Fat Juliet

After five years in development, Shakespeare by the Sea and Eastern Front Theatre is thrilled to announce the world premiere of Fat Juliet, a new play by Stevey Hunter.

Fat Juliet is a modern re-telling of Romeo & Juliet told entirely from Juliet’s point of view, who happens to be fat. With all the joy and teenage angst of first love, Fat Juliet is an exciting sleepover-style romp that takes an intimate look at what it is to love yourself.

The play will open on October 22nd and run until October 31st at EFT’s home venue of Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth. Cabaret-style seating of socially distanced tables for two and four will be sold on a sliding scale of Pay-What-You-Can pricing, with the lowest starting at $20 per person. There will also be a Pay-What-You-Can preview and performances with ASL interpreters – dates to be announced.

Fat Juliet

After five years in development, Shakespeare by the Sea and Eastern Front Theatre is thrilled to announce the world premiere of Fat Juliet, a new play by Stevey Hunter.

Fat Juliet is a modern re-telling of Romeo & Juliet told entirely from Juliet’s point of view, who happens to be fat. With all the joy and teenage angst of first love, Fat Juliet is an exciting sleepover-style romp that takes an intimate look at what it is to love yourself.

The play will open on October 22nd and run until October 31st at EFT’s home venue of Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth. Cabaret-style seating of socially distanced tables for two and four will be sold on a sliding scale of Pay-What-You-Can pricing, with the lowest starting at $20 per person. There will also be a Pay-What-You-Can preview and performances with ASL interpreters – dates to be announced.

Séan McCann

Through story, music, and the most intimate sharing, Séan McCann opens his heart and connects with each person in a unique way.

McCann will share songs reflected in his new, deeply personal memoir One Good Reason and a new collection of sea shanties from Shantyman.

Prismatic Arts Festival

Prismatic Arts Festival is a national, annual, multidisciplinary arts festival that solely showcases the work of Indigenous artists and artists of colour. Prismatic is excited to bring boundary-pushing new works in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, and spoken word performances.

Live performances will take place at venues all over downtown Kjipuktuk / Halifax, including Neptune Theatre where Prismatic is thrilled to be the new Company in Residence.

Visit the Prismatic Arts Festival website for more information on the artists, events, venues, and more.

Dinuk Wijeratne Trio

For the first live in-person concert of its 33rd season, Cecilia Concerts welcomes the Dinuk Wijeratne Trio for two physically distanced performances in the Lilian Piercey Concert Hall within the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts.

Dinuk Wijeratne is one of Canada’s most established and performed Classical composers. The JUNO and ECMA-winning musician is also the recipient of the Masterworks Arts Prize and the SOCAN Jan Matejcek Award, among many others. His oeuvre encompasses much music that is piano-led and improvisation-based. It’s a vast body of multi-genre works that defy categorization and effortlessly span cultures and borders. As a pianist, Wijeratne leads his world-music trio for these performances in pieces seamlessly blending traditional and contemporary classical influences, world music, and jazz – music inspired by the poetry of Kahlil Gibran, the short stories of Italo Calvino, and by the question of what’ home’ means to us all. Wijeratne is joined by multi-percussionist Nick Halley and Tom Easley, one of Eastern Canada’s finest jazz bassists. Presented in partnership with Debut Atlantic.

The approximate concert length is one full hour, without an intermission. Please take note that this is a physically distanced concert and masks are required to be worn at all times. Seating is very limited.

Long Distance Relationships for Mythical Times

Long Distance Relationships for Mythical Times arrives at the Halifax Central Library this week for six shows only from Sept 8 to 11 as the inaugural performance in 2b theatre company’s Great Little Works series.

2b’s RBC Emerging Artist-in-Residence Gloria Mok is working with Halifax’s Theatre du Poulet (Carmen Lee and Roland Chun Shing Au) to weave together a personal story about long-distance relationships, immigration, and a Chinese astrological folktale about forbidden love. Utilizing food, simple objects, and conversational Cantonese, a dinner table transforms into a liminal space that explores the challenges and triumphs of seeking love and connection at a distance.

