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Halifax

Concierge Q&A

Trevor MacRae joined Casino Nova Scotia in 2004 after completing a commerce degree at Dalhousie University. He started his career at the casino working in the Slots Department where he gained valuable knowledge in customer service and casino management. In 2011, he became an executive host.

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What’s the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is the guests. Walking the casino floor talking with guests, looking for any opportunity to create a great experience or memory for them.

What’s the best place to find a unique Halifax souvenir?

Definitely NovaScotian Crystal. They have some beautiful pieces of crystal, from scotch and wine glasses to vases and everything in between.

What’s your pick for Halifax’s can’t-miss tourist destination?

If you are a history enthusiast Halifax Citadel is the place to go. Partake in a walking tour of the fort and learn its rich history. Also don’t miss out on the firing of the noon gun!

What’s your favourite spot for a romantic dinner downtown?

A little gem that goes overlooked is Trapeze restaurant located here at Casino Nova Scotia. Trapeze has a beautiful view of the waterfront perfect for a romantic dinner. With a newly updated menu the food is superb and the staff is exceptional.

April Fools

By Trevor J. Adams

Now in its 19th year, the Halifax Comedy Fest has become the East Coast’s biggest comedic event of the year. This year, it runs from April 23 to 26, with an all-star lineup that includes Jeremy Hotz (a veteran of Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival) and Canadian comedy legend Mike MacDonald.

Comedian Mike MacDonald. Photo: Couvrette/Ottawa

Comedian Mike MacDonald. Photo: Couvrette/Ottawa

Always a favourite in Halifax, Hotz has grabbed fans with his completely original and confused, yet very astute, observational comedy. He won a Gemini Award for “Best Performance in a Comedy Show or Series” for his work in the celebrated series, The Newsroom on CBC and PBS and was a staff writer and performer on The Jon Stewart Show.

Hotz headlines the Gala of Laughs on Friday, April 25 at the Spatz Theatre. Mark Critch, a veteran of the CBC news satire This Hour Has 22 Minutes, hosts the show. The lineup also includes Greg Morton, Cathy Jones, Leland Klassen, Nathan Macintosh, Kelly Taylor, Ryan Belleville, Chuck Byrn and Tim Nutt.

And comic veteran Mike MacDonald closes out the festival at the Gala of Laughs Finale back at the Spatz Theatre on April 26. MacDonald’s many credits include Late Night with David Letterman, The Arsenio Hall Show and the Just For Laughs festival. He has also written and starred in several CBC/Showtime specials of his own, including Mike MacDonald, On Target, My House! My Rules and Happy As I Can Be. Critch returns to host the finale, which also includes Dave Hemstad, Mike Delamont, Ophira Eisenberg, Angelo Tsarouchas, Andrew Evans, Pete Zedlacher, and Derek Edwards.

MacDonald will also perform as part of the Opening Gala at Casino Nova Scotia’s Schooner Room on April 23. Ryan Belleville hosts; also performing are Darryl Orr, Kyle Radke, Mike Delamont, Ian Black, Nile Seguin, Rob Pue, DeAnne Smith and Gilson Lubin. The show time is 7:30 p.m.

There is a lot more comedy on the schedule, too. The Casino also hosts the All Star Show on Thursday, April 24, in the Schooner Room. Dave Hemstad hosts, and the lineup also includes Greg Morton, Leland Klassen,

Chuck Byrn, Angelo Tsarouchas, Pete Zedlacher, Ophira Eisenberg, Tim Nutt and Derek Edwards.

Saint Lucian comedian Gilson Lubin will host LMAO on Friday, April 25 at the Seahorse Tavern. The show also features, Doug Mutai, Kyle Radke, DeAnne Smith, Ian Black and Keith Pedro. The same night, Dartmouth’s Alderney Landing hosts a show with Mike Delamont, DeAnne Smith and Emo Philips.

Pete Zedlacher hosts the Pub Comedy double feature on April 26 at the The Lower Deck in the Historic Properties. Darryl Orr, Doug Mutai, Jane Stanton and Nile Seguin will perform at 1 p.m. and Nathan Macintosh, Keith Pedro, Kelly Taylor, Andrew Evans and Stephanie Tolev will perform at 3 p.m.

For more information on the comedians and shows, and to buy tickets, surf to halifaxcomedyfest.ca.

