HUFF Is Happening!

The 12th annual Halifax Urban Folk Festival announces its
line up of shows at The Carleton, August 29 – September 5

Showcasing singers, songs, and stories, the 12th annual Halifax Urban Folk Festival is delighted to announce this year’s line-up of shows at The Carleton in Halifax
August 29        Songwriters Circle featuring Carleton Stone Sunsetto + Erin Costelo
August 30        Reeny Smith Band w/ an opening Songwriters Circle featuring
                        Jah’Mila + Keonté Beals + Mahalia Smith
August 31        Matt Mays – Mantle Music LIVE!
September 1    Braden Lam Band w/ an opening Songwriters Circle featuring
                         Keeper E. + Pillow Fite + Awolk
September 2    Christina Martin Band w/ an opening Songwriters Circle                                      featuring Burry Taryn Kawaja + Zamani 
September 3    Andrew Waite & The Firm 
September 4    Postdata w/ an opening Songwriters Circle featuring Blue In Tokio 
                         + Mathias Kom + TBA
September 5    Nathan Wiley Band w/ Dusted
Buy tickets here: and

“Like last year, the talent has been programmed exclusively from the Atlantic region,” says Mike Campbell, Artistic Director, Halifax Urban Folk Festival. “And COVID-19 has dictated that the 2021 Halifax Urban Folk Festival will again be smaller than usual but smaller doesn’t mean less mighty. We are happy to be able to bring some much-needed live entertainment to audiences we know are starved for it.”
In addition to eight nights of music at The Carleton, HUFF fans and music lovers will also be treated to shows at Grand Parade SquareBrightwood Brewery and New Scotland Brewery. HUFF has partnered with the City of Halifax and the Patio Lantern Festival to bring free live music to the Grand Parade Square Stage over the Labour Day weekend. The shows at Brightwood Brewery and New Scotland Brewery will take place on September 4 & 5 and will also have free admission. Performers for those three stages will be announced next week.
The Halifax Urban Folk Festival is funded by Canadian Culture & Heritage, Province of Nova Scotia, and the Halifax Municipality and is generously sponsored by the Bank of Montreal along with the Downtown Halifax Business Commission, New Scotland Brewing, Brightwood Brewing and The Carleton.
About the Halifax Urban Folk Festival
The Halifax Urban Folk Festival (HUFF) is a provincially registered, not-for-profit society, dedicated to celebrating songs: the people who write them and sing them and the stories associated with them. Since 2010, HUFF has employed hundreds of regional, national and international artists with shows presented in an urban festival setting, utilizing live music venues in Halifax, NS. 
For more information on HUFF, visit: and follow socially on:
Facebook: HalifaxUrbanFolkFestival
Twitter: huffhalifax
Instagram: huffhalifax

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.

We’re Hiring!

The Carleton is looking for creative, hard-working, and committed individuals who love food, drinks, and music and who will enjoy working with renowned musicians and entertainers as part of an award-winning team.

Positions available: Bartender, Server, Assistant Manager, Bar Manager and General Manager

Previous relevant experience is an asset, as is familiarity with Touch Bistro.

If you believe you’re suited for any of these positions, please send us your resumé, along with a cover letter, to

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