The Carleton Music Bar & Grill

Upcoming shows

Tuesday, March 28th

Remembering Jay Smith - A Benefit For The Unison Benevolent Fund - 8PM - $27.5

Wednesday, March 29th

Remembering Jay Smith - A Benefit For The Unison Benevolent Fund - 8PM - $27.5

Thursday, March 30th

Halifax Jazz Festival Presents Terry Riley's "In C" + Anteater - 8PM

Friday, March 31st

Delta Hotels Presents - Ron Hawkins (Lowest Of The Low) & The Halifax All Stars + Scrapes - 10PM - $22.5

Saturday, April 1st

The Carletones + The Wicked Deadlys - 11PM

Wednesday, April 12th

Sherman Downey - 8PM - $17.5

Saturday, April 29th

The Mellotones - 10PM

Thursday, May 4th

Dave Gunning - 8PM - $25

Friday, May 5th

ODDs & Steven Page + Jerry Leger & The Situation - 10PM - $35

Wednesday, May 17th

Close Talker + Lost Cousins - 9PM

Thursday, May 18th

Laura Smith & Jay Aymar - 7PM - $27.5

Saturday, June 10th

STEVE POLTZ - Poltzy, El Poltzo - Returns! - 7PM - $25

Sunday, June 11th

STEVE POLTZ - Poltzy, El Poltzo - Returns! - 8PM - $25

All ticket purchases subject to $2.50 booking fee (we don't make money on this folks)

Remembering Jay Smith - A Benefit For The Unison Benevolent Fund

Tuesday, March 28th

2017 marks the fourth year since the untimely passing of our musician friend Jay Smith. To honour his memory - and spirit - we're arranging a celebration of his life and music to benefit the Unison Benevolent Fund at The Carleton on Tuesday, March 28th AND Wednesday, March 29th. Show time each night will be 8 PM and tickets are $25.

This year's event will feature a Halifax All Star Band performing Jay's entire album with able help from guest vocalists Mo Kenney, Dave Sampson, Evan Meisner (Gloryhound), Ian MacDougall (Tom Fun), Mike Ryan (Town Heroes), Andy Patil, Craig Mercer (Jimmy Swift Band) and Mike Morrison - there will be a Rock Ranger reunion - and we'll announce a band to wrap up the night soon!


Photo: Kayla MacLellan

This show will be a Rock'n'Roll affair and there will be standing room, so not the usual "shut up and listen" thing. This night will be a party.

Halifax Jazz Festival Presents Terry Riley's "In C" + Anteater

Thursday, March 30th

The Halifax Jazz Festival presents

+ Anteater on Thursday, March 30 at The Carleton. Show time is 8:30pm and admission is $7 at the door.

In C’ is a modern minimalist piece of music. It consists of 53 musical phrases played sequentially, each repeated an arbitrary number of times before moving to the next. The piece typically lasts between 45 and 90 minutes.

Terry Riley's performance notes for ‘In C’ say that the band should have around 35 musicians. Riley also says you can have fewer. Join bassist Casey Thompson as he gathers together some of Halifax’s finest musicians together to present this epic piece.

An ever evolving ensemble, at the March 30th show expect to hear:
D’Arcy Gray, Michelle Footz, Kye Ehresman, Andrew MacKelvie, Liam Ring, Lukas Pearse, Andrew Jackson, Adam Seto, Ally Fiola, Elizabeth O’Hanley, Evan Mahaney, Brendan Melchin, James Shaw, Casey Thompson, Ross Burns and many more!

Following this musical tsunami will be a set by local modern jazz experiment ANTEATER.

Anteater brings together six of Halifax’s most sought after musicians and thrusts them into a high-intensity exploration of risk and chance. The music of Anteater ranges from dense and chaotic to delicate and free, both seething and soothing. Original & explosive.

Delta Hotels Presents - Ron Hawkins (Lowest Of The Low) & The Halifax All Stars + Scrapes

Friday, March 31st

The Carleton is thrilled to announce that we'll have one of our favourite songwriters - Ron Hawkins from The Lowest Of The Low - appearing with Halifax All Star Band scrapes to celebrate the release of his new album SPIT, SPUTTER & SPARKLE on Friday, March 31st. Sponsored by Delta Hotels, the show will start at 10 PM and admission is $20. Ron is just back from a tour with his Do Good Assassins opening for Blue Rodeo across Western Canada. This'll be a barn-burner folks. Get your tickets NOW!

