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Special Events

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.

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

  • Apr 27 – Charles Mingus Tribute
  • May 4Alfie Zappacosta Tickets $25 in advance $30 at the door
  • May 11 – NSCC Nova Fest
  • May 18 – The Halicats
  • May 25 – The Hughie Awards (NSCC)
  • June 1 – TBA
  • June 8 – Ally Fiola
  • June 15 – The Halifax Trombone Summit
  • June 22 – Matt McLennan & Friends

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

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

  • 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 – Doris Mason
  • June 2 – Blind Daddy T
  • June 9 – Mike Biggar
  • June 16 – Theo MacIntosh
  • June 23 – TBA
  • June 30 – TBA

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

Saturday Matinee – All genre’s

  • Apr 29 – Patrick Drakes’ Storytellers
  • May 6 – Theo MacIntosh
  • May 13 – Theo MacIntosh
  • May 20 – Theo MacIntosh
  • May 27 – Doris Mason
  • June 3 – Blind Daddy T
  • June 10 – Mike Biggar
  • June 17 – Theo MacIntosh
  • June 24 – Theo MacIntosh

Showtime 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm No Cover

Sunday Matinees – Jeff Goodspeed’s Ultimate Band of Super Heroes (Jazz) 5 – 9 pm

 

JG&F
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

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.

http://www.iamzappacosta.com/

http://zappacosta.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/alfiezappacosta

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.

TWO SHOWS
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

The Halicats – Thu May 18 (Jazz)

The Halicats are a jazz/blues trio with Ryan Eavis on guitar/vocals, Steve Greene on bass, and Jen Pinder on drums.

Showtime 8:30 Cover $5

LuluCity  – Sat May 20 (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

Nova Fest feat. NSCC Students & The Hughie Awards Presentations – Thu May 25 (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.

We will also announce the “Support Hughie” & “Recognition Hughie” recipients

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

Showtime 8:30 Cover $5

Eric Hamilton & Friends  – Sat May 27 (All genre’s)

These guys are brilliant, you just have to come and make a night of it!

Blues, R&B, Funk, Rock

Eric Hamilton – vox/guitar/sax
Cole Bezanson – drums
Carla Bezanson – keyboards/vox
Kristen Wells – bass/vox

Showtime 9 pm $5 cover

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