Summer in the City: 2014 Event Roundup

AtlanticaWith only a few weeks left of spring, it seems another Halifax summer is almost upon us. Let’s hope the sun keeps shining, temperatures get back up to normal, and that tourists flock to our great city for another fantastic summer season! One of the reasons Halifax is such a great place to visit during the summer months are our festivals and events. Here are the highlights of some of our favourites…

June 15-22 – MultiFest

Nova Scotia’s multicultural festival is back on the Halifax waterfront near the seaport, offering up numerous booths of delicious ethnic foods you won’t find anywhere else, musical and cultural performances, as well as many activities for the kids — including a yurt dedicated to just children’s performances!

June 19-29 – Magnetic North Festival

We’re happy to be the host hotel for this amazing theatre festival! “Magnetic North is Canada’s only national theatre festival, and showcases the best Canadian theatre from across the country. We bring Canadian stories to life on stage in your community, creating a shared cultural experience that can transform lives. For this year’s event, we’re proud to partner with Halifax’s Eastern Front Theatre, a local company with a national reputation for speaking to the Atlantic Canadian experience.” (

June 29 – July 6 – GOLFest Nova Scotia / Tour

The Nova Scotia golf scene has never seen anything like GOLFest. This premiere event will take place at new Ashburn and feature PGA-level players like DeLaet, Weir, and Hearn as well as the four-day Nova Scotia Open with a grand prize of $650,000!

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July 1-8 – Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

This signature event may not need any introduction, but here’s what the organizers have to say: “Looking for a taste of true Nova Scotia? There’s bagpipes, highland dancers, la culture de l’acadie and military traditions. Hoping for something more modern? The Tattoo also features innovative acrobatic acts, modern music, contemporary dancing, trampoline routines and cutting-edge videos. Don’t miss the world’s largest annual indoor show. Only in Nova Scotia.” (

July 4-12 – TD Halifax Jazz Festival

Always going above and beyond to deliver surprising headliners and a fantastic city festival experience, Jazz Festival in Halifax is a can’t-miss event. Whether you buy a full pass, participate in music workshops or just grab some stand-alone tickets to a couple shows, you can’t beat listening to amazing music on the Halifax waterfront in this capacity. (This year Mos Def, Ghettosocks, Ben Caplan and Carmen Townsend are some of the impressive names.)

July 17-27 – Halifax Pride Festival

The Halifax Pride Parade is some of the most fun you can have in our city. There are other numerous amazing events like theatre, sports, and comedy, over the span of ten days — during the fourth largest pride festival in Canada!

July 30 – August 4 – Buskers Festival

A favourite among tourists and locals alike, the international Buskers Festival lights up Halifax’s waterfront each summer with a variety of dynamic outdoor performances. Great for all ages, this festival bring our waterfront to life with fire-eaters, musicians, dancers, acrobatic performers, magicians and more.


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Happy Victoria Day Weekend!

May long weekend is a special time. For many, it marks the official beginning of summer in Halifax and, hopefully, patio season as well. For a lot of Haligonians it means getting out and cheering on the runners of the Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon, or maybe even participating in it ourselves! One way or another it means having a lot of fun, and if the sun is shining, even better.

We’ve been participating in the 26 Myles Menu as a part of the Bluenose Marathon. This is a three-course price fixe menu, offered in Seasons by Atlantica and other restaurants around town. Our 26 Myles Menu ends on May 19th, so be sure to try and get in this weekend! Here is what our culinary team has put together:

Pan seared scallops, warm potato salad, bacon jam, marinated arugula, regianno and natural jus

Pan sear striploin, king mushroom and potato “chilli”, hunter sausage, toasted benedectine, truffle powder

Lemon curd pie, lemoncello bomb, pavlova crumble, raspberry sauce and raspberry salad

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A look at spring 2014 wedding trends

It feels like I’m often starting off these blog posts with “despite the weather,” but, despite the weather, it’s SPRING and that means… wedding season! Let’s talk about predicted trends, what the experts are saying and what our clients are loving, in the realm of wedding planning this season!

What the Experts See Coming

“Old World Glam” is sweeping both wedding ceremonies and receptions in 2014. Think of The Great Gatsby — diamonds, chandeliers, white glove service — the whole deal. A bit extravagant, but very fun and romantic!

Take one look at Pinterest and it’s easy to see dreamy, feminine romance is back. Beautiful soft pinks, lots of tulle, lace, and even the flowers are more romantic. Think peonies!

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Freehand illustration on invitations. Spending a little extra money, or having a talented friend or family member help design an extra special hand-drawn illustration on your invitation could keep you on top of the trends this spring or summer.

