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April 2017

Vimy Ridge: Artists Document the First World War

April 1 - October 15
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

A century ago, Canadian troops won a historic First World War victory at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The exhibition Vimy Ridge: Artists Document the First World War shares poignant works of art by the soldiers who lived through the war’s horrors.

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July 2017

Folk/Funk Art Exhibit at AGNS

July 22, 2017 - July 15, 2018
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

This exhibit focuses on the work of professional and folk ceramists who use clay as a form of storytelling. This one’s sticking around for awhile, so if you can’t fit it in over the summer, there will still be plenty of time later.

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August 2017

Sea Dome

August 1 - October 31
Sea Dome

Continuing through October 31st, this domed theatre on the waterfront near the Maritime Museum on Lower Water Street offers an immersive 360-degree film experience. Shows include Whale Story and Bluenose: The Legend Lives.

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Ahead by a Century

August 4 - October 29
Grafton Street Dinner Theatre

Celebrating Canadian music—songs by The Tragically Hip, Shania Twain, Stan Rogers, and others. Join us at the Grafton Street Dinner Theatre for rollicking music and live entertainment, served up with a three-course dinner.

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September 2017

Seeds

September 12 - October 1
Neptune Theatre

Well known to Canadian TV fans, Eric Peterson (Street Legal, Corner Gas) joins Neptune Theatre for the taut docudrama Seeds, about a fight over genetically modified crops. Hang on—it’s more exciting than it sounds: it’s about Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser and his landmark 1998 Supreme Court fight with Monsanto, which accused him of planting patented genetically modified seeds.

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Hal-Con 2017

September 22 - September 24
World Trade and Convention Centre

Atlantic Canada’s largest sci-fi, comic, and gaming convention returns to the World Trade and Convention Centre on Argyle Street. The schedule includes autograph signings and photo sessions, panels, gaming sessions, cosplay galore, dozens of vendors, and more. Guests include Mitch Pileggi (The X-Files), James Marsters (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel), Samuel Anderson (Doctor Who), and several Degrassi High cast members for some reason.

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Daniel O’Donnell

September 25
Scotiabank Centre

Always a local favourite, the Irish crooner returns to Halifax, performing a mix of country, and easy-listening favourites at the Scotiabank Centre.

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Festival of Wines

September 26 - September 30

This year’s Festival of Wines celebrates the vibrant culture of Spain, complete with Spanish wines, Iberian inspired food and Spanish music. Wines from around the globe will join award-winning Spanish labels for Nova Scotia’s premier wine lover’s event. There will be wine dinners at local restaurants with visiting wineries, wine tastings, the Festival of Wines Gala dinner in support of Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Festival Grand Tastings featuring 300+ wines.

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The Wiggles

September 27
Scotiabank Centre

The internationally beloved children's entertainment group returns with a lively stage show and infectious music at the Scotiabank Centre.

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Order in the House

September 28 - September 30
Pond Playhouse

For 3 nights only: A staged reading of Order in the House by Nick Jupp. Centering on a fictitious Nova Scotia Minister of Finance and his wife: Successful, wealthy and highly respected, they are close to perfect in every way except, shall we say, even the best of people have the occasional skeleton in the cupboard. How it gets dealt with leads us to a terrifying and unexpected conclusion.

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Matt Andersen

September 29 - September 30
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

New Brunswick bluesman Matt Andersen is a multi-award-winning, bona fide international star. With his commanding stage presence, deft multi-instrumental prowess, and signature soul-filled voice, he's built a formidable following around the world, earning more than 10 million YouTube views, international media accolades, and a spectacular string of sold-out shows. Now, Matt combines his powerful sound with bold new arrangements in an electrifying, soul-stirring collaboration with Symphony Nova Scotia.

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October 2017

Hasta Dónde, All Ways

October 5 - October 7
Dalhousie Arts Centre

Hasta Dónde, All Ways features Compañía Sharon Fridman, a contact-dance based company from Madrid showcasing seven dancers and a live musician. Award-winning Israeli choreographer Sharon Fridman leads the ensemble. See them at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

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Giora Schmidt Plays Brahms

October 12
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Symphony Nova Scotia kicks off Maestro Gueller’s final season as Music Director with a joyous concert of bright, beautiful masterworks. Hear the internationally acclaimed Giora Schmidt, one of Gueller’s favourite violinists, performing Brahms’ soulful, expressive, and fiendishly difficult Violin Concerto. Then, Symphony Nova Scotia’s expanded orchestra performs Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony, a merry, radiant work that’s an audience favourite around the world.

