Philae Shriners

3530 Connolly St., PO Box 9050 Station ‘A’
Halifax NS  B3K 5M7

Phone: 902-454-7811

Philae Shriners

History of Philae Shriners

During the early years of the 20th century, Shriners in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island were associated with Luxor Temple located in Saint John New Brunswick. Under the sponsorship of Luxor Temple a charter was granted for the formation of Azhar Temple to serve the Nova Scotia Shriners, dated July 12 1911. Subsequently, it was learned that on July 15th 1908 a charter had been granted to Galgary in the name of Al Azhar Temple. To avoid the obvious possibility of confusion, Imperial Council granted a charter for the Nova Scotia jurisdiction in the name of Philae (an island in the river Nile). The war years of 1914-1918 followed by the depression of the 1930's kept membership at a low ebb, dropping in the 1940 to 306 from 600 in the early 1920's. However the Nobles continued to raise money for philanthropic work regardless of their low membership. During this period the "Distressed Shriners" Fund was instituted and remains in place to this day.

In 1943 records indicate the first joint Ceremonial took place with Cresent Temple from New Jersey bringing its Nobility and its renowned Brass Band which still enjoys undisputed popularity. This band preformed at a concert in the Public Gardens. Other joint ceremonials followed with Luxor Temple on several occasions, and with Anah Temple in 1954.

Philae Temple has historically taken part in celebrations of the city of Halifax, in 1949 participating in its bi-Centennial program.Ill. Sir Gordon S.Kinley the ruling Potentate of this year was also the Mayor of the city of Halifax. Membership at that time was about 400.

1951 saw the formation of the Oriental Band , which band has had a long and celebrated history and remains active today. Units continued to be formed, the senior Unit being the Arab Patrol. Added was the Drum Corp., Flag units, Temple Band, Small car units, Scooter Patrol, Jolly Trolly, Clown Unit, Keystone Kops, Pipes and Drums, Directors Staff and Cabiri (past Potentates). Many of the clubs have Motorized units including a new "Facts and Figures unit. These units add color to our parades and project the fun side of our philanthropic work, which accounts for the fact that for 76 years without interuption, Shriners have been able to maintain and completely support our Hospitals.

It has been the practice of the units to take part in as many parades throughout the Province as is possible, and for many years they have been key participants in the Apple Blossom parade in Kentville. In 1994 the clown unit brought with it the full Clown A Rama. This is the first time In the history of the Clown A Rama that they have ever taken part jointly in a public parade.

The Halifax Shrine Club was the first club formed and this group met in the Masonic Temple in small quarters in the basement. From there the clubs have grown considerably, and now there are 13 Clubs which network the Provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

During the early years the recorders office was maintained in the Masonic Temple in Halifax until on June 9,1956 Ill Sir Roy Bowman P.P. presiding, Philae Temple dedicated its first Mosque on Collage Street in Halifax in the former Maritime Business Collage. In 1975 the building was sold and in June 1976 the Temple moved to 6080 Young Street, Halifax where it remained for 5 years, after which it then moved to 276 Bedford Highway to a store- front location in a small shopping plaza. There it remained for approximately one year, holding its general meeting in St. Peters Anglican Church in Birch Cove. In 1983 Philae Temple purchased the former Don Schelew Drycleaning Plant located at 3530 Connolly Street. The Nobility undertook the challenge of rebuilding and tailoring it to the needs of the temple and has been the home of its activities to this date.

Fund raising has been a major force within the temple and has changed face many times. During the 60's and the 70's we hosted the Canadian Opera Company, Russia's Moiseyev Dance Company, The Don Cossack Choir. In 1968 we undertook the sponsorship of our first Shrine Circus. Our Fezeroo has been running for many years. In 1972 we took our first cheque to Imperial Council as a direct contribution to the Shrine hospitals for Children. It was in the amount of $25,000 and our contributions have continued annually, increasing in size ever since.

