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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.

Monday's (Every other Mon - March 27th) - Scott N' The Rocks (Jazz)

Scott in the Rocket

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 Stayner’s 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 pm No Cover

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


  • Mar 23 – HALIFAX JAZZ MARCH feat. Tom Easley Quartet
  • Mar 30 – The Vibe Trio (Mike Cowie-Trumpet, Ron Hynes-Bass and David Staples-piano)
  • Apr 6 – Blue Spirits Quintet
  • Apr 13 – Gene Smith Quartet
  • Mar 16 – The Fisher Brothers
  • Mar 23 – HALIFAX JAZZ MARCH feat. Tom Easley Quartet
  • March 30 – The Vibe Trio (Mike Cowie-Trumpet, Ron Hynes-Bass, Dave Staples-Piano)
  • Apr 6 – Blue Spirits
  • Apr 13 – Gene Smith Quartet
  • Apr 20 – The Forward Bound
  • Apr 27 – Charles Mingus Tribute
  • May 4Alfie Zappacosta Tickets $25 in advance $30 at the door
  • May 11 – NSCC Nova Fest
  • May 18 – TBA
  • May 25 – The Hughie Awards (NSCC)

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

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

  • Mar 24 – Halifax Jazz March feat. Chris Mitchell and Silvio Pupo
  • Mar 31 – Greg Fownes
  • Apr 7 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Apr 14 – No Music No Cover
  • Apr 21 – Patrick Drakes’ Storytellers – “Like raiding your parents’ record collection”
  • Apr 28 – Eric Hamilton
  • May 5 – Alfie Zappacosta Tickets $25 in advance $30 at the door
  • May 12 – Terry Hatty Cover $10
  • May 19 – Eric Hamilton
  • May 26 – TBA

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

Saturday Matinee – All genre’s

  • Mar 25 – Theo MacIntosh Jazz Stylings
  • Apr 1 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Apr 8 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Apr 15 – Patrick Drakes’ Storytellers – “Like raiding your parents’ record collection”
  • Apr 22 – Eric Hamilton
  • Apr 29 – Patrick Drakes’ Storytellers – “Like raiding your parents’ record collection”
  • May 6 – Theo MacIntosh
  • May 13 – Theo MacIntosh
  • May 20 – Theo MacIntosh
  • May 27 – TBA

Showtime 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm No Cover

Sunday Matinees – Jeff Goodspeed & His 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

KICKING OFF HALIFAX JAZZ MARCH! Tom Easley Quartet – Thu Mar 23 (Jazz)

A tribute to Marc Johnson’s Bass Desires
“Bass Desires has become a recurring concept since this 1985 date, when it was merely the title of a CD and not a band. But the two-guitar quartet has a special appeal to bassist-leader Marc Johnson, who’s joined here by drummer Peter Erskine and celebrated guitarists Bill Frisell and John Scofield. A study in the stylistic contrasts and shared values of the two six-stringers, Bass Desires shows off Scofield’s linear, rapid-fire and hard-edged attack and Frisell’s floating solos that use guitar synth to bend lines with elastic flexibility.”
Featuring Halifax’s own jazz artists:
Tom Easley Bass
Mark Adam Drums
Kevin Brunkhorst Guitar
Geordie Haley Guitar

Showtime 8:30 pm $5 cover

The Halifax Jazz March  – Thu Mar 23 – Mon Mar 27 (All Jazz!)

Stayner’s Wharf:

  • Thu Mar 23 – Tom Easley Quartet Cover $5 8:30 pm
  • Fri Mar 24 – Chris Mitchell & Silvio Pupo Cover $5 8:30 pm
  • Sat Matinee Mar 25-Theo MacIntosh Jazz Stylings 4:30 pm
  • Sat Night Mar 25 – The Mystery Drummer Jazz Band feat. Bill Stevenson Cover $5 9:00 pm
  • Sun Mar 26 – Jeff Goodspeed & Friends No Cover 5:00 pm
  • Mon Mar 27 – Scott N’ The Rocks Cover $5 8:00 pm

The Old Triangle:

  • Thursday Mar 23 – 7:30 pm Chris Mitchell and Ron Hynes
  • Friday Mar 24 – 8:00 pm Danny Martin Trio w/Danny on trombone and vocals, Dave Staples-piano/trombone and Tom Easley-bass
  • Saturday, Mar 25 – 8:00 pm Nadia Moore Trio with Nadia, Georges Hebert-guitar & Jorge Loza-bass
  • Sunday, Mar 26 – 7:00 pm Bill Stevenson Duo with Bill and Tom Easley-bass

Wooden Monkey (Halifax and Dartmouth):


