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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.

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Sunday Matinee’s – 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

Scott n’ The Rocks – Every other Monday – Starting Jan 15, 2018 (Jazz)

Scott Macmillan is a vibrant musical force in Atlantic Canada as a, guitarist/ composer/ conductor/ arranger. His creative drive and love of jazz is found with the best of the best of Halifax’s jazz musicians and the creation of “Scott ‘n the Rocks”. Halifax’s newest and very exciting little big jazz band.

In the late 70′s Scott studied with, Duke Ellington’s arranger, Ron Collier, at Humber College. In 1987, his group, The Scott Macmillan Sextet represented Atlantic Canada at the Montreal Jazz Festival

A multi-dimensioned musician, Scott has made his career moving through many genres of music. Since 1995 he is more familiar to audiences as the Host Conductor and Arranger of the Maritime Pops Series with Symphony Nova. His love for the jazz band sound has remained brewing on the back burner and in November 2004 Scott gathered a group of 12 talented and versatile jazz musicians and so “Scott ‘n the Rocks” was launched.

Founded in 2004, Scott has created a new musical scene in Halifax at Stayners Pub and Grill on Monday nights throughout the winter months. These Monday night performances have the top jazz musicians in the region angling for opportunities to perform the new and challenging music that Macmillan presents to them on a regular basis.

With Scott ‘n the Rocks, Scott is looking to provide a creative venue for the musicians. Scott has opened up the opportunity for himself and others to express themselves as composers as well as to explore music through improvisational performance freedom.

Showtime 8:00 pm No Cover

Josh Kelly – Tuesday Evenings – Beginning Feb 6 (All Genre’s)

Singer, songwriter and producer Josh Kelly is no stranger to the stage. After DJing in his hometown of Halifax for over 10 years, he is now pursuing his long time dream of playing his own music. Folk, rock and blues painstakingly reimagined.

With his DIY approach to songwriting Josh brings an honesty and vurnaerabilty to his music that is evident to listeners.

“A haunting voice and an impressive lyricist”

Showtime 7:00 pm No Cover

Audition with Theo MacIntosh – Wednesday’s (All Genre’s)

Audition w/ Theo MacIntosh!
Theo MacIntosh has assisted in getting gigs for many musicians that went on to perform regular solo and band gigs all over HRM.
You could be the next big thing!
Come on down and Audition with Theo.

7:30 pm No cover


  • Mar 29 – Three O’Cubano
  • Apr 5 – Lacewood
  • Apr 12 – TBA
  • Apr 19 – Doris Mason
  • Apr 26 – Tom Easley Quartet
  • May 3 – TBA
  • May 10 – Nova Fest
  • May 17 – TBA

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

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

  • Mar 23 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Mar 30 – Good Friday No Music
  • Apr 6 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Apr 13 – Ian Janes – This is a special event – See event for details
  • Apr 20 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Apr 27 – Dave Goyteche
  • May 4 – Theo MacIntosh
  • May 11 – Dave Goyetche

Showtime 7:30 pm, No cover (Unless otherwise stated)

Saturday Matinee – All genre’s

  • Mar 24 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Mar 31 – Patrick Drake “Storytellers”
  • Apr 7 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Apr 14 – Plaid & Black
  • Apr 21 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Apr 28 – Decota McNamara
  • May 5 – Theo MacIntosh
  • May 12 – Dave Goyteche

Showtime 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm No Cover

Halifax Burger Week – Mar 22 – 28 (FOOD!)

#HFXBurgerWeek 2018 is the biggest year ever with 125 official locations (and of course STAYNER’S is one of those locations) as The Coast looks to build on the $175,000 Burger Week has raised for Feed Nova Scotia over the last five years. That’s equivalent to 260,000 meals for Nova Scotians in need!

What a delicious week it’s going to be and for a great cause!

Theo MacIntosh Band feat. Steve MacNeil & Derek Bellefontaine – Sat Mar 24 (All Genre’s)

Theo MacIntosh
Born and raised in Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Theo has spent years lending his talent to various groups as a guitarist, pianist, and vocalist. After studying music at St. Francis Xavier University, Theo became a founding member of Abbey Road – Tribute To The Beatles. Over the years, Theo has been involved in many performing acts including Jessica Rhaye, Tim Steele, Gravity, and Tristan Legg & The Mad Dogs. Theo has shared the stage with many acts over the years including The Commitments, Alan White (Yes/Lennon), Honeymoon Suite, The Beach Boys and countless local musicians. Theo combines his Cape Breton roots, jazz training, and gigging experience to provide a tasteful, entertaining, and memorable performance.

Steve MacNeil (Bass)
Steve has been playing the upright bass for 20 years as a graduate of the St. Francis Xavier University Jazz Program. Recently acquiring a 5 string upright bass, Steve is achieving new lows in several bands playing celtic traditional, jazz, bluegrass, country, folk, rock and blues music.

