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January 2018

Folk/Funk

January 1 - July 15
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Continuing through the new year, 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 winter, there will still be plenty of time later.

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Prime Suspects

January 1 - April 1
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Continuing until April 1, Prime Suspects at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Hollis Street features caricatures of Canadian prime ministers by local artist Bruce MacKinnon. Included are examples of works-on-paper and paintings created by MacKinnon between 1993 and 2017 that together depict all 23 prime ministers, from Sir John A. Macdonald to Justin Trudeau.

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Savour Food & Wine Festival

January 15 - March 15
Multiple Venues

A festival of unique events celebrating Nova Scotia's culinary scene including the Imbibe cocktail tasting (February 1), Decadence food and wine pairing event (February 8), Rare Food & Wine Show (February 16), Savour Food & Wine Show (February 22), and Craft Beer Cottage Party (March 3).

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Jonas & Barry in the Home

January 16 - February 11
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). Showtimes: Tuesday to Friday at 7:30pm Saturday at 4:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday at 2:00pm & 7:30pm

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Makayla Lynn Brings Nashville to Nova Scotia

January 18 - January 21
Neptune Theatre

Poised for country superstardom, rising star Makayla Lynn takes the stage, hot on the heels of the release of her second album On a Dare and a Prayer. Makayla has shared the stage with the biggest names in country music including Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and Tim McGraw. She has received recognition from Music Nova Scotia, the ECMAs and IMEAs, and is ranked by Reverbnation as the #1 country artist in Nova Scotia and #3 in Canada. (Playing…

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Halifax Hurricanes

January 21
Scotiabank Centre

The city's minor-pro basketball team hosts the London Lightning at the Scotiabank Centre. The Lightning are the reigning National Basketball League champs, having beaten Halifax in the finals last spring.

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Brides 2018

January 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Halifax Convention Centre

A one-stop-shop for the soon to be married, Brides 2018 at the newly opened Halifax Convention Centre on Argyle Street features some 135 wedding-related exhibitors: florists, photographers, jewelers, bridal fashions, wedding planners, wedding decorators, tuxedos, catering services, wedding cakes, travel planners, financial services, and more.

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Cecilia Concert Series: Jennifer King

January 21 @ 2:00 pm
Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts

Pianist Jennifer King performs music inspired by the night in a matinee show at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts: selections from her new album O Mistress Moon.

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Magnificent Mozart

January 25 - January 28
Multiple Venues

Symphony Nova Scotia once again salutes the world’s most iconic composer! Experience a delightful range of Mozart’s most famous works, beginning with the ambitious, inventive “Haffner” Symphony. Then, hear the gracious and intimate Piano Concerto no. 23, performed by Italian rising star Luca Buratto, a pianist of “fiery imagination and finesse” (Musical America) and last year’s winner of the prestigious Honens Piano Competition. And for the grand finale, our orchestra performs one of Mozart’s great last works – the, beautiful…

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Salt-Water Moon

January 30 - February 18
Neptune Theatre

Time does not heal all wounds – but is fate written in the stars? Written by Newfoundland playwright David French, Salt-Water Moon is a classic Canadian play that has been performed hundreds of times since its premiere in 1985. (Playing on our Scotiabank Stage). Showtimes: Tuesday to Friday at 7:30pm Saturday at 4:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday at 2:00pm & 7:30pm

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February 2018

Tristan Legg & The Mad Dogs

February 1 - March 10
Multiple Venues

Tristan Legg & The Mad Dogs are a fun and energetic band based in Halifax. Performing throughout the Maritimes these dogs know how to put on a show to remember! Concert Dates: February 1-3, 2018 at 11:30pm Halifax Alehouse, Halifax February 15-17, 2018 at 9:30pm Split Crow Pub, Halifax March 7-10, 2018 at 9:00pm The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse, Halifax

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Feelin’ Groovy: The Music of Simon and Garfunkel with Jim Witter

February 2 - February 4
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

After last season’s hugely popular, sold-out “Piano Men” concerts, the golden-voiced Jim Witter returns to Symphony Nova Scotia! This time, Jim and his four-piece band relive the best of the ‘60s in a thrilling multimedia tribute to the timeless music of Simon and Garfunkel. Hear chart-topping hits like Mrs. Robinson, Scarborough Fair, Cecilia, The Sound of Silence, and many more in this immersive, spine-tingling salute to one of the world’s most beloved musical duos. Performance dates: February 2, 2018 at 7:30pm…

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Rachel Barton Pine Plays Wieniawski

February 8 @ 7:30 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Rachel Barton Pine is one of the world’s great violin virtuosos, with multiple competition wins, over 30 commercial recordings, and the lifetime use of a Guarneri dek Gesu violin. Since Rachel’s debut with the Chicago Symphony at age 10, she’s performed regularly with major orchestras all over the world, earning accolades as “an exciting, boundary-defying performer… in the top echelon” (Washington Post). Now, Rachel makes her Symphony Nova Scotia debut appearance with Wieniawski’s fiery Violin Concerto no. 2.

