It’s not clear whether my alter-kitty is rockin’ out or crying to the heavens. Perhaps a bit of both.
After the province announced on Friday that HRM hospitality would remain shut down until “at least” December 16, The Carleton team was left with significant questions: What were the chances of being permitted to open on this new date? Was it worth opening for only 4 days even with 4 sold out shows? Would we be able to staff in order to provide our guests the excellent food, drink, and music experience they have come to expect?
The punchline is the risks are just too high. So it’s official: The Carleton will remain closed until the New Year, with a target re-open Friday January 8.
We’re still on hold, folks. COVID-19 numbers have not yet stabilized and we don’t know for sure when and under what circumstances HRM hospitality will be permitted to re-open. It’s so important that you (and we) FEEL safe and ARE safe.
Congrats to Leona Burkey, David Bradshaw, and Jon Cornwall who on incredibly short notice pulled together an amazing livestream for Shine Blue for Autism NS Wednesday November 25.
Kudos to Còig offered a virtual alternative to all who purchased tickets to their 3 sold out (now cancelled) shows: “We went into a theatre and filmed a Christmas show to offer our fans. Video by Mark Westburg, and audio mixed by everyone’s favourite recording engineer, Dave Gunning, we have a 70 minutes Christmas concert waiting for you. If you were inclined to turn a cancelled “in-person” concert into a festive “at-home” concert, we would be happy to still bring you some festive songs and tunes this year.”
All other Carleton shows through December 9 have been postponed or cancelled. Events from December 10 onwards are in limbo til next week. Thanks for your patience as we work things through!
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!
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 email@example.com 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!
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.
(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.