The following performing arts organizations are based in Halifax, Nova Scotia or the surrounding area. Most organizations provide student discounts for tickets, or admission by donation. Some also provide free performances.
Cecilia Concerts presents local, national and international classical music in a series of concerts throughout the year in Halifax, Nova Scotia. For more than a quarter century, we have been presenting the best in classical music experiences for Halifax audiences in a welcoming atmosphere and at accessible ticket prices.
Chebucto Symphony Orchestra is a charitable organization that provides performances of classical, popular and culturally diverse music to local and provincial audiences. It is a true community orchestra for musicians of all ages. Musicians range from high school and university students to mid-career professionals to retired community members. Repertoire ranges from the classics to world premieres of modern Canadian pieces.
The Halifax Music Co-op (HMC) is a new non-profit organization determined to make music accessible to everyone. The HMC offers three terms of exciting programming for Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Choir. Admission to most events is by donation.
Concerts are are also recorded and made available on Bandcamp.
The Nova Scotia Mass Choir is a two-time ECMA Award winning multicultural gospel choir based in Halifax, Nova Scotia,Canada. Through both its music and its very composition, the choir actively spreads its message of racial harmony. The choir has performed locally, nationally and internationally, bringing their music and message to concert halls, theatres, churches, schools, and community centers. Through its performances, the choir often reaches audiences that would not normally be exposed to the genre of black gospel music, thereby raising awareness of some of the cultural contributions of African Nova Scotians to the fabric of the province.
Most of the Choir's performances are free admission.
Nova Sinfonia performs concerts of classical, romantic, 20th-century and pops music. Founded in 1995, the symphony orchestra provides an opportunity for professional and amateur musicians to rehearse and perform orchestral repertoire. The orchestra strives to provide a high standard of musical performance as a complement to the professional musical offerings within the community.
One of the goals of Nova Sinfonia is to provide an opportunity for musicians from the Maritimes to perform as guest artists. To this end Nova Sinfonia has engaged young musicians from the community who are at the beginning of their careers, as well as performers who are well established, often bringing them home to Nova Scotia for the performance.
suddenlyLISTEN Music based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, is focused exclusively on exploratory, improvised chamber music and creative art events. The musicians presented in suddenlyLISTEN concerts share a common passion and skill for expressing themselves musically in the moment. Through conscious listening, and a wide variety of artists and aesthetics, suddenlyLISTEN concerts create a sound all their own, embodying openness, cooperation, vulnerability, intelligence and wit.
If you are under age 30 or a full-time student, you can attend any of SNS classical concerts for only $16 per ticket (HST included) with the TD Under-30 Access Price.
SNS classical concerts include all Masterworks and Baroque concerts, as well as Handel’s Messiah, Two Orchestras, Musically Speaking, and Open Waters concerts. Visit the SNS website for more information about concerts eligible for the TD Under-30 Access Price.
Upstream Music Association presents performances that span pan-genre orchestral nujazz, beyond classical, cyber world, experimental music and improvisation. The association also organizes concert series, festivals, workshops and symposia. Receive student discounts on performance tickets.
Scotia Festival of Music is an annual two-week chamber music festival held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, during the first two weeks of June, boasting over fifty public events. Featuring international talent of the highest caliber, the festival offers concerts, recitals, open rehearsals, masterclasses, coaching sessions, lectures, and more.
CKDU streams online and broadcasts in Halifax at 88.1 FM. CKDU is Halifax’s only FM campus-community radio station. It is a volunteer-run, 3200-watt station that broadcasts from Dalhousie University. The station has been broadcasting on FM ratio since 1985.