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TONIGHT! We happen to have the guy I consider the best songwriter in CanadaRon Hawkins –  in town to promote his new Garden Songs CD, playing at the club and it’s not yet sold out. That, my friends, is a travesty. Firstly, it’s an early show (7 PM) so it won’t eat your whole night; secondly, it’s only $12.50 advanced and $15 at the door (should be twice that much) and thirdly, he’ll be doing a solo set and one with pals Scrapes so you’ll get the full band effect too.


Holy smokes, this town needs to get a grip! Oh, and in case you haven’t heard, the snow’s been cleared and you can park downtown now so this isn’t one of those, “we can’t there from here” things.

Ron got up early to be on the Global Morning Show with Paul Brothers. Check out the vid from that interview/performance HERE.

Honestly, if you’re in Halifax tonight and consider yourself a music lover, you’re blowing it if you don’t come out for this show – they don’t get any better than this, trust me…



I hear Rumours Of Spring…

Firstly, we would like to thank the incredibly talented Barney Bentall, Cory Tetford, Dustin Bentall and Kendel Carson for one of the best nights of live music we’ve ever had in our award-winning club and for their generousity in donating all the ticket proceeds from the sold out show to The Carleton to help us get through this ungodly winter.


The show was text book Carleton: music was fantastic, service was excellent and folks ate and drank like folks should at events like this. Thank you to all who came out to make the night a spectacular success and we hope to see you again sooner, rather than later. We have some amazing stuff booked in the coming months.

Secondly, and I saw this with my own eyes (and camera), the city brought out the big guns last night to seriously make a big dent in the walls of snow and ice on Argyle and Prince Streets, which means… you can park downtown again!!!!


And that’s good because we’ve got great shows over the next few nights. Like: Ken Tizzard (The Watchmen, Thornley) with Chris Ryan tonight (Thursday, March 26th) at 8 PM, Ron Hawkins (Lowest of the Low, The Rusty Nails, The Do Good Assassins) tomorrow (Friday, March 27th) at 7 PM, Scrapes at 10 PM and then Rollie & The Navy Brats sitting in for The Carletones on Saturday, March 28th at 10 PM.

The Weekend Cometh

The weekend is upon us and, even though it’s Friday the 13th – oooohhh, scary – we’ve got great stuff lined up for this evening, tomorrow night and then St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th of March.


Firstly, one of THE most fun bands in the city – Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound – take over The Carleton stage tonight (Friday, March 13th) with their exuberant take on classic-era Funk and Soul. Grab your dancing shoes and come out. Live music starts after 10 PM and it’s only $5 at the door to get in!


March 14th, sees our regular Saturday night band – the mighty Carletones – rocking Argyle Street in their usual inimitable fashion. If you like rock music, performed by some of the best musicians in the city (and who doesn’t, really?), then The Carleton is the place to be. Live music starts around 10:30 and it’s only $5 at the door to get in.

St. Patrick’s Day falls on Tuesday (March 17th) this year and we’ve got some fantastic entertainment lined up in the persons of award winning fiddlers Wendy MacIsaac and Chrissy Crowley, along with friends Darren MacMullen and Ken Ryan.


The foot stomping will start at 8:30 PM and – get this – it’s FREE to get in! We’ll be open for lunch and dinner as well and I expect there’ll be some nice drink specials to help lure you out of the house. It’s a good day to be Irish or pretend that you are!



It’s Thursday night (March 12th) in Halifax and what are you going to do with this rare occasion when the parking ban has been lifted and there is no snow on the horizon? Ready to leave your cave? We strongly suggest you come to The Carleton to see one of Canada’s most respected songwriters – Stephen Fearing – in what will probably be his last show as a Haligonian!


Astonishingly, there are still some tickets left for the show. Show time is 7 PM and $20 is the price of admission.

This Week Is A Good Week To EAT At The Carleton!

