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Roots of Strings: Music of Syria (Nazih Borish Trio)

World percussionist Nick Halley and Juno-nominated Canadian jazz and classical bassist Roberto Occhipinti join their dear friend Nazih in an enchanting collaboration to benefit Capella Regalis in this second annual “Nick & Friends” fall fundraising concert. Tickets & Info:

July 23-28, 2023 – Boxwood Festival, Lunenburg NS

The Boxwood Festival is back for its 28th season! Nick Halley will be teaching and playing percussion at workshops and concerts through the week of July 23 – July 28, 2023. Headed up by Chris Norman, Boxwood brings together fabulous musicians from around the world for a week-long summer music festival in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia that celebrates traditional folk music and dance in its many expressions. Musicians of all levels are invited to participate in the workshops, and everyone is most welcome to attend the many public concerts. Visit Boxwood’s Facebook page for a full list of concerts, and to register for the workshops — including Nick’s Rhythm Workshop (M-F, 1-2:30 PM) and World Music Ensemble (M-TH, 3-4:15 PM), both held at the Lunenburg Academy!

June 6 – William Walton Facade – Scotia Festival of Music

Nick Halley will appear in the Scotia Festival of Music’s Highlight Concert #8 as one of two “reciters” narrating William Walton’s Façade, performed with an ensemble of instrumentalists. With Façade, Walton (at the age of only 20 years old!) captured the spirit of the 1920s, setting to music the riotously funny surrealist poems by the ultra-eccentric Edith Sitwell. Details & tickets at

June 18 – Season Finale Concert – Capella Regalis Choirs, Halifax

Come hear the newly-formed Girls Choir alongside the Men & Boys Choir at their end-of-season concert, the finale of their four-day tour of Nova Scotia! Expect a feast for the ears including selections from the choirs’ Evensong repertoire this year, songs of the sea, fabulous Paul Halley arrangements for choir, organ, piano, and percussion, and a brand new piece by Nick Halley for the Girls Choir to celebrate their inaugural season. Europe of the Middle Ages dances with Brazil!

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May 5 – Vancouver Chan Arts Centre: The Journeyed Compass with Dinuk Wijeratne and friends

Nick Halley will be joining on percussion the multi-award-winning musicians Layale Chaker, Kinan Azmeh, and Dinuk Wijeratne. These musicians will come together to create highly distinctive music that draws from a confluence of cultural influences. Chaker, a Lebanese violinist and composer, Azmeh, a Syrian clarinetist and composer, and Wijeratne, a Sri Lankan composer, conductor, and pianist, are each known for their inventive and genre-defying work. For this transporting concert, Middle Eastern and South Asian music mix for a soulful program inspired by the idea of what ‘home’ means to us all. Tickets & info.

Feb 18 – Nick Halley & Jon Suters Live at the Riverport Inn

Nick Halley (James Taylor, Oscar Castro-Neves, David McGuinness) is pleased to return to The Riverport Inn with guitarist/multi instrumentalist sensation Jon Suters (James Taylor, Neville Brothers, Ed Mann (Frank Zappa)) to present a dynamic duo. Together, they’ll dive into their combined world, jazz and classical repertoire, to serve up a delicious setlist that promises to delight your ears! Tickets & info here.

Feb 19 – Brazilian Night: A Fundraising Party for Capella Regalis

Join us to celebrate the Carnival season before Lent and raise funds for Capella Regalis! Nick Halley (percussion), Paul Halley (piano), John Suiters (guitar), and other friends will be playing live samba and Brazilian jazz standards from the Rio and Bahia regions. $100 ticket includes $50 tax receipt, full dinner of catered Brazilian fare, one featured Brazilian cocktail, and live Brazilian music. (Dancing is encouraged!) Cash bar for additional beverages. This is a family-friendly event: $30 children’s ticket includes children’s menu. All proceeds benefit Capella Regalis Choirs. Visit for more details.