April Hot Dining

By Janice Hudson

BEST IN BURGERS

Cheese Curds Gourmet Burgers and Poutinerie

Cheese Curds Gourmet Burgers and Poutinerie

•A short walk from the Halifax Common on Quinpool Road, Relish Gourmet Burgers includes a variety of burgers inspired by different people and places. Sample the restaurant’s signature burger, the Halifax Explosion, featuring a fresh-cut pineapple ring dusted in habanero powder topped with pancetta bacon and aged cheddar, and served with curried onion frites.

•Downtown on Argyle Street, Flipburger boasts some 10 signature burgers, plus house-made sauces and fresh-cut fries. The Blue Cheese and Bacon burger features fresh blue cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and local double-smoked bacon. Wash it down with an old-fashioned milkshake (try the Peanut Butter Banana Bacon flavour), a beer or a glass of wine.

•In Dartmouth, head over to Cheese Curds Gourmet Burgers and Poutinerie on Pleasant Street where chef Bill Pratt serves up a bevy of gourmet burgers, including pork, salmon, lamb, veggie and beef dressed any way you like. Give your taste buds a work out with the TNT Spicy Burger with jalapeno peppers and blackened beef.

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Diandra Phipps. Photo: Janice Hudson

Diandra Phipps. Photo: Janice Hudson

See what the buzz is about at EnVie, a top-notch vegan eatery on the corner of Agricola and Charles streets in the North End. Restaurateurs Diandra Phipps and Cory Urquhart take vegan cuisine up a notch with a creative menu (that is 90 per cent gluten-free) that features many comfort food classics like eggs benedict, vegan ribs and an indulgent vegan grilled cheese, plus decadent vegan desserts. Try the raw chocolate torte with an almond-date crust.

DINER REDEFINED

Photo: Terra Ciolfe

Photo: Terra Ciolfe

Steps away from the Armdale Rotary on Chebucto Road, the Armview Restaurant and Lounge has a stylish décor with a contemporary Canadian menu, featuring delicious daily specials, inventive sandwiches, fresh seafood, weekend brunch offerings and much more. Sandwich fans will love the Dogwood—smoked meat, chicken, bacon and chorizo sausage topped with cheddar, lettuce and tomato on a ciabatta bun.

BANGKOK CALLING

Baan Thai

Baan Thai

•At Talay Thai on Barrington Street, you’ll find dishes with seafood, chicken, beef, pork and more. Turn up the heat with a signature dish like Pat Chaa Beef, featuring stir-fried sliced beef with ginger, red pepper, basil, chilies and green beans in a flavourful curry sauce. Popular with locals, the restaurant offers a reasonably priced lunch menu with many top dishes.

Baan Thai on Blowers Street has a fresh menu and colourful furnishings from Bangkok. Choose from any number of curries, Pad Thai or a special all-you-can-eat lunch buffet on Tuesdays and Fridays. The delicious dinner menu offers chicken satay, calamari, fish cakes, spring rolls plus much more.

March Hot Dining

By Janice Hudson

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VEGGIE SOCIAL

A leader in Halifax’s emerging vegan scene, Wild Leek on Windsor Street specializes in made-from-scratch vegan comfort food. Chef Kirsten Taggart brings her extensive background working in many of Canada’s top restaurants to her menu at Wild Leek, boasting an array of classic options and daily specials (many items are gluten, dairy and nut-free), such as mac’n cheese, seitan sandwich, and the popular coconut bacon “CBLT.” Wash it down with a fresh-squeezed juice or smoothie and be sure to save room for one of Taggart’s famous gourmet cupcakes.

Chef Luis Clavel. Photo: Riley Smith

Chef Luis Clavel. Photo: Riley Smith

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Check out the latest creations from award-winning Chef Luis Clavel at Season’s by Atlantica on Robie Street, overlooking the Halifax Common. Specializing in modern, eclectic Canadian food, Clavel dishes up the classics with a twist and loves featuring fresh local ingredients. The restaurant has been undergoing a major renovation this winter and is due to open early this month, unveiling a chic new layout and décor.

Sawadee Tea House

Sawadee Tea House

COZY VIBE

•With over 375 varieties of premium and loose tea on offer, Sawadee Tea House on Granville Street has a flavour to match every taste. Originally from Thailand, proprietress Mie Mie Sein loves sharing with customers her extensive knowledge of tea and her background as an herbalist and Ayurvedic apprentice. Check out the exotic wares, furniture and unique décor in the on-site shop.

