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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

Tyler Mullendore – Tuesday’s Oct 16 and 23 (All Genres) 7 pm

“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”.

CBC Radio

7 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

  • Oct 18 – The Riot Squad (Jazz)
  • Oct 25 – TBA
  • Nov 1 – Eric Hamilton & Friends (Jazz)
  • Nov 8 – The Riot Squad (Jazz)

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

Friday Night Solo/Duet Series (All Genres)

  • Oct 19 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)
  • Oct 26 – Patrick Drake Classic Artists, Classic Songs (All Genres)
  • Nov 2 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)
  • Nov 9 – Cody Degaust (All Genres)

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

Saturday Matinee – All Genres

  • Oct 20 – Theo MacIntosh (All Genres)
  • Oct 27 – Tristen Legg (All Genres)
  • Nov 3 – Theo MacIntos (All Genres)
  • Nov 10 – Dave Goyetch  (All Genres)

No Cover

The Riot Squad – Thu Oct 18 (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 pm Cover $5

Asia & NuGruv – CANCELLED (the band has had to cancel watch for Asia’s return in the new year) 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

Blakdenim – Mon Oct 22 (Hip Hop Jazz)

BLAKDENIM is heading to the East Coast. Bring everyone you know, as these nights are going to be epic!

The band has created serious buzz from live appearances at venues big and small including Ottawa Bluesfest (three times), Quebec City’s Festival d’été, The Montreal Jazz fest, The Burlington Jazzfest, The NAC and winning third place finish at Indie Week Canada. They are currently preparing material for their third project, set to be released in 2018, to follow-up their last 2 critically acclaimed Eps “Vanguard(en)” and “Complexus”, which have received attention from both commercial and college radio attention including appearances at the top of hip-hop and mainstream charts. Stay tuned and catch this band on the way up!

8:30 pm Cover $15

Rose Nadira – Sat Oct 27 (Adult Contemporary)

Rose Nadira, Canadian singer songwriter, based out of Halifax NS celebrates the highs and the lows of the human condition with her eclectic style of vocals, piano, rhythm and harmony. Rose Nadira Trio will be playing Saturday October 27th, 9 pm – midnight. Go to for more information.

9 pm Cover $5

Rasta Gumbo – Sat Nov 3 (Reggae/R&B/Funk)

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

Funk Family – Sat Nov 17 (Dance/R&B/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

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