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What’s Hot in September Across Canada


Canadian rock legends The Tragically Hip grace Ottawa with three shows Sep 26 to 28 at the National Arts Centre. Plenty of food festivals are on in the capital region this September. One of the best is La Vendemmia, Little Italy’s celebration of food, wine, and culture.


The National Hockey League returns to Halifax on Sep 15, as the Pheonix Coyotes and Ottawa Senators clash in pre-season action. The Metro Centre on Duke Street hosts the game, which starts at 7 pm.


For the first time in 30 years, the Dalai Lama—the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism—is coming to Calgary. He has been invited by the University of Calgary as part of the NOW conference, an event for educators, academics and non-profit leaders. The public will have a chance to see the Dalai Lama on September 30, when he makes a public address at the Pengrowth Saddledome.


The annual schmooze known as the Toronto International Film Festival returns to the city from Sep 10 to 19, and brings with it more than 300 hotly anticipated movies from Hollywood and around the world. This year we’ll be rolling out the red carpet for celebrities such as George Clooney, Matt Damon, Penelope Cruz and many more. Toronto audiences are also prepared to marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production, Ovo. Under the Grand Chapiteau erected on the shores of Lake Ontario, the renowned troupe of circus artists bring the world of insects to life, starting Sep 3.


From tiny tots to great-grannies, readers of all ages enjoy The Word on the Street, Sep 27, an annual festival celebrating the written word. Meet your favourite author, watch performance poetry and complete a giant word-search puzzle. The best part? The whole day is free—except for all those new books, magazines and comics you’re sure to buy.


A dozen albums and 26 years in the making, The Tragically Hip once again sows seeds for a change with their latest album, We Are The Same. They play Sep 13-14, 16-17 at the Jubilee Auditorium.  Motorhead—the purveyors of hard rock and heavy metal with the staying power of the Rock of Gibraltar,  are on the move again in support of their 24th album, Motorizer. Joining them on their Canadian onslaught will be The Reverend Horton Heat and Nashville Pussy. Sep 29 at Edmonton Event Centre.


The action ebbs slightly as fall arrives in Muskoka, but there’s still much to enjoy. From Sep 18 to 20, the Bracebridge Agricultural Society’s Fall Fair and Horse Show offers a cornucopia of country-style merriment, while the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour, a self-guided tour on Sep 26 and 27, gives art lovers the opportunity to visit local craftspeople and learn about their work (and maybe even buy some!).

Canadian Rockies

The marquee event this month in the Canadian Rockies is the Sept 6 Canmore Highland Games, a day of pageantry, music and sport (plus beer garden, of course). The multi media exhibit Jan Kabatoff Glacier: A Journey opens Sep 12 at Banff’s Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, while the historical exhibit Eric Mountjoy: Pioneer Geologist of Jasper National Park debuts Sep 15 at the Jasper Yellowhead Museum.


Celebrate the end of summer with a Labour Day weekend tradition in Victoria: The Saanich Fair, Sep 5 to 7. This agricultural fair is augmented with a midway, games, entertainment and more, making it a must for all ages.


Writers such as Wayne Grady and Merilyn Simonds teach and inspire at the annual Whistler Readers and Writers Festival Sep 11 to 13. If you’re secretly working away on a novel or screenplay, this is the place to bring your hobby out into the open.

One response to “What’s Hot in September Across Canada”

  1. Simon Keye says:

    I heard that he was to eager do a Home and Away appearence lmao. Sounds a bit dodgy to me. There’s a part of me that kind of hopes this is not true lol.

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