By Trevor J. Adams
Take your chances
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.
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
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
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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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.
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.
December 9—Bette MacDonald & Maynard Morrison, the Cape Breton comic duo, return with their annual Tis the Season special at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.
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.
December 28—Halifax Mooseheads, the city’s major-junior hockey team, defending national champs, return from the Christmas break to battle Cape Breton.
By Trevor J. Adams
Bodies in motion
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
October 12: Twenty-year-old cello sensation Stéphane Tétreault performs at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts on Chebucto Road.
October 18: The Canadian rocker returns to Halifax, performing at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.
October 19: With 64 top-10 hits, McEntire is one of country’s biggest names. See her at the Halifax Metro Centre.
Photo: Alana Elliot
October 20: The storyteller of CBC Radio fame brings The Vinyl Café tour to the Dalhousie Arts Centre.
October 29: Canada’s favourite handyman stars in the How to do Everything Well tour at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.
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.
Blue Rodeo returns to Halifax on January 18th at the Halifax Metro Centre. Photo: Warner Music
January 18: P.E.I. singer/songwriter Lennie Gallant joins Symphony Nova Scotia at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.
January 18: With solid musical chops, distinctive song-writing and deep roots, it’s little wonder that Blue Rodeo remains one of Canada’s hottest musical acts. See them at the Halifax Metro Centre on Duke Street.
February 2: One of Canada’s biggest rock bands for two decades, the Tragically Hip never stay away from Halifax for long.
February 24: Tafelmusik’s Jeanne Lamon joins Symphony Nova Scotia for a celebration of Baroque music at Saint Andrew’s United Church on Coburg Road.
February 28: Celtic Woman, an ensemble of female performers, perform Celtic tunes at the Halifax Metro Centre on Duke Street.
February 9: Southern gospel staples since 1939, the Blind Boys of Alabama offer an uplifting celebration of American gospel, roots and blues. Three blind singers, joined by four other musicians, offer timeless hits like “Way Down in the Hole,” “Soldier” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” The concert will be held at Dalhousie’s Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.