All posts by The Carleton

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.


We’re excited to introduce ‘The Carleton at Home’… a family-style ‘heat and eat’ menu for Friday curbside pickup.  Let us bring our kitchen to yours as Chef Mathias and his team work their magic with fresh local ingredients and you just pop in the oven when you get home.

Click HERE or on the menu to place your order ONLINE. The online order page looks suspiciously like our usual show ticket page. Ya gotta get creative, so please forgive any strange wording or layout!

ORDER: Before 3pm on Tuesday, May 26 – make your selections and pay by credit card.

PICKUP: Between 4 and 7pm on Friday, May 29 – stop by The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street to pick up your order.  We’ll bring it right to the patio to adhere to physical distancing requirements and get you quickly on your way.

ENJOY: The menu has been designed so everything can be heated together in one oven at one temperature.  Enjoy a home-cooked meal without the fuss, maybe with a bottle of wine or ice-cold beer or cider.

HELP OUR ARTISTS: With the music industry experiencing very challenging times, those placing orders will have the option to make a donation to a cause close to The Carleton’s heart, the Unison Benevolent Fund. The Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. This organization helps professional music-makers in times of hardship, illness or economic difficulties.

The Many ways to Celebrate

Not sure what you or that special someone will enjoy?

A night full of variety is what you need! Wed Feb 12 The Blue Room Band will keep your night vibrant with this 8-piece ensemble delivering different flavors of smooth Jazz Standards, Swing, Soft Rock, and Retro-Pop. Join us for dinner and let the music do the talking, you might just fall in love all over again!

Looking for a more irreverent evening?

Ease the pressure of Valentine’s Thurs Feb 13 with “A Not-So-Valentine’s Day Comedy Show”… need we say more? Or find that happy medium by enjoying dinner and drinks before the show, and then laugh it all off!

Where’s the Romance?

Don’t worry, we’ve got that too! Fri Feb 14 surround yourselves with the sound of love, featuring ” Ariana Nasr performing Edith Piaf”. With 2 shows, we hope you can find your fit. Celebrate with a 3-course menu at the early show, or catch up for dessert and prosecco at the late show!

The Carleton welcomes singles, couples, groups of friends, colleagues – whatever combo floats your boat for an equal opportunity Valentine.


Valentine’s Day Menu is Here!

February 14, enjoy a 3-course meal and “A Night of Cabaret featuring Ariana Nasr performing Edith Piaf.”

Dinner and Show tickets on sale now! Tickets are only $90 (including taxes and gratuity) Dinner seating from 4 pm to 7 pm via OpenTable HERE.

Dessert and Prosecco package is also available for the second, late show at 9:30pm. Details and info HERE.