The Carleton Turns 7! (I know, feels like more years than that)…


The Carleton turns 7 next week and we’re doing a bunch of nice things to promote that celebratory fact. Things get underway on Mother’s DaySunday, May 10th – with the astonishingly good, Juno Award-winning, Meaghan Smith.


Our show is the only one she’s doing after postponing her Canadian tour. It’s a very rare chance to see this Sire Records recording artist in her home town. Show time is 8 PM and tickets are $25.

Sensational Australian songwriter Jordie Lane (one of our absolute favourites) brings Clare Reynolds with him for a just-announced (we found out he was hanging out in Chester with Old Man Luedecke!) duo show on Wednesday, May 13th.


This will be Jordie’s first headlining show at The Carleton and it’s about time. The show will start at 8 PM and tickets are only $10 at the door. Our pal Jont (just finishing an album with help from Joel Plaskett and now performing as The Infinite Possibility) and our own Jon Cornwall will be doing short sets to open!

On Thursday night, May 14th, our very good friends The Stanfields perform an exceedingly rare acoustic show to help us during our special week.


The last time the band did this, over a year ago, they sold out three nights. This time around it’s one night only and if you didn’t get your act together to get tickets, you blew it. The show is SOLD OUT.

Fridays are fun nights at our place. They’re all about not sitting down and quietly sitting through an intimate performance, rather an opportunity to rock out, dance, chat and generally let the hair down as they used to say! Friday the 15th we’re featuring some of the new young bands in our midst…


Members of  last year’s winner of Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist In Residence program – The Brood – will join the fantastically-named Owen Meany’s Batting Stance (gotta love a John Irving fan, I say)  along with Campbell Woods and Ostrea Lake to provide entertainment on the night. Live music will start at 10 PM and it’s a measly $5 at the door to get in. You’re welcome…

AND, what would Saturday nights be without the mighty Carletones, the best rock’n’roll house band in Halifax. Featuring most of Matt Mays‘ touring band – including lead singer and star-in-his-own-right Adam Baldwin. They’ll be on stage as usual on the 16th to wrap the week up.


The band usually manages to start making noise at around 10:30 PM and, as always, it’s only $5 at the door to get in. I’m encouraging them to bring along some special guests so come down to see who shows up!


If there’s any justice in the world, we should also have our patio open for the weekend of our 7th anniversary celebrations. When it is, make sure you come out to enjoy the sun and take a look at the progress of the Nova Centre across the street. It’s starting to get, um, LARGE…