•Savour a pint of good brew at Rogue’s Roost, a second-level microbrewery tucked away uptown on Spring Garden Road. Brewmaster Lorenzo Romano makes some of the finest brews in Halifax, including a variety of ales and the popular Russian Imperial Stout. The menu offers classic pub fare with nachos, sandwiches and seafood chowder.

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NACHOS AND RHYTHM

The Economy Shoe Shop on Argyle Street is the perfect go-to spot for nacho lovers. But this popular hang out for locals has lots more to explore. The walls showcase eclectic local artwork (the owner is a local set designer) and jazz music abounds every Monday night, perfect for jazz aficionados wanting to check out the scene in Halifax.

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STORY TIME

Specializing in innovative food and wine, Stories at The Halliburton on Morris Street is an intimate, multi-level setting to savour some of Halifax’s best regional cuisine. Chef Scott Vail’s menu changes with the seasons to showcase flavourful local ingredients and fresh East Coast seafood, as well as several innovative game options, including duck, boar and venison.

March Hot Shopping

By Suzanne Rent

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BEST BLOSSOMS

•Bring on spring with a fresh flower arrangement. Dean’s Flowers on Stanley Street has arrangements with all of the best spring blossoms such as orchids, roses, tulips, gerberas and more. Colorful, bright and fragrant, these arrangements are a reminder that spring is just around the corner.

•For a unique flower arrangement and maybe even a lesson, stop into Ikebana Shop on Quinpool Road. Ikebana is the art of Japanese flower arrangement and these styles are sleek, elegant, with a mix of textures and flora will bring a peace and calmness to any space.

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SWEET GOODNESS

This is the season of maple syrup and as the sap runs from the trees, head out to Acadian Maple in Upper Tantallon where you can find the best and sweetest of the maple syrup treats on the market. Shop for everything from maple-flavoured coffee and confections, wine and preserves. And of course, you can also pick up a bottle of pure Canadian maple syrup.

Photo: Nova Scotia Tourism Agency

Photo: Nova Scotia Tourism Agency

FRESH FROM THE SEA

Pick up a feed of lobster, the famous local fare, at Clearwater on Bedford Highway or at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Grab several pounds of this rich treat for a feast for friends and family or to take on the plane as a gift from your travels. On the menu are other delicious Nova Scotia seafood products such as wild scallops, clams, shrimp and snow crab.

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FRAME OF MIND

Highlight those special photos or pieces of artwork in an equally beautiful frame from Frame-It on Spring Garden Road. All the frames are completed in this downtown shop and made from Canadian-made materials and products whenever possible. There are more than 1,000 styles of frames and more than 500 mat colours available. Consultants will work with you on a design that fits your budget and the piece of art you’d like to display.

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SPRING STYLE

Get a start on your spring wardrobe with some help from Unicorn at Bishop’s Landing on the Halifax waterfront. With a large selection of European imports and head-to-toe service, the shop offers a selection of brands, including Periphery, Luisa Cerano, Crea Concept, Riani and more. The store also carries a selection of jewelry, footwear, handbags, as well as bridal accessories.

Strange Adventures

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Comic book lovers will appreciate the findings at Strange Adventures at its two locations on Prince Street in Halifax and Portland Place in Dartmouth. Known as “Canada’s Best Comic Shop,” the store carries comics, graphics novels and manga. New releases are on the shelves every Wednesday. In-store book signings and Free Comic Book Day are always treats awaiting comic fans.

Gastronomical Nirvana

By Trevor J. Adams

 

Photo: Tammy Fancy

Photo: Tammy Fancy

When you put on an event like the Savour food and wine show year after year, you can become a victim of your own success. How do you make an event that is—by most accounts, already a popular success—bigger, better and fresher each year?

Organizer Gordon Stewart, executive director of the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia, and his team may have found a way, though. “We’re changing the length and format,” he says. “We’ve rebranded. We really want to create a great winter festival for Nova Scotia and incorporate the winter wine festival.”

The event, which used to run about four weeks, now spans from January 30 to March 6, and has been renamed the Savour Food & Wine Winter Festival. The main event remains the Savour Food & Wine Show at the Cunard Centre on March 6, which will feature some 75 exhibitors sharing samples (all included in the ticket price) of the province’s best culinary offerings. “The goal of the Savour show is to highlight the diversity of Nova Scotia’s food offerings,” Stewart says. “It gives diners a chance to mingle with chefs and food producers, and really discover new things.”

