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Halifax’s The Carleton Music Venue Launches Crowd Funding Campaign To Stay Alive During Nova Centre Construction

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Adam Baldwin's Carletones at the Carleton Music Bar & Grill [Photo: Facebook]

Adam Baldwin’s Carletones at the Carleton Music Bar & Grill [Photo: Facebook]

The Carleton Music Bar & Grill, a very popular live music venue in Halifax, NS, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help it through some financial woes brought on by the construction of the near-by, very large Nova Centre complex.

The Carleton’s owner, Mike Campbell, says his business has been severely hurt by the drop in foot traffic in the downtown neighbourhood because of the construction. He estimates there has been a 30 per cent drop in business since the construction began. He told the CBC that he lost about $300,000 in revenue in 2015 compared to the year before construction started.

Campbell opened the Carleton Music Bar & Grill in 2008 and since then, the venue has won five Music Nova Scotia Awards for Venue of the Year and the ECMA Award for Venue the Year twice and is nominated for the award again this year. It has hosted over 1,000 ticketed shows and Campbell says it’s often considered the best live music venue east of Montreal.

The Nova Centre is the largest construction project in Nova Scotia’s history and when finished, is expected to revitalize Halifax’s downtown. It will comprise an hotel tower, two office towers, the new Halifax Convention Centre, retail space, and Grafton Place, a public pedestrian arcade and more. All of this Campbell agrees is a good thing for the city, but adds in a video on The Carleton’s Facebook page, “in the meantime it is kicking the snot out of our business, mostly through no fault of our own because we just happen to be across the street.”

Campbell says if the venue can’t make through the construction period, the Carleton may have to close, which could result in fewer artists coming to Halifax and be a great loss to the city’s music community.

To get help with this, Campbell has launched a crowd funding campaign through Patreon at Through a combination of small monthly donation, he hopes to raise about $5,000 a month for the duration of the construction to keep the Carleton open.

A number of local and Canadian artists have stepped to lend their support in a video, including Lennie Gallant, Joel Plaskett, Jenn Grant, Barney Bentall, Stephen Fearing, Willie Nile, Eugene Ripper, the band July Talk, and Kendel Carson. All are encouraging their fans to make contributions.

To contribute and find out more, go to
























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