We’re almost 10 – time to refresh!

For Immediate Release

Monday, December 18, 2017

Under new ownership, Halifax’s multi award-winning live music venue and restaurant, The Carleton is set to undergo an extensive renovation

The venue will temporarily close in two phases beginning on December 22 and reopening on February 8, 2018

(Halifax, NS) – Under the new ownership of Halifax-based business person Karen Spaulding, Halifax’s multi award-winning live music and food venue, The Carleton has just announced its plan to temporarily close on Friday, Dec. 22 to undergo an extensive renovation in two phases. It will open for shows as part of the In The Dead of Winter Festival, Jan. 18-20 then close again and officially reopen on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.

A life-long fan of good music and good food, Nova Scotian-born and raised Spaulding, who is also President of local software company, Metaworks Inc., purchased The Carleton earlier this year believing it was a natural fit and would be a true labour of love.

“It has been a whirlwind and a joy to move from long-time patron to owner of the Carleton. Since April, we have welcomed outstanding new and established artists to our stage, introduced Executive Chef Michael Dolente’s refined casual local fare, and listened to and learned from regular and prospective customers,” said Spaulding. “To offer an even more comfortable and welcoming space, we are embarking on a substantial facelift, modernizing the bar and facilities while paying homage to the building’s 250-year history- from Governor Bulkeley’s mansion to the Jury Room!”

“2018 marks our 10th year in business and we’re very much looking forward to celebrating that fact by continuing to bring the best talent we can get to our award-winning venue and to the fine music lovers of Halifax”, said Mike Campbell, Programming Director for The Carleton. “We also promise to continue to provide a stage for up-and-coming artists because everyone – like Steve Poltz, July Talk, The Strumbellas and many others we’ve hosted in the past – need to start somewhere.”

With the refresh, The Carleton also aims to provide an unforgettable social dining experience and an ideal option for downtown professionals and for people enjoying festivities around the city.

“We are excited to be part of downtown’s rejuvenation with Argyle’s stunning new streetscape and the Halifax Convention Centre’s impressive conference lineup. In the Spring, we plan to extend operating hours to include weekday lunch and weekend brunch plus add a year-round patio. Please join us next year at the Carleton for the best in food, drink, and entertainment!” added Spaulding.

About The Carleton

The Carleton is housed in a building in Halifax, NS that was built in 1760 and was the home of Richard Bulkeley. Apart from two churches, Bulkeley’s home is the oldest building in Halifax, NS. It was reported to have been made from the ruins of Fortress Louisbourg. Since 1786 his residence has been known as ‘The Carleton’.

As one of Halifax’s premier live music venues for the past 10 years, The Carleton has earned numerous awards and accolades including three East Coast Music Awards and eight Music Nova Scotia Awards for Venue of the Year, and most recently the 2017 Canada Live Music Award for Best Small Venue in the Country.

For more information on The Carleton, visit: TheCarleton.ca.


For interview opportunities, contact:

Wendy Phillips, Phillips Public Relations Ltd.
(902) 492-0960 / wendy@pprl.ca