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Hot Entertainment


September 14

The Cecilia Concert Series launches its 30th season at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts with Classica Vocem, showcasing the considerable talents of soprano Measha Brueggergosman. She’ll perform works by Claude Debussy, George Frideric Handel, and Johan Halvorsen.




Continuing through the season, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Hollis Street features Hiroshige: The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō. This unique exhibition spotlights woodcut prints by ukiyo master Utagawa Hiroshige depicting middle-class Japanese life in the early 1800s. 

Continuing through September 9, The Craig Gallery at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth—where the Halifax Transit ferries dock—hosts Reflexive, an exhibition of works by Sophie Paskins, Wayne Boucher, Donna Boyko, Sharon Irving-Kennedy, and Ted Lind.

On September 1, the Dalhousie Art Gallery starts the fall season with From the Vault: Ars Longa, featuring highlights from its 1,300-piece permanent collection. See it until October 2.



September 4 to October 7

Neptune Theatre’s new fall season begins this month with Shakespeare in Love: The Play. Allister MacDonald stars as the eponymous playwright, finding inspiration in the beautiful muse Viola, who is determined to appear in his next play. 




September 14: The acclaimed outlaw rocker Steve Earle, plus his band The Dukes, take over the Schooner Showroom at Casino Nova Scotia.

September 21: Country legend Carroll Baker performs a mix of gospel standards and her greatest hits at the Dalhousie Arts Centre. 



September 15

The Word on the Street, a one-day celebration of the printed word, returns to the Halifax Central Library on Spring Garden Road. Check out readings, author Q&As, a sale of Atlantic Canadian books, and much more. This year’s lineup includes poet Brian Bartlett, environmental crusader Joan Baxter, photographer Len Wagg, and poet/children’s author Shauntay Grant.



GOING FOR GOLD *Editor’s Pick*
September 13 to 16

Some 250 paddlers from 20 countries compete in the Pan American Canoe Sprint Championships at Lake Banook in Dartmouth. The international competition features a mix of paddling’s top talents and rising stars.


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1st: Halifax Urban Folk Festival
Lilly Hiatt joins a Songwriters’ Circle with Brad Roberts and Mick Davis, before Tim Baker + The Hfx All Stars take the stage at The Carleton. 

4th: Tommy Emmanuel
The Australian guitar legend returns to the Dalhousie Arts Centre for another intimate show.

14th: Ben Caplan
The folk/roots musician always puts on a memorable show for his hometown fans. See him at the Dalhousie Arts Centre on University Avenue. 

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Linda Brooks photo: Mark Maryanovich

14th, 15th: Last Laugh Comedy Club
Comic Sophie Buddle has moved across the country to take a writing gig with This Hour Has 22 Minutes—excellent news for stand-up fans. See her at the Atlantica Hotel on Robie Street.

23rd: Halifax Public Gardens Summer Concert Series
Join Linda Brooks at the bandstand in the heart of the gardens for the final free matinee concert of the season. 

28th, 29th: Symphony Nova Scotia
Singer/songwriter David Myles joins the symphony, putting a twist on his classic hits with new orchestral arrangements. 

August Hot Dates

By Trevor J. Adams



Chubby Checker


August 17: Weir Field in Upper Sackville hosts the annual Weir Rockin’ concert, this year featuring Glass Tiger, Streetheart and Lou Gramm.

August 23: From his hit “The Twist” in 1959 to the Billboard #1 “Knock Down the Walls” in 2007, Chubby Checker is still going strong. See him at Casino Nova Scotia.

August 29: Two of the hottest rock acts of
the early 2000s, Matchbox Twenty and the
Goo Goo Dolls, share the bill for the
Halifax Metro Centre’s biggest concert
of the summer.

Big Twang Theory

Big Twang Theory


Continuing through November. Imagine the periodic table, sung to the tune of “The Pirates of Penzance.” That’s one of the highlights of The Big Twang Theory, which continues through the summer at the Halifax Feast Dinner Theatre on Barrington Street. Inspired by The Big Bang Theory, the musical comedy is paired with a three-course meal.


Halifax Seaport BeerFest

Halifax Seaport BeerFest


August 9 to 10: The Halifax Seaport BeerFest on Marginal Road showcases beer and cider from around the world. You’ll find local brews like Garrison from Halifax, Hell Bay from New Brunswick and the PEI Brewing Co., alongside some of Canada’s top beers, such as Saint Bock from Quebec, Muskoka Cottage Brewery from Ontario and Granville Island from British Columbia. International beers abound as well, including Germany’s Hacker Pschorr Brewery, Tiger Brewery from Singapore, Brew Dog from Scotland, Affligem Abbey from Belgium and the American Shipyard Brewery.





August 12, 15 to 18: Back for its third year, this time the Sandjam celebration of beach volleyball features pros from Canada, the U.S., Germany and the U.K. The urban beach park, the Sands at Salter on Lower Water Street, hosts the action.


Parthenia Photo by William Wegman (03)

Musique Royale


August 11: Parthenia is a quartet of viols dedicated to the performance of ancient and contemporary repertoires. See them at Saint George’s Anglican Church.


Steve Earle

Steve Earle


August 13: The acclaimed singer/songwriter, and outspoken anti-war activist, is still going strong. See him at Casino Nova Scotia.


Halifax Mooseheads

Halifax Mooseheads


August 17: The city’s hockey heroes, fresh off their first national championship, return with a pre-season match against Cape Breton.


Vince Gill

Vince Gill


August 22: If you love country music, this is the biggest concert of the summer—the Nashville guitar slinger makes a rare visit to the Halifax Metro Centre.


Scotia SpeedWorld

Scotia SpeedWorld


August 30: High-octane auto racing continues at the track in Enfield, with races in several series. 






Guide To The 2013 Calgary Folk Music Festival


The crowd at The Calgary Folk Music Festival. Photo: Lynne Hawrelko.

The crowd at The Calgary Folk Music Festival. Photo: Lynne Hawrelko.

The Calgary Folk Music Festival takes over Prince’s Island Park Thursday, July 25 through Sunday, July 28. The diverse musical event features a wide range of established and upcoming folk, blues, rock and world music acts from local to international. Artists perform throughout each day on the mainstage as well as several side stages. A variety of food kiosks, a sizeable beer garden and a laid-back community feel help make this festival one of the city’s signature summer events.

The Location
Located on the Bow River just north of Eau Claire Market, Prince’s Island Park is a beautiful urban green space and a popular location for musical and cultural events as well as picnics. Despite being damaged by June’s unprecedented flooding, the Folk Festival’s hundreds of loyal volunteers have fully cleaned the festival site. Most festival side stages will be set up in their usual spots.

The Music
2013 headliners include Alabama Shakes, M.Ward, Kurt Vile, Mexican Insitute of Sound, Steve Earle, Thievery Corporation (more…)