The Carleton re-opens to live music on July 1

Halifax singer-songwriter Allen Snow kicks off a long weekend of local talent with a "farewell" performance before deploying with the Canadian Navy.

Halifax singer-songwriter Allen Snow kicks off the return of live music at The Carleton.
Halifax singer-songwriter Allen Snow kicks off the return of live music at The Carleton.

As Nova Scotia enters phase three of its COVD-19 re-opening plan today with expanded social gathering limits and the loosening of travel restrictions, another sign that things are returning to some sense of normalcy is the return of live music to venues like The Carleton in downtown Halifax.

…the heart and soul of The Carleton re-opens this long weekend. – Karen Spaulding

“We technically re-opened on June 2 when phase one permitted restaurants to offer outside dining, but the heart and soul of The Carleton re-opens this long weekend,” says The Carleton’s owner Karen Spaulding. “Live music is our raison d’être. It’s where the magic happens. To say we look forward to showcasing the very best talent the east coast has to offer doesn’t begin to capture our excitement, our need to be live again.”

With a grand re-opening to live music slated for July 1, The Carleton will present a cover-free long weekend line-up of local acts that kicks off with a farewell concert of sorts from local singer-songwriter Allen Snow.

As with many artists, music is a part-time gig for Snow. With his day job as a marine technician with the Canadian Navy, he will soon be deploying overseas until January, putting his music on hold.

But while Snow will be concentrating on his job to “make sure [the ship] stays afloat,” he is also planning to write more music. “I want to create as much as I can while I’m gone and then come back with a whole lot of new music when I return,” he says.

Planning three distinct sets for his farewell performance at The Carleton on July 1, Snow says the final set will feature music from his new record “Ardwell Avenue,” set to be released when he returns in January.

As for playing at The Carleton before he departs, Snow appreciates the opportunity to perform there once again.

“It’s definitely one of the best venues in the city, and they’ve got an incredible sound in there,” he says. “For me as musician it’s a bit of an honour to play there and I’m really happy and excited to be able to do it.”

Live at The Carleton with Allen Snow
During the height of the pandemic, Allen Snow performed as part of Halifax Presents’ Live at The Carleton series in May of 2020.

Continuing the long weekend musical festivities, The Carleton will host two other local bands on July 2 and 3: Sasha Brideau & The Homewreckers and Tevon Tynes & The Superstatics.

Beyond the long weekend kick-off, The Carleton has begun programming various music and other acts through the end of August. A few highlights include Joe’s Comedy featuring comedian Joe Harfouche and friends (July 7), Cape Breton folk group Còig (July 22 & 23), Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Terra Spencer‘s tribute to 1971 (July 30) and the Myles Goodwyn Trio (Aug 5 & 6).

With limited capacity, some shows have already sold out. Visit for more information on these and other upcoming performances.

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