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free concerts

August Hot Dates in Halifax

Halifax Seaport Beerfest

August 10 & 11: If you’re a beer aficionado, you ought to clear your schedule this weekend. The Halifax Seaport BeerFest on Marginal Road gives you the chance to sample 200 beers from around the world, including craft and nanobrews not available locally. There are three tastings over the weekend, also featuring Nova Scotian cuisine and live music.

August 13 & 14: Top junior-hockey players meet in the Canada-Russia Challenge, a two-game series at the Halifax Metro Centre honouring the historic 1972 Summit Series.

August 18: It’s a blast of the ‘80s at Weir Rockin’ 12, an annual concert at Weir Field in Lower Sackville. This year, Platinum Blonde, Prism and Kim Mitchell headline.

August 19: Keith Urban, country music’s Australian star returns to Halifax, playing the Halifax Metro Centre on his Get Closer tour.

August 25: Bring your own chair or blanket for this free afternoon of concerts, as musicians converge on the park at The Hydrostone on Young Street for Music in the Park.

August 29–September 2: Last year, Halifax hosted the Beach Volleyball Junior World Championships. How successful was the event? For the first time in its history, it’s returning to the same city in
back-to-back years (its only North American event this season). Head to The Sands at Salter to see 64 teams from around the world (featuring the world’s best under-21 players) battle for the championship.

Hot Date: Midday Music at the Four Seasons Centre

photo by Karen Reeves

ON NOW Add some culture to your lunch break courtesy of the Canadian Opera Company’s free concert series. Every Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 1 p.m., the institution hosts a slate of exceptional performances ranging from small dance productions, piano recitals, world music, vocal jazz and more, including notable upcoming shows like East Meets West (January 19), featuring artists of the COC Orchestra performing works by Debussy and Tan Dun, and a vocal recital by COC talents Russell Braun, Erin Wall and Krisztina Szabó (February 16). Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre; call 416-363-8231 or click here for more information.

Hot Date: The Cavalcade of Lights’ Dazzling Display

NOVEMBER 27 Witness the heart of downtown Toronto illuminate the night sky at the 44th annual Cavalcade of Lights. This jump-start to the holiday season sees City Hall and its surrounding area shine with a colourful display of luminescence that includes a mesmerizing fireworks show and the lighting of the city’s official Christmas tree. For more dynamic entertainment, check out the jaw-dropping aerial stunts performed by trampoline acrobats, plus live concerts by such artists as Divine Brown. End your evening at the public skating party while a DJ spins upbeat tunes. Nathan Phillips Square, 7 p.m., free; call 416-492-2489 or visit here for more information.

Hot Date: Open-Air Arias

The Rosetta Trio

TO SEPTEMBER 19 What could be better than a sunny afternoon of classical music? Enjoy some inspiring melodies as the Summer Music in the Garden series winds down with free outdoor recitals by mezzo-soprano Marta Herman on September 9, string ensemble The Rosetta Trio on September 12, and more. Extend the experience by strolling through the lakeside greenspace before or after a performance. Its meandering paths evoke J.S. Bach’s Suite no. 1 in G Major for Unaccompanied Cello. Toronto Music Garden, 475 Queens Quay W., Thursday 7 p.m. and Sunday 4 p.m., weather permitting; call 416-973-4000 or click here for further details