Bring Halifax culture home with The Coast's arts streaming guide May 11-17

Your can't-miss streams to keep social despite the distance.

click to enlarge Reeny Smith, local R&B royalty, performs Tuesday night. - IAMREENY.COM SCREENSHOT screenshot
Reeny Smith, local R&B royalty, performs Tuesday night.

Monday May 11

Trivia for Shut-ins

Halifax trivia hosts-about-town Jason Dorey and Andrew Evans have shifted their popular triv game from pubs like Durty Nelly's, the Lion's Head and The Fickle Frog, to a Facebook livestream. Three 20-question rounds will challenge, amuse and delight, and with no prizes on the line, you won't even mind missing a few answers. The stream opens every Monday at 7pm, first question at 7:30.

DIY Fabric Flowers Tutorial

Nocturne, art's biggest night out, is aiming to help us keep in the creative spirit while we all stay in. The fall fest has announced it'll be teaming up with local artists to share some DIY tutorials over the next month. (Your paint night could never!) First up? Emily Lawrence shows how to DIY some fabric flowers out of scraps and some buttons. Peep the tutorial here.

Tuesday May 12

Reeny Smith

The local R&B royalty brings her soaring singing voice to a 7:30pm Facebook livestream that'll take your spirits skyward. Get to know Smith—and her excellent, empowering album WWII: Strength. Courage. Love. here.

Dog Island live

Your fave local, culturally marxist podcast goes live as part of Mayworks 2020 festival lineup. Things kick off on Twitch at 7pm.

Kristen Martell

The singer-songwriter who's work is the aural answer to liquid sunshine keeps up her house show streak with another Tuesday night tune-fest. Hit up Facebook or Instagram at 10pm to follow along and bliss out.

Thursday May 14

T. Thomason

The powerhouse voice and killer guitar behind one of 2019's best albums delivers a Facebook livestream that promises to be equal parts sparkle and scar tissue. It kicks off at 7pm and if you're not already able to sing along word-for-word, you can catch up here (thank us later).

Rey D. w/Mahalia Smith

From hip hop to reggae, this double bill will cover all your musical cravings. Catch it at 7pm on the African Nova Scotian Music Association's Facebook page.

Symphony Nova Scotia

Miss hearing classical music IRL? The Symphony's got the cure with these new, weekly showcases. The first one kicks off Thursday at 7:30pm and you can watch via Facebook or Youtube.

Friday May 15


Zuppa Theatre continues to push your mental boundaries of what a play can be—this time, taking you on a virtual walking tour that can be done anywhere (yes, even in your apartment) while asking big questions about what health means and how communities can stay healthy. An app-guided audio tour that was created at a social distance and is made to be experienced that way, the play is part of the 2020 Mayworks Festival. Get the full details here and enjoy the show any time from May 15 to 31.

Behind the Queens: From the creators of Broadway BoyZ

The creators stars of the 2019 Fringe musical revue Broadway BoyZ take us backstage for a glimpse into their worlds. Part of the 2020 Mayworks Festival, it all goes down at 7pm via Facebook livestream.

Michael R. Denny

EVERYSEEKER Fest kicks off with an opening concert by this Mi'kmaw singer, held at 7pm on Facebook Live.

Rose Cousins' songwriters' circle w/Ed Robertson, Tenille Townes, William Prince

"Against an arrangement of piano, drums, trumpet and valve trombone, Cousins sings about mornings full of fresh coffee and sad songs, about days full of making travel plans and scrolling through her phone. It's an introvert's dream," wrote The Coast about Cousins' newest LP, Bravado, back in early March. We're still obsessed with the album and trust you will be, too—so what better time to see Cousins in action? The show goes on (line) at 9pm on Youtube, Facebook or CBC Gem.


The neo-soul revival starts with Aquakultre's new LP, Legacy—which is celebrated at this EVERYSEEKER show with a live, acoustic performance and interview with Bria Miller. It's all happening over on Instagram at 8pm. Oh, and if you're not yet listening to Legacy on repeat? Let The Coast's virtual cover story from last week make up your mind.

No, It's Fine.

The funny, honest indie rock of No, It's Fine. has made The Coast a fan since the jump. There's still room for you on the bandwagon, though, so why not tune into the 8pm livestream on Instagram, which the frontperson Cailen Pygott kindly reminds you will be over before RuPaul's Drag Race starts?

Saturday May 16

Steve Poltz

An 8pm Facebook livestream by the guy who routinely sells out The Carleton. It's not the same as hitting up the downtown live music gem, but for now it'll do.

Matt Mays

If you wanna drink up the fresh air feeling while not being able to get out all that much, Mays is your man—he's the only one besides Tom Petty who can make you feel like you're driving with the top down, full-blast when you're actually just sitting still. Catch the vibes on Youtube at 9pm.

Roxy Mercier w/Jacob Strang

Two local music mainstays share The Carleton's stage from social distance. Tune in via Facebook at 7pm.

Sunday May 17

Jenn Grant

The honey-throated singer-songwriter has been wooing ears for years—but her latest, Love, Inevitable, will be the final push to make anyone unconvinced (however unlikely) fall for her sweet sound. See for yourself here and get tix for  Grant's 6pm live show here

About The Author

Morgan Mullin

Morgan is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at The Coast, where she writes about everything from what to see and do around Halifax to profiles of the city’s creative class to larger cultural pieces. She’s been with The Coast since 2016.

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