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Fall Arts Calendar 2018: Music 

Rae Spoon - DAVE TODON
  • Rae Spoon
  • Dave Todon

September

Las Vegas to Nashville Superstars Show It's a hat tip to Shania Twain, Dolly Parton, ABBA and over 20 more throwback acts as this crew of talented tribute performers take the stage. Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope Street, $35, Sep 27, 7:30pm

Birdie Whyte & Caribou Run w/Nik Field & Ken Viota For her latest jaunt out east, Ottawa's banjo queen Birdie Whyte collaborates with a new backing band in each city, adding endless influences to her songbook's mix of garage and folk-tinged tunes. In Halifax, it's the neo-folk Caribou Run. The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, $10, Sep 28, 10pm-1:30am

Bruce Guthro's songwriters' circle Casino Nova Scotia, 1983 Upper Water Street, $40, Sep 28-29, 8pm

David Myles w/Symphony Nova Scotia The bolo-tie wearing crooner servies Buddy Holly realness. Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue, $30-$92, Sep 28-29, 7:30pm

Karen Myatt's Blues Deluxe Karen Myatt has the sort of big, bluesy voice that makes people sit up and pay attention—so it's only fitting the singer has built this two-night tribute to the genre. Neptune Theatre Scotiabank Stage, 1593 Argyle Street, $25, Sep 28-29, 8pm

BA Johnston w/Burning Hell, Keith Doom and the Wrecking Crew Hamilton dirtbag BA Johnston plays songs about food alongside quirky, world-travelling indie-rock duo The Burning Hell. Gus', 2605 Agricola Street, $10, Sep 29, 10pm

Hopscotch 2018: Brother Ali w/MURS Atlantic Canada's largest hip hop festival is capped off with this show starring the indie MC with a social justice bent, Brother Ali. Ferry Terminal Park, Dartmouth Sep 29, 4pm

John Mellencamp Halifax Forum, 2901 Windsor Street, $62.80 - $109.50, Sep 29,7:30pm

William Prince The Juno-winning singer-songwriter counts Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson as influences. The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, $20/$25, Sep 29, 7-9pm

The Barra MacNeils Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope Street, $34, Sep 30, 7:30pm

Forecasting The Canadian Wind Fifth Wind—a five-piece band with a woodwind focus—joins forces with Indigenous cellist/composer Cris Derksen and a handful of other classically trained all-stars. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water Street, free, Sep 30,7:30-9:30pm

Sarah Jane Scouten The Vancouver singer-songwriter regularly draws comparisons to the likes of Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffiths and Iris Dement. The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, $10, Sep 30

Symphony nova scotia Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road, free, Sep 30, 1:30pm

October

Queen Extravaganza The official tribute band, created by Roger Taylor and Brian May. Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue, $39.50-$59.50, Oct 3

Dear Rouge w/Natalie Lynn, Modern Space Vancouver-based electro-rock gold Dear Rouge comes to the best coast. The Seahorse, 2037 Gottingen Street, $23/$28, Oct 5, 9pm

Songs of the City See page 11. Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope Street, $20, Oct 5, 6:30pm

Cassie Josephine album release show w/Gianna Lauren, Krista MacDonald To celebrate 40 cycles through the zodiac, indie-folkster Cassie Josephine sings a stack of "songs about aging and the stories that get you there." Art Bar, 1873 Granville Street, Oct 6

Rae Spoon w/Holy Crow, RespectfulChild Award-winning, genre-jumping, non-binary artist Rae Spoon—who's penned nine albums spanning from folk to electronic—delivers a new stack of songs. Radstorm, 6050 Almon Street, $13/$15, Oct 6, 8pm

Scotian Jam Festival: Mya, Rayvon, Asia & NuGruv, Jody Upshaw, DJ Nasty Luck, Topkat Amazona Reggae rhymester Rayvon—probably best known for the late-'90s smash "Angel" featuring Shaggy—co-headlines this mini-fest with Grammy-winning Mya (remember her verse in the early-2000s "Lady Marmalade" cover?). The Marquee, 2037 Gottingen Street, $40.44, Oct 6, 10pm-2am

Barbara Pritchard An evening of new, Canadian compositions performed on piano. Music Room, 6181 Lady Hammond Road, $20, Oct 11, 7pm

Lion Bear Fox Folky three-piece Lion Bear Fox returns to The Carleton to share a stack of story-driven songs that run the gamut from ballad to bop. The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, $25, Oct 11, 8pm

