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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

Every Wednesday

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

Open Song Showcase


  • Jan 18 – Brad Reid Trio
  • Jan 25 – Robbie Burns Day Celebrations NO COVER
  • Feb 1 – Kenji Omae Quintet (feat. Paul Tynan Trumpet, Tom Easley Bass, Tom Roach Drums, Kevin Brunkhorst Guitar)
  • Feb 8 – Scott Macmillan & Brian Doyle
  • Feb 15 – TBA
  • Feb 22 – Fundraiser for Alison Enriquez feat. Alison & Three O’Cubano

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

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

  • Jan 19 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Jan 26 – Dave Goyetche
  • Feb 2 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Feb 9 – Patrick Drake “Storytellers”
  • Feb 16 – Patrick Drake “Storytellers”
  • Feb 23 – Alfie Zappacosta – This is a Special Event Please see our Special event for Ticket prices and details

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

Saturday Matinee – All genre’s

  • Jan 20 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Jan 27 – Dave Goyetche
  • Feb 3 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Feb 10 – Harvi Millar’s Youth
  • Feb 17 – Daniel MacNeil’s Flamenco
  • Feb 24 – Theo MacIntosh

Showtime 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm No Cover

Brad Reid Trio – Thu Jan 18 (Jazz)

Brad is a saxophonist who studied with Don Palmer and Greg Carter before heading out to sea on the ships, and finally returning to Halifax. He’s now often found juggling horns in the pit at Neptune Theatre, where he has played with some of the city’s grooviest musicians – including bassist Jamie Gatti and drummer Tom Roach, who will join Brad to round out the trio. Brad is also a member of the Brogue Saxophone Quartet.

8 pm Cover $5

Mull River Trio – Sat Jan 20 (Scottish Dance)

Mull River Trio features Hayley Ryerson on fiddle, accompanied by percussion and guitar. Scottish and Cape Breton tunes take the stage, and Mull River Trio emphasizes their danceability and contemporary flair.

8:30 pm Cover $5

Robbie Burns Day/Night feat The Mull River Trio – Thu Jan 25

“Whether you call it Robbie Burns Day or Robbie Burns Night, or just Burns night, this annual celebration of the Scottish poet’s birthday is not to be missed by the Scottish and those who wish they were!

Robert Burns is also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland’s favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, the Bard of Ayrshire and (in Scotland) as The Bard. He lived from January 25, 1759 to July 21, 1796.”

Why not come on down and enjoy a bit O’ the Haggis with us and listen to some fantastic tunes by our very own Robbie Burns Band. The parade of the Haggis starts at 7:15 pm and much fun will follow. See you here!

Mull River Trio features Hayley Ryerson on fiddle, accompanied by percussion and guitar. Scottish and Cape Breton tunes take the stage, and Mull River Trio emphasizes their danceability and contemporary flair.

7 pm No Cover

Mitchie Ryder Blues Band – Sat Jan 27

Blues, Dance, Rock, R&B, Jazz, and Funk

Michelle Ryder, singer based from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
A Blues/ R&B vocalist #Stadacona band, #Sounds of Motown and Mitchie Ryder Band

Band Members
Mike Lifsches, Brad Davidge, Michael Jackson, and Garrie Cook.

Cover $5

Kenji Omae Quintet – Thu Feb 1 (Jazz)

Kenji Omae is a Canadian Jazz saxophonist based in Nova Scotia, Canada. He has been described as “a super-articulate viruoso” (Peter Hum-The Ottawa Citizen) and “may be the most exciting tenor saxophonist to emerge in Canada in recent years” (Stuart Broomer-The WholeNote). He has released three albums of original music as a leader; “Story Time” (2015), “Not So Deep” (2011), “Here For Now” (2007). In addition to his own recordings, he is featured as a sideman on over thirty jazz CD’s.

From 2003-2017, he was based in Seoul as a full time instructor of saxophone (Dong-Ah Institute Of Media And Arts and Paek-Che Art College). He was an active contributor to the music scene of Seoul through his frequent performances and extensive teaching . In 2007 he won the first prize in the Jarasum International Jazz Festival competition.

Kenji has a Master of Arts Degree in Jazz Performance from CUNY/Queen’s College in New York. He is currently on faculty at Saint Francis Xavier University where he maintains a Saxophone studio and teaches classes that include Arranging, Jazz History, and ensembles.

Featuring Paul Tynan Trumpet, Tom Easley Bass, Tom Roach Drums, Kevin Brunkhorst Guitar

8 pm Cover $5

The Guitar Wizards – Scott MacMillan & Brian Doyle – Thu Feb 8 (Jazz)

“Once inked, a Scott Macmillan biography is at once out of date, for he and his passion for creating music have already moved on to a new composition, arrangement commission, collaboration, performance, musical directing live or in the studio, conducting, teaching, or as a clinician. Driven by his need to be creative Macmillan seeks opportunities in all aspects of music making. That love has inspired exploration into genres from rock to blues, classical to choral, Celtic to jazz, as well as modern and avant-garde.”

“It is no surprise that Brian Doyle has become the compelling musician we now see on stage. Music was as important as first steps within the vibrant Celtic music scene he was born to on Cape Breton Island, and the rich musical soil of his own Chisholm family was a perfect launching pad for the musical career that was to follow.
On stage since the age of fourteen, Brian has played in the rock and blues scene with many successful groups including his own project Greyloch, a Celtic Rock fusion group nominated for an East Coast Music Award, Rock Album of the Year, in 2000. Brian has also been nominated for ECMAs for albums recorded with Scott Macmillan, and won an award in 1998 for Scott Macmillan Presents: The Minnie Sessions Vol 1.

Brian has played on many recordings and toured nationally and internationally, both with big name acts like Anne Murray and Chris DeBurgh and for Nova Scotia Tourism promotions with East Coast performers like Natalie MacMaster, Beolach, Lennie Gallant and others.”

8 pm Cover $5

Alfie Zappacosta ONE NIGHT ONLY – Fri Feb 23 (Smooth Jazz/Adult Contemporary)

Get your tickets now! Reservations for this event are strongly recommended.

Showtime 8:30 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.

Zappacosta’s distinctive baritone voice did not go unnoticed by artistic directors and in 1990, he was called to deliver his greatest challenge of his career – singing Andrew Lloyd Webber. Alfie’s portrayals of Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar and Che Guevara in Evita would bring a new audience and support his efforts to delineate his pop/rock image – a moniker that never reflected his authentic personality. The release of “Innocence Ballet” in 1996 would introduce Alfie Zappacosta (taking back his first name) and give center stage to his true rich vocals, his mastery at romance, his astute take on relationships and his advanced knowledge of music. Alfie is rewarded for his efforts with numerous award nominations in the Smooth Jazz genre and a performance with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in 2005. Alfie Zappacosta has polished his live concert performances exposing his sophisticated, intimate and intense personality. His performances deliver a blend of acoustic, jazz and pop music prompting the listener to engage soulfully.

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.

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