The Carleton vs. COVID Redux

Last week, we were uneasy.  This week, the pandemic walls are closing in again.

The Carleton has been fortunate. We have remained COVID-free. We reduced seating to 1/2 capacity and implemented contact tracing. We were ready to ensure that 5 was maximum table size. We are a ticketed destination for music lovers and foodies, as opposed to a stopover for the casual bar crowd. Our audience is for the most part very respectful of “the rules”.

But then cases began to spike. And Nova Scotia, rightly so, has imposed tight restrictions in order to stop the spread, including closing all restaurants and bars in western and central HRM for at least two weeks. So much for our master plan to proceed with currently scheduled shows where possible.

Master plan #2 is to fully close The Carleton until at least Thursday, December 10, 2020. Unfortunately, as delicious as Chef’s food is, our takeout audience cannot justify the kitchen staying open.

For the shows that are impacted, ticket holders will be contacted directly. Please be patient as this takes time.

We can’t thank you all enough for the love you’ve shown The Carleton experience since coming out of lockdown this summer. The tunes, the frites, the joy… we promise it will all be back!

In the meantime, stay safe, be kind, and listen to music – it’s good for you!

To Our Valued Patrons

We’re very much looking forward to our upcoming shows and continuing to host you at The Carleton. These have been trying months for all of us and we appreciate your willingness to help bring live music back and support local restaurants.

To make sure this trend continues; we’d like to remind everyone that it is imperative that Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 protocols are followed to the letter if we’re going to be allowed to continue to safely stay open under the current circumstances. 

When visiting us, please remember:

  • Wear a mask when entering and exiting the venue or going to the washroom.
  • Remain seated at your table at all other times.
  • Provide at least one point of contact per table for tracing and tracking purposes.
  • You will automatically be seated with your purchase bubble of up to 10 people. If you want to sit with others who have purchased their tickets separately, please email with the names.
  • There is no service or standing at the bar. Our staff will be pleased to take your food and drink orders and deliver directly to your table.
  • There is no standing, dancing, or mingling with other guests or artists who are not part of your bubble.

To support the mental and economic health of our artists, staff, and guests, we must be vigilant. Thank you and stay safe!

Burger Week!

Try The Carleton’s Good Fortune Burger, available Wednesday, October 28 thru Saturday, October 31. It’s a mouth-watering Asian-inspired hoisin-glazed pork burger with crispy tofu, bean sprout slaw (nam pla dressing, lime, cilantro, Jalapeño, carrot), and sriracha aioli.

$1 of every $10 burger sold goes directly to support Feed Nova Scotia.

Add a side of famous Carleton frites or house salad for $5, and anotheer $1 goes to Feed NS.

Gluten free option available.

Eat in or take out!

Celebrating local in all we do.

Food, drinks and live music.

Join us for dinner inside or on our summer patio, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. We open at 4pm!

To make your reservation, email us

See you on June 25!

(Halifax, NS) – As Nova Scotia restaurants re-open, Halifax’s multi award-winning live music and food venue The Carleton (1685 Argyle Street, downtown Halifax) is pleased to announce it will re-open its doors and summer patio on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, beginning this Thursday, June 25 at 4 p.m.

Following all public health guidelines and adhering to the recommended six-foot physical distancing, The Carleton will offer live music, full table service and a take-out menu option.

“It’s been too long, my friends! We so look forward to hosting you in our (physically distanced) dining room and patio starting June 25, and especially to share live music!” says owner, Karen Spaulding. “The tunes will be seated and acoustic for a while yet, but oh my…the joy of seeing and hearing our local artists in person again. Can’t wait!”

Opening weekend, The Carleton is delighted to present free evening performances by Michael Dalton (Thursday, 6 – 9 p.m.), Jordan LeBlanc (Friday, 6 – 9 p.m.) and the Tevon Tynes Trio (Saturday, 7 – 10 p.m.). 

Gear up for the weekend with two very special online shows:

At 7 pm ADT Tuesday June 23, The Carleton will host a virtual album release concert with jazz vocalist and former member of Canadian a cappella group The Nylons, Micah Barnes. Barnes is celebrating the release of his new album, Vegas Breeze and will perform live from his home studio in Toronto on The Carleton’s Facebook page . He will perform new music, fan-favourites by The Nylon’s as well as songs from his chart-topping recording, New York Stories.

At 7 pm ADT Wednesday June 24, we welcome Tyler Messick (Museum Pieces) to Live at The Carleton. This will be the last show in this segment of mini-concerts and Q&A’s with local musicians via Facebook Live that allowed us to maintain our commitment to live music throughout the COVID-19 lockdown.

ONE LAST WEEK BEFORE OPENING! The Carleton at Home for pickup June 19

ORDER: Before 3pm on Tuesday June 16 – make your selections and pay by credit card. Click HERE to place your order ONLINE.

PICKUP: Between 4 and 7pm on Friday, June 19 – stop by The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street to pick up your order.  We’ll bring it right to the patio to get you quickly on your way.

The Carleton is still closed to gathering – but we have music online and food & drink at home

[28-May-20 6:00 pm] Exciting news that restaurants and bars are permitted to open Friday June 5! And it looks like Argyle Street will be pedestrian-friendly all summer! Because The Carleton is not only a restaurant but also (not permitted so far) a lounge and a live music venue, we have a LOT to sort out and prepare. June 5 may not bring The Carleton’s familiar inside service… but it will mark our 2nd week of curbside pickup!

[19-May-20 10:00 am] We are gearing up ‘The Carleton at Home‘! Starting Thursday May 21, order online from our weekly food and drink menu until 3pm Tuesday and pickup 1685 Argyle curbside 4-7pm Friday.

[10-May-20 9:45 pm] We’ve had to postpone another HUFF brunch with Carleton Stone and special guests, so are facing the music (ha!) and saying so long to May for onsite shows. However, don’t forget our Wed and Sat Live at The Carleton streams featuring 4-song sets by local artists. Many thanks to Mark Robins (Halifax Presents contributing editor) and Jon Cornwall (audio man extraordinaire) for their ongoing efforts to harness Facebook Live technology to deliver The Carleton’s great sound.

[06-May-20 1:00 pm] Hope you’re all staying safe, sane, and healthy. Missing our team, guests, artists and the great experiences we share at The Carleton!

[20-Apr-20 4:00 pm] Acknowledging at least another 2 weeks off the grid.

[06-Apr-20 7:00 pm] Are you keeping track? We recognize that April in person isn’t going to happen. However, keep your eye on Live At The Carleton, your FB live local musician fix every Wed and Sat at 7 pm.

[30-Mar-20 9:30 pm] The sign on the Carleton door now reads “closed until further notice” but we are still managing moment to moment. Today we’ve retreated at least til April 17.

[20-Mar-20 11:00 am] Jill Barber has just cancelled her east coast tour. New dates will be announced shortly and all previously purchased tickets will be honoured. We at The Carleton vow to remain optimistic, so looking to re-open on Thursday April 9 with local 80s superband Maximum Overdrive.

[16-Mar-20 4:30 pm] I knew there would be updates, but not so soon, nor so drastic.


In light of artist cancellations, staff availability, and the whole Halifax downtown scene slowly shutting down, we have decided that it is best and safest for all to close The Carleton for a few weeks.

If the world cooperates, we’ll be open again on Thursday April 9.

Thanks and big love (from 6 feet away!) to our team who have been thoughtful and patient and super-sanitized during these tough times.

To our many supporters: listen to those playlists, dream of Carleton frites, and we’ll see you as soon as permitted!