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May 2018


May 4
Woodlawn United Church

Combining raw talent, hard work, and infectious charm, the a capella quartet Cadence is one of Canada’s top vocal ensembles, performing a lively mix of bebop classics, jazz standards, and contemporary favourites. The Dartmouth Community Concert Association hosts them at Woodlawn United Church.

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Gueller’s Grand Finale: Brahms with Marc-Andre Hamelin

May 8 - May 9
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Maestro Gueller’s final Festival launches with two of the greatest classical works ever written – and one of the world’s major superstar pianists. Experience Brahms’ magnificent First Piano Concerto with the one and only Marc-André Hamelin, a “paragon of virtuosic refinement” (Boston Globe), and “a titanic interpreter of late Romantic and 20th-century showstoppers” (Ottawa Citizen). Then, Maestro Gueller conducts Symphony Nova Scotia’s expanded orchestra in Brahms’ brilliant First Symphony, a crowning achievement that – like Maestro Gueller himself – celebrates…

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Gueller’s Grand Finale: Beethoven’s Ninth

May 11 - May 12
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

The Ninth. It’s been called Beethoven’s last grand experiment, the pinnacle of western classical music, and the symphony to end all symphonies. In Maestro Gueller’s final concerts as Music Director of Symphony Nova Scotia, our expanded orchestra proudly performs this colossal magnum opus in his honour. Plus, superstar pianist Marc-André Hamelin returns to perform one of the greatest works in the entire piano repertoire – the beautiful, thrilling “Emperor”. Don’t miss this monumental celebration of our beloved Maestro and some…

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May 12
Halifax Exhibition Centre

Touch-a-Truck is intended for all ages, but machine-loving kids will especially enjoy it. Halifax Exhibition Centre on Prospect Road hosts several fire engines, cars, bikes, diggers, boats, and more, all in one space; hop up to driver’s seat for a photo. There are sessions for people with sensitivities to loud noise from 11:30am to 12:30pm and 2:30 to 3:30pm.

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Cheng² Duo

May 13
Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts

The season concludes with a concert by the Cheng² Duo, a sibling team featuring pianist Silvie Cheng and cellist Bryan Cheng. This show is the jumping-off point for their world tour showcasing music from their new album of Spanish music. They’ll also perform a recently commissioned work with a special Maritimes connection. See them at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts.

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Blue Nose Marathon

May 18 - May 20
Citadel Hill

Wondering why everyone in your neighbourhood seems to be running lately? This month sees the return of the Blue Nose Marathon. The Boston qualifier follows a 42-kilometre route beginning at Citadel Hill and going across the Macdonald Bridge to Dartmouth and back, then winding through the downtown, the South End, Point Pleasant Park, and back to Citadel Hill. Events include a 5K and youth run on May 19, followed by the full marathon, half marathon, and 10K race on May…

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Jason Cyrus

May 18
Casino Nova Scotia

The renowned hypnotist performs an intimate show, with lots of audience participation, in the Schooner Showroom at Casino Nova Scotia.

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Duo Dialogue

May 19 - May 23
Multiple Venues

The violin and organ duo, Duo Dialogue, with violinist Daniel Fuchs and organist Mark McDonald, will be touring the Maritimes from May 19 to 23. Their mission is to showcase repertoire for this unique combination of instruments, selecting pieces from the baroque era to the 21st century, as well as focusing on creating their own adaptations of music written for other instrumentations. The program contains adaptations of Arvo Pärt’s iconic Fratres, Bruch’s Kol Nidrei, Vivaldi’s Spring from the Four Seasons, and a work by…

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Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage

May 22
Scotiabank Centre

Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage comes to Scotiabank Centre on May 22, bringing the beloved 1980s story (with the musical hits you’d expect) to life on the big stage.

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Tour de Keji Omnium

May 26 - May 27
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Voted the 2017 "Race of the Year" by Bicycle Nova Scotia, the 2018 Tour de Keji will once again bring the top cyclists from all over Atlantic Canada to Kejimkujik for two days of fast-paced action on the Park's paved roads. Organized by Roadents Competitive Cycling, the omnium features an aerodynamic individual time trial, a high-energy circuit race, and a colourful mass-start road race. Competitors, volunteers and spectators of all ages are invited to attend. Kids with bikes can partake…

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Professional Bull Riders Monster Energy Tour

May 26
Scotiabank Centre

While bull riding is huge in Western Canada, it’s a rarely-seen sport on the East Coast. This month, the Professional Bull Riders Monster Energy Tour comes to the city, bringing top competitors from across the country and around the world to Scotiabank Centre on Duke Street.

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Scotia Festival of Music

May 27 - June 10
Dalhousie Arts Centre

The Scotia Festival of Music is a must for classical purists, showcasing chamber-music artists from around the world with 50 events, including concerts, recitals, open rehearsals, master classes, and more. Guests include Philip Glass (composer), Elissa Li (violin), and Sharon Wei (viola).