Great Little Works is 2b’s series of intimate performances based on humanity’s greatest works of theatre and literature, each brought to life by one performer at a table. These shows are uniquely designed for this moment; shows built for small audiences, safely performable during the pandemic, producing minimal ecological impact, and maximal emotional and spiritual value.

Check the 2b theatre company website for tickets and more information.

Footnotes: an Evening of 3 Short Plays by Hannah Moscovitch

Matchstick Theatre presents Footnotes: an Evening of 3 Short Plays by Hannah Moscovitch.

Essay, USSR and Mexico City are striking, early-career examples of Moscovitch’s ear for sharp dialogue, as well as the biting social commentary that sparked her career and made her one of Canada’s best-known playwrights.

The run time for all three plays is 90 minutes, with no intermission. The plays are recommended for mature audiences due to strong language and mature content.

Tickets are pay-what-you-can, with all proceeds donated directly to the Bus Stop Theatre’s Inclusion Fund.

The Stage…Mondays

Forget Friday. Monday is the new fun day as The Stage at St Andrew’s shines a light on she/they musicians with its new series The Stage…Mondays.

October 4: Burry – Halifax’s premier dyslexic non-binary musician blending elements of indie, pop and rock together. With supporting act Lindsay Misiner + the 7th Mystic

November 1: Zamani – established as one of Nova Scotia’s most promising emerging artists, her refreshing and satiny-soulful music combines with a smooth stage presence. With supporting act Patrick & Daniels.

December 13: Kristen Martell – her hazy, sun-dappled sound is equivalent to walking through a field on a warm summer’s day. With supporting act Good Dear Good.

January 10: Kim Joy Lake – her Alt-folk songs that are catchy and contemplative invite listeners to pause and reflect on the threads that tie us all together. With supporting act Pillow Fite.

February 7: Jah’mila – wrapped in the roots of the reggae family tree, she stands tall with music that is lyrically creative and masterly delivered. With supporting act Kye Clayton.

March 7: Brooklyn Blackmore – influenced by country and pop genres, she delivers captivating lyrics, dynamic vocals, and powerful melodies with a vintage feel. With supporting act The Strolling Bones.

April 4: Leona Burkey – her folk-forward music takes the audience into the grey areas between courage and retreat, grace and defiance, with a fable and a touch of nostalgia. With supporting act Caribou Run.

May 2: Joce Reyome – Massachusetts-born, Charlottetown-based, a soulful powerhouse edging to the forefront of the Atlantic Canada music scene as a massively talented vocalist. With supporting act Casual Cries for Help.

AfterWords Literary Festival

The AfterWords Literary Festival, a celebration of writers, readers, and the ideas that bring them together, has announced its full program and list of participating writers for its third annual festival, Tuesday, September 28 to Sunday, October 3.

The festival, webcast through Zoom online (with closed captioning available upon request), will offer a mix of readings, conversations, workshops and a two-day writers conference.

This year’s headliners include Lawrence Hill, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Megan Gail Coles, Sheila Heti, Avni Doshi, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Shelagh Rogers and Mark Critch.

The festival will mark Truth and Reconciliation Day on September 30 with a new poem from Rebecca Thomas, followed by Katherena Vermette in conversation with Janet Rogers.

Other participating authors include Anne Simpson, Jean-Philippe Raîche, Vicki Grant, Tom Ryan, Wanda Lauren Taylor, Chad Lucas, Lesley Crewe, Genevieve Graham, Annick Macaskill, Francesca Ekwuyasi, Shalan Joudry plus workshops with Sarah Mian, Casey Plett, Andre Fenton, Pauline Dakin, Michelle Good and Anne Simpson.

Visit the AfterWords Literary Festival for the complete line-up.

Lennie Gallant

Canadian singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Lennie Gallant performs from his latest album Time Travel and more.

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