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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 Beginning Oct 27 (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

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


  • Nov 23 – Paul Vienneau
  • Nov 30 – TBA
  • Dec 7 – The Gene Smith Quartet
  • Dec 14 – TBA
  • Dec 21 – No Music

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

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

  • Nov 24 – Dave Goyetche
  • Dec 1 – Cody Degaust
  • Dec 8 – Shawn Birt
  • Dec 15 – Patrick Drake – “Storytellers”
  • Dec 22 – No Music

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

Saturday Matinee – All genre’s

  • Nov 25 – Flamenco w/ Daniel MacNeil & Friends
  • Dec 2 – Patrick Drake – “Storytellers”
  • Dec 9 – Shawn Birt
  • Dec 16 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Dec 23 – Closed – Happy Holidays

Showtime 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm No Cover

Paul Vienneau – Thu Nov 23 (Jazz)

Paul Vienneau has been lucky to have a career playing many genres of music as a bass guitarist. Groups under his “Jazzhuis” label are duos, trios, and sometimes quartets.

For this Stayners show, a rare outing for Vienneau, Jazzhuis Quartet will be playing jazz, heavily informed by the music of Cuba.

Silvio Pupo, Dan Martin, and Tom Roach will fill out the band.

8:30 pm Cover $5

John Campbelljohn – Sat Nov 25 (Blues)

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

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9:00 pm Cover $10

The Funk Family – Sat Dec 2 (Funk/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!!!

9:00 pm Cover $5

Gene Smith Quartet – Thu Dec 7 (Jazz)

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

8:30 pm Cover $5

Kitty & The Katz – Sat Dec 9 (Swing Jazz)

Kitty and The Katz have been delighting audiences with their signature swingingbluesyjazz for the past several years. They have also produced a video of their original song, “Where’s That Cat?” performed at the 2016 Halifax Jazz Festival, and recorded a live video performance at Mediaworks.

Joyously versatile lead singer Kitty Farmer; bandleader and accomplished pianist Gordon Fader; well known and uber-talented drummer/ vocalist Dave Skinner; Sax King George Ewanick: and fabulously talented bassman Charlie Doucet, are thrilled to be performing at Stayner’s the night before their appearance at the 2017 “Swing into the Holidays Concert” produced by the Halifax Jazz Festival.

9:00 pm Cover $5

The Woodhouse feat. Barbra Lica – Wed Dec 20 (Holiday Jazz)

Combining holiday classics with jazz and pop, The Woodhouse has been performing 10 years of sold-out shows throughout Canada with their stunning “little big band” featuring special guest vocalist Barbra Lica. They have received featured programming on CBC Radio and JazzFM and their debut album​ Home for Christmas was nominated for Jazz Recording of the Year by Music Nova Scotia and features special guests including Order of Canada recipient Don Thompson​.

Featuring: Barbra Lica (voice), James Ervin (trumpet), Martin Davidson (sax), Matt Giffin (piano), Willem Paynter (bass), Will Fisher (drums) + guests!

8:00 pm Cover $10

Rasta Gumbo Annual Boxing Day Party – Tue Dec 26 (Reggae/R&B)

Please note Stayner’s will not be open until 7:00 pm on the 26th

Rasta Gumbo’s Annual Boxing Day show will be taking place at Stayner’s Wharf this year from 8 till late on Dec 26th. This is a great chance for people who haven’t seen each other all year to get together and enjoy some holiday cheer. Make Rasta Gumbo and Stayner’s Wharf part of your plan on Boxing Day and don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food donation for the Halifax food bank!

Limited Menu

Doors open at 7:00 pm Cover $10


New Years Eve 2018 at Stayner’s Wharf! – Sun Dec 31, 2017

It’s the party you’ve been waiting for all year!

Todd and Jesse personally invite you to join them at Stayner’s Wharf this New Year’s Eve.

There will be an extra special menu, party favours, champagne and don’t miss the Big Balloon Drop at midnight. The extraordinary Doris Mason will be here to entertain!

Come and celebrate New Year ’s Eve in style…on the most festive night of the year…at Stayner’s Wharf Pub & Grill!

Call Todd or Jesse today to reserve your tickets 902-492-1800. Tickets are $25 for entertainment and an additional special NYE menu will be available (details of the menu to follow).

This is an advance reservation event. Reservations bookings start between 7:00 and 7:30 pm.

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