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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 and while Jeff’s away these cats will play.

Augusto Enriquez MD
Augusto Enriquez is one of the most well known and charismatic singers and composers of popular music in the Cuban musical panorama. His career as an artist began when after graduating as a doctor of medicine in Havana, he joined one of the most popular music groups in Cuba. With Augusto as the lead singer for “Moncada”, the band began to have considerable success on the national and international stage. The band played many concerts on the world stage. Augusto soon began a solo career which included singing traditional Cuban music, classical tenor and touring with his own show, Augusto Enriquez y su Mambo Orchestra. He has been featured with other such international stars as Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, Andrea Bocelli, James Brown and Lou Reed just to name a few. In 2012 Augusto opened the Halifax Jazz Festival where he was featured with Paul Barret’s Back Alley Big Band in a very acclaimed concert. He is a proud member of Los Primos Project organization as a musician, teacher and Cuban coordinator. He is working now together with Jeff Goodspeed (artistic director and creator of Los Primos Project) in the creation of a big summer event for next year – The Halifax International Latin Arts Festival – and, in the near future opening the Halifax Latin Performing Arts Centre that is his biggest quest.

Silvio Pupo
Born in Cuba, now residing in Canada. Silvio Pupo studied classical piano for more than 12 years at the Professional School of Music in Holguin Cuba. Currently living in Atlantic Canada, ” Simply put, Silvio plays beautifully. His technical finesse on the piano and his compositions where borders have no meaning are inspiring., is truly an international musician.

Dave Burton
David Burton has a vast array of recording projects to his credit as composer, producer, musical director and studio musician. He is featured on countless profile endeavours covering a full spectrum of live events and studio recordings. His talent and musicianship have granted him priority status with CBC, not only as a drummer, but also as a musical director and arranger. David excels at versatility – performing all styles of music from jazz to Latin to classical with impeccable timing and intuitive creativity. His career has taken him around the world, backing Canadian artists like Rita MacNeil, Natalie MacMaster, Alannah Myles, David Myles, Measha Bruggergosman and Ian Thomas, to name a few. He has also had the pleasure of performing live with artists like Tony Bennett, Sara Vaughan and, the great, Ella Fitzgerald. David is well established in the jazz world and has showcased his talents at festivals in Montreal, Havana, Portugal, and at home in Halifax, Nova Scotia. David is a well-respected educator who inspires young musicians as a teacher and clinician throughout Nova Scotia, as well as in Havana, Cuba, as part of the “Los Primos” Project. He was nominated Educator of the Year by MIANS in 2005.

Jamie Gatti
Born in Truro, Nova Scotia, Jamie has a reputation for versatility in playing all musical styles from classical, to jazz, rock, Celtic and theatre. A professional bassist for 35 years, Gatti has toured and recorded with many artists from around the globe. Composer/arranger/producer and now bandleader are his interests at this time.
Gatti moved to Ottawa in 1981 joining the RCMP band. While with that group he toured Canada extensively and around the world performing and recording. He also participated in the Ottawa music scene playing in many jazz clubs, sessions, theatre shows and with a few orchestras.
In 1994 Gatti retired from the RCMP and returned home to Nova Scotia. He presently tours and records with the Barra MacNeils. As well as recording with other Canadian artists, he plays sessions at CBC, with Symphony Nova Scotia and at Neptune Theatre.
Gatti has been nominated for several East Coast Music and Music Nova Scotia awards.
Playing all styles of music has filtered into his writing, combining many of these simultaneously. Gatti’s home base is Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Alison Enriquez
Multi-talented 16-year old Alison Enriquez from Havana, Cuba, is a grade 12 high school student at Armbrae Academy in Halifax. She is currently Principal second violin with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and Principal second violin of the Dalhousie Orchestra. She also performs (violin and vocals) with Jeff Goodspeed’s Sunday Jazz at Stayner’s Wharf.

Showtime 5 pm No Cover

Monday’s Mar 25 & Apr 8 – Scott N’The Rocks (Jazz) 8 pm

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 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 Jazz

  • Mar 21 – Jake Hanlon Trio
  • Mar 28 – The Vaudevillian
  • Apr 4 – TBA
  • Apr 11 – The Blakey Project – A Tribute to the Jazz Messengers
  • Apr 18 – Manouche Duo

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

Friday Night Solo/Duet Series (All Genres)

  • Mar 22 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)
  • Mar 29 – Free The Music – Aryn Benoit/ADHDJ/Nick Nonsense (DJ/Dance) 9:30 pm Cover $5
  • Apr 5 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)
  • Apr 12 – Patrick Drake (Classic Artists, Classic Songs)
  • Apr 19 – Good Friday No Music

Showtime 5 pm (Unless otherwise stated), No cover (Unless otherwise stated)

Saturday Matinee (All Genres)

  • Mar 23 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)
  • Mar 30 – Travis Hatcher (All Genres)
  • Apr 6 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)
  • Apr 13 – Patrick Drake (Classic Artists, Classic Songs)
  • Apr 20 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)

Showtime 4:30 pm (Unless otherwise stated) No Cover

Jake Hanlon Trio – Thu Mar 21 (Jazz)

Jake Hanlon, Tom Easley and Tom Roach get back together for a night of Music by some of the greats of Jazz from Wayne Shorter to Jim Hall and many many more.

