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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

Mike Biggar – Fall Residency Every Tuesday Evening (Folk/Roots)

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.

GO ALL IN is a roots music evolution for Biggar, achieved by connecting more deeply than ever with his own musical history. Both sonically and in substance he pays particular attention to his childhood roots in gospel music and the cultural influences of his life on the East Coast. The result is a delightfully eclectic offering that comprises a compelling representation of Biggar’s musical lineage. Track to track, GO ALL IN tells a stylistic musical story – from the foot-stompingly fun bluesy acoustic lead-off ‘Blood From A Stone’ down through brass-backed, soul-stirring Memphis nods like ‘Go All In’ and ‘If It Was Easy’. Biggar’s penchant to co-mingle heartbreak and intimacy is well displayed with ballads like ‘Leaving These Days’ and ‘Kinda Sad’. 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.

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 7:30 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

ThursdayJazz

  • Oct 19 – The Riot Squad
  • Oct 26 – Charles Mingus Tribute
  • Nov 2 – TBA
  • Nov 9 – TBA
  • Nov 16 – Halifax Trombone Summit
  • Nov 23 – Paul Vienneau

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

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

  • Oct 20 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Oct 27 – Doris Mason
  • Nov 3 – TBA
  • Nov 10 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Nov 17 – Flamenco Night w/ Daniel MacNeil & Friends
  • Nov 24 – TBA

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

Saturday Matinee – All genre’s

  • Oct 21 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Oct 28 – Doris Mason
  • Nov 4 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Nov 11 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Nov 18 – TBA
  • Nov 25 – Flamenco w/ Daniel MacNeil & Friends

Showtime 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm No Cover

The Riot Squad – Thu Oct 19 (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 8:30 pm Cover $5

Tj King (Contemporary Country) – Sat Oct 21

Tj King is a fireball for music and performance. A crowd pleaser, he delivers his brand of Country Rock with energy and enthusiasm, engaging the audience and attracting new fans to Country Music.
June 2014 brought Tj King to the forefront of the music scene in Nova Scotia as he was one of six finalists, and the only Country artist, in Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence Program. The program focuses on artists who can present and perform strong original material. Tj also received a Music Nova Scotia 2014 Nomination for Country Recording of the Year with his six song EP titled Tj King.

Tj King has been recognized as a country music star on the rise by Canadian Country Music and Music Nova Scotia with the May 12th, 2015 announcement of his participation as one of 6 finalists in the CCMA Discovery Program – Atlantic Canada. This was followed by the release of his 13 song album, Feels Right, on August 14th, 2015.

A festival headliner, the drive and focus of Tj King provides the audience with an unforgettable experience.

9 pm
$6 Cover

Charles Mingus Tribute – Thu Oct 26 (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 Cover $5

Willem Paynter’s Hard Bop Quartet (Bop/Jazz) – Sat Oct 28

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.

$5 cover at the door

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

9 pm
$5 Cover

Rasta Gumbo – Sat Nov 4 (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.

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Showtime 9 pm Cover $10

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