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Special Events

Once you’ve enjoyed your dinner, stay and take in some of the best live music Halifax has to offer. Each week, Stayner’s presents artists from here and away performing jazz, blues, soul and pop. And Sunday? Ahhhh… Sunday. Jeff Goodspeed hosts a matinee from 5-9 featuring a variety of musicians from Halifax’ thriving Jazz community.

Stayner’s Wharf Open Song Showcase with host Theo MacIntosh Wednesday’s – (Contemporary)

Open Song Showcase

An open mic with a twist, we are looking for players who wish to showcase their own songs and talent. A night where you can join us with your “rehearsed and prepared” act live on the Stayner’s Showcase stage. Short sets will be held so that everyone gets an opportunity to share their musical talents and original material. This is not your father’s open mic.

Playing starts at 8 pm, No cover


  • Aug 24 – Three O’Cubano feat. Alison Enriquez
  • Aug 31 – TBA
  • Sept 7 – TBA
  • Sept 14 – TBA
  • Sept 21 – Barbra Lica $15 Cover

Showtime’s 8:30 pm Cover $5 (Unless Otherwise stated)

Friday Night Solo/Duet Series (All Genre’s)

  • Aug 25 – Mike Biggar
  • Sept 1 – No Music
  • Sept 8 – Tyler Mullendore
  • Sept 15 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Sept 22 – TBA

Showtime 8:30 pm, No cover (Unless otherwise stated)

Saturday Matinee – All genre’s

  • Aug 19 – No Matinee
  • Aug 26 – No Matinee
  • Sept 2 – No Music
  • Sept 9 – TBA
  • Sept 16 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Sept 23 – Tyler Mullendore

Showtime 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm No Cover

Sunday Matinees – Jeff Goodspeed’s Ultimate Band of Super Heroes (Jazz) 5 – 9 pm


Join us each Sunday afternoon at 5:00 for a wonderful musical spectrum of tunes and players hosted by Jeff Goodspeed.

Born in Truro, NS, Jeff’s musical education includes Berklee College of Music in Boston, Acadia University and Toronto’s Humber College of Music. He has followed a career as a freelance musician and teacher, spending 3 yrs in the RCMP band and 2 yrs with Roger Whittaker. Jeff has worked with Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Bob Hope, Rich Little, Shirley MacLaine, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin and many others.

While in Toronto for 10 yrs he had the opportunity to perform with The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and The Guido Basso Orchestra, and was in the pit bands for Cats, Crazy For You and other shows. Since returning to NS in ’92 he has been very busy with Jazz Education and leading his own groups. In 1996, he and Dave Staples won the East Coast Music Award for best jazz recording for their CD entitled ‘Eastern Passage’.

He is the founder of the Los Primos cultural exchange between music students in NS and Cuba and has created a professional jazz band with musicians from Havana and Halifax. This group, HavanaFax, won the ECMA for best jazz recording in 2004. Currently, Jeff stays busy as director of the new music arts program at the Waterfront Campus of the NSCC, teaching jazz clinics and playing with the many talented Maritime musicians.

Showtime 5 pm No Cover

The Funk Family – Sat Aug 19 (R&B/Funk/Dance)

The Funk Family is a six piece band drums, bass, guitar, two backups and Charity Stairs as lead. The Funk Family performs covers and also originals, they take the covers and make them their own with sometimes funky twists! The Funk Family also plays a fabulous mix of older tunes and some up to date as well as new tunes. The Funk Family is an energetic and fun band on stage and they adore performing. This is going to be a fabulous night of DANCING!!!

Showtime 9 pm Cover $5

Natural Talent – Sat Sept 9 (R&B/Soul)

One of the most exciting R&B bands in Metro today is Natural Talent. This group of talented musicians is creating such a buzz around town that, wherever they play, the audience is always asking them to return.

Natural Talent provides classic R&B tunes and a stage show that’s unmatched. Their showmanship and energy level really gets the crowd on the dance floor. Now that the word is out about Natural Talent, audiences are going to enjoy partying with this fantastic show band.

Showtime 9 pm Cover $5

Barbra Lica – Thu Sept 21 (Jazz)

Barbra Lica is a fast-rising star in the Canadian Jazz scene. In the short period of time since her 2012 debut album release (That’s What I Do), she has been selected as one of Canada’s Top 5 Jazz singers by CBC host Tim Tamashiro, as well as one of 5 up and coming jazz artists in Toronto by blogTO. That’s What I Do not only opened at #1 on iTunes Canada’s jazz chart but enjoyed wide release in Japan via Universal Music Japan. Barbra’s first U.S. performance in Nov. 2013 also proved highly memorable. Competing in the prestigious Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Voice Competition, Barbra placed first runner up, earning the approval of celebrity judges Al Jarreau, Gretchen Parlato, and Janice Siegel.

Barbra Lica’s 2017 summer tour will be in promotion of her newest album, “I’m Still Learning”, released October 2016 by Justin Time Records. It was co-produced by Juno-award winning, platinum album-producing guitarist James Bryan and accomplished pop/jazz bassist Marc Rogers (Joe Lovano, Nikki Yanofsky, Norah Jones). It features Lou Pomanti (Anne Murray, Michael Bublé) on keyboards and Larnell Lewis (Snarky Puppy, Michael Brecker) on percussion. It also heavily features Barbra’s touring band of up-and-coming Jazz musicians from across Canada who will be joining Barbra this summer including Nova Scotia’s own Will Fisher on drums. Barbra’s versatility as a performer continues to grow along with her fanbase. “Lica smiles when she sings. You can hear it. When you see her in concert you’ll see it too”, says Tim Tamashiro (CBC).

Showtime 9 pm Cover $5

Mike Biggar – Sat Sept 23 (Folk/Roots/Blues)

Described as a definitive live performer, multi award-winning singer-songwriter Mike Biggar is known for his intense, roiling live performance, signature soaring vocals and disarming on-stage humour. His songs have earned him affection from listeners and accolades from industry. And now with the release of his third full-length album GO ALL IN on Busted Flat Records (03/10/2017), Biggar offers a fresh helping of his song writing prowess that has twice earned him Music New Brunswick Awards (2011, 2014), an East Coast Music Award (2012) and numerous other nominations and acclaim.

A featured performer on major East Coast festival stages including the iconic Stan Rogers Folk Festival, the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, the Kempt Shore Folk Festival, the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival and more, Biggar has shared the stage with artists such as Steve Earle, Gordie Sampson, Matt Andersen, Stephen Fearing, Lynn Miles, Dave Gunning, Ron Hynes, Rose Cousins, Del Barber, The Brothers Landreth, and more.

Credit Bob Mersereau

Showtime 9 pm Cover $6

Pam Barr – Sat Sept 30 (Adult Contemporary)

Pam and her band bring to Stayner’s unique and fabulous vocal stylings. Pam is fun and loves to interact with her audience 🙂
You don’t want to miss this show!

Showtime 9 pm Cover $5

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