The show, with three hours of non-stop tasting sensations, has doubled in size since it began a decade ago. “This will be the biggest Savour show ever,” Stewart says. “This year we’re excited to have more artisan cheeses, and tasting options like that. It’s a chance to learn more, have more fun and discover things from around the province.”

Photo: Tammy Fancy

Photo: Tammy Fancy

Participating chefs are busy considering what they’ll offer. At the Press Gang on Prince Street, Chef Jason Townes is keeping his cards close to his vest, but reveals he’s considering some variation on the pork chop. “I want something that reflects well on the restaurant, and shows what I can do,” he explains. “I want to give people something they’ll remember.”

While you have to wait until March to see what Townes and his fellow exhibitors come up with, the festival offers many other events through the winter to whet your appetite. It begins with the Imbibe cocktail tasting at Casino Nova Scotia on Upper Water Street on January 30. The province’s top mixologists will offer some 40 sample cocktails, featuring premium products and paired with hors d’oeuvres and live music.

Throughout February, restaurants around the province will take part in the festival’s Dine Out program, offering special three-course prix fixe menus, showcasing an array of Nova Scotian flavours. And on February 6, action returns to the Casino for the Decadence: Chocolate, Wine & Cheese tasting. Students from the Nova Scotia Community College’s acclaimed Pastry Arts and Culinary Arts programs will strut their stuff, pairing fine chocolate and cheese dishes with carefully chosen wines. And serious wine drinkers mustn’t miss the Rare & Fine Wine tasting at the Casino on February 21. Sample from some 30 rare wines, none of which are usually available in Nova Scotia, and all scoring 90+ points in major wine rankings.

January & February Hot Dining

By Janice Hudson

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SWEET RELIEF

Specializing in decadent desserts and unique cocktails, The Middle Spoon Desserterie and Bar on Barrington Street is a chic spot to indulge your sweet tooth. The peanut butter pie is a customer favourite featuring a rich, house-made peanut butter cup on the side, or go for a make-your-own sundae with over a dozen toppings to choose from. Pair your sweet indulgence with an equally impressive cocktail featuring fresh-squeezed juices and house-made syrups.

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PIE IN THE SKY

Located in the heart of North End Halifax’s historic Hydrostone Market, Salvatore’s Pizzaiolo Trattoria on Young Street specializes in made-from-scratch, olive oil-brushed thin-crust pizzas. Choose from over 12 artisinal combinations (“the Rodger” is a favourite, featuring roasted garlic with sautéed mushrooms, romano cheese and a hint of cayenne pepper) and don’t forget about the salads—the caesar is a top pick with fresh-grated Parmesan and a house-made dressing. If the weather leaves you snow-bound, Salvatore’s offers free delivery on pizza orders within the Halifax peninsula.

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Durty Nelly’s

COZY VIBE

•Fireplaces dot the interior of The Fireside on Sackville Street—while away a cold winter’s night over a Spanish coffee or an inventive martini (drop in on a Monday and the martinis are half price). Nosh on a gourmet sandwich, French onion soup or try the warm spinach salad.

•A Halifax institution for great craft beers, Rockbottom Brewpub on Spring Garden Road boasts six eclectic handcrafted brews, plus a bevy of wine and cocktail options. The menu offers classic pub fare with pasta, steak, salads and more.

•Experience a taste of Irish comfort at Durty Nelly’s on the corner of Argyle and Sackville streets. Take in a local band and enjoy a pint of your favourite brew while digging into some traditional Irish cuisine classics, like lamb shank or corned beef and cabbage.

Chef Andrew Farrell

Chef Andrew Farrell

EDITOR’S CHOICE

Chef Andrew Farrell of 2 Doors Down loves whipping up soulful recipes like smoked N.S pork chop with deep-fried mac ’n cheese that are guaranteed to take the edge off of a cold winter’s night. After picking up three awards at the recent Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia awards show, including Where Halifax’s nod for Best New Restaurant, this restaurant on Barrington Street is making waves in Halifax’s fine-dining scene. Farrell picks the freshest local ingredients to craft his delicious recipes. Try the baked-to-order weekly traditional pot-pie, featuring meat from nearby Getaway Farm or fresh seafood from local fishmongers.

