With the Argyle and Grafton Streetscape scheduled for completion on October 31, it’s time to celebrate the end of 21 weeks of construction, a beautiful new pedestrian-friendly shared street, and a revitalized entertainment district. Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) is excited to throw the ultimate street party on November 4, from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. The Argyle Grafton “Share the Street Party” is a full day of family fun, games, six live musical acts, on-street performances, two beer gardens, and a showcase for businesses in the area. The headlining act is Skratch Bastid, a Halifax born and raised DJ that has been performing internationally for the past 15 years. All live performances and games are free and open to the public.
“This is an exciting time for Downtown Halifax,” said Paul MacKinnon, DHBC Executive Director. “After many years of working towards a new streetscape and getting through weeks of construction, the project is finally done. The businesses are ready to welcome new visitors and loyal customers to their ‘new home’ on the street.”
An official grand opening ceremony procession will kick off the day with a paving stone reveal with Mayor Mike Savage and the 36th Halifax Pipe Band, starting at 11:00 am on the Grafton Street block, between Carmichael and Prince Streets. The procession will then continue on foot to the Argyle Street south block, between Sackville and Blowers Streets with the placement of the final paving stone.
As part of the celebration, there will be two outdoor, fenced-in, licensed Beer Garden areas. One Beer Garden will be located on Argyle Street North, between Sackville and Prince Streets (in front of the future location of Antojo). The other Beer Garden will be located on Argyle Street South, between Blowers and Prince Streets (in front of Neptune Theatre). The Beer Gardens will operate from 12:00 noon to 11:00 pm and will be 19+.
At 9:00 pm, the entire Argyle Street North block will become a 19+ licensed area. Alcohol purchased outside will not be permitted inside and alcohol purchased inside will not be permitted outside. The Argyle Street South Beer Garden will be fenced-in until the end of the event at 11:00 pm. This block will not be licensed and will be all-ages.
This celebration will be an example of how the new streetscape will facilitate new animation on the street and larger-scale special events. For updates and full schedule, visit downtownhalifax.ca/sharethestreet or like the Downtown Halifax Facebook page and follow @DowntownHalifax on Twitter.
About the Argyle and Grafton Streetscape Project
The Argyle and Grafton Shared Streetscape is an HRM project that will transform sections of Argyle and Grafton Streets and contribute to a more people-focused, vibrant downtown. It will create a shared space thoroughfare between major destinations and the flourishing entertainment district to be enjoyed by residents, businesses, and tourists. The project includes a completely new streetscape design for Argyle Street between Blowers and Prince and for Grafton Street between Prince and Carmichael Streets. The new streetscape will remove barrier curbs, create a mixed-use space, and will provide sidewalk enhancements on Prince and Carmichael Streets between Argyle and Grafton Streets.
About Skratch Bastid
Having rocked the bar many times, Skratch Bastid is now ready to raise it. In 2012, The Bastid has become one of Canada’s most in-demand DJs and respected producers but don’t think it happened overnight. From his humble beginnings a decade ago as a teenager in Halifax – pumping out mixtapes from his bedroom and earning a loyal following already back then – he slowly spread his skills first at DJ competitions like DMC, ITF, and Scribble Jam and now around Canada and the world as a widely recognized go-to guy for party-rocking. The illest redhead on turntables has since gone viral.