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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Halifax 2023 spring arts guide

Here are the shows we're looking forward to over the next few months in theatre, music, comedy, dance and film.

Spring may be taking its time to get started, but taking in a live show is a great way to escape the rain and wind. Here are the shows we’re looking forward to over the next few months in theatre, music, comedy, dance and film.

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Halifax’s 2b Theatre presents the Atlantic Canadian premiere of Daniel MacIvor’s Let’s Run Away (Apr 12-23).

Dartmouth Players takes on August: Osage County (Apr 20-29), a portrait of the dysfunctional American family at its finest-and absolute worst.

Neptune Theatre presents its 2022-2023 season closer, the Tony Award-winning Billy Elliot The Musical (Apr 25-Jun 18), featuring a score by Elton John.

OutFest (Apr 26-30), the largest queer theatre festival in Atlantic Canada, returns to The Bus Stop Theatre in April.


British-Irish singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Chris de Burgh (Apr 6) and his band bring its The Legend of Robin Hood and Other Hits Tour to Halifax.

Symphony Nova Scotia welcomes award-winning singer/pianist Jim Witter and his four-piece band for a tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John in The Piano Men (Apr 14-16).

Canadian alternative rock band July Talk (Apr 14) performs in Halifax as part of its The Remember Never Before Tour.

July Talk: The Remember Never Before Tour
July Talk: The Remember Never Before Tour

Pianist Philip Chiu is joined by cellist Cameron Crozman and violinist Chloé Chabanole for a springtime concert (Apr 15) celebrating the piano trio in all its forms.

Singer-songwriter Tim Baker & All Hands (Apr 15) performs with special guest Georgia Harmer.

Classic Albums Live arrives in Halifax for The Beatles – Let It Be (Apr 16), featuring the iconic album note for note.

Symphony Nova Scotia presents its expanded orchestra proudly in a season grand finale concert, highlighting the music of Sibelius (Apr 20).

Nova Scotia award-winning acoustic folk/pop artist Kristen Martell (Apr 22) takes to the Stage at St Andrew’s.

Canadian indie rock singer-songwriter Adam Baldwin (Apr 26-27) performs with special guest Old Man Luedecke.

Adam Baldwin
Adam Baldwin

Symphony Nova Scotia presents Best of Broadway (Apr 29 & 30), featuring numerous highlights from musicals like My Fair Lady, The Lion King, Les Misérables, and much more.

The Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra welcomes Halifax Circus for Orchestra in Motion (Apr 30).

Canadian blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Matt Andersen (May 3-6) performs with the Big Bottle of Joy.

This Hour Has 22 Minutes’ Trent McClellan hosts The East Coast Music Awards (May 4), celebrating the best in East Coast music.

Acclaimed baroque specialist Jonathan Cohen joins Symphony Nova Scotia for Handel’s Water Music (May 6 & 7).

Canadian indie rock Tuns (May 13) performs with special guest Absolute Losers.


Thrash metal titans Megadeth (May 15) perform at the Scotiabank Centre as part of its cross-Canada tour.

The Unison Choral Festival (May 19-22) arrives in Halifax for the first time, featuring Canada’s 2SLGBTQ1A+ choruses.

Indie rock band The Rural Alberta Advantage (May 25) performs at the Light House Arts Centre.

Canadian folk rock band Great Lake Swimmers (May 26) performs at St. Matthew’s United Church.

Singer-songwriter Mike McKenna Jr (May 27) performs with special guest, ECMA nominated artist and fellow Caper Bretoner Leona Burkey.

The 2023 Scotia Festival of Music (May 29-Jun 11) welcomes new artists and familiar favourites.

The Musical Box (May 31) recreates the original 1974-75 Peter Gabriel and Genesis performance in its entirety.

Halifax Camerata Singers’ season concludes with two performances of the transformational artistic response to anti-gay hate crime, Considering Matthew Shepard (Jun 17 & 24).


Comedian, actor and gameshow host Gerry Dee comes to Halifax (Apr 5) with his Best Medicine Tour.

After a sold-out show earlier this year, hypnotist Asad Mecci and improviser Colin Mochrie return with Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis (Apr 6) for one more show.

Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis
Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis

Comedian Kevin Hart comes to Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre as part of his Reality Check Tour (Apr 16).

The Halifax Comedy Fest (Apr 26-30) returns, showcasing over 30 comedians with multiple shows across the city.

America’s Got Talent finalist, comedian and magician Piff the Magic Dragon (Apr 28) at Casino Nova Scotia.

UK comedy funnyman Jimmy Carr (May 31) brings his Jimmy Carr Terribly Funny Tour 2023 to Scotiabank Centre.

CBC’s The Debaters (Jun 19 & 20) arrives in Halifax with its mix of stand-up, quiz show and comedy competition.


Jörgen Dance presents Bengt Jörgen’s Cinderella (May 3 & 4), an innovative take on the classic fairy tale.

Jörgen Dance: Cinderella

Misc Arts

Actual wizard and Halifax magician Vincenzo Ravina, as seen on the CW’s Penn and Teller: Fool Us, brings his magic to audiences in Actual Wizard (Apr 22).

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