[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!
16-Mar-2020 8:30 am These are challenging times for everyone, and The Carleton’s niche of music, food, and drink is no different.
With three presumptive virus cases appearing in Nova Scotia, the Province has stepped up mandatory combative actions. See HERE for the latest info.
This measure particularly impacts The Carleton: “Organizations and businesses are required to practise social distancing of two metres (6 feet) and keep gatherings below 150 or much smaller, if possible. This applies to restaurants, bars, movie theatres, and other gathering spots.”
Our goal is to remain open, providing our guests a safe break from the real world , while taking care of musicians and staff livelihoods as best we can. To that end, we are actively realigning The Carleton to meet the social distancing requirement. We are reaching out to all upcoming artists to accommodate their decisions. Some touring musicians have already cancelled; ticket holders will be fully refunded.
First up, a St. Patrick’s Day celebration Tuesday March 17 — reduced capacity, but not reduced fun, with doors open at 12 noon and the fabulous trad fiddler Shannon Quinn taking the stage at 8 pm! No cover.
We’ll update this space as more specific show info becomes available. Thanks so much for your support over the years and patience in this wacky new world. Be wise, stay safe, wash and sanitize to 20 seconds of your fav song, support local, support live music!
First up, Dusty Keleher – a wonderful folksinger, songwriter, and storyteller who regularly graces our Dinner at The Carleton stage. But did you know he speaks Irish and can tell a mean ghost story?
The direct link to this Facebook Live event is HERE. Enjoy and share!
For ongoing coverage of the arts scene in HRM and beyond, check out all the Halifax Presents platforms.
“The Carleton combines two of my favorite things – great music and amazing food! Housed in one of the city’s oldest stone buildings (built-in 1760) it’s a refreshing blend of historical and modern as well. Both an award-winning music venue and seriously delicious restaurant, this place makes for a great night. Talented chef Michael Dolente has made this place a foodie hotspot while live musical talent keeps your ears happy too! It’s the perfect recipe for a night out with friends or that special someone sampling the culinary and musical delights of Halifax. Pro tip: Happy Hour is from 4-6 so be sure to get some super affordable bites and drinks before dinner! Their menu is filled with local and fresh pickings and is sure to please.”
We are very proud to be a part of this great guide for those looking for a true Halifax experience.
A huge shout out to all the talented artists who graced The Carleton stage in celebration of our 10th anniversary. You were freakin’ awesome and we thousands (yup) of long-time and brand-new fans thank you for the music.
Special commemorative “tour” tshirts are still available at the joint for only $15. They are snappy and will identify you as someone who (a) was there for this historic celebration and/or (b) is an active supporter of live music in our lovely city.
Please join The Carleton for the first of our In Concert With series as Chef Michael Dolente welcomes visiting chefs, winemakers, brewmasters, and performers to play together and serve up one of a kind creations.
On Sunday, March 25, Chef Michael is joined by Guest Chef Mark Gray from The Watch that Ends the Night. Together they will prepare and present an eight course dinner with such delectables as world-renowned sustainable Faroe Island Salmon, tender and ever-so-slightly smoky Charred Octopus, classic Sirloin of Beef in Sauce Bordelaise, and Hennessy Tiramisu (coffee, cognac, cocoa, all your favourites!).
Consider pairing with drinks specially chosen to complement each component of the menu, including a refreshing pre-dinner Aperol, the lovely off-dry layered aromas of Wither Hills Pinot Gris, and the exuberant dark cherry and ripe cassis of one of the very few organic ports Fonseca Porto.
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.
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