Symphony Nova Scotia presents: Bravura Piano The symphony tackles Prokofiev's famous third Piano Concerto No. 3. Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue, Oct 11, 7:30pm

Áine O'Dwyer w/chik white OBEY Convention kicks off its series of off-season shows with a doozie, bringing "performer, listener and sonic stalker Áine O'Dwyer" from Ireland to Halifax to explore Fort Massey's "recently-restored organ, which dates back to 1913 and contains over 2000 pipes." Hear her wail on these antique keys with experimental jaw harpist chik white. Fort Massey United Church, 5303 Tobin Street, $20/PWYC, Oct 12, 8:30pm

Neon Dreams The super-cool pop-EDM three piece that's collabed with the likes of Waka Flocka Flame plays a hometown show. ;The Marquee, 2037 Gottingen Street, Oct 12, 9-11pm

The Town Heroes w/David in the Dark, Kids Losing Sleep The alt-rock four-piece celebrates its fourth full-length album with the pop-punk fun of Kids Losing Sleep. The Seahorse, 2037 Gottingen Street, Oct 12, 10pm

Warcall w/Through The Dusk Metalheads, get ready: Montreal's Warcall—which counts Iron Maiden and Metallica amongst its inspirations—is on its first tour out east. Gus', 2605 Agricola Street, Oct 12

Backburner reunion show feat. Wordburglar, Jesse Dangerously and Thesis Sahib Menz, 2182 Gottingen Street, Oct 13

Gabriel Minnikin A member of Halifax's late-90s, alt-country band The Guthries, Gabriel Minnikin returns to familiar waters with his pedal steel guitar. New Scotland Brewing Co., 91 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, Oct 13, 7pm

Jill Barber w/Justin Nozuka The east coast crooner continues her foray into the world of pop. Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue, $31.50/$36.50, Oct 13, 8pm

Jolente De Maeyer & Nikolaas Kende Stopping in Halifax for the only Canadian date of their North American tour, violinist Jolente De Maeyer and pianist Nikolaas Kende play a mix of works. Lilian Piercey Concert Hall, 6199 Chebucto Road, $35, Oct 14, 4pm

Sweden's best-kept secret A trio of musicians explore tunes from medieval Northern Europe at this intimate house concert. Get tickets and location details at innerspacecncerts.ca. $20/$43, Oct 16, 7:30-9:30pm

Halifax Pop Explosion The music festival returns to a slew of local venues with a mix of pop and rock offerings like Toronto's all-lady rappers The Sorority, rockers Born Ruffians and much more. Various venutes, Oct 17-20

Halifax Pop Explosion: Port Cities w/Symphony Nova Scotia Port Cities, the purveyor of the sort of pop-rock you and your mom both jam to, teams up with Symphony Nova Scotia. Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue, Oct 19-20, 7:30pm

Jann Arden Jann Arden asks to be your girl as she headlines two shows at Casino Nova Scotia to celebrate her 2018 effort These Are the Days. Casino Nova Scotia, 1983 Upper Water Street, Oct 19-20

Bryan McPherson Boston's best answer to Bruce Springsteen, Bryan McPherson delivers Americana-tinged tunes taking the side of the underdog. New Scotland Brewing Co., Oct 20, 7pm

Dean Brody w/Jessica Mitchell Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue, $69/$74, Oct 22, 8pm

Merkules w/Caspian, Lil Windex, Evil Ebenezer and more The internet-famous BC rapper brings edgy rhymes to the best coast. Reflections, 5187 Salter Street, $35, Oct 25, 9pm-1am

Symphony Nova Scotia presents: Heavenly Harp and Mendelssohn's "Italian" Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue, Oct 25, 7:30pm

Offenbach's La Belle Hélène When Paris fell for Helen of Troy, it was only a matter of time until Helen's hubby went to war to get her back—and really, it was only a matter of time until someone made an opera spoofing the whole thing, too. Here, as part of the 2018 FrancoFest celebrations, we see a fully staged production of Offenbach's comedic, operatic retelling of the events leading up to the Trojan War—complete with the original French libretto. Lilian Piercey Concert Hall, 6199 Chebucto Road, Oct 27, $35

Symphony Nova Scotia presents: Superheroes and Sci-Fi Just in time for Hal-Con, SNS geeks it up, performing the themes from Star Trek, Batman and the like. Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue, Oct 27, 7:30pm; Oct 28, 2pm