Ron Hawkins has long been revered as one of Canada’s greatest contemporary singer-songwriters. Prolific as he is, Ron follows up his Feb. 2015 release of Garden Songs, with SPIT SPUTTER & SPARKLE, continuing to exemplify his skills with a word, a hook, a riff and a melody to display some of his finest work to date. Slated for a March 25th, 2016 release via Pheromone Recordings, the album features 11 new originals, including the first single, Beautiful Girl.

As lead singer/multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter of Canada’s legendary Lowest of the Low, Ron Hawkins has enjoyed many accolades through the years:

 In 1996, 2000 and again in 2005, Chart Magazine honoured the group’s 1991 debut album, Shakespeare My Butt, with spots in the top 10 of the Top 100 Canadian Albums of All Time. In 2000 and once again in 2015, Hawkins was voted Songwriter of the Year by NOW Magazine’s reader’s poll.  Also in 2000, Ron received Toronto station 102.1 The Edge’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008 The Lowest of the Low was inducted into the Canadian Indie Rock Hall of Fame and awarded gold records for Shakespeare My Butt.

Over the years, Ron has written and released three additional LOTL albums, five solo discs, three records with his band The Rusty Nails, and in November 2012, Ron and The Do Good Assassins released the double disc Rome. Adding them all up, Spit Sputter and Sparkle is Ron’s 15th album of original material.

scrapes are a five-piece rock band stationed in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Channeling a true appreciation of the thrills and spills of living on the east coast, scrapes specialize in driving pop songs that speak with a loud and honest voice. The result of lifelong friendships and a mutual appreciation of cars that aren’t quite vintage, scrapes combine sturdy rhythms, hot guitars and bossy vocals in a sound that honours rock’s most modest heroes, dad’s old records, and the more surprising aspects of the 1990s. scrapes started with the Lebaron EP in 2013, an album which preceded the live act. In their short time as a band scrapes have competed in the finals of Toronto’s Indie Week Challenge, held a month-long residency at the legendary Carleton Music Bar and Grill, shared the stage with some of Canada’s top rock acts and played scores of shows around the Maritimes.  scrapes are currently sporting a shiny new EP entitled ‘Top of the Stairs’, recorded in Halifax at The Sonic Temple.

The band performed with Ron Hawkins as his Halifax All Star Band during the Halifax Urban Folk Festival in 2015 and will do it again at this show after favouring us with a set of their own, excellent, material!

Sherman Downey

Wednesday, April 12th

Newfoundland's Sherman Downey makes the trek from his native island for a solo show at The Carleton on Wednesday, April 12th. Show time is 8 PM and tickets are $15.

Sherman is one of Newfoundland's best songwriters and as entertaining and engaging a performer as you're likely to see this side of Steve Poltz. His previous band, The Ambiguous Case, won a whack of awards, including the CBC's initial Searchlight competition. That outfit has played The Carleton on numerous occasions and we're looking forward to Sherman's solo outing this time around!

We don't have much time to promote this show so please help spread the good word...



Monday, March 27th

This newsletter is pretty much just a "Reminders" section and I'm doing that because we've got some shows coming up this week that are near, and dear, to my heart and we need to sell more tickets and it also marks the final week of my tenure as owner of The Carleton.

On Tuesday and Wednesday nights we'll be hosting our annual Remembering Jay Smith nights and, while we don't have the usual star power of a Mays or Baldwin (they're both out of town and on the road) the line-up is still stellar. The cause - The Unison Benevolent Fund - is one that exists specifically to help artists, like Jay, in their time of greatest need. Tickets are on the site for $25 but if that's too big an ask, I'm sure we'll be happy to accept whatever you can afford to part with on the nights of the shows. It's more important to me to have people in the room hearing Jay's great songs than anything else, it helps us all stay connected to his memory and he does deserve to be remembered.

The other show I'd love to see packed out is Ron Hawkins - playing with Halifax All Stars, Scrapes. When I first put this show together, I was sure it would be the last night of live music at The Carleton and I chose Ron to be the last act playing for a reason - he's simply one of the best (if criminally under-rated) rock songwriters I've ever seen. We're flying him in specifically for this show and it would be lovely to see as many of your smiling, happy faces as possible as I hand over the club to the new ownership.

It's almost April, spring is coming to the planet and it will usher in a new chapter for The Carleton. I feel optimistic about the future - the club's and mine - so let's celebrate, shall we?


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The Carleton Music Bar & Grill / 1685 Argyle St / Halifax / NS / B3J 2B5 / Canada


The Carleton Music Bar & Grill, 1685 Argyle St, Halifax, B3J 2B5 Canada