Derek Bellefontaine (Drums)
Derek has been performing many styles of music professionally for almost 30 years as a freelance drummer. Born on the east coast of Canada, Derek’s musical career began playing bars/clubs around Halifax/Dartmouth at a young age and continued as he toured professionally around the Maritimes and into Central Canada. Derek relocated to Toronto to study jazz at Humber College under the likes of Roger Flock, jazz great Don Vickery, Vito Rezza and rock/fusion drumming legend Paul DeLong. It was there where Derek learned the skills to become a more versatile and useful musician by studying drums, percussion, vibes/marimba, congas/bongos and piano. During his time in Toronto, Derek was fortunate enough to do many sub-in gigs ranging from percussion in weddings, to fusion at The Rex on Queen Street West. From there, these gigs lead to many other opportunities including session work for Much Music, A & E Television, Bravo, and various radio music spot in the U.S., as well as touring with acts such as Legends Alive and Classic Albums Live. In 2001, Derek moved back to Halifax and continues playing with such bands as Blueberry Grunt, Clam Chowder, Gravity, Paul Lamb and Wreckhouse, and many others.

8:30 pm Cover $5

Three O’Cubano  – Thu Mar 29 (Latin Jazz/Soul)

Alison Enriquez
People are throwing around the word violin prodigy when it comes to Alison Enriquez. The young Cuban violinist currently attends school in, and calls Nova Scotia home. She is part of the Los Primos project, an initiative started by musician Jeff Goodspeed to connect Cuba and Nova Scotia through music. While other teenagers are downloading the latest popular music tunes, Enriquez embraces classical composers, memorizing the pieces with her photographic memory note for note.
“My mind goes to the history of the composer,” she said. Enriquez immerses herself in her music with daily practice and studying.
Enriquez attends Armbrae Academy and after school she heads to Dalhousie University’s music department where she studies with highly regarded professor Philippe Djokic.
She’s being mentored by Shimon Walt, a member of Symphony Nova Scotia

Three O’ Cubano
A trio of musicians who serve up a cocktail of music from Cuba, Brazil, North America, Italy and beyond. How can you play the music of these countries with only a piano, guitar and woodwinds? It is a serious business but always a game! These masters of their craft can make it happen every time, with world-class performances that reach the ears of every kind of listener. A sense of humour always bubbling under the surface, while the music of the greatest composers of the world is delivered with passion. Original tunes that are catchy and at the same time complex. Three O’Cubano is a unique show that takes you on a journey to places you have never been before.

8:00 pm Cover $5

Mike Biggar – Sat Mar 31 (Blues/Roots/Folk)

Described as a definitive live performer, Mike Biggar is known for his intense, roiling live performance, signature soaring vocals and warm, disarming on-stage humour. His songs have earned him affection from listeners and accolades from industry. And now – following the release of his third full-length album GO ALL IN (03/10/17 Busted Flat Records) – Biggar’ latest offering of songwriting prowess has once again been recognized, being awarded the Music New Brunswick Award for ‘Blues Artist of the Year’ in October 2017. This latest honour adds to his twice previous Music NB Awards, an East Coast Music Award and numerous nominations and acclaim

Biggar unfurls his music with a soulful, potent conviction. His gutsy, bluesy delivery reflects his childhood roots in gospel music. His songs and compelling on-stage delivery disappear the distance between the stage and the listener, drawing you in to be a part of the stories he tells. His high energy vocals steam down the line like a soulful roots-inspired freight train, while his noted emotional performance punctuates his songs with raw honesty.

GO ALL IN is a roots music evolution for Biggar, achieved by connecting more deeply than ever with his own musical history. The result is a delightfully eclectic collection that cuts across genre boundaries while offering a compelling representation of Biggar’s own musical lineage. And his noted tradition for top level co-writing continues, pairing with East Coast Blues marvel Charlie A’Court, Newfoundland producer/R&B artist Chris Kirby, and Canadian Country hit-maker Chris Cummings.

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

2017-2018 sees Biggar touring like never before with extensive booking across Canada and into the USA.
Credit ECMA 2018 Website


Showtime 8:30 pm Cover $6

Lacewood – Thu Apr 5 (Various Genre’s)

LACEWOOD is an original pop country band with a strong focus on song writing. The band may be fairly new but all three members have well established independent music careers. The wealth of experience and diversified skills of these three unique perspectives makes LACEWOOD a very powerful combo!

Dwight Deon – Most widely known as a Canadian Idol top finalist. More than a just a great singer he is an accomplished musician and producer. He is known in the band as the “hook writer” for his consistent ability to come up with memorable melodies.

Lana Grant – A singer songwriter with an impressive catalogue of solo material. Her songs are always heart felt and message driven. Never afraid to think bigger she has used her talents to bring musicians together and for many charitable causes, through projects ranging from cook books to group recordings.

Chris Iannetti – An in-demand musician and producer who has shared the stage with many of the East Coast’s best-known artists. He runs a recording Studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia which is the home base for LACEWOOD writing and production.