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The Ken Barlow Effect

May 28
Spatz Theatre

It’s impossible to think of the long-running and much-loved English series Coronation Street without thinking of William Roache. He’s played the ladies’ man, frustrated intellectual, and beleaguered patriarch Ken Barlow since the show’s inception 57 years ago. He shares behind-the-scenes secrets at this Spatz Theatre Q&A session.

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Lebanese Cedar Festival

May 31 - June 3
Our Lady of Lebanon Church

The annual Cedar Festival continues through June 3. Fun for the whole family, this Lebanese festival offers live music and dancing, mouth-watering Middle Eastern cuisine, cultural demonstrations, plus a cooking competition and fashion show. And just for the kids, there’s a bouncy castle, magic show, carnival games, and face painting. Our Lady of Lebanon Church on Joseph Howe Drive hosts.

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June 2018

East Coast Music Showcase

June 2
Spatz Theatre

June 2: Featuring Makayla Lynn, John Gracie, Hal Bruce, Reeny Smith, J.J. Roots, the Paul Eisan Band, Roxeen and Dalrymple, Bach to Beatles Trio, and Soundtrax Choir. Fund raiser for CIOE-FM 97.5 Community Radio. 

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Doors Open Halifax

June 2 - June 3
Multiple Venues

On June 2 and 3, Doors Open Halifax lets you explore some of the city’s unique architecture. Visitors can explore buildings that are normally closed to the public, and behind-the-scenes spaces in local landmarks. Organizers were still finalizing the venue list at press time. Highlights include Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery, Government House, Halifax City Hall, Cathedral Church of All Saints, and the Old Burying Ground.

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Peter John Reid Solo Show

June 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
14 Bells Fine Art Gallery

Opening June 2, 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery in the Hydrostone Market features an exhibition of new paintings by Nova Scotia artist Peter John Reid.

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Dylan Moran

June 5
Dalhousie Arts Centre

The Irish comic, writer, filmmaker, and actor (best known in North America as the love interest’s interloping flatmate in the zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead) hops across the pond for an evening of wry observational comedy. 

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The John Denver Experience

June 7
Dalhousie Arts Centre

Chris Collins & Boulder Canyon perform the singer/songwriter’s greatest hits like “Rocky Mountain High” and “Take Me Home Country Roads.”

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Halifax Greek Fest

June 7 - June 10
St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church

Halifax Greek Fest, running this year from June 7 to 10, is one of the city’s most beloved festivals of the season. Thousands flock to St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church on Purcell’s Cove Road for live music, traditional dancing, art and cultural exhibitions, language workshops, religious artifacts, tasty Greek cuisine, and vendors aplenty. While noshing on souvlaki, watch dancers take the stage with their high-energy moves. Kids will love the Olympic area that includes face painting, an inflatable ride, cool…

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Kids’ Run for Nature

June 10 @ 9:30 am
Shubie Park

Encourage the kids in your life to get active and help protect nature and wildlife through World Wildlife Fund Canada. Kids’ Run for Nature is a national 1 km, 3 km and 5 km fun run and fundraiser, founded in 2015 by two 10-year-old girls determined to help prevent wildlife loss. The event, which takes place in multiple locations across Canada, brings together thousands of kids and families for a fun-filled, inspiring day of community building. The Halifax event takes…

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OUTeast Queer Film Festival

June 14 - June 16
Multiple Venues

Running from June 14 to 16, the OUTeast Queer Film Festivalvcelebrates queer independent cinema from local, national, and international filmmakers. It showcases a range of films, including documentary, fiction, and animation, that will challenge, educate, and entertain audiences.

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Pieces of Sable Island Exhibition

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Argyle Fine Art

“Pieces of Sable Island” is an upcoming solo exhibition of Briana Corr Scott's work hosted at Argyle Fine Art on Barrington Street. The opening reception is Friday, June 15, 7-9pm and is free and open to the public. Briana Corr Scott is an artist who is inspired by the natural world. Her latest body of work showcases 30 oil paintings, sketches, and drawings inspired by Sable Island and its curious ecosystem.

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Garrison’s Backlot Bash

June 16
Cunard Centre

Nova Scotia craft-beer granddaddy Garrison marks its birthday with Garrison’s Backlot Bash at the Cunard Centre on Marginal Road. Entertainment includes The Glorious Sons, The Motorleague, and Hello Delaware. Enjoy beer from Garrison plus special releases, seasonal brews, and ciders.

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Antique Car Show

June 17
Memory Lane Heritage Village

The annual Antique Car Show makes Memory Lane Heritage Village a popular Father’s Day destination. A 45-minute drive east of the city in Lake Charlotte, you’ll find dozens of restored antique vehicles, live entertainment, and Kub Kar races for the kids. Rain date is June 24.

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