8 pm Cover $5

Bear le Friends – Sat Mar 23 (Rock/Funk)

Bear le Friends is a progressive, energetic , 5 piece band, giving you a unique take on modern rock music. With all members coming from various musical backgrounds, They bring a plethora of different styles, spreading a wide range of original songs around a set of funk jams and improvisations to make the live show something for everyone .

Bear le Friends bring the rock, the funk and five times the friendship, grooving, booty-moving junk

8:30 pm Cover $6

Halifax Burger Week – Thu Mar 28 – Wed Apr 3, 2019

From the the Burger Week Facebook Page

“It’s that time of year again, folks! Mark your calendars, cancel your meetings: it’s Halifax Burger Week.

The Coast’s Burger Week is Halifax’s celebration of all things burger, with over 130 restaurants serving up their original creations. (Yes we are one of these restaurants).

In its seventh year, Burger Week has a record number of restaurants that are presenting special burgers at special prices from Thursday, March 28th through Wednesday, April 3rd to raise money for Feed Nova Scotia while creating a burger eating frenzy in the process.”

Stayner’s Contributions:

6 oz Beef brisket burger topped with a crispy corn tortilla with chili, chicken and cheddar. With chipotle mayo, guacamole, shredded lettuce, pickled jalapenos and pico de gallo. Served with home cut fries.

The Damn Tasty Burger $6
4 oz Beef Brisket burger brushed with Cafe Paris butter, mozzarella, sautéed mushrooms & onions. Drizzled with port reduction. With garlic mayo & shredded lettuce.

The Vaudevillian – Thu Mar 28 (Ragtime/Blues)

All 3 members of The Vaudevillian grew up loving tunes from the 1920’ and 1930’s. Piedmont Johnson grew up in North Carolina right down the way from where Elizabeth Cotton wrote her well known tune, Freight Train, and while Piedmont started drinking bourbon at a real young age- he naturally became a blues musician. Norah Spades spent lots of her childhood in a trailer park out in the country near Carlisle, Ontario with her grandma listening to old gospels on the radio. Occasionally the disc jockeys would play a tune they thought was a gospel number, though lo and behold it was a dirtier, hokum song, sung in their earlier days with an obscure track title. Back then many gospel singers had odd pasts and when one tune would accidentally play out, grandma would blush and shriek out causing Norah to dance wildly with laughter! This spurred Norah to fall in love with old hokum numbers!Jitterbug James founded The Vaudevillian when he was merely a tot at 15 years old, receiving an old record player from his grandma and Leadbelly records. He fell in love with the old recordings and vinyl process and began learning old tunes that only handfuls of people who were still alive had heard before. Mastering his craft of playing the guitar, banjo and harmonica, Jitterbug began writing his own songs influenced by historical events in the 1930’s.

8 pm Cover $5

Solid House Entertainment ‎Free The Music – Aryn Benoit • ADHDJ • Nick Nonsense – Fri Mar 29 (DJ/Dance)

Solid House Entertainment brings you the absolute finest in nightclub atmosphere paired with the best house music you can get on the east coast for a evening in the city unlike any other. The most outstanding in local DJ talent provide the big city vibe while the room and outdoor patio at Stayner’s Wharf transport you to where the beat controls your feet.
Regular bi-weekly events to begin in the new year.

Don’t miss SHE’s next event

9:30 pm Cover $5

Los Primos Fundraiser Show – Sun Mar 31 (Latin/Cuban Jazz)

Please join us Sunday, March 31, here at Stayner’s Wharf on the Halifax Waterfront between 4PM and 9PM, and during the evening, the draw for the winning ticket for the trip for 4, to Cuba. This show will help Los Primos raise funds that were lost when the Dance for All Ages had to be cancelled.

There will be an admission charge of $15 (as cancelling the show was a financial strain) but if you have purchased a ticket for the canceled show of Dance For All Ages, you will be admitted when you present it at the door.

4 pm Cover $15


Marcel Amores & Plan Ashé – Sat Apr 6 (Latin Jazz)

Marcel Amores & Plan Ashé brings together diverse and vibrant musicians that put their heart and talent to create a fresh & new sound influenced by traditional Cuban, Spanish and African rhythms that blend with contemporary music.

Plan Ashé delivers – through soul & music – the message of our brothers and ancestors in the mother land of Africa: the Yorubas. They came to the Western hemisphere and influenced Cuba, the Caribbean and Latin-America with their culture, music, magic and language. Ashé: in Yoruba represents the concept of the power to make things happen and produce a change. We say ” Ashé pa´ ti” in Cuba as part of our popular culture to express gratitude, and best of luck to our beloved friends and family.

8:30 pm Cover $5

The Blakey Project “A Tribute to the Jazz Messengers” – Thu Apr 11 (Jazz)

Andrew “Ajax” Jackson-Trombone, Chris Mitchell- Sax, Martin David-Sax, Dave Staples- Piano, Willem Paynter- Bass, TOM ROACH- Drums

The 1950’s and 60’s was a time for some of the grooviest jazz to hit the scene. At the forefront was drummer Art Blakey and his group “The Jazz Messengers”. The group created a distinct brand of hard-hitting swing for more than 30 years. Blakey performed with countless young musicians who went on to become prominent names in jazz including Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard and more.
The Blakey Project brings the swinging sound of this iconic band to the East Coast, playing many of their funky hits featuring some of the Maritimes first-call instrumentalists.

8 pm Cover $5

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