In 1962 Imperial council granted Philae Temple jurisdiction over Newfoundland and a portion of Prince Edward Island (the remainder being held by Luxor Temple). Membership over the years fluctuated, cresting in 1981 at 1689 Nobles. During this year, under the leadership of Ill. Past Potentate Len Dixon , Philae temple sponsored Mazol Temple in Newfoundland.Membership had grown in Newfoundland since our first pilgrimage there in 1956 and approximately 300 Nobles then separated to form their new Temple, leaving Philae with a membership of 1336

In 1992, under the leadership of Ill. Past Potentate, Philip Beeler and with the cooperation of Luxor Temple, Imperial council awarded Philae Temple jurisdiction over the entire Province of Prince Edward Island.

Philae Temple has hosted the Northeast Shrine Field Days on three occasions in 1956,1978,and 1994.

Philae Temple's history continues to be written by the members of the nobility through their continued efforts to promote the fraternity and the philanthropy of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

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Past Events

The 2018 International Shriners Day

The 2018 International Shriners Day
01:00 pm - 16 June 2018

At Philae Shriners

Come on out and Enjoy a day of family Fun bring the kids the grandkids your Kids! Free BBQ! Huge Bouncy castle face Painting and Much Much More! Saturday June...

2nd Annual Comedy Fundraiser

2nd Annual Comedy Fundraiser
07:30 pm - 11 May 2018

At Philae Shriners

Come support the Shriners and enjoy a night of top notch comedy Friday May 11th, 2018 Milo at Casino Nova Scotia Doors Open @ 7:30pm. Show starts 8:30 Call 1 877...

Fine Spirits Tasting Unit Meeting

Fine Spirits Tasting Unit Meeting
07:00 pm - 28 February 2018

At Philae Shriners

Ill Sirs and Nobles, please mark on your calendar Wednesday February 28th at 7:00pm for the Inaugural meeting of the Philae Shriners Fine SpiritsTasting Unit.The...

Winter Ceremonial

Winter Ceremonial
09:00 am - 09 December 2017

At Philae Shriners

A truly Historic Ceremonial. This class will be forever known as "The Grand Masters Class" as for the first time a ruling Grand Master of Masons Of Nova Scotia will...

Philae Shriners Ceremonial

Philae Shriners Ceremonial
07:00 pm - 22 September 2017

At Philae Shriners

It is with pride and excitement they we, the members of the South Shore Shrine Club, located in Bridgewater Nova Scotia announce the upcoming Stated Meeting and...

Imperial Sir Barbeque

Imperial Sir Barbeque
06:30 pm - 08 September 2017

At Philae Shriners

Join us for a barbeque with the Imperial Sir and Lady Anne. Tickets $10:00 (proceeds going to the First Lady's project) available beginiing Friday August 25 from...

Imperial Sir Banquet

Imperial Sir Banquet
11:00 pm - 21 August 2017

At Philae Shriners

Shriners Day and ceremonial

Shriners Day and ceremonial
11:00 am - 15 July 2017

At Philae Shriners

International Shriners Day

International Shriners Day
01:00 pm - 17 June 2017

At Philae Shriners

Benefit Comedy Night

Benefit Comedy Night
08:30 pm - 12 May 2017

At Philae Shriners

PEI Grand Master's Night

PEI Grand Master's Night
06:00 pm - 29 April 2017

At Philae Shriners

Philae Shriner's Spring Ceremonial

Philae Shriner's Spring Ceremonial
11:00 am - 08 April 2017

At Philae Shriners

Philae Shriners wish to invite any Master Mason who wishes to join our Fraternity, for a Special spring Cerimonial of Induction of new Nobles. Contact our Temple...

2017 Installation

2017 Installation
01:00 pm - 14 January 2017

At Philae Shriners

Join your new Divan at the Westin Hotel for the 2017 Installation. Rooms only 99 dollars per night, Call 1 888 627 8553. Group equals Philae Shrinets. free parking Friday...

Chief Rabbans night/sock hop

Chief Rabbans night/sock hop
08:00 pm - 13 January 2017

At Philae Shriners

Chief Rabbans Night with music by Blue Star 50's and 60's rock and roll dress in period costume, prize for best dressed couple spot dances, food beverages and danciing...

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