Have a memorable Memorial Cup kickoff weekend with these Sure Things

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A roller disco party, Mayworks Festival's climate change cry, Motorhead-y metal from Pale Mare and, of course, the first weekend of the Memorial Cup makes for an extra-memorable weekend.

After a year of waiting, the Memorial Cup kicks off Thursday week in Halifax, making downtown the spot to be as the Mooseheads battle for the Cup and a host of local favourites play free concerts. - DAVID CHAN PHOTO
  • David Chan photo
  • After a year of waiting, the Memorial Cup kicks off Thursday week in Halifax, making downtown the spot to be as the Mooseheads battle for the Cup and a host of local favourites play free concerts.

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Saturday

Mayworks Festival—the fest blending arts and activism as it explores life for the working class—continues with this 250-minute piece by performer and artist Colleen MacIsaac. A meditation on climate change and human habits, you can catch snippets (or sit for the whole thing, you champ) at Glitter Bean Cafe. more deets

Memorial Cup: Prince Albert Raiders vs Halifax Mooseheads
Friday

As the Memorial Cup gets underway, this game provides a rare chance to see a west coast team while also letting you check in on the hometown effort, too. It all goes down at the Scoitabank Centre. more deets

Brundibár: A Children's Opera
Saturday, Sunday

The Halifax Theatre for Young People presents this written-for-children opera, which was penned in Prague in 1938 and performed at Jewish orphanages and concentration camps across the German occupation. The tale of children who are chased from the marketplace by a cruel organ player is billed as "light-hearted and a great opportunity to introduce children and youth of all ages to the topic of the Holocaust and racial discrimination." See it at Sir James Dunn Theatre. more deets

Coffin Skate's roller disco
Friday

An old-school roller disco par-taaay—complete with lights and a DJ—to get your spring started with peak That '70s Show vibes. An after party in the upstairs lounge of the Mayflower Curling Club keeps the good vibes rollin'. more deets

If you've yet to catch the MSVU gallery's sprawling retrospective of boundary-pushing photography by James R. Shirley, this weekend is your last chance. - JAMES R. SHIRLEY ARTWORK
  • James R. Shirley artwork
  • If you've yet to catch the MSVU gallery's sprawling retrospective of boundary-pushing photography by James R. Shirley, this weekend is your last chance.

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Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

A smattering of works from the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery's permanent collection, this show acts as a study in contrasts, with opposing subject matters, compositions and, yup, sizes facing off on the gallery walls. more deets

James R. Shirley: Landscapes from the Soul
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

It's your last weekend to catch the Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery's retrospective to James R. Shirley, an artist of the ilk of photography giants like Robert Frank, who used pinhole cameras and negative tampering to create his one-of-a-kind snaps. more deets

Illuminations
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The National Metal Collective presents this group show celebrating the contributions of Canadian women in the arts at the Mary E. Black Gallery. more deets

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Still Under
Saturday, Sunday
Fionnuala Reynolds' explorations of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef fuel colourful canvases capturing the altered sensory experience of diving, and the otherworldly organisms living below the waves. See the show at Hermes. more deets

Imagine Motorhead slowed down and you can imagine Pale Mare, the next big thing in Canadian metal. - SAMANTHA CARCASCOLE PHOTO
  • Samantha Carcascole photo
  • Imagine Motorhead slowed down and you can imagine Pale Mare, the next big thing in Canadian metal.

Silverwigs w/Cuddlefish 3000
Thursday
Hooky pop-punk all the way from Japan, Silverwigs is doling out sonic tonic you don't wanna miss. Sharing the bill (and an upcoming split LP) is Cuddlefish, the heavy, Jawbreaker-influenced pop punk act from Georgia and Montreal. Catch the show at Radstorm. more deets

Pale Mare w/Enemy Designed, Doom Machine, Halva
Saturday
Stoner-sludge outfit Pale Mare could be called Motorhead slowed down or Sleep sped up. See it at Gus' and know you're catching a glimpse of Canadian metal's next big name. more deets

Onyx w/L'Nu Joker, CHELL, X-Plycit, It's Mackie and more
Sunday

The two remaining members of the iconic early '90s hardcore hip hop group come to eastern Canada for the first time, ready to burn your ears with fiery hot bars at The Marquee. more deets

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Sloan
Saturday

Day two of the free, open-air fest on Argyle Street that boasts a host of the city's biggest names—and, oh yeah, day two of the Memorial Cup—continues with this set by the the landmark Halifax-born band. more deets

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