January & February Hot Shopping

By Trevor J. Adams

 

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LOVING LOCAL

For centuries, Atlantic Canada has been home to unique products, brands and businesses. The Lost Cod clothing line celebrates that rich heritage with tees and hoodies emblazoned with logos like the Nova Scotia Voyageurs (the region’s first American Hockey League) and Starr Skates (originators of the modern skate). Its waterfront kiosk is closed for the winter, but you can order online or visit the Lost Cod pop-up stores that frequently appear at the Uncommon Grounds cafés.

 

Bishop's Cellar

Bishop’s Cellar

FOR THE WINE LOVER

In stylish Bishop’s Landing on Lower Water Street, Bishop’s Cellar is an upscale wine spirits and beer store, specializing in varieties and vintages you won’t find elsewhere. It also hosts regular tasting events. In Dresden Row Market just off Spring Garden Road, Premier Wine & Spirits is Nova Scotia’s first and largest private liquor store, focusing on value wines from independent vineyards.

 

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FASHION FORWARD

It’s never too soon to start thinking about your spring styles. Premium denim is always hot. Find the latest designs from J Brand Jeans—among countless other high-end fashion lines—at the Mills department store on Spring Garden Road.

 

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HANDS-ON

Want to escape the elements, amuse young minds and find a unique gift? Clay Café on Quinpool Road is a paint-your-own pottery studio where young (or young-at-heart) artists can pick their pottery and paint it with their own whimsical designs, or follow a detailed pattern.

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PROTECT YOUR VALUABLES

If you’re the sort of traveller who enjoys year-round outdoor explorations—cross-country skiing, hiking and the like—odds are good you’ll destroy, soak or freeze your wallet at some point. The Pelican ProGear Sport Wallet may be just the thing for you. Compact and durable, it can hold your cards, keys and cash, and comes with a lanyard and water-resistant seal. Find it at Kellys Luggage on Brunswick Street, in the Halifax Shopping Centre or at Park Lane.

 

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YEAR-ROUND COMFORT

Damage resistant, crushproof and comfortable in any weather, the signature Canadian-made Tilley Endurables hat is de rigueur for savvy travellers. The cold-weather version is ideal for Halifax’s notoriously capricious winter weather. Find Tilley products at the Pier 21 Gift Shop at the Canadian Museum of Immigration on Marginal Road or at the Trail Shop on Quinpool Road.

 

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EDITOR’S CHOICE

The creations at NovaScotian Crystal are more than products; they’re functional works of art. Using Old World techniques, the workers (North America’s only makers of mouth-blown fine crystal) turn molten sand into intricate crystal creations—elegant dishes, ornaments and more. Visit the glassworks to see the magic happen (Monday to Friday) and browse the adjoining showroom (open daily).

November & December Hot Dates

By Trevor J. Adams

Take your chances

The Mavericks

The Mavericks

The Schooner Showroom at Casino Nova Scotia on Upper Water Street is one of Halifax’s busiest entertainment venues. Highlights include singer/songwriter Dallas Smith November 10, ‘90s pop stars Hanson on November 14 and 15, country-rockers The Mavericks on November 16 and the Ha! Ha! Ha!days show on December 13 and 14.

Editor’s choice

Photo: Carl Lender

Photo: Carl Lender

November 21—When blues guitar heroes Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks married, their love spawned one of blues-rocks’ hottest new bands. The Tedeschi Trucks Band brings its sweet, sweet guitar sound to Halifax for the first time, playing the Cunard Centre on Marginal Road.

5 funny shows

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Alonzo Bodden

November 3—The Just For Laughs Comedy Tour brings the hottest names from Montreal’s famous festival to Halifax—Darrin Rose, Alonzo Bodden, Tom Papa and Orny Adams.

November 10 and 11—John Cleese called Eddie Izzard “the missing Python.” See why at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

November 20—Controversial comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham visits the Halifax Metro Centre on Duke Street.

November 24—A high-energy storyteller, Gabriel Iglesias is exhausting just to watch. See him at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

December 1—Acerbic and insightful, Ron James is one of the hottest names in Canadian comedy and a regular at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

More hot dates

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November 8—Danse Lhasa Danse celebrates the legacy of deceased platinum-award winning artist Lhasa de Sela with music and dance.

