Top 6: Our favourite events

Exhibition Park hosts Beyond Van Gogh from May 8 to June 12. Photo: Timothy Norris

Exhibitions, concerts, and sports — discover the season’s can’t-miss events 

Starr Skates 
Continuing, Lock 4 @ Starr (162 Ochterloney St., Dartmouth) 
With its then-revolutionary skate design, Starr Manufacturing Company was once a world leader, and helped launch Canada’s ice-sport passion. Today, the Lock 4 @ Starr condo development sits on its former site, and in the lobby, you’ll find an informative exhibition by David Carter, an exhibit design and hockey research specialist. 

Halifax Mooseheads 
March 30, Scotiabank Centre 
The journey to the big leagues is never easy, and COVID has made it a heck of a lot harder for the stars of tomorrow, with two solid years of postponements, cancellations, and games in near-empty rinks. But hockey goes on, and this date with top-tier Saint John is sure to offer the Mooseheads another tough test.  

Photo: Bruce Murray

Halifax Thunderbirds 
Apr. 1, Scotiabank Centre 
It’s the final regular season home date for the Thunderbirds, as they host the Rochester Knighthawks in National Lacrosse League action. After this game, they finish the season on the road; playoffs begin in early May.  

Judas Priest 
Apr. 7, Scotiabank Centre
Pity the heavy-metal purist who has endured umpteen COVID postponements of their date with the legendary Judas Priest. The latest date features opening act Queensryche — a hardcore double bill that’s sure to blow every ear drum in range.

John Cleese 
Apr. 28 to 29, Dalhousie Arts Centre
With An Evening of Exceptional Silliness, 82-year-old British comic John Cleese (AKA “the world’s funniest man”) offers fans the comedic equivalent of a warm bath: you know exactly what you’re going to get, and you’re going to enjoy it — a romp through 50 years of hilarity.

Van Gogh 
Beyond Van Gogh: May 8 to June 12, Exhibition Park
Van Gogh 360: May 27 to July 15, Halifax Forum 
Step inside the masterpieces of Dutch Post-Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh at these immersive exhibitions. From different organizers, each exhibition marries some 300 projections with complementary music. Sprawling over their outsized venues, the shows are designed for pandemic-safe viewing. Advance tickets available.  

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