Samba Nova is Halifax’s Brazilian style samba batucada band!

On Sunday June 25 we’ll be playing a 40 minute groove mining booty shaking set at the Sands on Salter, next to Bishop’s Landing on the Halifax waterfront. Come on down and enjoy what’s shaping up to be a gorgeous summer day on the waterfront!!

Fun day to come this Sunday at the #SalterBeachParty!
Watch for specials from our friends in Salter including Segway Nova Scotia, Kayak Halifax, I Heart Bikes, and Great E.A.R.T.H Expeditions and more! Plus enjoy free DJ tunes and a set from Samba Nova (11am). And be sure to check out some Outdoor Olympics activities.

Check out a video clip from the show!

COME DANCE to the samba beats on Saturday July 8 in downtown Dartmouth! Details will be posted here soon.

The band ranges from 15-25 people depending on the season and we perform annually at various parades, festivals, events and benefits and paid gigs. Some of our pieces are very traditional and others highlight some funky beats.

Pssssttt…. not a big secret here… you can join! We welcome new band members whether experienced musicians or aspiring musicians or people who have always wanted to try. We’re very accessible and open and patient. If you’re reading this and wondering about it, how about coming for a visit!

The band was founded in 1989 by the late Matthieu Keijser and has thrived since he left us in 2006, for four years under the excellent leadership of Carlos Pessoa, and now with a shared musical leadership of Ian Taylor and Alex Nunes

“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”

Browse the site, follow us on Facebook, check our Twitter feed, search for us on Youtube, send an email, look for us around the city or come to an open workshop and play samba with us!


Samba Nova at Nocturne 2012

Watch this video on YouTube.

Samba Nova updated their profile picture.

Samba Nova updated their cover photo.

Getting some flags ready for the parade!

Getting a last practice in before the Pride parade!

Samba Nova will be in position #20 in the Pride parade this Saturday - listen for the thunder of the biggest size band we have ever had in our 25 year history! Yes this is the 25th year that we've been in Halifax. There's a lot of history, and we will be releasing a synopsis of it in the coming weeks. See you on Saturday!!!!

Are any of our fans in Montreal? Head to the Brazilian Carnaval!

Samba Nova shared Halifax Pride's event.

Halifax Pride Parade

Each year, the collective creativity, talents, and energy of our Halifax communities come together to wow locals and visitors alike, all while celebrating the diversity and variety of life here in the HRM. Unable to make it to the parade in person? Watch on cbc.ca/ns or CBC Nova Scotia's Facebook page. At approximately 1:45 PM, we will be observing a moment of silence. When you see Parade Volunteers stop and raise their hand with index finger in the air, this is your signal to raise a hand in the air, join your neighbours in silence, and mark a moment of reflection. An accessible viewing platform will be available at 12 PM. This is a space for people with mobility devices or those who cannot stand for the duration of the parade and their companion. The viewing platform is offered on a first-come first-serve basis. Supported by Cox & Palmer. Parade route: Upper Water St. to Barrington St. to Spring Garden Rd. to South Park St. Accessibility: - Wheelchair accessible - Security onsite Halifax Pride’s Safer Spaces Policy (found at halifaxpride.com) has been developed to help guide Halifax Pride in the organizing of events that are safe and barrier free. We are committed to encouraging conditions for safer spaces at all of our festival and community gatherings. We aim to ensure everyone feels safe, respected, valued, and able to freely express themselves, regardless of their gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, age, physical or mental ability.

July 22, 2017 - July 22, 2017