Raise a glass to the weekend with these Sure Things

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OBEY Convention takes your eardrums on a trip, STAGES Fest shares tons of quirky-cool theatre, Stillwell taps the best craft beers coast to coast and Hillsburn comes home with its epic new record this weekend.

Just in time for the Canadian Brewing Awards, Stillwell crowns its own favourite suds at both the bar and beer garden locations. - INSTAGRAM/COM/BARSTILLWELL PHOTO
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  • Just in time for the Canadian Brewing Awards, Stillwell crowns its own favourite suds at both the bar and beer garden locations. 

Dartmouth Makers Spring Market
Friday, Saturday
Get your mitts on gadgets, goodies and gifts of all sorts at this market filled with handcrafted gold by local artisans at Christ Church Hall. more deets

Grand National
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
To celebrate the Canadian Brewing Awards' touching down in Halifax, Stillwell raises a glass to its 30-ish favourite producers nationwide (some of which have never been poured on the east coast). With beers being tapped all weekend long at both the Barrington Street bar and Stillwell Beergarder on Spring Garden Road, suds fanatics will wanna follow along on social media so they don't miss a drop. more deets

Contralto screening
Friday  
It's the Canadian premiere of composer Sarah Hennies' experimental documentary. Contralto follows a cast of transgender women speaking, singing and performing vocal exercises, examining the relationship between gender and sound. See it at the Halifax North Memorial Library. more deets

In The Shadows
Saturday
This staged reading, part of the STAGES Theatre Fest, is best described by LunaSea Theatre: "In the Shadows is a Lovecraftian, feminist, horror story set in Nova Scotia in 1920. In the play, the Great War has ended and Halifax is still recovering from the Explosion of 1917. Dottie Inglis is a librarian and closeted lesbian who stills talks to her long-dead grandmother. Widow Mamie Spares is an old school friend and secret crush who shows up in her office looking for help. Mamie has inherited some strange property in the Rawdon hills and asks her old friend to accompany her out into the country to inspect the properties." See it at Neptune Theatre's Scotiabank Stage. more deets

Argyle Fine Art makes way for new works with a sale on limited-edition prints. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
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  • Argyle Fine Art makes way for new works with a sale on limited-edition prints. 

Hindsight is 20/40
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Rebecca DuBois explores the concept of memory through overlapping canvases that collage certain moments from her past at this Anna Leonowens Gallery show. more deets

Extra long print sale
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
A less-than-half-price sale on limited-edition prints means Argyle Fine Art is ready to help spruce up your walls. more deets

Walking the Littoral
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Another Anna Leonowens Gallery show, this exhibit sees Alicia Hunt's cloth structures explore concepts of belonging and displacement. more deets

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Material Remains
Saturday, Sunday
A collection of textile-based works from Mount Saint Vincent University's permanent collection, Material Remains explores gender politics and current events with household scraps like table linens and bedding. See it on display in the school's gallery. more deets

Hillsburn shreds The Marquee this weekend with your new favourite band No, It's Fine. - LENNY MULLINS PHOTO
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  • Hillsburn shreds The Marquee this weekend with your new favourite band No, It's Fine. 

June Body w/Shuteye, Eyeball Kid, Ursa Bright
Thursday 
Alt-pop-rock trio June Body celebrates its new album at this slick Gus' Pub show. more deets

Hillsburn album release show w/No, It's Fine., David In The Dark
Saturday 
Fresh, folky indie-rock gem Hillsburn celebrates its long-awaited sophomore effort, The Wilder Beyond, with an equally wild party featuring the playful lyricism of No, It's Fine. and David In The Dark's sun-soaked sound at The Marquee. more deets

Feist
Friday, Saturday 
What a Pleasure to see the "1234" singer share The Reminder from the Rebecca Cohn stage that hers will always be one of the country's most sweeping, swelling voices. more deets

Un Blonde w/Anaïs Maviel, Markus Floats
Sunday
If you're only going to see one show at this weekend's OBEY Convention, it should probably be this one, with critical darling Jean-Sebastian Audet's solo project Un Blonde seeing the walls between avant-funk and low-key soul crumble.  Here, he shares the stage at Fort Massey United Church with percussion-based sound healer Anaïs Maviel and Markus Floats, a musician exploring the possibilities of real-time digital signal processing. But really, you shouldn't limit yourself to one OBEY show. more deets

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