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Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery

Saturday January 24, 2015 – Sunday April 19, 2015

A terrible crime has been committed and Victorian London’s most celebrated detective needs your help to find out “whodunit”! Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery opens January 24th at the Discovery Centre. This interactive, wildly entertaining and very cleaver murder-mystery will test your powers of observation and deductive reasoning. You will need your deerstalker and your trusty magnifying glass to solve this baffling thriller.

What is the Clocktower Mystery? It’s a crime to solve and an exhibition to experience. The Mystery is presented in eight chapters, each representing a different location. Movement through the exhibit is sequential. Detective Guides will provided to help you record your clue to help guide you to your final resolution.

As visitors enter the exhibit, they find themselves transported back in time. The sights, sounds and smells of turn-of-the-century London greet them at every turn. The first locale is the clocktower, the scene of the crime. The other seven sets that comprise the exhibit range from the clocktower to a seamy dock-side garret. While walking through the scenes, visitors are given clues to the mystery surrounding the murder. These clues-carefully placed as physical evidence among the many period objects in the rooms – such as handwritten police reports, overheard sound tracks of interviews, printed summaries of the events and even tell-tale odors. Each scene is laden with clues and “red herrings”.

Once visitors feel that they can identify the suspect or have reached the final chapter, they find themselves at the door that leads to a study. In the study, an interactive consultation with one of the characters of the story (who is played by a live actor) will guide you through your findings. Visitors are questioned about their conclusions, and the mystery is solved in a dramatic finale.

Join us at the Discovery Centre to solve this mysterious crime. The exhibit experience is ideal as a family outing, school tour or club entertainment. Plan to be involved with the exhibit for about an hour.

Family Fun

Cyclesmith Grand Opening Celebration

Saturday March 28, 2015 – Saturday April 4, 2015

Cyclesmith is celebrating the opening of their new location on Agricola Street (and the hopeful arrival of spring) during their grand opening from March 28th to April 4th. They've have worked hard to get our new store set up to serve you well for the new season and the years to come. There will be a number of exciting offers on bikes and accessories for you during this week. More details to follow on those, but if you're looking for a new bike for the season, this will be the week to buy!

Arts & Entertainment

The Addams Family

Tuesday April 7, 2015 – Sunday May 24, 2015

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky. The weird and wonderful family we all love are brought to life in this hilarious smash-hit musical! Featuring all of your favourite ghouls – Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch. A grown-up Wednesday Addams falls in love with a sweet young man from a respectable “warm-blooded” family. Will their relationship survive the ultimate test? Dinner with both families at the same table! A devilish delight for all ages, The Addams Family is to die for!

Arts & Entertainment

Willem Blois and Cindy Thong

Sunday April 19, 2015 at 2:00pm

Of the 150 or so concerts the St. Cecilia Concert Society has presented over the past seven years, there have been perhaps two that featured two pianos. So it is a rare treat to be presenting Willem Blois and Cindy Thong in a Piano Duo concert. These are two young musicians who grew up in rural Nova Scotia, met while in high school and later studied together under Marc Durand in Montreal. While there, they often spoke about what they would love to play in a piano duo concert if they ever had the opportunity. Well, here is the opportunity. And they are set to make the most of it! They bring a fresh, dynamic approach to the repertoire. There are standards, like Mozart's Sonata in D Major, as well as more contemporary pieces like John Adam's “Hallelujah Junction” and an arrangement of Leonard Bernstein's “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story”. But be prepared for a few surprises too.

Arts & Entertainment

The Trudeau Stories

Tuesday April 21, 2015 – Tuesday May 5, 2015

In 1985, while a student at the National Theatre School in Montreal, Brooke Johnson formed an unlikely friendship with one of Canada’s most prolific politicians, Pierre Elliott Trudeau. It had been a year and a half since he'd stepped down as Prime Minister. Now he was walking to work, taking care of his children and no longer doing pirouettes behind the Queen. Through reminiscences, journal entries and correspondence, this one-woman show brings to life the true story of a remarkable friendship.

Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week

Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week

Friday May 8, 2015 – Sunday May 17, 2015

Join the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia May 8 - 17 as they celebrate Nova Scotia's first-ever Craft Beer Week. These 10 days will be packed with things some amazing craft beer related activities, which include the following signature events:

MAY 8 - Symphony Nova Scotia's Beer & Beethoven
MAY 9 - Open Brewery Day (ta participating breweries)
MAY 10 - The 2015 Stillwell Open (SOLD OUT)
MAY 13 - Beer Cocktail Face-Off at Auction House
MAY 14 - The Science of Beer at the Discovery Centre
MAY 15 - Brews Cruise on the Tall Ship Silva
MAY 15 - Race the Kegs at Gahan House
MAY 16 - Full House at the Olympic Community Centre (85% SOLD)
MAY 17 - Brewers Brunch at The Stubborn Goat

Along with the events listed above, there will be loads of tap takeovers, beer dinners, etc at participating restaurants. We'll do our best to list the best ones here on local connections.ca as they become available.

Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week

Beer & Beethoven

Friday May 8, 2015 at 7:00pm

Join Symphony Nova Scotia Friday, May 8 at the Halifax Forum for Symphony Nova Scotia’s annual Beer & Beethoven fundraiser and help kick off the first ever Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week! This year we’re staying local –musical guest Dave Gunning takes to the stage with our musicians while you enjoy local craft beer (with sampling included from 7 to 8 pm) and meet the brewers.

Long & McQuade is bringing back their musical instrument zone – be sure to stop by and check out the instruments with our some of our musicians. Watch for our on-site fundraiser – funds raised support free community programming and concerts like our Family Series, Symphony Week and our work with school children. More details to follow.

Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week

Open Brewery Day

Saturday May 9, 2015

Visit your local brewery for tours, tastings and to meet your brewer! See how Nova Scotia craft beer is made fresh and delicious.

Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week

The 2015 Stillwell Open

Sunday May 10, 2015

Alright folks, this one should be hot.

In connection with the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia‘s Craft Beer Week, we’re hosting a friendly little showdown we’re calling The Stillwell Open.

It goes like this: The best and brightest breweries from Nova Scotia will go head-to-head on our wall on Sunday, May 10. We provide the challenge—this year, it’s “Brew your best backyard BBQ beer”, an intentionally broad theme that should see a variety of styles on the wall—and Nova Scotia brewers who want to step up to the plate take their best stab at it. We’ll accept 12 breweries/brewers, and then, on the day, serve those beers blind (only numbers on the wall, no names) for one ticketed session where the drinking public gets to judge and vote. Doors then open to the public at 5 pm, voting continues, and then from 6 ’til midnight, we write eliminated beers up on the wall one at a time, every half-hour, until we write the final beer up, at midnight, which will have been chosen by you as the champion of the 2015 Stillwell Open!

(The real winner will be, of course, the beer drinker.)

This non-serious competition will encourage thoughtful beer tasting. As Budweiser would say, these beers will be fussed over! This is also an opportunity to get together with beer fans and brewers in one room and have a party. For breweries, it’ll be a good chance to have your beers evaluated, blind, by your drinking public.

In the kitchen Graeme Ruppel & his crew, true to theme, will be putting out a special menu of backyard BBQ classics all day (and you already know that will be good).

Head over to barstillwell.com/theopen to get your tickets for the afternoon (first beer and first bite included in the ticket price), and/or stop in after 5 pm on Sunday, May 10, to try some amazing new beers!

Arts & Entertainment

Fifth Wind

Sunday May 10, 2015 at 2:00pm

Fifth Wind Quintet, an emerging force on the music scene in Nova Scotia, winds up the 2014-2015 season of Cecilia Concerts. Fifth Wind, masters of a wide range of genres, is composed of some of the finest classical musicians in the province: Jack Chen (flute), Musician in Residence Suzanne Lemieux (oboe), Eileen Walsh (clarinet), Ivor Rothwell (bassoon) and Mary Lee (French horn). Beginning with Giovanni Cambini, the composer who likely wrote the first wind quintet around 1802, Fifth Wind will take us on a tour of “Three Centuries of Wind Quintets”. The wide ranging tour will include works by twentieth century composers Carl Nielsen, Paul Hindemith, and Gyorgy Ligeti.

Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week


Wednesday May 13, 2015 at 7:00pm

Join the Auction House bartenders and your favourite Nova Scotia craft breweries as theydesign and face off with bespoke beer cocktails. Live music and a great time.

Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week

the Science of Beer (at the Discovery Centre)

Thursday May 14, 2015 at 6:00pm – 9:00pm

This fun-filled evening of science is one of the Signature Events during Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week. The event, which will be held at the Discovery Centre in downtown Halifax, will feature a total of 7 "Science of Beer" presentations from a hand-selected roster of local brew experts. Guests will also be treated to 12 different beers from 6 local craft breweries (Boxing Rock Brewing Company​, Garrison Brewing Co.​, North Brewing Company​, Propeller Brewing Company​, Wrought Iron Brewing Company​, and Sea Level Brewing​), and delicious snacks from 3 local eateries, including The Stubborn Goat Gastropub​, Morris East Restaurant​, and Ace Burger Company​.

Here's our list of beer science presentations:

How beer is made.


The mashing process.

Strange ingredients.

Wild fermentation.

Yeast and fermentation.


Ticket booth is NOW OPEN!

Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week

Brews Cruise

Friday May 15, 2015

Cruise the Halifax harbour on the Tall Ship Silva and enjoy craft beer from around Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week

Race the Kegs

Friday May 15, 2015 at 7:00pm

Join the arrival party at Gahan House for conspiracy brews from the North and the South of Nova Scotia. Craftbreweries from across the Province have teamed up to face off for this challenge, whichincludes racing the kegs of their conspiracy brews to Halifax Harbour by sail.

Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week

Full House Craft Beer Fest

Saturday May 16, 2015

Join us on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Olympic Community Centre for the Nova Scotia FULL HOUSE Craft Beer Fest. This event will showcase all members of the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia, so basically it's pretty much all the beers in Nova Scotia in one spot at one time (or two times if you do both sessions). Your ticket purchase includes access to the event, a Belgian-style take-home glass, and 12 beer samples of your choosing. Additional samples will be $1/each, while food will be available by cash purchase. There will also be entertainment, a pop-up craft beer swag shop, and many other amazing things.

PLEASE NOTE: As of March 29, 87% of the tickets are sold, and we're anticipating a sell-out by April 11. We're also sold out on the evening (4-7pm) session as well, though some tickets may become available periodically.

Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week

Brewers Brunch

Sunday May 17, 2015 at 11:00am – 2:00pm

Join The Stubborn Goat Gastropub for a most delicious brunch experience during the final day of Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week.

Grab your Craft Beer Week branded beer glass, which is yours to keep, and the first fill is included in the ticket price, along with the brunch of course. A special selection of craft brews from members of NS Craft Brewers Assocciation will be featured on tap during this event.


Omelets + eggs to order, with a selection of local + imported ingredients
Oulton’s ham, chutneys, house-made mustards
Stuffed leg of lamb, lemon confit, olives
Smashed rutabaga
D.I.Y. Mac 'n' Cheese!


Cedar planked Atlantic salmon
Butter chicken, basmati rice
Roasted vegetable lasagna, house-made ricotta, fire roasted tomatoes
Eggs benedict, hollandaise, chives
Bacon + house-made sausage
Roasted new baby potatoes


Organic greens
Roasted beet + feta salad
Caesar salad with sour dough croutons
House-cured gravlax
Charcuterie + patés
Scanway breads + pastries


Warm waffles
Ice cream + sorbets
Fresh berries

Food & Drink

Brigadoon's Wine & Dash

Sunday June 14, 2015

Save the date, runners, walkers and wine lovers! Brigadoon's newest event, Brigadoon's Wine & Dash, takes place Sunday, June 14, 2015 in Nova Scotia's Gaspereau Valley!

Participants will complete a 10 mile route on foot by running, walking or both and have an opportunity to experience Nova Scotia vineyards in a new way, by enjoying different flavors of Nova Scotia wine along the route! Domaine de Grand Pre*, Luckett Vineyards*, l'Acadie Vineyards*, Gaspereau Vineyards*, located along the route, will host a wine experience and water stop.

This event will bring the community together to create awareness and raise funds for Brigadoon Village, while enjoying some of the most scenic views and tasty wine that the Valley has to offer!

Registration opens Monday, January 19, 2015. For more information please contact Kerri Ann Hillier by emailing kerriann.hillier@brigadoonvillage.org or by phoning 1-888-471-5666.

Food & Drink

Sausage Fest 2015

Saturday September 19, 2015 – Sunday September 27, 2015

Sausage Fest returns to Halifax for a third year, and we have a whole bunch in store. This year we'll kick things off with our flagship event, right on the first weekend, and then will follow things up with a noteworthy collection of pop-up events, and restaurant and market specials. There will also be official beers of Sausage Fest and super-cool swag, and maybe a contest or two.

Full details coming June 2015.