Shine Blue Show – a great success!

Congratulations to fearless leader (and ECMA nominee) Leona Burkey and these fabulous musicians (Roger Stone, Gabriel Minnikin, Jon Cornwall, David Bradstreet, Tyler Cox) for a great night at The Carleton in support of Autism Nova Scotia as they build understanding, acceptance, and inclusion for individuals on the Autism Spectrum and their families.

The Return of the Showdown!

Just Announced! The Carleton‘s very popular Craft Draught Showdown series is on sale today. The line up features eight matchups, including the re-scheduled from 2021 sold-out Big Spruce Brewing vs. Upstreet Craft Brewing Showdown on March 30 and an exciting ‘Celebrating 25 Years Edition’ with local mainstay breweries, Garrison Brewing Co. and Propeller Brewing Company on August 27.

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


If you’re looking for some great rock’n’roll fun on a Saturday night, you can’t go wrong with The Carleton’s house band, Tevon Tynes & The Superstatics. Made up of some of the best musicians in the city, they play an array of killer covers and originals and, yes, you can dance to them!

We suggest you buy advanced tickets online because they routinely sell out, but the good news is that those are only $8 + HST. Bring a gang, you can thank us later!

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…

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
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