Thousands Celebrate on Argyle and Grafton Streets

November 07/17
Thousands Celebrate on Argyle and Grafton Streets

On Saturday, November 4, Downtown Halifax Business Commission’s Argyle Grafton Share the Street Party brought thousands of Haligonians together to celebrate the newly transformed pedestrian-friendly shared street and revitalized entertainment district.

“The Share the Street Party was a huge success,” said Paul MacKinnon, DHBC Executive Director. “The event really showcased the new streetscape and was an excellent example of what can be done in terms of seeing the street as another event venue in Downtown Halifax. This celebration is an example of how the new streetscape will facilitate new animation on the street and larger-scale special events.”

The Argyle Grafton Share the Street Party was 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. In the evening, the Argyle Street north block was transformed into a licensed, outdoor concert space with a 64-foot-long bar, and 800 party-goers on the street for headlining act DJ Skratch Bastid.

The official grand opening ceremony procession kicked off the day with a paving stone reveal on Grafton Street by Mayor Mike Savage, Councillor Waye Mason, Councillor Matt Whitman, Councillor Sean Cleary, and Andy Fillmore, MP, as well as staff members of HRM Planning, and Ekistics Planning & Design. The group led the 36th Halifax Pipe Band to Argyle Street for the tapping in of the last paving stone.

DHBC would like to thank the following performers: 16th Halifax Pipe and Drums, Halifax Circus, Halifax Dance, LACEWOOD, Makayla Lynn, Maura Whitman, Neptune Theatre School’s Youth Performance Company, Skratch Bastid, and Urban Surf Kings.

DHBC would also like thank the following businesses and organizations that contributed to the event: Advanced Systems, Bernie’s Audio, Dharma Sushi, Durty Nelly’s, East of Grafton, F1rst Fence, Freeman’s Little New York, Glow Parties, Halifax Hurricanes, HRM Planning, Jack’s Expert Flush & Toilet Rentals, Jolcar Security, RCR Hospitality Group, Taboo, The Prince George Hotel, Shadow Security, Shwarma Stop, Sparklema!, Trim Landscaping, Virgin Radio, and World Tea House.

About the Argyle and Grafton Streetscape Project

The Argyle and Grafton Shared Streetscape is an HRM project that transformed sections of Argyle and Grafton Streets, contributing to a more people-focused, vibrant Downtown. It created a shared space thoroughfare between major destinations and the flourishing entertainment district to be enjoyed by residents, businesses, and tourists. The project included a completely new streetscape design for Argyle Street between Blowers and Prince and for Grafton Street between Prince and Carmichael Streets. The new streetscape removed barrier curbs, created a mixed-use space, and provided sidewalk enhancements on Prince and Carmichael Streets between Argyle and Grafton Streets.