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August 30-September 9
Atlantic Fringe Festival
The Atlantic Fringe Festival has been putting on curiously charming acts for over 20 years. Original works of playwrights, musicians and dancers enliven downtown theatres "on the cheap," from the really funny to the deeply felt. Highlights include the one-man melodies of Merv Hartlen (Merv'n Out), the comedy and magic of Picnicface's Bill Wood and Toronto's cult-like side-stinging sketch group, The Boom, hosting music and filthy insanity.$1-$11,

September 2-5
Dalhousie O-Week 2012
Every year that goes by since I graduated, drinking at campus pubs gets slightly less cool. Luckily, Dalhousie University's Orientation is a free pass for feeling creepy. Welcoming the class of 2012: Toronto's electro trio Keys N Krates (Black and Gold Night), Halifax funk favourites The Mellotones, and (what!) an evening of entertainment with Les Stroud, OLN's Survivorman. Maybe he'll drink his own urine (unconfirmed). The Grawood, 6136 University Avenue

September 5, 12, 19, 26
Road to Indie Week
Wednesday nights this September, the Seahorse hosts The Road to Indie Week, where HRM indie bands play through finals for a chance to win a showcase at Indie Week in Toronto, and maybe even the whole friggin' national contest! A good time for new music discovery. $5, The Seahorse Tavern, 1665 Argyle Street

September 7-9
Summersonic Festival
Sonic Concerts presents three days of goofing around with pop, punk rock and ultra-chill vibes on Garrison Grounds. You can catch easy Friday (Bahamas, Stars, K'Naan), over-easy Saturday (Daniel Lanois, Martin Sexton, Ben Harper), hard-boiled Sunday (Propaghandi, The Vandals, Rise Against) and many more, individually or with a pass. Get muddy, have fun. $85/weekend, Garrison Grounds,

September 14
Kathleen Edwards
Ottawa's alt-folk sweetheart Kathleen Edwards wants you to hear her fourth album, Voyageur, with Cape Breton/PEI's quirky folk-popper Molly Rankin. Soft yet upbeat, late-summer sunshine.26.50/$31.50, Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue,

September 14
CDKU Lobby Show, Pitter Patter Festival
Dal's community campus radio station CDKU 88.1FM is a source and supporter of exceptional Canadian content. The fall months are packed full of talent shows, secret shows, pancake breakfasts, folk writing circles and lobby events, like this one for the Canada-wide Pitter Patter, 6136 University Avenue, fourth floor,

September 21-22
NSCAD'S Back to School Special
Margaret Landon, Jodie Foster and Peter Griffin have all been touched by Anna Leonowens, Victorian co-founder of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. ANNAversary celebrates NSCAD's 125 years with the return of The King and I Bar, installed only on quasquicentennials---along with other artworks---capped off with a decadent concert in Granville Mall on Saturday with Buck 65, Matt Mays, Ghettosocks, Ria Mae, Tanya Davis and more.$30/$125 VIP, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Granville Mall, Granville at Duke Streets

September 21
Jenn Grant
Jenn Grant releases The Beautiful Wild, her fifth album of trills and thrills that make her a homespun pop hero. Remember the cover of Munsch's The Paperbag Princess? Grant's newest single "In the Belly of a Dragon" is a more heart-worn version, but just as enchanted.$23, Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope Street,

October 5
Hey Ocean!
Vancouver boardwalk-pop Hey Ocean! come Atlantic with prog-rock duo The Zolas. Did you know Hey Ocean! has a cult following of My Little Pony fans? Not even joking.$12/$15, Michael's Bar & Grill, 6100 Young Street

October 12
Black Label Society Zakk Wylde's heavy metal circus is on a pan-Canada tour with Finnish speed freaks Children of Bodom at the Forum. Maybe this time I'll get to touch Wylde's beard.$49.50/$54.50, Halifax Forum, 2901 Windsor Street,

October 16-20
Halifax Pop Explosion
Celebrating its 20th year, the Halifax Pop Explosion is going to do some serious damage with over 150 acts from the brand new to the annals of indie-rock history, comedy with local funnies and NYC's Eugene Mirman, industry conferences and merch fairs. Even the Marquee Club will be back in business. Wintersleep, Purity Ring, Superfriendz, The Burning Hell, Deer Tick and the Black Lips make up a really impressive indie bill that includes a ton of locals. Showcase coordinator Andrew Neville says HPX wanted to get Halifax bands on every show to promote some of our best (Cold Warps, Jon McKiel, Mike O'Neill, Kestrels), but his Don't-Miss-This-Band Pro-Tip: "Freak Heat Waves, from Victoria, probably the best band in Canada right now." HPX is the best fucking week of the year.$65/$150/$275,

October 19
Dan Mangan and Symphony Nova Scotia
As part of Pop Explosion, Vancouver's Dan Mangan teams up with Symphony Nova Scotia for a night of super-scored folk-rock. Making girls swoon, racking up Juno noms, getting rave reviews: no problem. With conductor Shalom Bard, he'll croon the roof off the Cohn.$29/$54, Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, 6101 University Avenue,

October 30
The Australian Pink Floyd Show
For Halloween, take your parents to the closest thing they'll ever get to seeing a live (and legendary) Pink Floyd show: a disco-laser kangaroo-acid-trip extraordinaire in honour of one of Britain's most influential and epic psych-rock bands. Munchies not included.$53.50, Halifax Metro Centre, 5284 Duke Street,

November 22
Jill Barber and Matthew Barber
Once our own songstress, now based in Vancouver, Jill Barber plays her newest album Mischievous Moon with her brother Matthew, glowing warmth on a cold winter night. $32.50/$37.50, Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope Street,

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