10 hot events for fall

Rose Cousins

Plays, concerts, and sports—live entertainment is back! Ten can’t-miss events to put in your calendar

1. Saint Mary’s Huskies Football 
Sept. 17, Huskies Stadium 
Varsity sports are back! And league officials are planning on a full “normal” season of action. Things kick off on the gridiron today, as the Huskies host their bitter rivals from St. Francis Xavier.  

2. Stars on Ice 
Oct. 8, Scotiabank Centre
Returning to North American ice after a 17-month hiatus, the figure-skating exhibition presents its new production Journey, reflecting on our shared COVID-19 experience. The roster includes world champion Kurt Browning, two-time American champion Alissa Czisny, two-time Olympic silver medallist Elvis Stojko, and multiple-medal-winner Katelyn Osmond. 

3. Halifax Mooseheads 
Oct. 2, Scotiabank Centre
After the last fitful season — full of stops, starts, and postponements — the Mooseheads return for another season of major-junior hockey. They start their home slate on Oct. 2 against Nova Scotia rivals Cape Breton on Oct. 2, and host Val d’Or on Oct. 15, the first visit by a non-Maritime team since the pandemic began.

4. Dartmouth Summer Sunshine Series 
Continuing through Sept. 19, Ferry Terminal Park on Alderney Drive
Up-and-coming local talents take the stage for this free series of alfresco performances, in a dog-friendly venue overlooking the summer splendour of Halifax Harbour.

5. Supernova Celebration 
Oct. 1, Scotiabank Centre
Organizers are billing it as “Nova Scotia’s biggest live event in almost two years” — a showcase of local musical talent featuring Classified, Ria Mae, Matt Andersen, The Trews, and Jrdn, with a special appearance by Trailer Park Boys Ricky and Julian.  

6. Hopscotch 2021 
Sept. 23 to 26, Grand Parade
Eighteen months without live venues hasn’t dampened Halifax’s smokin’ hot hip-hop scene, and this festival is your best spot to connect with your favourites and discover new wave of rising talents.  

7. Rose Cousins 
Oct. 30, Dalhousie Arts Centre
The Dalhousie Arts Centre is marking its 50th anniversary with the quietest year in its history, so seize this opportunity to see one of Halifax’s most talented singer/ songwriters on the stage where she built her career.

Trent McClellan

8. Halifax ComedyFest Unplugged 
Oct. 29 to 30, Various Venues 
Last year it ran virtually, but for 2021, organizers postponed the typically-in-spring festival to October, and are planning an in-person event. The lineup includes Trent McClellan, Pete Zedlacher, and more.

9. Tyranny 
Ongoing, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Timely and thought-provoking, this exhibition brings together contemporary artists to confront “dominant cultural narratives.” Challenge your perspectives and learn wider truths about your world through powerful sculptures, installations, videos, and paintings.

10. Fully Committed 
Sept. 14 to Oct. 10, Neptune Theatre
Neptune returns to the stage (at last!) with Becky Mode’s farcical one-person show about an award-winning, ridiculously trendy restaurant. In a dingy basement office, far from the magic of molecular gastronomy, skillful reservation-taker Sam has to use his charisma and wits to handle a demanding, elitist clientele. neptunetheatre.com 

Editor’s Note: COVID-19 has made event schedules a moving target. This information was up-to-date at press time, but may have changed in the interim; call ahead to verify schedules and details.

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