  • Fri Mar 24 – Bill Stevenson & Russ Brannon 7-9 pm
  • Sun Mar 26 – Georges Hebert Duo 6:30-8:30 pm


  • Thu Mar 23 – Martin Davidson Trio 6:30–9:00 pm
  • Sat Mar 25 – Silvio Pupo & Daniel Matto 5:30-8:30 pm

Press Gang:

  • Fri Mar 24 – Mike Cowie & Gerry Carruthers 8:30 pm-12:00 am
  • Sat Mar 25 – Mike Cowie & Gerry Carruthers 8:30 pm-12:30 am

Showtimes vary by location

The Vibe Trio – Thu Mar 30 (Jazz)

The Vibe Trio feat. Mike Cowie-Trumpet, Ron Hynes-Bass and David Staples-piano
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, one of the most fertile areas of the world for producing highly original and creative musicians, Mike, at the age of 16, began sitting in with the legendary Bucky Adams, learning the art of improvisation. Mike toured across Canada, New York City and Boston and freelanced in Toronto. In the late 80s, Mike returned to Canada with his young family. Halifax’s beautiful ocean locale, laid back lifestyle, and the nearness of old friends and family made it natural to think about staying. “When many of the musicians, who had left town years ago, started moving back the scene really came alive!”
Showtime 8:30 pm $5 cover

John Campbelljohn  – Sat Apr 1 (Blues)

Join The John Campbelljohn Trio for an evening of live entertainment at Stayner’s Wharf Pub & Grill on the waterfront in Halifax.

Check out John’s latest album “Chin Up” here:

Official Page:
Facebook Page:

Showtime 9 pm $10 cover

Blue Spirits – Thu Apr 6 (Jazz)

Blue Spirits features Paul St Amand (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals), Evan Mahaney (tenor sax, flute), Ross Avey (guitar), Matt MacLennan (bass), and Brendan Melchin (drums). Our style is a mix of blues, cool jazz, bop, and occasionally a bit of funk. We perform roughly a 50-50 split of originals and standards. We recently did a residency at The Company House where we collaborated with guests like Andrew Jackson, Silvio Pupo, and Zoe Leger. We’re working on our first album, with the intention of releasing it in the spring.

Showtime 8:30 pm $5 cover

Ced, Marty & Dave  – Sat Apr 8 (Blues & Ballads)

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, Cajon, and Harmonica.  Inspired by Howling Wolf, Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton and others.  They cover but never copy.

Ced Marty & Dave are members of African Nova Scotia Music Assoc., Music Nova Scotia and East Cost Music Assoc.

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

You Tube Videos:

I’m Torn Down, Just A Little Bit (of Your Love), Grandma Hands, Wonderful Tonight,  Get Rhythm,  Key to the Highway


Sound Cloud:

Showtime 9 pm $5 cover

Gene Smith Quartet – Thu Apr 13 (Jazz)

Gene Smith – Trombone
Dave Staples – Piano
Tom Roach – Drums
Tom Easley – Bass.

Showtime 8:30 pm $5 cover

Natural Talent  – Sat Apr 15 (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 $5 cover

The Forward Bound – Thu Apr 20 (Jazz)

The Forward Bound is a fresh, modern take on jazz spearheaded by drummer/composer Brendan Melchin. Melchin gleefully shatters any preconceptions of the drummer-composer with his melodic, atmospheric touch, with his compositional style subconsciously reflecting his genre-spanning tastes. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the group features some of the most exciting, up-and-coming creative minds on the city’s precocious music scene. The Forward Bound is currently supporting its 2016 debut record, ‘The Absolute Now’.

The Forward Bound is:
– Andrew Jackson – trombone
– Andrew MacKelvie – soprano saxophone
– Evan Mahaney – tenor saxophone
– Brendan Melchin – drums
– Adam Seto – electric guitar
– Casey Thompson – electric bass
Showtime 8:30 pm $5 cover

LuluCity  – Sat Apr 20 (R&B/DANCE)

This upbeat, dance party experience is LuluCity. Inspired by bright city lights, (luminosity) and girls night out, this is the music that gets people up on the dance floor! Let LuluCity carry you along with a dance party vibe.