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

November 16—Mac Miller, the fast-rising hip-hop star, performs live in Halifax, at the Cunard Centre on Marginal Road, for the first time.

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November 22—John McDermott, the Celtic crooner, always plays to a full house in Halifax. See him at the Dalhousie Arts Centre on University Avenue.

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December 9—Bette MacDonald & Maynard Morrison, the Cape Breton comic duo, return with their annual Tis the Season special at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

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Photo: Nick Pearce

December 14—Halifax Rainmen, Halifax’s pro-hoops heroes, take on their Maritime rivals from Prince Edward Island at the Halifax Metro Centre.

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December 28—Halifax Mooseheads, the city’s major-junior hockey team, defending national champs, return from the Christmas break to battle Cape Breton.

October Hot Dates

By Trevor J. Adams

Bodies in motion

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October 3 to 5: The new Live Art Dance Productions season continues with Phin at the Dalhousie Arts Centre. Lisa Phinney Langley interprets Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death.

October 18: Ballet in the Studio by Ballet Jörgen Canada features works by Bengt Jörgen, Malgorzata Nowacka, and Robert Desrosiers, plus excerpts from The Nutcracker.

October 28 to 31: With dance and musical performances at venues around the city, the Fall For Flamenco celebrates Spain’s fiery sounds.

 

Living legends

Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani

October 5: Two big music names come to Halifax. Instrumental-rock guitar legend Joe Satriani struts his stuff at the Dalhousie Arts Centre. Meanwhile, 1980s R&B/pop star Billy Ocean performs in the Schooner Showroom at Casino Nova Scotia on Upper Water Street.

On stage
Photo: Emily Jeuer

Photo: Emily Jeuer

Continuing through October 5: It’s your last chance to see the Theatre Arts Guild season-opener Steel Magnolias at the Pond Playhouse on Parkhill Road in Jollimore.

October 15 to 22: The Studio Stage at Neptune Theatre on Argyle Street hosts the Canadian comedy classic Hockey Mom/Hockey Dad by Nova Scotian playwright Mike Melski.

 

Editor’s choice

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Photo: Michelle Doucette

October 19: An annual festival of art after dark, Nocturne brings exhibitions, performances and special projects to galleries and public spaces around the city, from 6 p.m. until midnight.

 

Toronto Raptors

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October 5: Rudy Gay and his teammates prepare for the NBA season with an intra-squad exhibition game at the Halifax Metro Centre.

 

St. Cecilia concert series

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October 12: Twenty-year-old cello sensation Stéphane Tétreault performs at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts on Chebucto Road.

 

Matthew Good

Matthew Good Concert

October 18: The Canadian rocker returns to Halifax, performing at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

 

Reba McEntire

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October 19: With 64 top-10 hits, McEntire is one of country’s biggest names. See her at the Halifax Metro Centre. 

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Photo: Alana Elliot

October 20: The storyteller of CBC Radio fame brings The Vinyl Café tour to the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

 

Red Green

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October 29: Canada’s favourite handyman stars in the How to do Everything Well tour at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

Grape expectations 
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Photo: WANS

Continuing through October: The Nova Scotia Fall Wine Festival celebrates the province’s fast-growing wine scene, with winemakers’ dinners, grape stomps, education seminars, tours and special events at wineries and other venues around the province.

September Hot Dates

Shakespeare by the Sea

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Photo: Ryan Whalen

September 1—Another season of theatre al fresco wraps up, with two performances of Snow White at Point Pleasant Park.

Daniel O’Donnell

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September 6—The Irish crooner always packs ‘em in when he visits Halifax. See him at the Dalhousie Arts Centre on University Avenue.

Good causes

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Shaun Majumder

September 7—It’s an evening of great music for a good cause, as the Dalhousie Arts Centre on University Avenue hosts the Surf Sing Change concert in support of the OCD Collective and Autism Nova Scotia. Comedian Shaun Majumder emcees; Sam Roberts, Matt Mays and Brian Byrne perform.

John Cleese

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September 12—The Monty Python alum drops into the Dalhousie Arts Centre on his Last Time To See Me Before I Die tour.

A matter of taste

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A culinary walking tour with Local Tasting Tours is a unique way to discover Halifax like a local, exploring cuisine, culture and people. Tours, offered daily, include generous tastings of delectable Nova Scotian fare from homegrown shops and eateries in the historic downtown. Join entertaining guides on daytime and evening rambles.