Together they have build something greater than the sum of it’s parts and are very excited to share their music with you. Stay tuned!


Showtime 8 pm Cover $5

Ced, Marty & Dave – Sat Apr 7 (Blues/R&B)

Acoustic Blues Trio CED MARTY & DAVE have become a fan favorite with their repertoire of Blues, Ballads, and R&B. Their blends of original and classic songs are arranged in their own unique style utilizing Guitar, Cahon, and Harmonica. Inspired by Howling Wolf, Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton and others they cover but never copy.

Line up:
Ced Upshaw – Guitar and Vocals
Marty Williams – Harmonica and Vocals
Dave Skinner – Cajon, Percussion and Vocals

Showtime 8:30 pm Cover $5

Ian Janes – TWO INCREDIBLE SHOWS! Fri Apr 13 and Sat Apr 14 (Various Genre’s)

Tickets $15 in advance $20 at the Door.
Ian is an ECMA Nominee this show is not to be missed!

Ian Janes is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Janes’ latest release, Yes Man, has been met with immediate and overwhelmingly positive critical acclaim. The record was given 4 out of 5 possible stars by Rolling Stone France, chosen as ‘disc of the day” by Le Journal de Montréal, was nominated for four 2017 Music Nova Scotia awards and nominated for “Pop Recording of the Year” at the 2018 East Coast Music Awards.

In March 2017 Ian’s song “Can’t Remember Never Loving You” was used to close the mid-season finale of the hit TV show “Nashville”. The song vaulted into the U.S Top 50 iTunes chart the week after the show’s airing, as recorded by the show’s two stars – Connie ‘Rayna’ Britton and Charles ‘Deacon’ Esten. The song was co-written with veteran Nashville songwriter Byron Hill (George Straight, George Jones, Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick). Ian’s own version of the song was released on January 12, 2018.

A bilingual artist, Janes’ first single, “Broken Record”, was released in both French and English and saw regular airplay on CBC, Clic Franco, Sirius XM, Stingray and many commercial formats. His 2nd French single, “À perte de vue”, was released in early September 2017 and by late December had climbed up to #14 on the Canadian francophone charts. His 3rd French single ‘Dit oui’ was released on February 16th and has already entered the top 100.

As a busy father of three, Ian has had more success writing songs when on the road! He wrote the infectious Yes Man opener “Used” with Andy Stochansky (Goo Goo Dolls, Ani DiFranco, Shannon Noll), and Jamie Hartman (Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Rag N Bone Man, James Bay) in Los Angeles, and wrote the burning soul vibes of “Lying Awake” with Lee Ann and Daryl Burgess (Irma Thomas, Colin James, Patty Loveless) on one of his regular writing trips to Nashville. Back in Nova Scotia he co-wrote the title track “Yes Man” with Joel Plaskett.

Increasingly in demand as a songwriter for hire, Ian’s songs have recently been recorded or performed by The Julian Taylor Band, new country artist Danielle Bourjeaurd (Ole-Red Dot), The James Barker Band (Universal).

Yes Man is packed with great musical performances including: drummers John O’Reilly Jr. (Fun, Mandy Moore, Jason Mraz) and Jano Rix (Zack Brown Band, The Wood Brothers, Buddy Miller), bassist Nicholas D’Amato (Lizz Wright) and pedal steel from Russ Pahl (Elton John, Ray Lamontagne, John Hiatt). As usual, Ian contributed all lead vocals, guitars and plenty of his own background vocals along with appearances from some of his favourite singers: Muzz Marshall, Reeny Smith and Owen Lee.

“…one of the most beautiful albums of the year. Brilliant, inspired, magnificently played and written.” – Rolling Stone France

“Yes Man is the fruit of an artist in full possession of his means.” – Journal de Montreal

“One of the best songwriters from the east coast, like, ever- Bob Mersereau’s Top 100 Canadian Singles


Showtimes 8:30 pm 

Doris Mason – Thu Apr 19 (Jazz)

Doris Mason is back! She’s looking forward to singing some of her favorite songs written or performed by artists such as Cole Porter, Ella Fitzgerald, Bonnie Raitt, Mama Cass Elliot to name a few. In addition, she’ll fit in her own originals from her CD-Photograph and new songs penned since that recording. Come on down and check out this Canadian and Maritime legend.

Showtime 8 pm Cover $5

Plaid & Black – Sat Apr 21 (Various Genre’s)

A Saturday night on the Halifax waterfront, woohoo! Wear your dancing shoes and join us at this great pub. Awesome food too!

Plaid and Black are a cover trio from Halifax specializing in three part harmonies! Featuring guitars, mandolin, keyboards, harmonica and more.
Female vocals are a highlight with tunes varying from Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks, Serena Ryder to Blue Rodeo.
Members consist of Laurie Bolivar (guitar, mandolin, vocals) Melanie Chapman (guitar, mandolin, harmonica and vocals) and Nancy Carr (keyboards, percussion and vocals)


Showtime 8:30 pm Cover $5

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