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Nocturne

October 12 - October 14

A feast for the senses, this annual celebration of art after dark brings exhibitions, performances, and special projects to galleries and public spaces around the city from 6pm to midnight on Oct. 12 and 14. Free bike-valet and shuttle-bus service.

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Nova Scotia Forest Festival

October 14 - October 15
Memory Lane Heritage Village

Discover everything the forest means to Nova Scotians: livelihood, housing, recreation, food, heritage, and spirituality. Memory Lane Heritage Village in Lake Charlotte hosts the festival, which includes lumberjack events, canoeing, educational sessions on wilderness survival and forest ecology, maple syrup tasting, campfires, stories, and songs.

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Snake in the Grass

October 17 - November 5
Neptune Theatre

Ghosts from the past arise to deliver a story of shocking twists and supernatural turns sure to leave you questioning even those closest to you. (Playing on our Scotiabank Stage).

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Halifax Pop Explosion

October 18 - October 21

Showcasing new and innovative music from around the world, this indie festival includes some 150 artists, comedians, and speakers at 15 venues around the city. The lineup includes Yukon Blonde, Japandroids, Clairmont the Second, Charlotte Day Wilson, Ria Mae (with Symphony Nova Scotia), and many others.

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Ria Mae

October 20
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Halifax’s own Ria Mae is one of Nova Scotia’s hottest breakout artists, with an international record deal, an ECMA win, and a platinum-certified, millions-viewed, Juno-nominated single, Clothes Off. She’s been touted by Spotify as a 2016 Spotlight Artist, by CBC Music as a “Next Big Thing”, and by media outlets as “a captivating performer” (Ottawa Citizen) and a “tremendous East Coast talent” (CBC). Don’t miss this rising phenomenon’s catchy songs, warm voice, and brand-new orchestral arrangements in her debut concert…

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Dartmouth Community Concert Association

October 21
Woodlawn United Church

Back for another season, this beloved community concert series hosts the Juno- and Grammy-nominated all-professional Elora Singers choir, showcasing their mastery of diverse styles in an intimate concert at Woodlawn United Church.

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Diwali—Festival of Lights

October 21
Halifax Exhibition Centre

Celebrate the rollicking Hindu festival of lights with live music, traditional Indian cuisine, fireworks, and family-friendly fun aplenty. Halifax Exhibition Centre hosts.

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Symphony Meets Bhangra

October 22
Dalhousie Arts Centre

Their joyous dancing on the rocks at Peggy’s Cove made them YouTube sensations, now the Maritime Bhangra Group teams up with Symphony Nova Scotia for a unique and sure-to-be-memorable concert at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

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Denise Djokic

October 26
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Halifax’s own Denise Djokic is one of the top “25 Canadians Who Are Changing Our World” (Maclean’s) and one of “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” (ELLE). Her spectacular career has included a performance at the Grammy Awards, a top-15 spot on Billboard’s classical charts, and rave reviews for her “arrestingly beautiful tone colour” (The Strad) and “hugely impressive technique” (BBC Music). Now, this famous classical music star returns home to Symphony Nova Scotia for a rare performance of Shostakovich’s passionate, deeply…

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November 2017

It’s A Wonderful Life

November 21 - December 31
Neptune Theatre

Get into the Christmas spirit with the stage adaptation of one of the most iconic films ever made. Make a visit to Bedford Falls for the timeless message that faith, hope and family make life truly wonderful. (Playing on our Fountain Hall Stage).

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Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

November 28 - December 24
Neptune Theatre

The classic family holiday show is brought lovingly to life in this very special holiday experience. Hilarious & sometimes spooky, Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been lovingly recreated for the whole family. (Playing on our Scotiabank Stage).

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January 2018

Jonas & Barry in the Home

January 16, 2018 - February 11, 2018
Neptune Theatre

One of Canada's most celebrated playwrights delivers laughs in this play about two retirees and their quest to find friendship, love and happiness in an assisted living home. (Playing on our Fountain Hall Stage).

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