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Phase 4 redux

Monday’s announcement by the Province of Nova Scotia to reinstate most of the Phase 4 restrictions for restaurants, bars, and arts and culture events was not entirely unexpected, is understandable and supported, and yet…  has thrown The Carleton for a bit of a loop in term of shows remaining in 2021.

Here’s the scoop:

Operating under Phase 5 rules (proof of vaccine and photo ID required to enter the premises, masks worn when not seated or when not eating/drinking, ticketholders assigned to their own tables but no social distancing between tables)

  • 8 pm Tuesday, Dec 14 – Cocktails and Candy Canes – 2 tickets available
  • 7 pm Wednesday, Dec 15 – Craft Draught Showdown Big Spruce vs Upstreet – SOLD OUT
  • 7 pm Thursday, Dec 16 – Rudy Pace’s Campfire Songwriters’ Circle f. Paul Vidito, Kristen Martell, Braden Lam, Jarod Gallant – tickets available

Operating under modified Phase 4 rules ((proof of vaccine and photo ID required to enter the premises, masks worn when not seated or when not eating/drinking, service only when seated, no bar seating, no dance floor, ticketholders assigned to their own tables with social distancing between tables).  Although technically full capacity is still permitted, the social distancing requirement means we cannot host everyone who currently holds tickets to SOLD OUT shows.  Please give thanks to these generous and committed artists who are adapting with us AND please be patient while we contact every ticketholder to determine attendance OR refund OR additional reduced capacity show(s).

  • Friday, Dec 17 – Aaron MacDonald Band – NEW TIME 7 pm SOLD OUT and NEW SHOW 10 pm tickets available
  • Saturday, Dec 18 – Gunning & Cormier Christmas – SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, Dec 19 – Tevon Tynes & The Superstatics Miracle on Argyle Street – SOLD OUT
  • Sunday, Dec 19 – Gunning & Cormier Christmas – SOLD OUT
  • Monday, Dec 20 – Gunning & Cormier Christmas – SOLD OUT
  • Tuesday, Dec 21 – Gunning & Cormier Christmas – SOLD OUT

The Carleton will be closed from Wednesday, Dec 22 through Thursday, Jan 5 to give our amazing staff a well-deserved holiday.  Back in business (likely with smaller numbers) on Friday, January 6 as we welcome Loviet with opener The Backstays to the stage.

If you have questions before we have a chance to connect directly, please email

The Carleton Gift Cards

Give the gift of The Carleton Experience this season!

$25, $50, and $100 gift cards available for purchase HERE.

Please include email and phone number, and any special instructions.  You will be contacted when your card(s) are ready for pickup.

Stay warm! Stay safe!

Burger Week October 14-23

The Coast’s Burger Week strikes again!  Presenting The Carleton’s Beat the Blues burger.  Ground beef cut with ground bacon topped with blue cheese, a tangy and sweet balsamic onion jam, house special sauce, served with a toasted sesame bun. Gluten free bun available upon request.

Eat in or take out  —  $10 with $1 going to Feed Nova Scotia.  Order fries or salad @ $5 and we will donate an extra $1.

During Burger Week, we open Monday at 6 pm, Tuesday-Wednesday at 5 pm, Thursday-Saturday at 4 pm. CLOSED Sundays. Note The Carleton is still hosting its award-winning events and concerts so interior seating limited! Takeout always an option.

Phase 5 Update

Nova Scotia’s modified Phase 5 came into effect Monday October 4.  The Carleton, in its ongoing effort to balance safety and normalcy, had already decided to be more cautious than the original Phase 5 and we support the announced regulations.

Our sincere thanks to the small but mighty Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia which has worked tirelessly with government on industry’s behalf and regularly package information in digestible format.  Here’s a refresher on what to expect:

  • Per the new Proof of Full Vaccination (POV) protocol , anyone age 12 or older who is not fully vaccinated will not be able to access the restaurant.
    • We ask that you show your POV and photo ID upon entering The Carleton.
    • If you have a Valid Medical Contraindication for COVID-19 Vaccination letter, you need to present the letter for access.
    • Contact tracing is no longer required.
    • The VaxCheckNS scanning app to verify the POV QR code digitally should be available on October 22.  Photo ID will still be required.
  • Masks are required as they are now.
    • All patrons must be seated to eat or drink (only then can they remove their masks).
    • When a patron leaves a table, they must put their mask back on.
    • For pickup orders inside the restaurant, people must wear a mask (they do not need POV).
    • Staff will wear masks at all times when interacting with guests.
    • If you have a Valid Medical Contraindication to not wear a non-medical mask, you need to present a note from your physician for access.

What’s a little different about The Carleton:

  • We will continue to seat guests in table bubbles based on ticket purchases and/or specific requests.
  • Physical distancing of tables will reduce from 2 metres (6 feet) to 1 metre (3 feet) to increase capacity.
  • There will be minimal seating at the bar. UPDATE Oct 29 – Full bar seating now available.
  • We are not immediately reintroducing a dance floor.  Dancing near your table is allowed but masks are required. UPDATE Oct 29 – On Saturday nights and at other specific performances as requested by the artists, there will be a small dance floor. Masks are required.
  • With an individual’s written consent, we are permitted to record vaccination status so documents do not need to be verified on every visit.  Still working on how best to implement… more later…

Patio Popup!

It’s a start!  Great weather predicted tomorrow, outdoor dining is a thing again, and The Carleton has a fresh patio!

Join us starting 2 pm Wednesday June 2nd to celebrate Reopening Phase 1.

Please note that our patio popup is weather and mood dependent.  Keep an eye on socials to track our on again, off again existence 🙂

May 29th Saturday Kitchen Popup!

As we adhere to the provincial lock down, The Carleton team continues to work with artists and partners daily to reschedule (and unfortunately in some cases cancel) shows that were booked for the venue in May and into June.

One of our local and very talented artists effected by The Carleton’s closure is singer-songwriter Ian Janes, who just released his brand-new album and companion book, Episode 5.

Janes had three full band shows set for The Carleton in early June, two of which were sold out. These shows have been rescheduled for later in the summer (July 15, 16 & 17) but to not disappoint his fans, Ian decided to perform solo from his home studio this Saturday, May 29th at 8pm AT.

So, to join the festivities and celebrate with Ian and his fans, family and friends, The Carleton is offering a special 3-course ‘Popup Takeaway‘! A little bit local, a little bit southern fried, a whole lot of fun deliciousness!

Here’s how to be part of it!

Buy tickets to Ian’s show here: HERE

Place your dinner order for The Carleton at Home: HERE

*First 10 food orders receive a complimentary Carleton toque!

Pickup is between 4 – 7 p.m. this Saturday at The Carleton (1685 Argyle Street).  Let us know your preferred pickup time in the comments section of your order so we can be sure everything is HOT from the kitchen!

The Carleton CLOSED until June 2

[UPDATE 28-May-21] Oh happy day! Outdoor dining patios are permitted to open effective Wednesday June 2!

[UPDATE 19-May-21] Restrictions will stay in place until the second week in June. Show rescheduling continues!

Closing all Halifax restaurants to indoor dining effective tomorrow, Friday, April 23 is one of the many lockdown measures announced by Premier Rankin and Dr. Strang this afternoon.

This means cancellation of all Carleton events for likely the next month. We will begin work with artists and partners to determine whether and when we can reschedule, and will reach out to every ticketholder and reservation to confirm or offer refunds.

Stay safe, and please be patient while we work this through.