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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

2017 Order of Nova Scotia Investiture Ceremony

As Chancellor of the Order of Nova Scotia, His Honour The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, was pleased to invest the 2017 appointees into the Order of Nova Scotia at a ceremony held at Province House today. "On behalf of The Queen and all Nova Scotians, I extend my sincere congratulations to the 2017 appointees to our province’s highest honour,” said Lt-Gov Arthur LeBlanc. The 2017 appointees are: Bradford J. BARTON, CM, ONS Dartmouth Geraldine Marjorie BROWNING, ONS, DHum (Hon) Centreville, Kings Co. R. Irene D’ENTREMONT, CM,...
Sunday, November 5, 2017

Registration is now open for the sixth and final event of the Fall 2017 Series of Evenings @ Government House on 21 November 2017 featuring a Halifax Explosion Commemorative Concert by the Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra.

Under the direction of conductor/composer Peter Allen, Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert to commemorate the Halifax Explosion. This event will also feature readings from the diary of Frank Baker who was onboard HMCS Acadia at the time of the explosion and a reading of her poem marking the Halifax Explosion by Halifax Poet Laureate Rebecca Thomas. Please note that this event is will be located at Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library. To register call 902-424-7001 or go to
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

This event is fully subscribed. Registration is now CLOSED for the fifth event of the Fall 2017 Series of Evenings @ Government House on 14 November 2017 featuring a Halifax Explosion historical presentation by Dr. Roger Marsters.

To commemorate the centenary of the Halifax Explosion, Dr. Roger Marsters, Curator of Marine History with the Nova Scotia Museum, will give a talk on the cultural landscapes of Halifax Harbour at the time of the 1917 Explosion. The Narrows of Halifax Harbour channels the productive capacity of the North American continent through an enduring indigenous landscape to the global maritime world. When the Belgian Relief ship Imo crossed The Narrows on December 6th, 1917, striking the explosives-laden Mont-Blanc , worlds collided. Roger Marsters draws on his experience curating the Maritime Museum...
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

This event is fully subscribed. Registration is now CLOSED for the fourth event of the Fall 2017 Series of Evenings @ Government House on 31 October 2017 featuring renowned Nova Scotian folklorist and folksinger Clary Croft.

On this special Halloween Night, Clary Croft will present “Halloween Hauntings – Supernatural Folklore in Nova Scotia” Clary Croft is cited in The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada for his contribution to Maritime folklore and his ongoing research into the traditional music of the Maritime provinces. His career encompasses television, stage, film, radio, recordings and publications. From Symphony Nova Scotia to Sesame Street, Clary’s work has taken him across Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan. His own recordings showcase his love of the traditional music of the...
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Nocturne: Art at Night 2017

Government House is once again pleased to be a featured site as part of Nocturne: Art at Night. From 6:00 PM to Midnight on Saturday, 14 October 2017, guests are invited to tour the ground level of Government House, Canada’s oldest vice-regal residence, and view the following two presentations: Nova Voce, Nova Scotia’s provincial men’s choir, will perform throughout the evening in the Ballroom. Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia will display its “Witnesses to a New Nation” exhibit. This exhibit features photographs of buildings that saw Confederation. This exhibit...
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Registration is now open for the third event of the Fall 2017 Series of Evenings @ Government House on 17 October 2017 featuring singing sensation Reeny Smith.

In conjunction with the Halifax Pop Explosion, this event will feature Reeny Smith. Reeny is a talented, 25-year-old R&B/Pop artist from North Preston, Nova Scotia who has been singing and playing the piano since the age of five. Reeny was selected for the Portia White Award for Excellence in Vocal Performance in 2011, along with a scholarship from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust recognizing her outstanding musical attributes. Also in 2011, Reeny won the African Nova Scotia Music Association (ANSMA) Up and Coming Artist Award, the Black Cultural Centre President's Award, and was selected...
Monday, October 2, 2017

Message from the Lieutenant Governor on Treaty Day 2017

As The Queen’s representative in Nova Scotia, it is my pleasure to extend warm greetings on the occasion of Treaty Day 2017. To honour this special day, the Mi’kmaq Flag was raised at Government House this morning and the flag will fly there for the full duration of Mi’kmaq History Month. There is a special relationship that exists between the Crown in Nova Scotia and the First Nations peoples of this province. I am truly honoured to play a role in the relationship as I commence my term as Lieutenant Governor. All Nova Scotians can celebrate and take great pride in the rich...
Monday, October 2, 2017


This morning Their Honours The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, and Mrs. Patsy LeBlanc attended the installation ceremony of Her Excellency The Right Honourable Julie Payette, CC, CMM, COM, CQ, CD, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada. Her Excellency was sworn-in as Canada’s 29 th Governor General inside the Senate Chamber on Parliament Hill, Ottawa. A biography of Mme Payette may be found at the following link:
Wednesday, September 20, 2017


In fulfilling one of his most important constitutional roles, His Honour The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, will open the First Session of the 63rd General Assembly of the Nova Scotia legislature on Thursday, 21 September by reading the speech from the throne at 1 p.m. The speech will be televised live and will be available online. Legislative Television will broadcast the ceremony on Eastlink Digital Cable channel 95 and Eastlink Digital Cable channel 630 in high definition, Bell Community One channel 1, and Bell Community One channel 401, starting...
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Registration is now open for the second event of the Fall 2017 Series of Evenings @ Government House on 3 October 2017 featuring a choral presentation by Les Voix d’Acadie.

The vocal ensemble Les Voix d'Acadie, the French beacon choir in the Halifax Regional Municipality, will begin its 44th season with a concert at Government House. For this occasion, the choir will not deviate from its varied repertoire of songs ranging from pop folk with frequent jazz infiltration and of course its choir-interpretations of the great songs of the Acadian repertoire. The vocal ensemble les Voix d’Acadie is a four-part, francophone choir made up of approximately 40 members from the Halifax Regional Municipality. Its mission is to promote and introduce francophone music...