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Stars on Ice

Hot Entertainment


April 26 to 28

Live Art Dance wraps up its 35th season with a world premiere of new work from award-winning choreographer Heidi Strauss (one of Toronto’s most prolific and successful creators), performed by Mocean Dance. The Dalhousie Arts Centre on University avenue hosts.



April 27

This year’s Stars on Ice figure-skating showcase is a who’s-who of Canadian Olympic medallists, including Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Patrick Chan, Eric Radford and Megan Duhamel, and Katelyn Osmond. See them at Scotiabank Centre.



April 6 to 8

Thinking of sprucing up your space? Thinking of building, redecorating, or renovating your home? Find ideas and inspiration from dozens of vendors at the Spring Ideal Home Show at Halifax Exhibition Centre on Prospect Road.



April 8:
 The Cecilia Concert Series presents Jeanne Amièle and Simon Larivière at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts on Chebucto Road. The pianists explore the music of Czarist Russia: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and more.

April 13: Indie-pop sensations Stars take the stage at the Marquee Ballroom on Gottingen Street.

April 13: Join The Stanfields for a night of rollicking rock with a Celtic tinge at Casino Nova Scotia on Upper Water Street.

April 14, 15: Ballet Jörgen joins Symphony Nova Scotia to perform Anastasia at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

April 24: Long a mainstay of the Canadian prog-metal scene, Protest the Hero are sure to blow the roof off the Marquee Ballroom.



April 10 to June 3

Opening this month, Mamma Mia! is Neptune Theatre’s most hotly-anticipated show of the season. The music of ABBA weaves through this story of a young woman searching for her father on the eve of her wedding.




The Mary E. Black Gallery on Marginal Road specializes in fine craft from around Atlantic Canada. This month, the gallery spotlights textile artist Jane Whitten with the exhibition Wreaking Havoc.



April 5 to 21

Theatre Arts Guild performs a new adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank. Bill vanGorder directs the poignant story of a Jewish family’s struggle to survive in Nazi-occupied Europe.



4th: Clay Walker
From deep in the heart of Texas to the Schooner Showroom at Casino Nova Scotia, Clay Walker is an enduring country favourite.

6th to 8th: Symphony Nova Scotia
Tommy Tallarico and the Soundtrax choir join the Symphony for Video Games Live at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

16th: Johnny Reid
The Canadian country star brings his Revival Live Tour to the Scotiabank Centre on Duke Street.

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27th: Jimmy Carr
Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival presents the acclaimed British comic at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

28th: Harlem Globetrotters
The “clown princes of basketball” return to Scotiabank Centre for a display of hoops wizardry.

29th: Cecilia Concert Series
A favourite with opera fans around the world, soprano Jane Archibald joins pianist Liz Upchurch at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts.


Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for April 27 to 29

Friday, April 27
The biannual Ottawa International Writers Festival takes place this weekend and will feature world-renowned writers speaking about their experiences in the field of history, science, fiction, poetry, and more. Some of the big-name draws include Giller Prize-winning author Vincent Lam and CBC correspondent Nahlah Ayed.

In an event that will showcase young Canadian performers, Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare tells the story of seduction and politics. The semi-staged production, put on by Thirteen Strings, is the highlight of the orchestra’s season.

Ana Miura plays at the first-ever Ottawa Grassroots Festival

Saturday, April 28
Folk music takes centre stage at the first-ever Ottawa Grassroots Festival. The event features local talent and includes Ottawa artists such as The Bytown Ukulele Group and Ana Miura.


April Hot Dates in Halifax

La Cage aux Folles

La Cage aux Folles

Continuing through May 6: He was an artist of considerable talent, yet H.M. Rosenberg’s work has been all but forgotten in the last 150 years. In Europe, he absorbed the influence of Duveneck, Whistler, Sargent, Bocklin, Bastien-Lepage and Gauguin. In 1896, he moved to Nova Scotia and produced much of the work comprising the Rosenberg exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Hollis Street.

April 4: Miami rap force Pitbull makes a very rare visit to Halifax, sharing the stage with Flo Rida (with Tyler Medeiros), Mohombi and Nayer.

April 4–29: Viewpoint Gallery: Photographer Cathy McKelvey explores the world of child’s play in the exhibition Let’s Play.

Editor’s Choice: April 10 to May 27: Neptune Theatre on Argyle Street wraps up its season with La Cage aux Folles. The hilarious and touching musical tells the story of Georges, the owner of a glitzy and “exotic” nightclub in the French Riviera and Albin, his romantic partner and star attraction—the glamorous chanteuse Zaza.

April 13: Symphony Nova Scotia: The orchestra presents Maritime Fusion, sharing the stage with singer/songwriter Sarah Slean.

April 14: Jerry Seinfeld: Arguably the greatest stand-up comic of his generation, Seinfeld makes an extremely rare visit to Halifax.

April 14: In a busy month on the Halifax entertainment scene, this is one show that anyone with ‘90s-music nostalgia won’t want to miss. Influential San Francisco alt-rockers Third Eye Blind play an intimate show in the Schooner Showroom at Casino Nova Scotia.

April 15: Bryan Adams: The legendary Canadian rocker is on his first cross-Canada tour in 20 years, bringing his old band back together.

April 22: Saint Cecilia Concert Series: The Cecilia String Quartet collaborates with Jeunesses Musicales to perform Sensibility & Brio.

April 25 to 28: The Halifax Comedy Fest returns, highlighting up-and-coming local comics alongside top national acts. Highlights include the Opening Gala (hosted by Samantha Bee) at Casino Nova Scotia, Comedy All-Stars (hosted by Gerry Dee) at the Casino shows at Yuk Yuk’s with Halifax’s own Brian Aylwar, the Seahorse Tavern and the Lower Deck; plus the Gala Finale, hosted by Mark Critch and scheduled to air on CBC TV.

April 27: Stars on Ice: An exhibition by some of the world’s top figure skaters, including 2010 Olympic gold medallists and World Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and four-time World Champion Kurt Browning.

April 27, 28: Symphony Nova Scotia’s annual Beer and Beethoven concert is a rite of spring in Halifax. Offering a casual coda to the season, the orchestra moves to Cunard Centre for a relaxed waterfront concert with dancing, comedy and yes, beer.

April 29: The Dartmouth Community Concert Association showcases married pianists Lucille Chung and Alessio Bax, one of the best piano duos of their generation. It’s sure to be a magical show at the Woodlawn United Church as they join forces on one piano.