Game on

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Photo: QMJHL

September 12—Last season, the Halifax Mooseheads won hockey’s toughest prize, winning the national major-junior hockey championship, the Memorial Cup. Now, they embark on a new season, looking to defend their title. This month, they meet one of their biggest rivals, the Moncton Wildcats, at the Halifax Metro Centre on Duke Street on September 12.

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September 14—It’s the final auto race of the year: the Pro Stock Tour Season Finale.

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September 17—Artistic Director George Pothitos leads the company through another season of live theatre, beginning with a contemporary take on The Comedy of Errors.

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September 21—It’s mind over matter, as the master hypnotist brings his stage show to the Schooner Showroom at Casino Nova Scotia.

Editor’s Choice

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September 22—The Word on the Street celebrates the printed word, with readings, book signings, vendors, kids’ events and more. This year, author and media personality Jian Ghomeshi headlines, reading from his debut novel, 1982. Look for the festival tents on the Halifax Waterfront, adjacent to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on Lower Water Street.

Cue the music

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Maestro Bernhard Gueller
September 26 to 29—Symphony Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada’s only full-time professional orchestra, starts its new season celebrating Symphony Week and Culture Days, with free performances around the city. Venues include Halifax City Hall on September 27, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on September 28 and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on September 29.

August Hot Dates

By Trevor J. Adams

 

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ROCK OUT

August 17: Weir Field in Upper Sackville hosts the annual Weir Rockin’ concert, this year featuring Glass Tiger, Streetheart and Lou Gramm.

August 23: From his hit “The Twist” in 1959 to the Billboard #1 “Knock Down the Walls” in 2007, Chubby Checker is still going strong. See him at Casino Nova Scotia.

August 29: Two of the hottest rock acts of
the early 2000s, Matchbox Twenty and the
Goo Goo Dolls, share the bill for the
Halifax Metro Centre’s biggest concert
of the summer.

Big Twang Theory

Big Twang Theory

DINNER & A SHOW

Continuing through November. Imagine the periodic table, sung to the tune of “The Pirates of Penzance.” That’s one of the highlights of The Big Twang Theory, which continues through the summer at the Halifax Feast Dinner Theatre on Barrington Street. Inspired by The Big Bang Theory, the musical comedy is paired with a three-course meal.

 

Halifax Seaport BeerFest

Halifax Seaport BeerFest

EDITOR’S CHOICE

August 9 to 10: The Halifax Seaport BeerFest on Marginal Road showcases beer and cider from around the world. You’ll find local brews like Garrison from Halifax, Hell Bay from New Brunswick and the PEI Brewing Co., alongside some of Canada’s top beers, such as Saint Bock from Quebec, Muskoka Cottage Brewery from Ontario and Granville Island from British Columbia. International beers abound as well, including Germany’s Hacker Pschorr Brewery, Tiger Brewery from Singapore, Brew Dog from Scotland, Affligem Abbey from Belgium and the American Shipyard Brewery.

 

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Sandjam

URBAN BEACH

August 12, 15 to 18: Back for its third year, this time the Sandjam celebration of beach volleyball features pros from Canada, the U.S., Germany and the U.K. The urban beach park, the Sands at Salter on Lower Water Street, hosts the action.

 

Parthenia Photo by William Wegman (03)

Musique Royale

MUSIQUE ROYALE

August 11: Parthenia is a quartet of viols dedicated to the performance of ancient and contemporary repertoires. See them at Saint George’s Anglican Church.

 

Steve Earle

Steve Earle

STEVE EARLE AND THE DUKES 

August 13: The acclaimed singer/songwriter, and outspoken anti-war activist, is still going strong. See him at Casino Nova Scotia.

 

Halifax Mooseheads

Halifax Mooseheads

HALIFAX MOOSEHEADS 

August 17: The city’s hockey heroes, fresh off their first national championship, return with a pre-season match against Cape Breton.

 

Vince Gill

Vince Gill

VINCE GILL 

August 22: If you love country music, this is the biggest concert of the summer—the Nashville guitar slinger makes a rare visit to the Halifax Metro Centre.

 

Scotia SpeedWorld

Scotia SpeedWorld

SCOTIA SPEEDWORLD

August 30: High-octane auto racing continues at the track in Enfield, with races in several series.