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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

Audition with Theo MacIntosh – WILL RETURN SEPTEMBER 4th

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

  • Aug 15 – Manouche Duo
  • Aug 22 – Marcel Amores & Plan Ashe
  • Aug 29 – Eclecticus
  • Sept 5 – Manouche Duo

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

Friday Night Solo/Duet Series (All Genres)

  • Aug 16 – Almasy (All Genres)
  • Aug 23 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)
  • Aug 30 – Dave Goyetche (All Genres)
  • Sept 6 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)

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

Saturday Matinee (All Genres)

Open Song Showcase
  • Aug 17 – Stick & Slide (R&B/Funk)
  • Aug 24 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)
  • Aug 31 – Travis Hatcher (All Genres)
  • Sept 7 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)

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

Manouche Duo – Thu Aug 15 (Jazz/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

Tyler Mullendore – Sat Aug 17 (Contemporary Folk/Alt)

“Tyler Mullendore was born out of the whiskey-drenched blues jams of his father’s Cape Breton home. Those formative years shaped his desire to play, his need to perform, and his natural ability to express himself through music.

Heavily influenced by his parents’ classic rock and blues vinyl collection, Mullendore was the tender age of four when he first began to play piano. By age six he was playing his way through Elvis songs on guitar and began writing his own by the time he was a teenager.

Still in high school, he began performing with his own band, L.A. Speedway, named after his uncle’s stock-car track from the late 80s/90s: “Lake Ainslie Speedway.” Confident and motivated, Mullendore kept pushing himself as he appeared on the 2007 season of Canadian Idol and placed fourteenth at age 19. Taking what he learned from his Idol experience he returned home, driven and determined.

After a stint in Calgary, the rough ‘n tumble roots-rocker has settled back home in Nova Scotia with a matured, introspective approach to his music, which is championed in his debut single “Make It Through”.

8:30 pm

Cover $6


Back Alley Big Band – Mon Aug 19 (Jazz)

The Back Alley Big Band will perform a program of mostly Latin big band material featuring many of the Maritimes’ best jazz musicians.

8 pm

No Cover


Marcel Amores & Plan Ashé – Thu Aug 22 (Latin/Jazz)

More Latin Jazz & Cuban beats! Marcel Amores & Plan Ashé is coming back to Stayner’s to inject the warm vibes and bright energy to the coolest Jazz Live Bar in Halifax’s Downtown Waterfront!

M.A.P.A brings together diverse and vibrant musicians that put their talent to create a fresh & new sound influenced by Cuban, Spanish and African rhythms that blend with contemporary music.

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.

Come join us for an upbeat night full of energy and great music!
Let´s bring those good old times back and infuse them with modern beats!

8 pm

Cover $5


Superfluid Cocktail Party – Sat Aug 24 (Contemporary/Alt)

Superfluid Collective loves to play music by the water. They have recently dropped their debut EP, DROP [May 10th], and are now coming to your favourite pub to share yet another joy. They will be releasing their single, Animals In Time. Come on out for a wicked cocktail party at one of Halifax’s finest bars.

Superfluid Collective is a poly-genre force of kinetic energy. They represent a unique convergence of the past and the present. Their music honours the giants of yesterday while being humble in the present and keeping an eagle eye out for the future. Laura Gallant and Samm Fischer spins velveteen lyrics across smooth grooves laid down by Shuvanjan Karmaker and Brendan Melchin, silk rhodes curved by Behrooz Mihankhah and soulful guitars resonated by Seth Voliere, and subtle sweetness brought in by Ting’s clarinet.

8:30 pm Cover $6


Keonté Beals – Sat Aug 31 (R&B/Soul)

Keonté Beals is a young man, but he’s wise beyond his years. As a 22 year-old singer, songwriter, piano player, and dancer, Keonté is making a splash in the East Coast music scene as a multi-talented, award-winning R&B/Pop artist. His soulful songs are straight from the heart, taking fans back to the early 90’s era of Boyz II Men, Toni Braxton, and Whitney Houston; when R&B/Pop singles dominated the airwaves for the first time.

Born and raised in the community of North Preston in Nova Scotia, Keonté started singing and performing at the age of seven. As a young teen, he joined the choir at his local parish and discovered his true passion for entertainment. The experience lead to more opportunities for Keonté to perform at churches and events in the HRM, all of which helped him develop his skills and build a fan base for his music.

Keonté continued to invest his energy into vocal training and dance, and after graduating high school, he enrolled in the Music Arts program at NSCC. In 2014, he recorded and released a cover of the song “I’m Here” from the movie soundtrack The Color Purple, and credits this move as the start of his professional music career. The video was an internet sensation and grabbed the attention of Prismatic Arts Festival artistic director, Shahin Sayadi, who booked Keonté for his first festival show. In late 2016, Keonté released his debut single “Man Down” from his self-titled EP, and a second single “4 Ever” in February 2017. He is currently finishing his first full-length album, co-produced by Shawn Downey (Sharp5Productions), to be released in the fall 2019.

Not only is Keonté a natural-born entertainer, he has received awards and nominations from Music Nova Scotia, the African Nova Scotia Music Association, The Coast Halifax, and the East Coast Music Association for his recorded music. Keonté is also a recipient of the Partnership of Hope Award presented by Challenge AIDS and Malaria in Africa (CHAMA), and was recognized by the Honourable Keith Colwell with an MLA Rising Star award for his musical success and community service earlier this year .

Please call 902-492-1800 for dinner reservations

8:30 pm Cover $10


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