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The Jim Cuddy Band

February 9 @ 8:00 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

In between Blue Rodeo tours, a Canadian folk-rock legend tours his solo project—The Jim Cuddy Band visits the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

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Black is Beautiful

February 10 - February 11
Multiple Venues

From African hymns to jazz, funk, and hip-hop, western Black music is a story of struggle and celebration. Join conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser and Symphony Nova Scotia as we showcase Black performers and composers in a concert that will surprise and engage you! Hear music from icons like Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Beyoncé, and many more. We encourage activity and participation at these family concerts! Bring the whole family and have fun enjoying and learning about music together. Registration is…

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VC2 Cello Duo

February 10 @ 7:30 pm
Woodlawn United Church

VC² spotlights the works of Beethoven. Comprised of cellists Amahl Arulanandam and Bryan Holt, the Toronto-based duo presents artistically challenging yet accessible programs and has performed in venues ranging from intimate pubs to Roy Thompson Hall.

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Gord Bamford

February 10 @ 8:00 pm
Casino Nova Scotia

Country favourite Gord Bamford takes the stage in the Schooner Showroom at Casino Nova Scotia with special guest Aaron Goodvin. Tickets: $40 (standing room only).

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Port Cities

February 16 - February 17
Neptune Theatre

One of Canada's next big acts, Halifax-based band Port Cities are a perfect balance of Nashville and Nova Scotia. Comprised of already-established solo musicians Carleton Stone, Dylan Guthro and Breagh MacKinnon, the Port Cities are only just beginning. In February, the former CBC Searchlight semifinalists released their debut album Port Cities, produced by Gordie Sampson, and were chosen as iHeartRadio's Future Star in April for their new single "Back to the Bottom". (Playing in our Fountain Hall Theatre). Showtimes: Friday…

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Charles Richard-Hamelin Plays Chopin

February 22 @ 7:30 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin recently won the Silver Medal at the famed Chopin International Piano Competition – a phenomenal coup that instantly launched him into the top stratosphere of Canadian pianists. With his “cultivated playing” (The Telegraph), Charles is “every inch an artist, an extraordinarily mature musician who focuses on the beauty of Chopin’s works” (Polish Radio 2). Don’t miss this rising star live with Symphony Nova Scotia, performing his signature Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2.

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Hedley

February 23 @ 7:00 pm
Scotiabank Centre

Pop-rockers Hedley return to Scotiabank Centre, performing work from their new album Cageless. With special guests Shawn Hook and Neon Dreams.

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The Mountaintop

February 27 - March 18
Neptune Theatre

In this moving production by playwright Katori Hall, Dr. King's final hours are re-imagined as he confronts his destiny and legacy as a leading figure in the Civil Rights Movement. (Playing on our Fountain Hall Stage). Showtimes: Tuesday to Friday at 7:30pm Saturday at 4:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday at 2:00pm & 7:30pm

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Letterkenny Live

February 27 - February 28
Dalhousie Arts Centre

Absurd, crass, and hilarious, the Crave TV show Letterkenny has become a Canadian cult comedy hit. Letterkenny Live brings the show to the Dalhousie Arts Centre for an evening of sketches and stand-up comedy. Starring Jared Keeso (Wayne), Nathan Dales (Daryl), K. Trevor Wilson (Dan), and Mark Forward (Coach). Performance dates: February 27, 2018 at 6:30pm February 28, 2018 at 6:30pm

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March 2018

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

March 3 - March 4
St. Andrew’s United Church

The Four Seasons is Vivaldi’s most famous creation, and one of the most popular works from the entire Baroque era. Join Symphony Nova Scotia and local violinist extraordinaire David Greenberg for a delightful journey through this beloved masterpiece, with its glorious Spring, tempestuous Summer, meandering Autumn, and stormy, sparkling Winter. Plus, hear one of Handel’s rarely heard but remarkably virtuosic Organ Concertos, full of dark, exuberant, and dramatic power. Performance dates: March 3, 2018 at 7:30pm March 4, 2018 at…

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Beethoven’s Eighth and Copland’s Clarinet

March 8 @ 7:30 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Symphony Nova Scotia’s own virtuoso clarinetist Dominic Desautels is a local celebrity, with his brilliant, enthusiastic playing and extraordinary technical prowess. Now, hear Dominic in his element with Symphony Nova Scotia’s first-ever performance of Copland’s Clarinet Concerto – a rhythmic, jazz-inspired gem originally written for legendary swing musician Benny Goodman. Plus, Symphony Nova Scotia performs a brand-new work from Canadian composer Kelly-Marie Murphy, alongside Beethoven’s witty and playful Eighth Symphony.

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Half-Cracked: The Legend of Sugar Mary

March 13 - April 1
Neptune Theatre

What do you have when you pair a questing folklorist in search of discovery and two spinster sisters with a knack for weaving fact and fantasy into an impossible blend of truth, fiction and gossip? A unique, quirky and hilarious comedy written by Nova Scotia playwright Mary-Colin Chisholm. (Playing on our Scotiabank Stage). Showtimes: Tuesday to Friday at 7:30pm Saturday at 4:00pm & 8:30pm Sunday at 2:00pm & 7:30pm

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