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.
Shakespeare by the Sea
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September 1—Another season of theatre al fresco wraps up, with two performances of Snow White at Point Pleasant Park.
September 6—The Irish crooner always packs ‘em in when he visits Halifax. See him at the Dalhousie Arts Centre on University Avenue.
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.
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
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.
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.
September 14—It’s the final auto race of the year: the Pro Stock Tour Season Finale.
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.
September 21—It’s mind over matter, as the master hypnotist brings his stage show to the Schooner Showroom at Casino Nova Scotia.
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
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.
Toronto hosts music, theatre and funnymen this weekend!
Friday: Catch God Made Me Funky at the Beaches International Jazz Festival
Friday, July 17
Experience the energy of soulful ensemble God Made Me Funky at the Beaches International Jazz Festival.
Savour the spice of Southern Accent with its Summerlicious prix fixe menu—your choice of mains includes Bourbon Street blackened chicken, Louisiana catfish or Creole jambalaya.
Saturday: Share a chuckle with John Cleese
Saturday, July 18
Indulge in some regal relaxation at Truefitt and Hill, barbers to British royalty since 1805, where a hot-towel shave and stress-relief massage are among the traditional treatments offered to dapper gents.
Witness iconic English comedian John Cleese as he cracks wise at Massey Hall during the Just for Laughs Festival.
Sunday: Make The Sound of Music one of your favourite things.
Sunday, July 19
Fall in love with the Von Trapp family all over again: The Sound of Music has a matinee performance at the Princess of Wales Theatre.
Head to the Harbourfront Centre for food, music and lucha libre wrestlers (!) on the final day of Mexico, Beyond Your Expectations, part of Harbourfront’s ongoing World Routes programming.
Legendary British funnyman John Cleese.
July 15 to 19 The Montreal-based comedy spectacular Just For Laughs heads west for a giggle-inducing string of stand up shows. Monty Python’s John Cleese and Emmy Award–winning actress Sarah Silverman provoke jaw-dropping guffaws when they host separate galas on July 17 and 18 respectively, while Toronto’s favourite ad-libber Colin Mochrie (Whose Line is it Anyway?) guarantees laughs in an improv show with former co-star Brad Sherwood from July 16 to 18. Other stellar comics on the bill include Canadian funnyman Jeremy Hotz and Scottish sensation Danny Bhoy. Various venues, $22 to $120; call 416-872-4255 or visit Ticketmaster to charge.