Halifax Wharf Rats

Halifax Wharf Rats, Vancouver, Canada

The Halifax Wharf Rats are a highly entertaining, energetic group from Vancouver, BC featuring Classic Rock, East-Coast and Maritime music, Canadian folk, and Irish & Scottish pub tunes.  This unique and eclectic band performs around Metro Vancouver and Whistler at festivals, pubs, weddings, private parties, conventions and clubs.

Halifax Wharf Rats, Vancouver, Canada

You can find the Halifax Wharf Rats on Facebook (click for link) - follow us for updates on events, pictures, merchandise, and more! See below for a partial songlist showing a sample of our mixed repertoire, audio clips, photos, and video links.

To see Brian and Michelle perform as a duo, the
Flanagans, please visit www.michellecarlisle.ca/performing-groups/the-flanagans.

The Halifax Wharf Rats are a dance band ~ perfect for weddings, parties, pubs and clubs, lobsterfests, kiss the cod nights, cruises, conventions ..and wherever fun and entertaining dance music is needed.

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* Sorry all regular shows have had to been cancelled. Stay in touch with us at Facebook.com/HalifaxWharfRats!


Corporate Parties / Conventions

“As an event planner I scoured the entire city of Vancouver to find just the right sound for 50 couples to tap their toes to and the Halifax Wharf Rats had everyone out of theirs chairs on the dancefloor doing a jig even if they didn’t know how.  They just couldn’t help moving to the sounds of of the best contemporary Celtic with a rock and roll twist you can find in all of Canada.   When you know the words, you can’t help but sing along.  Our group arrived at the dock to The Beach House restaurant hearing the music floating through the air.  We followed the sounds of the Halifax Wharf Rats all night and our party was a huge success!  Michelle makes it so fun and easy to book and has a beautiful voice.  The best part is, you don’t have to hire them to hear them because you can catch them and their delightful sounds playing at a local establishment in Vancouver!” - Donna Turner, Executive Administrator, Wood Partners Group, Atlanta, GA

“We the Atlantic Schooner Organization would like to thank the Halifax Wharf Rats for providing our Grey Cup Down East Kitchen Party with some of the best fan comments ever received in our eight years! On behalf of CFL fans from coast to coast, we thank you all!” - John Ryerson, Director of Events, Atlantic Schooners

“For the past five plus years in a row we’ve had the Halifax Wharf Rats as the headlining band on the main stage at our annual Christmas Celebration each December.   Every year they bring down the house with their incredible renditions of classic feel-good music and melodious prowess.  These guys rock!  And guess what?!  We’re bringing them back next year!!”  -Dan Smith, Social Director/Executive Board Member Vancouver Rowing Club, Rugby Section

"We could not have asked for a more perfect evening – weather, food, drink and music. Everything was perfect. Thank you to the Halifax Wharf Rats for helping to make it a great night. Everyone was talking about the good time they had at conference dinner the next day. Thanks again for the fun night. I loved every minute" - Colleen McNamee
Administrative/Financial Coordinator, Innovative Green Wood Fibre Products, & FIBRE Network McGill University, Montreal, QC

“Thank you for a job spectacularly done.  Music may sooth the savage beast but good music makes a party and your music was awesome. You and your group greatly contributed to the outstanding success of our party.  Over and over people were commenting on how good you guys were and how much they enjoyed themselves, whether dancing or just sitting and listening to the tunes.  Absolutely outstanding!”  -  Harry Tubbs, Chair, Rotary Club of Coquitlam


“A huge thank you for making our New Year’s Eve wedding so incredible! Honestly, everyone was raving about you guys and you really added something special to the night. Your beautiful and varied music, vocals and overall energy were exactly what we were looking for. We are so, so incredibly happy to have had you there - you were so professional and fun. I couldn’t imagine the night without the Halifax Wharf Rats!” - Livia & Daniel, Bride and Groom

"Thank you to the Halifax Wharf Rats for providing first-rate entertainment for our big day. Our guests loved the music and environment that you provided. It was truly the icing on the cake! I had an amazing time dancing at the wedding and have been getting compliments left, right and centre about our choice in entertainment.” - Kaleigh & Patrick, Bride and Groom

"The Halifax Wharf Rats were absolutely amazing!!  We were so excited when we found you and imagined the unique experience of having a LIVE BAND for our wedding.  Well, you all exceeded any sort of expectations we had.  You had everyone up on the dance floor and the place was rockin’.  We couldn't have asked for anything more!!  Plus, you were incredibly easy to coordinate with and everyone in your band was very friendly and accommodating!!  Thank you so much for being a part of our day!" - Shannon & Josh, Bride and Groom

"Thanks so much! You guys really made our wedding, everyone was raving about you! We'd love to see you guys again, you'll definitely see us at future shows!" - Megan and Shane, Bride and Groom

Concerts, Private Parties and more

"Halifax Wharf Rats were the perfect choice for our festival stage! They performed with wonderful musical talent and with joy and energy that had toes tapping, voices singing along and dancing in the sunshine! Thanks for an amazing performance!" - Leanne Zacharias, Performance Director, Richmond Maritime and Wooden Boat Festival


“Everyone loved your music and couldn’t say enough good things about you guys! You are all so talented and put on a great show. Thanks for making the birthday party awesome - we will most certainly recommend you to everyone we know!" - Jessica Miles, daughter of 60th birthday party dad Lindsay

"The Rats performed for us at South Burnaby United Church, on May 12th, 2012 as a charity fundraiser for the AOTS Men's Club of the church. What a Great Performance !!! People were clapping, stomping their feet and singing along with the Rats. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  The standing ovation at the end of the show was a great tribute to the talents of this band. We are looking forward to booking this group again in the near future! So, if you want a fun-filled evening of entertainment, this is the band for you!"  - Jim Noble, President, AOTS Men's Club


East Coast-Maritime and Irish:

1.  Barrett's Privateers [Stan Rogers]

2.  Whiskey in the Jar [Irish Trad]

3.  Old Maid in the Garrett [Irish Trad]

4.  I'se the B'y [Newfoundland Trad]

5.  I'll Tell Me Ma [Irish Trad]

6.  Come With Me Molly [Irish Trad]

7.  Fairytale of New York [Pogues]

Classic Rock - Cover Tunes:

1.  Copperhead Road [Steve Earle]

2. I'm on Fire [Bruce Springsteen]

3.  Fisherman's Blues [The Waterboys]

4.  Wagon Wheel [Old Crow Medicine Show]

5.  Crazy Little Thing Called Love [Queen]

6.  Brown Eyed Girl [Van Morrison]

7.  Folsom Prison Blues [Johnny Cash]

8.  Tuesday's Gone [Lynyrd Skynyrd]


Halifax Wharf Rats setlist


Video Medley of multiple songs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMM2EA-Y7XI

Dirty Old Town https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p9NRbSgSy4

500 Miles  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8q8NB4aMQZQ

Barrett's Privateers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPJZK5eNMoM

Farewell to Nova Scotia  https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=vfEp3K2ARhE



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Halifax Wharf Rats, Vancouver, BC

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Halifax Wharf Rats, Vancouver, Canada

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