Booking FAQs


Fast Facts

  • We’re located at the corner of Prince and Argyle Streets, right in the middle of downtown Halifax
  • We have won Music Nova Scotia’s award for Venue of the Year for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017
  • We have won the East Coast Music Association’s award for Venue of the Year for 2012, 2013, and 2015
  • We won the Canada Live Music award for Best Teamwork Small Venue in Canada for 2017
  • Capacity is about 115 for seated, ticketed shows
  • Capacity is about 145 for non-seated shows
  • We have a full PA, mics and stands, DIs, monitors, cables and most other things it takes to do a show; we don’t have house back line
  • We are capable of selling advanced tickets through our website
  • We book all kinds of entertainment: music, comedy, spoken word, solo acts, duos, trios, full bands – whatever we think will sell tickets
  • Out-of-country artists require no special paperwork to play The Carleton
  • Our ticket prices include HST of 15% (the government always needs to get paid)
  • Our ticketed shows on Sundays through Wednesdays usually start at 8 PM sharp

Dwight Twilley

So You Want To Book A Gig…

  • Before you start sending off your website/YouTube/FaceBook/SoundCloud/BandCamp links, know that we are a destination venue. As much as we’d like people to show up “just because” the show is at The Carleton (since we only book excellent acts), they don’t. It didn’t used to be that way in this town but it is now. So, if you don’t have a solid fan base here already, we might not be the best place in the city for your first show
  • We don’t really make any money on ticket sales so we rely on ticket holders buying food and drink to keep our doors open. If you can’t deliver a crowd to do that, it’s unlikely we’ll be able to help you
  • With very rare exceptions, we operate strictly on door deals (a percentage split of door revenue with our artists). We don’t do guarantees or pay advances
  • Ticket prices are set after discussions with the artists we book
  • Traditional advertising (print, radio, television) is out of the reach of a club our size so we rely on a dedicated mailing list of about 3,000 to get the word out, as well as all the usual social media tools available to us (and you). Carleton shows are basically joint ventures between our artists and us
  • We usually have local acts (for $5 at the door) on Fridays and Saturdays so those nights generally aren’t available to touring acts
  • General inquiries can made by emailing