The Master Musicians of Halifax

As the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all of us in extraordinary ways and disrupting our daily lives, the 2022 Master Musicians of Halifax season has been postponed with the exception of a few private shows. Please hang in there, stay safe and join us in 2023.

For the few private shows that are being staged, they reflect all public health and safety protocols. Please be sure to wear your mask and practice social distancing.

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Book Early

Only 64 seats are available per show!

Wednesday evenings in July and August
Settle into a historic downtown Halifax venue The Old Triangle, in their charming private An Seanchai room. Drinks and dinner at 6:45 pm | Master Musicians at 8:00 pm



Who we are

The Master Musicians of Halifax are drawn from a collection of the top musicians in Halifax. We’ve all played together many times—in each other’s bands, on each other’s gigs, backing-up headliners, in recording sessions, and at countless live music events.

Throughout the year we’re all busy working gigs with various bands, tours, concerts, musical theatre, club work, corporate events, private parties, festivals, and house concerts . . . and now we’re having a blast playing together every Wednesday in July and August.

What and how we play

The show is produced by Mike Cowie, and in it you’ll hear a non-stop 90‑minute live music performance featuring a delightfully eclectic mix of musical styles—you’ll recognize all the music we play.

It’s all about the music!

This show is inspired by east coast Canadian folk music, traditional fiddle tunes, classic rock, R&B, operatic arias, Sinatra‑standards, blues, and classic country, among other styles. Soulful lead vocals, vocal harmonies, instrumental solos, and tight group ensemble playing are featured.

No song is ever played the same way twice. The rules are: be true to the song, be true to the group sound, and play your ass off. It’s all about the music.

What is a Master Musician?

Have their own individual sound and great technical proficiency on their instrument

Can read music and play by ear

Can play authentically many different styles of music

Can make the other musicians they play with sound better

Can hear and react to everything the other musicians are playing in real time

Can move an audience emotionally


The Master Musicians of Halifax have performed with:
Celine Dion, Anne Murray; Bryan Adams; Gino Vanelli; Frankie Vallie and The 4 Seasons; Ian Tyson’s Great Speckled Bird; Leslie Gore; Joan Rivers; Jerry Seinfeld; Rodney Dangerfield; Regis Philbin; The Temptations; Mary Wilson from the Supremes; Dusty Springfield; Peter Noone from Herman’s Hermits; Jan Arden; Bobby Arvon; Denny Doherty from The Mommas and Papas; Vera Lynn; Moe Koffman; Gene MacLellan; Holly Cole; BB King; Heather Rankin; Jimmy Rankin; Bruce Guthro; Measha Brueggergosman; Sloan; Lennie Gallant; Rita MacNeil; John Allen Cameron; Matt Minglewood; Ashley MacIsaac; Richard Wood; Gordie MacKeeman; Dutch Mason; Jean Stapleton; Jeri Brown; Warren Chiasson; Goddo; Doug Mallory; Shirley Eikard; Jonathan Edwards; Sing-a-long Jubilee; Symphony Nova Scotia; Lu; Paty Cantu; Agrupación Cariño; Rodrigo Dávila (Motel); Joe Demikeli (Madison); Vinnie Moore; Jon Finn; Víctor Mendoza; Kimberley Locke; and RJ Helton

Composers and Artists in our Repertoire

Leonard Cohen; REM; Prince; The Velvet Underground; Cowboy Junkies; Muddy Waters; Jimmy Reed; Louis Armstrong; Frank Sinatra.. all the great American Songbook composers; Chuck Berry; Al Green; Sam Cook; Bob Marley; Bruce Springsteen; Bob Dylan; Willie Dixon; Sting; Ray Charles; Chris Isaak; Rolling Stones; Beatles; Guns ‘n’ Roses; Nirvana; Thelonius Monk; John Coltrane; Johnny Cash; Whitney Houston; Buffalo Springfield; Hank Williams; Frankie Vallie; Joni Mitchell; Elvis; Tom Waites; Smokey Robinson; The Temptations; Stevie Wonder; Rickie Lee Jones; David Bowie; Henry Mancini; Kris Kristofferson; Billy Joel; Elton John; John Lennon; Sade; Peggy Lee; Jimmy Hendrix; Conway Twitty; Miles Davis; Sheryl Crow; Annie Lennox; Nat “King” Cole; Spandeau Ballet; Burt Bacharach; Graham Townsend; Ward Allen; Jay Unga; Dan R MacDonald; and John Morris Rankin


Making reservations for The Master Musicians of Halifax saves you money and may help you get a better seat—first-come first-served. If you reserve, doors open for you at 6:30 pm and admission is only $25* per person cash at the door.

*15% tax included. Food, beverage + gratuity are extra. No reserve seating—first-come first-served.


We’ll see you there!


The Master Musicians of Halifax
The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse
An Seanchaí Room
(pronounced un shawn-a-hee)
5136 Prince Street, Halifax