While we are the acknowledged best live music venue east of Montreal, we don’t always have shows. Tonight (Tuesday, March 10th) and tomorrow night (Wednesday, March 11th) are nights like that. We are open at 4 PM for our excellent new Happy Hour – until 6 PM – and then we’ll be serving our fantastic-as-usual dinner menu.

If you’re out for a stroll, or have someone visiting you, or a special occasion (birthday, anniversary), you should drop in for a meal and a drink or two in our historic building. You can’t buy history and we have it in spades!


If you are looking specifically for live music, you won’t do better than Stephen Fearing‘s Halifax swan song show on Thursday night (March 12th). At this writing there are still tickets left (unbelievably) and you can find them in the shows bar to the left of this post.

Spring is coming, folks. Get a leg up and come visit us soon!

Mellotones TONIGHT!

Halifax kings of the dance floor – The Mellotones – make their Carleton debut TONIGHT (Friday, March 7th)!


The sun is out – for now – and we’re literally trying to will Spring into existence with this show. Band hits the stage at 10 PM and, believe it or not, it’s only $5 at the door. Furniture will be moved, extra bars will be set up, the band will be smokin’ hot, so all we’re currently missing is YOU.

Get there early, stay late!

I’m Sorry To Say… Shaun Majumder is NOT at The Carleton This Sunday…

We loves Shaun – and he loves us – but he will NOT be at The Carleton this coming Sunday night as we’d hoped. 22 Minutes declared a hiatus for the show and that means the cast members have scattered to the winds until they’re called back. In Shaun’s case, he’s in Vancouver shooting a TV pilot so he’s on the wrong Coast right now.


We DO plan to resurrect his “New Material” Sunday nights as soon as he gets back, so stay tuned and sorry for any confusion this has caused!

Wanna Get Happy? We Sure Do…

The verdict is now officially in: February 2015 in Halifax sucks. The weather has been about as awful as I’ve ever seen it in my 20+ years in town. So that’s making us all sad and in order to cheer us up – to make us HAPPY – we’ve launched a new Happy Hour (well, more like two hours) at The Carleton and it looks like this…


I’ve personally tried this on for size and, trust me, it’s a good deal!


On another front, my pal Steve Poltz – the single best solo performer I’ve ever seen in my life (and I’d bet almost anything I’ve seen more shows than you have) – is playing TONIGHT! Tuesday, February 24th and, somehow, we haven’t sold it out yet. If you’ve never seen Steve, you might want to rectify that awful gap in your live music experience. You can thank me later (and you will).

If you were sitting around thinking, “hmmm, I should probably buy tickets to the Fortunate Ones/Del Barber show on March 2nd!” you’ve left it too late. That show is now SOLD OUT. Those are my favourite two words in the English language, by the way!

Of Course The Weather Sucks – That Doesn’t Mean Life Has To…

It’s true, February seems to be sucker-punching us in the throat and it hurts. BUT, that’s no reason not to soothe that insult with great music and some human warmth – and food and drink – at The Carleton.


Two of the city’s best musicians, Matthew Hornell & Andrew Sneddon – along with this week’s guest, Pye on bass – will do their usual fabulous job playing a terrific mix of Country, Bluegrass, Celtic, Folk and whatever else they feel like at our joint tonight.

Live music starts around 9ish and is a downright measly $5 to get in. No better thing to do in Halifax on a Tuesday night so give it some serious thought!

You May Have Noticed That It Snowed Last Night…

Yes, it snowed last night. A lot. More than anyone expected. But it’s over now and there’s no reason to still be afraid.

If you’re looking for something fab to do tonight (Tuesday, February 3rd), come on down to see Matthew Hornell & Andrew Sneddon do their Terrific Tag-Team Tunes Tuesdays. It’s a great night of live music with a couple of the best musicians in the city. It’s cheap – $5 at the door – and it usually starts around 8:30 so early enough that you can get home to bed before the news at 11.

Unless you’re cowering in your basement, that is…