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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 & His 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 at Halifax’s longest running Jazz Matinee!

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.

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

NovaFest – Sundays in May (Jazz) 8 pm

May 26th
8PM – 9PM: Reuben

Jeff Goodspeed’s Ultimate Band of Superheroes, as always, brings a wonderful musical spectrum of tunes and players!

The Overnight Parking Band:
Under the direction of Tom Easley, we are a jazz sextet steeped a variety of styles both modern and classic.
A treat for the ears (and the eyes), clap along, or just sit back, relax and sip your scotch.

Bicycle Rats of NSCC’s Music Arts formed in September of 2018 and have since been successful in creating dynamic music together. Expressing a wide variety of the blues genre, from laments of longing and loving to celebrating the pleasures in life. It has been their goal from the start to revive the classics and learn from them. If you have a listen, you will find that they have captured all of the characteristic grit, spunk and finger snappin’ rhythm that you would expect from a good blues band. Under the mentorship of master pianist Bill Stevenson, this seven-piece band is a treat to listen to.

Reuben is a 9 piece jazz fusion band presenting both arrangements of classic standards and original compositions. Led by the amazing James Shaw, who is featured playing alto and tenor saxophone in multiple local bands including Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound and Goat Stories, this band’s eclectic variety of music will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you like a show full of variety and excitement, Reuben is the band for you!

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

Open COM-Mic – Tuesday’s (Comedy)

Come on down and show us your funny bone!
Come and make us laugh!
Keep it clean, and nice and super funny!

7:30 pm No cover

Thursday Night Jazz

  • May 23 – Nova Fest and The Hughies
  • May 30 – Paul Tynan
  • June 6 – Pete Davison
  • June 13 – Jake Hanlon Trio
  • June 20 – Manouche Duo

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

Friday Night Solo/Duet Series (All Genres)

  • May 24 – LATE NIGHT – SHE presents – Vincent Caira (T.O.) w/ Nick Nonsense (DJ/Dance) 10 pm Cover $10
  • May 31 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)
  • June 7 – Patrick Drake – Classic Artists, Classic Songs
  • June 14 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)
  • June 21 – Gizelle deGuzman (All Genres) 8 pm

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

Saturday Matinee (All Genres)

  • May 25 – Tristan Legg (All Genres)
  • June 1 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres) 2 pm – 5 pm
  • June 8 – Patrick Drake – Classic Artists, Classic Songs
  • June 15 – Stick N’ Slide (All Genres)
  • June 22 – Josh Kelly (All Genres)

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

NovaFest and The Hughies – Thu May 23 (Jazz)

The Hughie Awards will feature past winners sitting in with the house band. Jeff Goodspeed (sax/flute), Tom Easley (bass), Silvio Pupo (piano) and David Burton (drums). Start time for awards will be 7:00 pm.

Beginning at 8:30 pm three bands from NSCC Music Arts will be featured.

The Awards begin at 7 pm No Cover

How Many Witnesses is a guitar driven power-rock band guaranteed to make you nod your head and maybe shout “wooo” a few times. Listening to this band live WILL make that ex-girlfriend of yours want you back, your hair WILL stop falling
out and your teeth WILL be whiter than ever! Why would anyone pass up such an incredible opportunity? Barbara if you’re reading this please let me see the kids.

Alterra is a seven-piece ensemble that plays a selection of pieces from Middle Eastern cultures under the direction of Daniel McNeil. With their steady grooves and enchanting vocals you’re sure to be dancing in the aisles.

Reuben is a 9 piece jazz fusion band presenting both arrangements of classic standards and original compositions. Led by the amazing James Shaw, who is featured playing alto and tenor saxophone in multiple local bands including Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound and Goat Stories, this band’s eclectic variety of music will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you like a show full of variety and excitement, Reuben is the band for you!

7 pm


SHE presents – Vincent Caira (T.O.) w/ Nick Nonsense – Fri May 24 (DJ/Dance)

Solid House Entertainment presents – Vincent Caira (T.O.) w/DJ Nick Nonsense

Drawing inspiration from the sounds of early funk, soul, disco, and 90s Hip Hop, Vincent Caira is a house music DJ and producer hailing from Toronto Canada. Weaving these influences into highly danceable, funky and hypnotic dance floor-movers, his productions have that modern but timeless sound.

With a growing catalog of tracks, remixes and collaborations, smooth-as-butter mixing, and a growing loyal fan base of supporters, this young Canadian talent is on his way up and right into your ears.

10 pm Cover $10


The ConquerAlls – Sat May 25 (Ska)

The ConquerAlls have been setting dancefloors around Nova Scotia aflame since 2017. This seven-piece band plays the best of first and second-wave ska, with a bit of reggae, rockabilly, and Northern soul thrown in for good measure. Their tight rhythm section, killer horns and engaging and entertaining vocal performance have showgoers up and skanking faster than you can shout “2 Tone!”, as audiences at The Seahorse, Gus’s, Menz/Molly’s, Paddy’s and the Wolfville Apple Blossom Festival can attest. The ConquerAlls’ frenetic ska sound builds on the band members’ rock, reggae, classical and jazz chops, and the band features former members of The Flashing Lights, Dr. Skankworthy, The October Game, Forbidden Dimension and charity fundraisers The Soda Shoppe Gang.

8:30 pm Cover $6


RetroActive – Sat June 15 ( R&B/Jazz)

Rock , R&B , Pop , Jazz , Latin & Soul
Band Members
Sean Andrews lead vocals
David Delaney percussion
R Jaye bass guitar
Don Morash guitar
Pat Stone. Hammond organ , blues harp
RetroActive is a band of 5 seasoned professionals who will play your favourites

8:30 pm Cover $5


Manouche Duo – Thu June 20 (Gypsy Jazz)

Chaotic, crisp, and riding the line between genius and madness. With a wide array of genres and a penchant for improvisation, violinist/vocalist/composer Donald MacLennan has established himself over the last decade recording and touring internationally with Ben Caplan & the Casual Smokers, the Modern Grass, Duane Andrews, and more. His debut solo album Belleville (2016 MNS Jazz Album of the Year) is a brilliant weave of sonic textures and arrangements rooted in the style of the formidable French guitarist Django Reinhardt. Accompanied as always by the rock solid manouche rhythm guitar of Michael Dalton, “Manouche Duo” packs a toe tapping punch, soaring through originals, jazz and pop standards and more.

8 pm Cover $5


Paul St-Amand Trio – Thu June 27 (Jazz)

Trumpeter & vocalist Paul St-Amand is back at Stayner’s with his trio for three sets of soulful jazz.

St-Amand is known for his lyrical trumpet sound and expressive singing voice. He’s a member of the popular Latin ensemble Son Latino, and has performed with many of Halifax’s leading jazz, funk, and soul musicians. With his band Blue Spirits, Paul received a 2017 Music NS nomination for Jazz Recording of the Year.

8 pm Cover $5


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