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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.

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What A Young Wife Ought To Know

Tuesday January 27, 2015 – Sunday February 8, 2015

Before my sister died, she cursed me, she said: 'Jonny's a twelve-dollar-man and if you marry him it'll be misery.' I’m trying to prove her wrong but I’m starting to despair. I'm starting to think that love is just a strange sort of madness that makes the future go dark, so you don’t think of how all the babies are to be fed on twelve dollars and twenty-five weekly.

Set in 1920s Canada, What a Young Wife Ought to Know tells the story of Sophie, a young working-class wife who has a lot to learn about love, sex, and birth control.

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Decandence

Thursday January 29, 2015 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm

An evening of pure indulgence, Decadence pairs artisanal cheeses and succulent chocolates with wines, a beer and a cocktail from around the world. Cheese kicks off the night as raw cheeses are paired with wine, along with that cheese in a finished dish. The second half of the evening follows suit as raw chocolate and finished chocolate dishes are again paired with wine, showing the complex pairing abilities a single wine can achieve. Students from the Nova Scotia Community College in the Pastry Arts and Culinary Arts Programs master these dishes under the direction of their Chef Instructors and are on hand to serve and explain the dishes as you indulge the night away.

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Nova Scotia Ice Wine Festival

Saturday January 31, 2015 – Sunday February 8, 2015

Join eight participating Nova Scotia Wineries at Grand Pre Winery for two amazing weekends including:

- Wine and food pairings
- Pig roast, bonfire and Raclette in the courtyard
- Photos on the Icewine carpet
- Snowshoe hikes

Participating wineries include:

- Luckett Vineyard
- Blomidon Estate Winery
- Avondale Sky Winery
- L’Acadie Vineyards
- St.Famille Wines
- Domaine de Grand Pré
- Planters Ridge Winery
- Gaspereau Vineyards

Events are taking place Saturday January 31st and Sunday February 1st and Saturday February 7th and Sunday February 8th from noon-4pm. Tickets are $20.00

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Dine Around - The Flavours of NS

Sunday February 1, 2015 – Saturday February 28, 2015

Every year, restaurants across the province showcase an array of Nova Scotia product and creativity at an attractive price during Dine Around. Running for the month of February, three course prix-fixe menus are offered at participating restaurants for the price of $25, $35, or $45 per dinner. Book directly with participating restaurants.

See below for a list of participating restaurants. As menus are confirmed they will be added to this page so keep coming back to see more!

Auction House, Bistro Le Coq, Canvas Resto, Cut, da Maurizio, Delta Barrington, Delta Halifax, Durty Nelly's, Fiasco, Five Fishermen Grill, Five Fishermen Restaurant, Haliburton House, Le Bistro, Moxie's, Onyx, Rock Bottom, Stubborn Goat, The Cellar, The Press Gang, Trendz, Victory Arms, Waterfront Warehouse, and White Point

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Valerie Milot (harp) and Andre Bareil (violin)

Sunday February 8, 2015 at 2:00pm

Valerie Milot and Antoine Bareil are two young musicians with an international reputation and a trunk load of awards. Ms. Milot was the first harpist in almost 100 years to win the prestigious Prix d'Europe. Mr. Bareil, a violinist, has performed the works of Philip Glass and Karlheinz Stockhausen in front of the composers. Violin and harp form an elegant combination of instruments. It is also a rare one; however, this duo have been playing, recording and touring together for over five years, and now, thanks to Debut Atlantic, they are touring Eastern Canada with stops in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. Their crowd pleasing repertoire includes classical works, contemporary Canadian pieces and arrangements of popular composers such as Paul Simon.

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Imbibe: A Cocktail Event

Thursday February 12, 2015 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm

A collection of Nova Scotia's best mixologists brought together to create legendary cocktails for guests to imbibe! With 25 restaurant/bars plus the NSLC you're in for a night of delicious sample size cocktails - more than 40 to be exact - hors d'oeuvres and music make this event the perfect evening out!