Showtime 9 pm $5 cover

Charles Minus Tribute – Thu Apr 27 (Jazz)

A tribute to the jazz legend Charles Mingus feat. Tom Easley

An iconoclastic visionary, jazz bassist, composer, and pianist Charles Mingus established a movement within modern jazz that marked a departure from bebop and helped chart the course of avant-garde jazz. Inspired by the music of Duke Ellington, Mingus created jazz scores and compositions of textual color while retaining the dominant element of improvisation. He sought to create “spontaneous compositions,” that offered musicians individual freedom and collective improvisation often through un-notated sections. Mingus’s aggressive bass attack and harmonic sensibility-rooted in the earlier styles of such bassists as Jimmy Blanton-marked an effort to move away from the steady walking bass and to explore octave leaps and rhythmic subdivisions based upon various passing tones. Apart from his compositional and instrumental contributions, Mingus co-founded his own record label during the 1950s, and organized jazz workshops to further the study of jazz as a serious art form.

Showtime 8:30 pm $5 cover

Funk Family  – Sat Apr 29 (R&B/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 $5 cover

Alfie Zappacosta – TWO SHOWS!!!! Thu May 4 and Fri May 5 (Jazz)

TWO SHOWS Thu May 4 and Fri May 5! Reservations for this event are strongly recommended.

Thursday May 4
Friday May 5

Showtimes 9 pm
Tickets $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
Call Todd or Jesse today and reserve your tickets 902-492-1800

“Zappacosta has redefined the live concert experience with intimate and intense showcases. His performances deliver a blend of acoustic, jazz and pop music that hits your heart with the words and your head with soaring melodies.”

Alfie Zappacosta is undeniably one of Canada’s premier songwriters and performers with chart topping
hits and a recording and acting career that has spanned 40 years. He continues to evolve as an artist
by “doing it his way”, an effort that has been rewarded with an impressive song catalogue and
a discerning loyal fan base.

Alfie Zappacosta decided on a music career in his teens and set his sights upon being a guitarist. When
his vocal dexterity and song writing proficiency were uncovered by a publisher while writing for his first
original band “Surrender”, events would be put in motion to champion Zappacosta (dropping his first
name) as a solo artist and bring him to the world’s attention. “Start Again”, “Passion”, “When I Fall in Love Again” and “Nothing Can Stand In Your Way” became staples on Canadian adult contemporary radio and Zappacosta became a personified Rock Star.

And the hits that originally brought Zappacosta to the world’s attention? – Alfie hasn’t turned his back
on any of these songs. You will hear them in his program performed the way they were originally
written and meant to be heard.

Rasta Gumbo  – Sat May 6 (R&B/Reggae)

Rasta Gumbo is a seven-piece Rhythm & Blues band that was formed in the mid-nineties by co-front men Bruce Vickery and Stu Mclean. The band consists of musicians who all, at one time or another, have fronted their own projects. Bruce Vickery, lead vocalists and percussionist, along with Andru Lordly on saxophone, co-fronted the popular Canadian Reggae Ska band “The Hopping Penguins” in the 80s and 90s. Vickery also fronted the very successful Halifax dance band “Urban Renewal” in the 90s.

From its inception in the mid-90s, Rasta Gumbo has played a mix of Soul, Funk, Reggae, and Zydeco music that has made them one of the busiest bands on the local Halifax club and Convention scene. Although the band’s mainstay is in Funk and Reggae, they adjust well to any given situation. With a repertoire of over two hundred songs, the band can play anything from Motown to Rock ‘n Roll, as well as Jazz and Rhythm & Blues classics.

From clubs and dancehalls to conventions and weddings, Rasta Gumbo has filled dance floors and entertained crowds for the past ten years with an honest and energetic approach to performing.

Showtime 9 pm $10 cover

NOVAFest – Thu May 11 (Jazz)

NOVAFest is the work term for the NSCC Music Arts program. The program has been running for nine years and is based primarily in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The students plan, book, promote, and play shows for the entire month of May. In previous years, the festival has simply been called MARTSFest. Last year the brand of NOVAFest began. NOVA stands for New Music, Outstanding Performance, Various Genres, and Aspiring Artists. NOVA represents our local community, and helping new artists break into the local music scene.

NOVAfest is run entirely by students of the Music Arts program. Throughout the two year program, the students learn about the music business through their various business courses. NOVAFest allows them to apply their new knowledge to a project that helps them begin their career as musicians, and as members of the local music industry.

Come and check out this year’s NOVAFest to hear some awesome new Halifax based bands!

Showtime 8:30 Cover $5

Terry Hatty TWO SHOWS  – Fri May 12 and Sat May 13 (Adult Contemporary)

Stayner’s Wharf is pleased to present Terry Hatty.

Friday May 12 and Saturday May 13, 2017

Tickets $10 at the door.

Terry Hatty, whose storied career has included a period as lead singer of The Guess Who, has been blessed with an extraordinary voice. Power, range, versatility, he’s got it all and this is your chance to see and hear this amazing talent for yourself.

Showtime 9 pm $10 cover

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