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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


  • June 29 – Tomi Allen Cover $6 (special party event)
  • July 6 – The Ryan Willigar Band
  • July 13 – Chapman Skinner Band
  • July 20 – TBA
  • July 27 – The Riot Squad

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

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

  • June 30 – Patrick Drake
  • July 7 – TBA
  • July 14 – Theo MacIntosh
  • July 21 – TBA
  • July 28 – Gabriel Minnikin

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

Saturday Matinee – All genre’s

  • July 1 – Canada Day No Matinee
  • July 8 – No Matinee
  • July 15 – Theo MacIntosh
  • July 22 – Theo MacIntosh
  • July 29 – No Matinee

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

Tomi Allen Band – Thu June 29 (Pop/Rock/World)

Mike Carroll – drums
Vince Pettipas – bass
Kristine Kovacevic – backing vocals
Kendra Breen – backing vocals, violin
Inti Gonzalez – percussion
Tomi Allen – vocals, guitars

Genre: Pop/Rock/World

Showtime 8:30 Cover $6

Willem Paynter and The Hard Bop Quartet – July 8 (Jazz/Bop)

Featuring the music of Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, Jackie McLean, Jack McDuff and original compositions, join Willem Paynter’s Hard Bop Quartet for an evening of head-bopping, foot-tapping, hard swinging jazz. This premier jazz event is not to be missed.

At Stayner’s Wharf we work hard to support live music in Halifax. Come down and support the musicians.

Showtime 9 pm $5 cover

The Skinner/Chapman Quartet – July 13 (R&B/Contemporary)

Dave Skinner and Bruce Chapman have crossed musical paths many times over the years, beginning in 1974 when Bruce first heard David playing in a club in Moncton, and began scheming to someday play with him. Their best known collaboration would be with the iconic Mason Chapman Band of the early eighties. Dave is currently featured in a number of popular Halifax based bands. Bruce, after long stints with the Nova Scotia Massed Choir and the Up Home Tonight show, now lives in Toronto where he plays in a variety of groups, his most favorite of which is a regular gig with his piano trio.
Chapman says:” David and I are always associated with playing music that makes people move and keeps people smiling. This quartet will be no different!”
Joining the Quartet will be funky bassist, vocalist, songwriter and former Mason Chapman colleague Michael Andrusyk. Mike is very active gigging and hunkering down in his studio writing music. We will also be happily featuring John Hollis on saxes, another frequent guest from the Mason Chapman days. “ John is one of the most musical players I get to play with” says Chapman. “ You always feel like he is speaking to you, and doing it with great feeling. We are charged to have him aboard!”.

The Quartet will be playing music by Ray Charles, Thelonius Monk, Weather Report, Cannonball Adderly, Stevie Wonder. The Downchild Blues Band, and many more familiar favorites. Upbeat music. Exciting musicianship. Four old friends. What’s not to like?

Showtime 8:30 pm Cover $10

Sam Moon – Sat July 15 (R&B/Contemporary)

Cape Breton born vocalist Sam Moon whose real name is Richard Boudreau has been performing for over 30 years and with over a hundred different musicians. Known for performing bare foot and wearing Moo Moo’s (an ankle length dress-like garment). Various bands include Universal Power, Moon-Minglewood, Sun Machine, The Power Unit with Ritchie Oakley and The Sam Moon Band.

Has released various singles over the years. Released album “New Moon” in 1982 with musicians from the Halifax band “Sun Machine” who were his backing band at that time. Five members of previous band went out on their own as “The Battery”.

Over the years Sam has shared stages with such greats as; ZZ Top, The Guess Who, The Doobie Brothers, Sass Jordan, The Band, The Atlantic Rhythm Section, Delbert Maclinton, and The Beach Boys.

Showtime 9 pm Cover $10

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