In the world of food… it’s all about a more casual, family-style meal at the table. What a fantastic concept to bring people together and truly make two families into one!

Our Favourite Trends

Our resident wedding expert, Kristy Power, says her clients are enjoying the on-going mason jar trend, as well as jumping on board with vintage themes. “D.I.Y. is crazy popular,” says Kristy. We can probably thank Pinterest for that!

“Unique guest book ideas are big,” Kristy says, “I have seen Jenga pieces or blank puzzle pieces being used! Couples are making their weddings less traditional and more fun for their guests, by using games and photo booths.

Apparently, the groom’s cake is making a comeback!


Sources: and Planning your wedding? Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for special wedding offers. 
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Chef Clavel Brings Home the Gold, Again

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We would love to extend another huge congratulations to our executive chef Luis Clavel. While Luis has won numerous competitions and accolades already during his career, he continues to devote himself to the culinary arts and competition scene as a member of both Culinary Team Canada and Culinary Team Nova Scotia.

Recently, Luis and the rest of Team Nova Scotia competed in the Eastern Regional Conference  in Newfoundland and won the title of Senior Culinary Champions 2014. Here is the roster:

  • Luis Clavel, Atlantica Hotel Halifax (Manager/Competition Captain)
  • Peter Dewar, NSCC Kingstech Campus ( Pastry Chef)
  • Brenan Madill,  Atlantica Hotel Halifax ( Competition manager)
  • Sean Kettley, NSCC Akerley (Core member)
  • Ricardo Clavel, Atlantica Hotel Halifax (Junior Chef)

In other great culinary news, another member of our team, John Saulnier, took home a great award at the Nova Scotia Association of Chefs and Cooks awards just the other night — Junior Chef of the Year!

Congratulations to everyone!

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Our Delicious Easter Brunch Menu

Easter Brunch 2014

Selections of bread rolls, loaves and crackers

Whipped butter



Seafood chowder


Petit greens with pecans, oranges, blueberries, goat cheese poppy seed dressing

Romaine salad, sourdough croutons, lardons and garlic dressing

Dried fruit Waldorf salad, tarragon cream and toasted savory granola

Roasted root vegetable salad with pumpkin seed vinaigrette

Portabella mushroom and asparagus salad with balsamic glaze


Selection of domestic and international cheese with berries and complementary garnishes

Maritime seafood platter with marinated mussels, smoked salmon, seafood Cajun salad, and pickled fish with condiments

Seasonal vegetable crudités with sour cream garlic fondue

Charcuterie platter – selection of condiments and pickles

Atlantica sushi experience

Early day selections 

Atlantica home fries

Fresh carved bacon and Italian sausages

Traditional eggs Benedict station

Cracked pot beans and molasses

Cornflakes crispy cinnamon toast with maple cream

Smoothie of the day station

Carver station 

Double smoked pork loin with bacon marmalade and root beer reduction


Braised short ribs, asiago foccaccia crust with a red wine sauce

Paella – shrimp, roasted chicken, mussels, saffron

Boneless fried chicken with balsamic gravy and corn bread

Garlic Yukon croquettes

Seasonal medley of vegetables


White chocolate bread pudding

Traditional apple crisp with chantilly cream

Seasonal fruit with mango fondue

Crème Brule, Panna cotta and three-flavour mousse parfait

Chocolate sampling station, mini pies, chocolate soup with toasted brownies

Nitrogen ice cream

$51.95 per person

Taxes and gratuities not included, reservations highly recommended
902.490.3331 Available Sunday April 20, 2014 11am to 2pm
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At the Finish: A Note from Atlantica’s Design Team

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The final post for Atlantica’s Renovation Diary! It’s been an exciting few weeks watching the hotel transform. Here is a note from the design team led by our director of operations Robert Goldsworthy on our journey and re-opening. Check out the full photo gallery below!

“Welcome Home!”

With our renovation journey now wrapping up and the hotel re-opened, we are thrilled to be welcoming our wonderful guests and colleagues back “home”.

We have already had some fantastic feedback on the beautiful, modern spaces that have been created… not to mention our fabulous new menu in Seasons by Atlantica!

We hope that you have enjoyed following the renovation progress with us, and look forward to welcoming you back to Atlantica Hotel Halifax to experience “Downtown, Different” for yourself!

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Our Reno Journey (Soon) Comes to an End…

Guest post (renovation design update) by Robert Goldsworthy, Director of Operations at Atlantica Hotel Halifax.

As the renovations begin to draw to a close, and we excitedly put the finishing touches on our hotel… a series of warm and elegant spaces are being to emerge!

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Guests will be greeted by a modern, bright lobby that encourages them to linger just a bit longer. Warm taupes, golds and bronzes are elevated with touches of polished black granite and fresh hits of bold color in azure blue, and spicy hues of ochre and burnt sienna.

