gallery

5663 Cornwallis Street, Suite 100, Halifax North End

Eyelevel Reshelving Initiative: Inner/ Outer space

 

Folk/Funk

Through July 15

902-424-5280

Galleries

Get a serious spoonful of whimsy at this ceramic show featuring politcally-charged, satirical works by both professional and folk artists. A highlight? The gallery’s recently-acquired collection of ceramic platters by folk artist Edouard Jasmin, which depict scenes of recent Quebec history.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

1723 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown

 

Hiroshige: The 53 Stations of the Tokaido

Through March 17, 2019

902-424-5280

Galleries

An epic, sprawling retrospective celebrating Utagawa Hiroshige, one of the greatest artists of Japan’s Ukiyo—e genre, sees original 1834 woodcut prints of the artists’ middle-class scenes displayed in a complete set.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

1723 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown

 

Members Pick Mamma Mia!

Through June 3 and Through July 15

902-429-7070

Theatre

A mother, a daughter and three possible dads: ABBA’s classic tale of criss-crossed family ties gets the full theatre treatment with this play.

Neptune Theatre

1593 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown

 

Red

Through June 6

902-420-1852

Galleries

Marilyn McAvoy’s figurative paintings are inspired by song lyrics and the shadows cast backstage, capturing the women who wove in and out of her life during her days “living a life surrounded by live music.”

Studio 21

 

Refuge Canada

Through Nov. 11

902-425-7770

Museums

“Refugees face fear, shattered lives and often dangerous voyages in search of refuge,” The Canadian Museum of Immigration says of its latest exhibit, a sprawling session of refugee contributions and success stories that also acknowledges Canada’s sometimes-spotty record of welcoming those in need to our shores.

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

1055 Marginal Road, Halifax Waterfront

 

SS Atlantic: Immigrant Ship Disaster

Through May 31

902-425-7770

Museums

“On April 1, 1873, the White Star ocean liner SS Atlantic sank at Lower Prospect near Halifax with nearly 1,000 people aboard—most of them Irish, English, Scandinavian and German immigrants. The wreck was a precursor to the White Star Line’s loss of SS Titanic in 1912 and was Canada’s worst shipwreck until the sinking of the SS Empress of Ireland in 1914,” The Canadian Museum of Immigration explains. Explore the tragedy at the museum’s exhibit filled with rare artifacts from the wreck.

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

1055 Marginal Road, Halifax Waterfront

 

Teichert Gallery group show

Through May 28

902-424-3087

Galleries

Over 70 new works by 51 local artists await.

Teichert Gallery

1723 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown

Teichert Gallery group show

 

Transatlantique: The Art of Fashion and Costume Design in Paris and Halifax

Through Sept. 23

902-424-5280

Galleries

This exhibit traces the history and trends of costume design in Halifax and their Parisian Art Deco influences.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

1723 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown

Transatlantique: The Art of Fashion and Costume Design in Paris and Halifax

 

Works by Erin Hollingshead

Through June 1

Galleries

Erin Hollingshead arrives at Gallery Nineteen Nineteen with realistic portraits of contemporary women that have an element of the fantastical thrown into the mix.

Gallery Nineteen Nineteen

6025 Stanley Street, Halifax North End

Works by Erin Hollingshead

 

Works by Peggy Beaton and Renate Gosain

Through May 31

Galleries

The art gallery airport treats your eyeballs while you wait at arrivals with a selection of Nova Scotian scenes by Peggy Beaton and Renate Gosain.

Artport Gallery

1 Bell Blvd, Enfield (Inside Halifax Stanfield International Airport), Enfield Out of Town

Works by Peggy Beaton and Renate Gosain

 

DJ Tony Haze

Fridays, 10 p.m. and Mondays, 10 p.m.

902-425-3039

DJ + Dancing

The legendary martini spot makes Monday the hottest night of the week with drink deals and dope beats.

The Bitter End

1572 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown

DJ Tony Haze

 

Moose Mondays w/DJ Tom Fleming

Mondays

902-407-3170

DJ + Dancing

free

Toothy Moose Cabaret

1661 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown

 

One Man Show

Mondays

902-423-6113

Live Music

Halifax Alehouse

1717 Brunswick Street, Halifax Downtown

 

Rolling Rockstar Karaoke

Mondays

902-421-1655

Karaoke

Hosted by Jackie Smith with prizes by Pizza Pizza.

Cheers Bar & Grill

1741 Grafton Street, Halifax Downtown

 

Family Play Group

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

Meeting

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

Fairview United Church

3524 Dutch Village, Halifax Bayers Lake/Fairview/Clayton Park

 

Open Mic Night w/Larry and Friends

Mondays, 5-9 p.m.

902-462-7827

Open Mic

The Perfect Pour Pub & Grill

19 Norm Newman Drive, Dartmouth, Halifax Dartmouth

Open Mic Night w/Larry and Friends

 

Members Pick Dave MacIsaac & Louis Benoit

Mondays, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

902-492-4900

Live Music

Classic for a reason.

The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse

5136 Prince Street, Halifax Downtown

Dave MacIsaac & Louis Benoit

 

Karaoke w/Chrissy Snow

Mondays, 8-11 p.m.

Karaoke

Rock ‘n’ roll karaoke gets your week started on the right note.

Sniggily Wiggily’s Beer and Booze Concreatery

1665 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown

Karaoke w/Chrissy Snow

 

MegaComedyMondays

Mondays, 8 p.m.

902-423-7786

Comedy Etc.

A stellar lineup of comedians that explode on stage each week, spinning tales of magic and adventure. free

Gus’ Pub & Grill

2605 Agricola Street, Halifax North End

MegaComedyMondays

 

Trivia Night at Durty Nelly’s

Mondays, 8 p.m.

902-406-7640

Trivia

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 Pub

1645 Argyle Street (at Sackville), Halifax Downtown

 

Karaoke with Laurie The Guy

Mondays, 9 p.m.

902-406-3661

Karaoke

Laurie The Guy guides you through your five minutes of fame!

Staggers Pub & Grub

26 Portland Street, Dartmouth Dartmouth

Karaoke with Laurie The Guy

 

Live Music Monday W/Paul Lamb

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

902-431-1726

Live Music

Got the Monday blues? Paul Lamb’s guitar stylings will help you come around.

The Auction House

1726 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown

Live Music Monday W/Paul Lamb

 

Oasis open mic Mondays with hosts Wendy Martin and Genny Dow

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

902-422-2227

Open Mic

Oasis

5661 Spring Garden Road, Halifax Spring Garden

Oasis open mic Mondays with hosts Wendy Martin and Genny Dow

 

$Rockin’ 4 Dollar$

Mondays, 10:30 p.m.

Live Music

Big bucks are up for grabs. Play on. $4

The Marquee Ballroom

2037 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End

$Rockin’ 4 Dollar$