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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

Ryan Rideout – Tuesday Aug 28, Sept 4 and Sept 18 (All Genres)

From Little Bras d’Or, Nova Scotia, Ryan is a self taught guitar player. He has recently started sharing his music with the world and received great feedback.  He has been playing regular gigs in Cape Breton. Folk rock/classic rock acoustic guitar.

7:00 pm No cover

Josh Kelly – Tuesday Aug 21, Sept 11 and Sept 25 (All Genres)

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”

7:00 pm No cover

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

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

Thursday Night Groove

  • Aug 23 – No Music
  • Aug 30 – Willow St Station
  • Sept 6 – TBA
  • Sept 13 – Doris Mason

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

Friday Night Solo/Duet Series (All Genres)

  • Aug 17 – LATE NIGHT PATIO PARTY with DJ Isaac Haze 9:30 pm Cover $5
  • Aug 24 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Aug 31 – LATE NIGHT PATIO PARTY with DJ Isaac Haze 9:30 pm Cover $5
  • Sept 7 – Theo MacIntosh

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

Saturday Matinee – All Genres

  • Aug 18 – Patrick Drake “Storytellers”
  • Aug 25 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Sept 1 – No Music Happy Labour Day Weekend!
  • Sept 8 – Theo MacIntosh

Showtime 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm No Cover

Late Night Dance Party with DJ Isaac Haze – Fri Aug 17

Isaac Haze started djing in 2006, He plays 4×4 house music – deep, funky, soulful, jackin, tech, techno. He’s played night clubs in Chicago/Amsterdam/Detroit/Miami/Montreal/Toronto/Calgary/and all over Atlantic Canada, biggest influence would be Dj Heather, Mark Farina, and Derrick Carter as they carry themselves as true professionals and don’t look down upon anyone and see people as equals.

Isaac has successfully been promoting shows here in Halifax for the last 5 years with his promotion company Hazed Up Entertainment.

Showtime 9:30 pm Cover $5

Willow St. Station & Sarah Ellen Morrison – Thu Aug 30 (Jazz/Soul)

Willow St. Station
Immersive, introspective and bold — Willow St. Station weaves together intricate vocal hooks and harmonies with beautiful instrumentals; cherry-topped with honest lyrics that breathe. These sonic elements come together along with a hypnotic and powerful stage show to create an experience that brings the listener through a journey that starts at the heart and ends at the soul.

Sarah Ellen Morrison
Sarah Ellen Morrison is a sultry and soulful artist based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. With influences of soul, R&B and indie rock, Sarah and her bandmates create funky and fervent songs packed with attitude while keeping things fresh, fun, and just a touch flirty. Their songs are sure to get stuck on repeat in the back of your head, but they promise you won’t mind.

Showtime 8:00 pm Cover $5

Doris Mason – Thu Sept 13 (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 8:00 pm Cover $5

The Riot Squad – Thu Sept 20 (Jazz)

The Halifax, Nova Scotia based band, Jamie Gatti’s Riot Squad has been blowing away audiences for 5 years now. The band has been playing at Stayner’s Wharf bar on a regular basis. With their unique instrumental sound, this tour-de-force Jazz/Jam ensemble takes listeners on a new journey every night. Steeped in the genres of Jazz/Funk/Rock/Exploratory music the band performs original music, music that continues to challenge them.

This powerful Quintet consists of Chris Mitchell – Saxes, Rick Waychesko – trumpet, Geordie Haley – guitar, David Burton – drums and Jamie Gatti – bass. All are first call session vets on the East Coast music scene.

Showtime 8:00 pm Cover $5

The Paul St-Amand Trio – Thu Sept 27 (Jazz)

Trumpeter & vocalist Paul St-Amand is joined by piano wizard Silvio Pupo and bassist extraordinaire Ron Hynes for three sets of soulful jazz.

St-Amand is known for his lyrical trumpet sound and expressive singing voice. He’s a member of the popular Latin ensemble Son Latino, and has performed with many of Halifax’s leading jazz, funk, and soul musicians. With his band Blue Spirits, Paul received a 2017 Music NS nomination for Jazz Recording of the Year.

Silvio Pupo is one of Halifax’s finest and busiest musicians. He performs frequently with Three O’Cubano, and plays a weekly Sunday Jazz Matinee at Stayner’s Wharf with Jeff Goodspeed.

Ron Hynes is another in-demand Halifax musician, touring and recording with The Rankin Family, Ben Caplan, Donald MacLennan, and many more. When not touring, he performs weekly with Silvio Pupo and Damien Moynihan. In 2017 he was voted Musician of the Year by Music Nova Scotia.

Showtime 8:00 pm Cover $5

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