Thursday, September 29, 2022

Halifax fall arts guide

Here are some of the shows we're looking forward to in Halifax this fall.

As the warm summer gives way to cooler days and nights and Haligonians begin to head indoors, fall is a great time to get back to the city’s theatre and performing arts venues.

Here are some of the shows we’re looking forward to this fall in theatre, music, comedy, and more.

And be sure to check out our full calendar of events for other happenings in and around the Halifax area.

Theatre

Theatre Arts Guild opens its season with Daniel MacIvor’s Marion Bridge (Sep 22-Oct 1), the story of three women in their thirties who come “home” to Cape Breton to be with their dying mother.

Part costume drama, part queer love story, part tragicomedy, Gale Force Theatre presents Crypthand (Sep 23-Oct 2), inspired by the 19th century coded diaries of Anne Lister.

Neptune Theatre brings William Goldman’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery (Oct 14-Nov 6) to the stage as romance novelist Paul Sheldon is rescued from a car crash by his “number one fan,” Annie Wilkes.

Neptune Theatre is spreading Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear with the musical stage adaptation of the holiday classic film Elf The Musical (Nov 22-Jan 8), the story of Buddy The Elf who embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity.

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (Nov 24-Dec 30) returns to Neptune Theatre’s Scotiabank Stage in a reprise of the dramatic telling of Charles Dickens’s holiday classic about the true meaning of Christmas.

Rhys Bevan-John as Ebenezer Scrooge in Dickens' A Christmas Carol, one of two holidays shows from Neptune Theatre this year. Photo by Stoo Metz.
Rhys Bevan-John as Ebenezer Scrooge in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, one of two holiday shows from Neptune Theatre this year. Photo by Stoo Metz.

Music

70′s rock band Supertramp gets the tribute treatment in Dreamer (Sep 23), as an 8-piece group of multi-instrumentalists perform all of the sounds used in a real Supertramp show.

Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer (Sep 23) performs in Halifax as part of her Are You Gone Tour.

Symphony Nova Scotia delves into the busy life of Johann Sebastian Bach with 1722: Bach’s World (Sep 24 & 25).

The Nova Scotia Mass Choir celebrates its 30th anniversary with We Can Change This World (Sep 29-Oct 1) in a tribute to the Nova Scotian cultural experience.

We Can Change This World
The Nova Scotia Mass Choir celebrates 30 years with We Can Change This World.

Canadian rock band Arkells takes to the Scotiabank Centre as it performs with special guest Lights (Sep 30).

Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Guthro returns to Casino Nova Scotia for his Songwriter’s Circle – Hall of Fame edition (Sep 30 & Oct 1).

Sonic Concerts presents Canadian rapper Loud (Oct 1) with special guest Lary Kidd.

Cecilia Concerts presents the first of this season’s Sensory-Accessible Concerts (Oct 2) featuring bassoonist Gabe Azzie and host, curator, and pianist Jennifer King.

The Aussies take over Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre Concert Bowl for the Australian Pink Floyd Show (Oct 4), which strives to reproduce the complete Pink Floyd experience and bring the music to new audiences.

Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith (Oct 6) returns to Halifax.

Ron Sexsmith
Ron Sexsmith plays at the Rebecca Cohn on Oct 6.

Grammy award-winning Irish band Clannad (Oct 9) celebrates its 50-year career with its In A Lifetime tour.

Another act from down under, The Australian Bee Gees Show (Oct 13), pays tribute to brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice.

The Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra kicks its heels as it hosts a Dance Party (Oct 15) featuring Halifax’s social media sensation, the Maritime Bhangra Group.

The Stage at St. Andrew’s presents Australian guitar virtuoso Daniel Champagne (Oct 21) as he brings his tour back to Canada for the first time in three years.

Grammy-winning, multi-platinum crooner Michael Bublé (Oct 21) performs at the Scotiabank Centre as part of his Higher tour.

Folk singer-songwriter Basia Bulat (Oct 27) comes to Halifax as part of The Garden Tour.

Canadian Celtic-rock group Rawlins Cross (Oct 28) celebrates the release of its brand-new 11th studio recording Sunrise with a stop in Halifax.

Rawlins Cross: Sunrise Tour
The Rawlins Cross Sunrise Tour marks the band’s 11th studio recording.

Fortunate Ones, The Once and Old Man Luedecke come together for their Anchor’s Up Tour (Oct 29).

One of the most respected pianists of the classical music genre, Cecilia Concerts presents Grammy Award-winning Angela Hewitt (Oct 30) in concert.

Punk rock band The Offspring (Oct 31) performs as part of their Let The Bad Times Roll Tour in support of their album and featuring support from Canadian rockers Simple Plan.

Halifax Camerata Singers presents Legacies (Nov 5), a Remembrance-themed concert featuring music by living Canadian composers.

After sold-out shows in Halifax in 2019, the Afro-German-Caribbean disco and funk vocal group Boney M. featuring Liz Mitchell (Nov 22) returns to Halifax.

Canadian pop, electro and jazz singer and songwriter Charlotte Cardin (Nov 26) performs as part of her Phoenix Tour 2022 with special guest Charlie Houston.

Singer-songwriter Serena Ryder (Dec 1) performs in Halifax as part of her Art of Falling Apart Tour.

Halifax indie-pop singer-songwriter Ria Mae (Dec 8) performs with Virginia to Vegas as part of The Rock Paper Scissors Tour.

Comedy

Comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah (Sep 24) performs at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax as part of his Back to Abnormal World Tour.

Stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and podcaster Tom Segura (Oct 16) comes to Halifax as part of his I’m Coming Everywhere World Tour.

Tom Segura: I'm Coming Everywhere World Tour
Tom Segura’s I’m Coming Everywhere World Tour plays at the Scotiabank Centre on Oct 16.

Two-time Emmy and WGA award-winning writer, actor, and comedian John Mulaney (Nov 4) brings his tour John Mulaney: From Scratch to Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre.

Yuk Yuk’s Halifax welcomes a bevy of comedians to its stage with performances from the likes of Sunee Dhaliwal, Adrienne Fish & Danny Martinello.

Festivals

The Hopscotch Festival (Sep 22-25) returns as local hip-hop artists perform together alongside world-class headliners.

The Prismatic Arts Festival (Sep 26-Oct 9) returns to local venues to celebrate the work of Indigenous artists and artists of colour from across the country.

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