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This Halifax Funeral Home Has The City’s Most Unique Open Mic Night – We’re Told People Are Dying To Go

Noah Tye is no stranger to the open mic scene around Halifax. He runs open mic nights at various pubs around the city but one of his newer locations is raising some eyebrows.

Tye was contacted during the pandemic by Caroline McQuillan-Cook, a grief counselor at Cruikshank’s Funeral Home on Windsor Street in Halifax. She had a vision to operate an open mic night in the funeral home’s chapel, a 120 seat room with a stage and great acoustics.

Photo: Noah Tye (Facebook)

Was it an April fool’s joke? Tye was contacted by McQuillan-Cook on March 31 and he thought it may have been, but he went with it. By June when pandemic restrictions eased they had their first show. Twenty-five people signed up to perform.

“Maybe it was out of morbid curiosity.” Tye told Nova Scotia Buzz. “Staff came out, families came, the community came, music heals.”

Of course, there are the jokes on social media including “Grateful Dead covers only,” “People are dying to get in,” and many more.

All jokes aside, Tye says the monthly open mic night at Cruikshank’s Funeral Home is the coolest music thing he has been a part of. The concept has even been turned into a play and performed.

Halifax’s most unique open mic is held on the last Wednesday of the month at Cruikshank’s Funeral Home from 6:30pm until 9:30pm. It’s open to anyone of all ages and is fully accessible.

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