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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

Monday’s Jan 28, Feb 11 & 25, Mar 11 & 25 and 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 Groove

  • Thursday Night Groove will return Soon

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

Friday Night Solo/Duet Series (All Genres)

  • Jan 18 – Patrick Drake Classic Artists, Classic Songs (All Genres)
  • Jan 25 – Robbie Burns Celebrations
  • Feb 1 – Shawn Birt (All Genres)
  • Feb 8 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)

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

Saturday Matinee (All Genres)

  • Jan 19 – Patrick Drake Classic Artists, Classic Songs (All Genres)
  • Jan 26 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)
  • Feb 2 – Shawn Birt (All Genres)
  • Feb 9 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)

No Cover

Rasta Gumbo – Sat Jan 19 (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.

9 pm  Cover $10

Robbie Burns Celebrations – Fri Jan 25

“Whether you call it Robbie Burns Day or Robbie Burns Night, or just Burns night, this annual celebration of the Scottish poet’s birthday is not to be missed by the Scottish and those who wish they were!

Robert Burns is also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland’s favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, the Bard of Ayrshire and (in Scotland) as The Bard. He lived from January 25, 1759 to July 21, 1796.”

Why not come on down and enjoy a bit O’ the Haggis with us and listen to some fantastic tunes by our very own Robbie Burns Band.
The parade of the Haggis starts at 7:15 pm and much fun will follow. See you here! The band – TBA.

7 pm Cover $5

The Funk Family – Sat Jan 26 (R&B/Dance/Funk)

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!!!

8:30 pm Cover $5

Free The Music Late Night DJ Dance Party – Fri Feb 15 (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 at Stayner’s Wharf transport you to where the beat controls your feet.

9:30 pm Cover $5

Local talent includes:

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