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Friday, February 23, 2024

Halifax’s winter performing arts guide

Here are some of the shows we're looking forward to in Halifax this winter.

Let’s face it: winter in Halifax can be a bit challenging. So, what better way to escape the season’s doldrums than to see something on a local stage?

Here are some of the shows we’re looking forward to this winter. And be sure to check out our full calendar of events for other happenings in and around the Halifax area.

Did we miss something? Let us know, and we will add it to our list.

Theatre

There are just a few opportunities left to take in Neptune Theatre’s holiday musical panto Cinderella (until Jan 7), featuring pop songs, laughs and plenty of surprises as it tells the classic story of a young woman who longs for a better life away from her menacing stepsisters.

Neptune Theatre presents Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Jan 30-Feb 25), Tom Stoppard’s absurdist, existential tragicomedy that brings two minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet to the forefront.

Neptune Theatre presents multi-disciplinary artist, poet & playwright Breton Lalama’s apocalyptic new play, Last Show on Earth (Feb 6-18).

Dora Award-winning actor Raven Dauda writes and performs in Addicted (Mar 12-24) about an alcoholic who faces her inner demons, revealing the ugly truth about her family’s destructive past.

Last Show On Earth
Last Show On Earth

Music

Cecilia Concerts presents an evening with pianist Lucy Zhang (Jan 13) in a recital.

For his first solo shows in nine years, musician and songwriter Kevin Drew (Jan 14) makes a stop in Halifax.

Canadian indie rock band Daniel Romano’s Outfit (Jan 19) returns to Halifax, joined by special guests Walrus and Carson McHone.

Daniel Romano's Outfit
Daniel Romano’s Outfit

Symphony Nova Scotia performs Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos in two parts on January 20 & January 21.

Symphony Nova Scotia presents The Music of Queen (Jan 26-28), featuring Jeans ‘n Classics and local youth choir Soundtrax.

American pianist Henry Kramer (Jan 27) in a concert showcasing his musicianship as he brings to life the emotional depth and breathtaking beauty of timeless works.

Pianist Henry Kramer
Pianist Henry Kramer

Folk rock band Whitehorse (Feb 3) performs at the Light House Arts Centre in Halifax.

Reeny Smith (Feb 6) performs with a surprise act as part of CBC Music’s Road to the Junos at the Marquee Ballroom.

Jenn Grant & Rose Cousins (Feb 8) perform as part of CBC Music’s Road to the Junos at the Marquee Ballroom.

Aquakultre & Jah’Mila (Feb 9) perform as part of CBC Music’s Road to the Junos at the Marquee Ballroom.

Aquakultre & Jah'Mila
Aquakultre & Jah’Mila

Cecilia Concerts’ 2023/24 musician-in-residence, the Kronos Quartet cellist and composer Paul Wiancko, is joined by Sandbox Percussion and Percussion Collective musician Ian David Rosenbaum (Feb 10).

Canadian musician and producer Ikky (aka Ikwinder Singh) performs at the Marquee Ballroom (Feb 15) as part of his Man Like Ikky Tour 2024.

Violinist Hao Zhou, a member of the Viano String Quartet, and opera conductor and pianist Gregory Ritchey perform (Feb 17).

Violinist Hao Zhou and Pianist Gregory Ritchey
Violinist Hao Zhou and Pianist Gregory Ritchey

Classic Albums Live returns to Halifax to perform Supertramp’s Crime of the Century (Feb 24), note for note, cut for cut.

Musician Matt Minglewood (Feb 24) performs with his band at Casino Nova Scotia with his unique blend of country, blues, folk, roots and rock.

City and Colour (Feb 27) comes to the Scotiabank Centre in support of singer, songwriter, and performer Dallas Green’s new album, The Love Still Held Me Near.

City and Colour
City and Colour

Actor and singer Kelly Holiff returns to Neptune Theatre in Rumour Has It: The Songbook of Adele (Feb 29-Mar 3), bringing her own interpretation of Adele’s music to the stage.

The Aeolian Singers present Giving Voice (Mar 2), a showcase of young treble choirs from all over the region.

Juno award-winning recording artist Clayton Bellamy (Mar 2) takes audiences on an evening of songs and stories from Tom Petty.

The Legendary Life of Tom Petty with Clayton Bellamy
The Legendary Life of Tom Petty with Clayton Bellamy

Symphony Nova Scotia presents Video Games Live (Mar 8-9), an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time.

Cecilia Concerts presents the Grammy Award-nominated tenor Lawrence Brownlee (Mar 16), performing a selection of operatic arias along with a culturally-rooted program of works for voice and piano.

Metropolitan Opera star tenor Lawrence Brownlee performs operatic arias along with a culturally-rooted program.
Lawrence Brownlee

Actor, producer, best-selling author, and lead singer for Newfoundland’s Great Big Sea, Alan Doyle (Mar 16), performs at Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre.

Country singer and songwriter Robyn Ottolini (Mar 19) performs with special guest Owen Riegling.

Comedy

Casino Nova Scotia plays host to Letterkenny: A Night of Standup (Feb 8), featuring four comedians from the Letterkenny family, including headliner Mark Forward. The show also includes Jeff McEnery as well as Letterkenny and Shoresy writer Allie Pearse.

Canadian cultural icon, comedienne, and social activist Mary Walsh (Feb 29) performs some of her best comedic bits and most popular characters.

An Evening With Mary Walsh
An Evening With Mary Walsh

Dance

In Lizard of Pause: Girly Epic (Jan 18 & 19), blurs the boundaries of theatre, dance and circus from a feminist satirical lens.

Live Art Dance presents Rock Bottom Movement’s An Immortal Kinda of Love (Jan 27), consisting of two works, Kid Sister and Dino.

Live Art Dance presents a mixed programme of two works, 100x1x2 and Newsbreaker (Feb 23 & 24) from surFace Dance.

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