Tidal Bay Takeover! June 1

May 26, 2017

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Each Spring Nova Scotia wineries release their Tidal Bay wines to the world. And they’re taking over our bar on June 1, 7-10pm!

Stop by and meet the winemakers, taste their 2016s, sample some food, and tap your toes to live Celtic tunes from Rankin MacInnis and Cassie & Maggie MacDonand!

AND help us with a very important mission: CHOOSE A TIDAL BAY FOR OUR LIST. That’s right, at the end of your tasting vote for your favourite Tidal Bay by private ballot. The Tidal Bay with the most votes goes on our list beginning June 5. There shall be prizes!

Get your tickets in advance, or at the door!

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Partnered Stage for Jazz Fest!

July 10, 2017

We’re thrilled to be an official partnered stage for the 2017 Halifax Jazz Fest!

We have a stellar lineup of exceptional musicians, playing for you up-close and personal in our music-lovin’ little spot. If you love experiencing jazz this way, pop by! All gigs are  FREE:

Wed, Jul 12 8-11. Jeff Mosher Trio

Thurs, Jul 13 9-12. Bill Stevenson Trio

Fri, Jul 14 9-12. Geordie Haley, Dave Burton, Jamie Gotti

Sat, Jul 15 9-12. Willem Paynter Trio

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Live Jazz with Will Paynter – June 28!

June 27, 2017

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Join us this Wed June 28th 8-11pm for what’s quickly becoming an institution in the Halifax music scene – Jazz Night at Obladee! 🎵

The wildly entertaining Willem Paynter hosts the best musicians – local + abroad – to entertain us all with high-energy, virtuosic performances.

This week, Willem’s award-winning trio featuring Martin Davidson (sax) + Brendan Melchin (drums) return to their stomping ground to play some new killer arrangements, featuring the music of Joshua Redman, Sonny Rollins, Melissa Aldana and Sam Anning.

Did we mention it’s FREE!? See you there, daddy-os!

Live Jazz with Steve Amirault

June 18, 2017


Wed, June 21, 8-11pm join host Willem Paynter for a special night of live jazz night with Toronto based musical sensation Steve Amirault. This highly accomplished jazz pianist will captivate any audience with his virtuoso technique and intriguing pianistic flare.

Nova Scotia-born, Steve is one of the most accomplished artists in Canada. Coming up on his third anniversary of living in Toronto, the Juno award-winning pianist/vocalist has just released his 6th album,“Hold On, Let Go,” to critical acclaim. A St.F.X. Jazz Studies graduate, Steve’s talents have taken him around the world, where he has shared the stage with the who’s who of jazz. Don’t miss the rare opportunity to hear this fantastic musician.

“Steve Amirault is an exceptional artist!” Raul da Gama, The Whole Note.

Joining Mike will be host Willem Paynter on standup bass, Alison Young on sax and Dave Burton on drums! FREE

Live Jazz Hip-Hop Night!

June 12, 2017


This Wed, June 14, 8-11pm we’ve got Jazz Hip-Hop (yes!) featuring keyboardist extraordinaire Leith Fleming-Smith, drummer Matt Thauvette and bassist/host Willem Paynter.

You may have caught Leith smacking you with a wall of sound on tour with Matt Mayes, Roxy and the Underground Soul Sound or one of the other various bands he plays in. Matt, while not busy touring with Mo Kenny or Adam Baldwin, can be found laying down some of the sickest back-beats in the industry.

Joining the trio will be rapper Keegan Fortune. Expect the music of Anderson .Paak, Questlove, J-Dilla, Jedi Mind Tricks and more. Willem will be playing the elusive electric bass, a first for Obladee! And it’s FREE!

Did Someone Say Live Jazz?

May 30, 2017

We are really looking forward to this Wed, May 31 8-11pm!

Benjamin Holt is coming all the way from Denton, Texas for Jazz Night! Ben is a monster guitar player who originated in Halifax but has since been called to the Fort-worth area to play in Gospel, Blues, Rock and Jazz bands.

Joining Ben will be Obladee’s jazz host-with-the-most Willem Paynter (bass), and will feature his main accomplices Martin Davidson and Mike Carroll.

This event is FREE and not to be missed!

2017 Atlantic Canada Wine Symposium!

May 24, 2017

IMG_0900Nothing gets the wine community buzzing like an exciting, new wine region and Atlantic Canada is fast becoming one of the newest darlings. Boasting unique terroir and exciting, individual wines to match, Atlantic Canada is just beginning its climb to wine stardom.

That’s why we’re super excited for the Atlantic Canada Wine Symposium June 11-13. Now in it’s 5th year the conference feels more timely than ever. It’s aimed at anyone working in the wine industry (anywhere) who want the inside scoop on what’s going on wine-wise in Atlantic Canada – from growing grapes, to making wines, to teaching, serving, selling and talking about wine. Professionals and experts from across the wine world will be in attendance, speaking on the most pertinent topics facing the industry today, from organic and biodynamic farming, to minimalist winemaking, new-wave hospitality challenges and consumer education.

It’s sure to be a hotbed of insight, ideas and discussion. Don’t miss out. Get your tickets before they’re gone!

Live Jazz: May 17!

May 16, 2017
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credit: Topher & Rae Studios

This Wednesday May 17 8-11pm Willem Paynter is back at it w/ Donald MacLennan on fiddle, Mike Dalton on gee-tar & Graham on accordion! This will be Willem’s LAST GIG as a NON-MARRIED man! So, grab your friends and come wish him well ❤️
As always, we’ll have great food on offer and WINE DEALS up our sleeves! See you then!

Live Jazz May 3rd!

May 2, 2017

This Wed, May 3, 8-11pm guitarist Jake Hanlon joins Willem Paynter on the Obladee stage! NO COVER!

Jake has imprinted himself on the East Coast Canadian Jazz scene as a composer, performer and educator. Hanlon has studied and performed in Canada and the US and has has earned 2 nominations by the ECMA on projects for Jazz Recording of the Year for his albums as a leader, Follow in 2012 and Autumn Song in 2015.

Joining Jake and Will is fan favourite Martin Davidson on tenor sax!

FEATURED WINES: Domaine Magellan Pézenas – a natural fermented, organic Syrah/Grenache blend from the Pézanas region of the Languedoc; Loimer Langenlois Grüner – indigenous yeasts, certified biodynamic from Kamptal, Austria. Both $10/g tonight only!

FREE Live Jazz April 19!

April 17, 2017

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Host Willem Paynter brings the best jazz musicians in Halifax and pairs them with the most knowledgeable staff and best wine list in town (Willem’s words – not ours! *blush*)

Wed, April 19, 8-11pm violin virtuoso Donald MacLennan will whisk you away with his Manouche hot jazz, accompanied by Willem Paynter (bass) and Mike Dalton (guitar). Featured later in the evening will be hot jazz trumpet master James Ervin!

Donald received an ECMA nomination for his debut manouche record “Belleville”, and the lads are giving audiences at Obladee a sneak peak to their showcase performance taking place at the ECMA’s later in the month.

Also this will be Obladee’s frontman Stefan Nielsen‘s last Jazz Night! Stefan has been the stalwart face of Obladee’s staff for many years and we will be very sad to see him go. Friendly, funny, extremely knowledgeable and always on the ball, Stefan was a large part of why the service at Obladee is always top shelf.

Featured Wines!
RED: Marqués de Longares Reserva – a unique Garnacha/Tempranillo Spanish blend that punches way above its weight! WHITE: Avondale Sky Siegfried – last chance to try this zingy, zany Nova Scotian white before it runs out! BOTH $8/g tonight only!