Jim Henman The April Wine co-founder delivers a set steeped in early blues history. New Scotland Brewing Co., 91 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, Oct 28, 2pm

November

Nova Scotia Music Week 2018 The annual hat-tip to the local music scene sees artists of all levels and genres descend on Truro to play shows and rub elbows. Read more on page 12. Nov 1-4

The Long River: A tribute to Gordon Lightfoot Symphony Nova Scotia tips its hat to the great troubadour. Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue, Nov 2-3, 7:30pm; Nov 4, 2pm

Burton Cummings Casino Nova Scotia, Schooner Room, 1983 Upper Water Street, $69.99, Nov 3, 8pm; Nov 5, 8pm

Fortunate Ones The Newfoundland JUNO-nominated duo heads to the mainland to support its upcoming album, which offers folky melodies. St. Matthew's, 1479 Barrington Street, Nov 3, 8pm

PIGS Arguably Canada's most dedicated Pink Floyd cover band, PIGS has been zig-zagging the country—and the dark side of the moon—since 2008. Bella Rose Arts Centre, 283 Thomas Raddall Drive, Nov 3, 7:30pm

Julie Nesrallah Cecilia Concerts describes this set by mezzo-soprano Julie Nesralla as showcase of "opera, big hair, and grande passione in an entertaining afternoon of Italian art songs, torchy ballads and musical theatre." Lilian Piercey Concert Hall, 6199 Chebucto Road, $35, Nov 4, 2pm

Classical sax 101 Tristan De Borba and Simon Docking celebrate the birthday of saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax with a sonic tasting menu of the instrument's offerings. Get location details at innerspaceconcerts.ca. $20/$43, Nov 6, 7:30-9:30pm

Ah, Bach! All Bach always with Symphony Nova Scotia. St. Andrew's United Church, 6036 Coburg Road, $52/$15, Nov 8, 2pm

Symphony Nova Scotia presents: Bernhard and Beethoven Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue, Nov 8, 7:30pm

Jimmy Rankin Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue, Nov 13

Stiff Little Fingers w/The Mahones Iconic Belfast punk outfit Stiff Little Fingers—who's been shredding three chords since 1977 thanks very much—arrives at The Marquee. The Marquee, 2037 Gottingen Street, Nov 13

Jack White Scotiabank Centre, 5284 Duke Street, $54.75-$89.25, Nov 14

Donovan Woods St. Matthew's United Church, 1479 Barrington Street, Nov 17, 2 and 8pm

Gypsy: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute The Marquee, 2037 Gottingen Street, Nov 17, 7-11pm

Sara Davis Buechner Event organizers Cecilia Concerts call Buechner "one of the most original concert pianists of our time," and she's garnered enough international awards to back up such big talk. Lilian Piercey Concert Hall, 6199 Chebucto Road, Nov 17, 7pm

Milk & Bone Montreal indie darling Milk & Bone brings its synthy, sadcore sound to The Seahorse, with the 2018 Polaris Music Prize long-listed album Deception Bay in tow. The Seahorse, 2037 Gottingen Street, Nov 22

Sarah Slean w/Symphony Nova Scotia Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue, Nov 23-24, 7:30pm

Three Days Grace w/Nothing More. The early-2000s hard rock outfit returns to prove that indeed it's not too late, never too late to headbang the night away. Cunard Event Centre, Pier 23, 961 Marginal Road, Nov 23

Andrew Son Award-winning ivory tickler Andrew Son caps off his tour of Atlantic Canada with this free show. Lilian Piercey Concert Hall, 6199 Chebucto Road, free, Nov 25, 2pm

Glass Tiger The '80s rock legend is here to make sure you won't forget it when it's gone as it celebrates 31 years of noise-making. Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue, Nov 27

The Once w/Megan Bonnell Newfoundland folky-rootsy export The Once continues to win you over with vulnerable lyrics and lush melodies. St. Matthew's United Church, 1479 Barrington Street, $27.99/$32.99, Nov 29, 8pm

The Barr Brothers The Barr Brothers, Brad and Andrew, stand out from the pack of sun-bleached Americana artists by recruiting celebrated experimental harpist Sarah Pagé into their band. Together the three craft sprawling sounds so big, they even filled the Grand Canyon (not a hyperbole—the band performed at the canyon's edge in 2012). The Marquee, 2037 Gottingen Street, Nov 30, 9pm-1am

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