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“A Tribute to Fritz Kreisler”

Sunday February 22, 2015 at 2:00pm

When you think about the greatest violinists of the 20th century, the name Fritz Kreisler immediately comes to mind. He was a remarkably versatile artist who won audiences over with his breathtaking virtuosity, undeniable charisma and exceptional talent. This renowned musician, who was both a performer and a composer, could not have found better ambassadors than our young artists to keep his musical mastery alive. Beethoven's “Kreutzer” Sonata, as well as sonatas by Gaetano Pugnani and Eugene Ysaye, music that inspired Kreisler, will also be on the program. Experience the legend! Experience Fritz Kreisler! Close friends Ewald Cheung and Philip Chiu will team up this season in a breathtaking concert. Discover two artists ready to set off fireworks in a repertoire as wild as it is impassioned. A must-see!

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Rare & Fine Wine Tasting

Friday February 27, 2015 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm

With a selection of over 40 wines, rated above 90 points and above by the world's major wine publications, these wines have never been available in Nova Scotia before. Quench your wine palate with world class wines from Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Napa Valley, Piedmonte, Veneto, and Tuscany, amongst many others.

All wines are poured in Riedel Glassware, accompanied by decadent hors d'oeuvres while overlooking the Halifax Harbour with live jazz music. Throughout the night Bishop's Cellar staff will be on hand to help you purchase any wines with which you fell in love.

PREMIUM PACKAGE

New this year we're offering a Premier Rare & Fine Experience! Only 20 tickets will be sold where you will receive a personalized tour through the wines being offered, along with 2-3 additional wines, all from a professional sommelier. Whether you've attended this event before or not, this piece is one for the ultimate wine lover.

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REXY!

Tuesday March 3, 2015 – Sunday March 22, 2015

Meet one of Canada’s longest serving Prime Ministers, William Lyon Mackenzie King, also known as Rexy to his friends. Beginning with his visit to Germany in 1937 and ending with his death in 1950, the play captures an intriguing and cunning Prime Minister who consorted with spiritualists, ghosts and prostitutes, while holding the country together through the conscription crisis of 1944. With special appearances by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Lester B. Pearson, step back in time inside the fascinating mind of this peculiar politician.

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Savour Food and Wine Show

Thursday March 5, 2015 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm

The Savour Food & Wine Show is Atlantic Canada's premier food and wine event, showcasing Nova Scotia's finest restaurants, wines and beverages. Operating now for ten years, it has attracted a wide and dedicated audience to make it 'the' food and wine event of the year!

Over 65 restaurants, wine and beverage merchants create delectable samples allowing you to taste the night away.

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Thibault Cauvin (guitar)

Sunday March 8, 2015 at 2:00pm

Thibault Cauvin is coming back! He has played Carnegie Hall, Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall, London's Wigmore Hall and the Shanghai Opera, and has received standing ovations around the globe. Now, thanks to Alliance Francaise, this amazing guitarist from Bordeaux is conducting a cross Canada tour that includes a stop in Halifax. One reviewer has equated attending his concert to watching Paganini. The superlatives never seem to stop. Music from his recent Scarlatti CD and his “Cities” project, both available on Sony, will be prominently featured in the Cecilia Concert. This is an opportunity to see and hear one of the world's most outstanding classical guitarists, an opportunity that may not come again.

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Quartet La Corde

Sunday March 15, 2015 at 2:00pm

In March of 2013, at the urging of Shimon Walt, the St. Cecilia Concert Society presented a group of four young Dalhousie music students. They had come back, a short time before, from a national competition with glowing reviews. They wowed us! We invited Quartet La Corde back to play again before they all graduate and go on to their individual careers. Heemin Choi and Artem Kolesov (violins), Warda Limaye (viola) and Benjamin Marmen (cello) demonstrate both technical prowess and a passion which imbues their playing with a tremendous emotional impact. In addition to Beethoven's “Razumovsky Quartet”, Hugo Wolf's “Italian Serenade” and Claude Debussy's String Quartet in G minor, staples of the string quartet repertoire, Quartet La Corde will be presenting “Reel to Reel” by recent Dalhousie graduate, Jackson Fairfax-Perry. Come see the future of Canadian classical music!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week

Friday May 8, 2015 – Sunday May 17, 2015

Event details coming soon! Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week will be loaded with amazing events throughout the province, so you may wish to book those holidays now.

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Open Brewery Day

Saturday May 9, 2015

Details coming soon!

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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.

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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 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.

Look for more details in the coming weeks.