Stunning photography, gorgeous accessories, rich textures and striking lighting welcome guests in comfort and style.  There will be more versatile setting, full complimentary business center, and even a dedicated boarding pass printing area… chic and efficient!

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Our Commons Room is shaping up beautifully too, and is set to become THE place to host an event. Featuring all of the character our guests love, but with a fresh and stylish new look, it is sure to make your next occasion unforgettable.

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Our wonderful Housekeeping team are fluffing the pillows and making sure everything is picture perfect in our serene, new guestrooms.  They are designed to instil a sense of wellbeing and rejuvenation, while still ensuring that everything you need to be productive is at your fingertips. And yes, they will be fully stocked with Starbucks Coffee, Tazo Tea, Aveda spa products and all of the other creature comforts that our guests have come to love.

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We feel confident that you will agree the new Atlantica experience we have created for you makes us the perfect place to dream, dine, meet and unwind… Downtown, Different!

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Reno Diary: Week Six

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Moving day! Week six of the renovation journey was quite exciting – we were busy unpacking all of our fabulous new custom furniture for the guest rooms and public spaces. Check back next week for a full re-cap on the design, progress, and to get a sneak peek on the finishing touches!

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Q & A with Atlantica’s Wedding Specialist

Happy #WeddingWednesday! We’re proud to call our hotel one of the most popular wedding venues in HRM. There’s a reason so many engaged couples book with us, are consistently happy with their big day, and love working with our wedding specialist Kristy Power. Aside from her fantastic personality, attention to detail, and years of experience in the field, there comes a certain “leave your stress at the door” approach to booking your wedding at a full-service hotel. I asked Kristy, in her opinion, what some of theses advantages are as well as her tips for couples planning their weddings.

Kristy working the Brides 2013 Wedding Show

Q: What do you think the advantages are for booking your wedding with a professional catering manager or wedding planner?

As Catering Manager I have overseen and co-ordinated over 350 weddings. The hotel provides my services complimentary to the couples, and I am happy to guide my clients every step of the way. My resources and experience are an added value when hosting your wedding here at Atlantica.

Q: What are some of the conveniences of having your wedding in a hotel? 

You have every convenience when booking with a hotel. It is truly a one stop shop, as we handle and cater to your every need. You just need to show up and enjoy your day! Several highlights, to name a few:

  • On site ceremonies for little cost.  It’s extremely convenient when you have the ceremony and reception in the same place, so guests don’t have to travel from place to place.
  • Complimentary items. You get a free honeymoon guest room for the night, and special rates for your wedding guests who have the luxury of “taking the elevator home” at the end of the evening.
  • Complimentary cake cutting, centerpieces and other décor items.
  • Equipment provided. All equipment needed for the reception such as tables, linen, chairs, silverware, centerpieces and the dance floor are provided by the hotel. There is no need to buy or rent any of the items.
  • Experience.  Atlantica hosts a lot of weddings so we are happy to extend our experience and expertise on to you! We are able to accommodate a variety of requests to make your wedding unique and special. Because we do so many weddings, we are vendor experts and can assist to ensure you have the best of the best of everything. We can suggest photographers, DJs, bands or a florist.
Q: What would be your biggest piece of advice to couples planning their weddings? 

Make lists and timelines to ensure you stay on track and don’t get overwhelmed. Delegate what you can to friends and family. It should be fun! The day is all about the two of you so enjoy the process together.

4. What is your favourite part about helping couples plan their weddings?

I love being part of such a special day for the couples. I enjoy being a part of the journey and seeing it all their ideas come to fruition.

5. What makes Atlantica Halifax a great wedding venue, if you had to pick one aspect?

Service, service, service! One call and we can begin creating the atmosphere and banquet of your dreams. We are here to take care of all the details so you can relax and enjoy this moment. We strive to make your day everything you have dreamed of.

Booking your big day? Reach out to Kristy at

Browse our Pinterest page for weddings hosted at Atlantica Hotel Halifax, Atlantica & Marina Oak Island as well as The Waegwoltic Club (where we are exclusive caterer). Also check out our Facebook photo album.

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Reno Diary: Week Five, a Look Back…

Wow, we’re in the middle of week five and things are getting interesting. This week we’ve got furniture arriving for the new lobby decor, carpet being rolled out for the Commons Room, the foyer of the Guild Hall, as well as our lobby. The wallpaper is going up for the elevator foyer area of the lobby; everyone is getting excited.

Since we’ve come this far and have done so much, along with this week’s new photos, I put together a little photo recap week-by-week showing some of the exciting changes that have already been made. Check out the gallery below…

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