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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

Josh Kelly – Tuesday Sept 25 (All Genres)

Singer, songwriter and producer Josh Kelly is no stranger to the stage. After DJing in his hometown of Halifax for over 10 years, he is now pursuing his long time dream of playing his own music. Folk, rock and blues painstakingly reimagined.

With his DIY approach to songwriting Josh brings an honesty and vurnaerabilty to his music that is evident to listeners.

“A haunting voice and an impressive lyricist”

7:00 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 Groove

  • Sept 20 – The Riot Squad (Jazz)
  • Sept 27 – Paul St Amand Trio (Jazz)
  • Oct 4 – No Music
  • Oct 11 – Daniel Matto (Jazz)

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

Friday Night Solo/Duet Series (All Genres)

  • Sept 21 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Sept 28 – Patrick Drake Classic Artists, Classic Songs
  • Oct 5 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Oct 12 – Late night dance party w/ DJ Isaac Haze 9:30 pm Cover $5

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

Saturday Matinee – All Genres

  • Sept 22 – Theo MacIntosh 5 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Sept 29 – Harvi Millar 5 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Oct 6 – Theo MacIntosh
  • Oct 13 – Dave Goyetche

No Cover

The Riot Squad – Thu Sept 20 (Jazz)

The Halifax, Nova Scotia based band, Jamie Gatti’s Riot Squad has been blowing away audiences for 5 years now. The band has been playing at Stayner’s Wharf bar on a regular basis. With their unique instrumental sound, this tour-de-force Jazz/Jam ensemble takes listeners on a new journey every night. Steeped in the genres of Jazz/Funk/Rock/Exploratory music the band performs original music, music that continues to challenge them.

This powerful Quintet consists of Chris Mitchell – Saxes, Rick Waychesko – trumpet, Geordie Haley – guitar, David Burton – drums and Jamie Gatti – bass. All are first call session vets on the East Coast music scene.

Showtime 8:00 pm Cover $5

The Paul St-Amand Trio – Thu Sept 27 (Jazz)

Trumpeter & vocalist Paul St-Amand is joined by piano wizard Silvio Pupo and bassist extraordinaire Ron Hynes 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.

Silvio Pupo is one of Halifax’s finest and busiest musicians. He performs frequently with Three O’Cubano, and plays a weekly Sunday Jazz Matinee at Stayner’s Wharf with Jeff Goodspeed.

Ron Hynes is another in-demand Halifax musician, touring and recording with The Rankin Family, Ben Caplan, Donald MacLennan, and many more. When not touring, he performs weekly with Silvio Pupo and Damien Moynihan. In 2017 he was voted Musician of the Year by Music Nova Scotia.

Showtime 8:00 pm Cover $5

Daniel Matto – Thu Oct 11 (Jazz)

As a jazz vocalist, Daniel started a lounge-styled band, The Martini Orchestra, one that mixed original songs with tunes from the likes of Burt Bacharach and Sinatra. His vocal chops soon caught the attention of some of Australia’s leading jazz musicians, including internationally-acclaimed pianist Dave MacRae and singer Joy Yates, who became something of a mentor. He went on to perform with Yates and MacRae at some high-profile jazz festivals in Australia and New Zealand, and, as a backing singer for Australian star Alex Lloyd, he got to perform in front of Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Mary of Denmark at the 2005 Red Cross Performance Gala.

When Daniel migrated to Halifax in 2007, the land Down Under waved goodbye to one of its most promising young jazz vocalists. Daniel now calls Halifax home, performing regularly in clubs and festivals on the East Coast. Word of his charm as a performer quickly spread and as a result he performed as guest soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia in their Traditional Pops Series with sold-out concerts across the province.

Daniel showcases a unique style of jazz through original compositions, standards and rarities. His latest album, I’m Old Fashioned, was nominated for Jazz Recording of the Year in the 2010 Music Nova Scotia Awards and the 2011 East Coast Music Awards.

Showtime 8:00 pm Cover $5

LATE NIGHT DANCE PARTY with DJ Isaac Haze – Fri Oct 12 (Dance)

Isaac Haze started djing in 2006, He plays 4×4 house music – deep, funky, soulful, jackin, tech, techno. He’s played night clubs in Chicago/Amsterdam/Detroit/Miami/Montreal/Toronto/Calgary/and all over Atlantic Canada, biggest influence would be Dj Heather, Mark Farina, and Derrick Carter as they carry themselves as true professionals and don’t look down upon anyone and see people as equals.

Isaac has successfully been promoting shows here in Halifax for the last 5 years with his promotion company Hazed Up Entertainment.

Showtime 9:30 pm Cover $5

Asia & NuGruv – Sat Oct 20 (Dance)

Hot Gruvs, high energy and a lead singer whose dynamic vocals and soulful, passionate style has the audience dancing in the aisles make Asia and Nu Gruv the freshest R & B dance machine this side of the Big Smoke. If Asia and Nu Gruv don’t make you get up and shake everything you’ve got – it’s time to check your pulse!

A multi talented Halifax-based music ensemble that weaves old school rhythm and blues, soul and funk with contemporary urban rhymes and beats, Nu Gruv draws on influences from Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Alicia Keys, Jocelyn Brown, Curtis Mayfield and many others, as the band and lead singer Asia weave an unrivaled environment of dance inducing sound.

Asia & NuGruv are the Proud recipients of the African Nova Scotia Music Associations’s award for “Best Live Performance” and “Best R&B Group/Artist of the Year. Asia and NuGruv were featured in a short film “Believe It” produced by Truce Films.

Asia and Nu Gruv. They’re cool, they’re hot, and they will MAKE YOU DANCE!

8:30 pm Cover $10

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