SHOWTIME IN THE CAPITAL
Keith Urban Sept. 14
The New Zealand/Australian sensation Keith Urban is still a master of the country ballad, further cementing his pop reputation with new singles that continue to melt hearts and get people dancing. His exhilarating Ottawa show kicks off the Canadian portion of his tour in support of Grafitti U, his eleventh studio album. Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., canadiantirecentre.com
The Pack a.d. Sept. 21
The duo of Becky Black and Maya Miller has crashed onto and off of stages for over a decade, creating a killer ruckus that’s both catchy and cathartic. The Vancouver indie rockers have shredded and thrashed their way across the continent, ending their latest tour in Ottawa. The 27 Club, 27 York St.
Frank Turner Sept. 24 & 25
Punk rock troubadour and fantastic frontman Frank Turner returns with his backing band the Sleeping Souls to highlight his latest effort, Be More Kind.
The album is as hard-hitting as it is heart-warming, reminding his avid audiences how to be a good person in Turner’s effervescent poetry. Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave., bronsoncentre.ca
School of Rock Sept. 25-30
The 2003 comedy flick about a substitute teacher/wannabe rock star who turns a Grade 4 class into an epic rock band gets a full Broadway makeover. Every kid on stage actually rocks his or her instrument to perform all the hits from the movie as well as original songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber. National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St., nac-cna.ca
Elton John Sept. 28
Sir Elton Hercules John is bidding a fabulous farewell to legions of his fans on a global tour. The crooning rock star pianist is easily one of the most influential artists of all time. If only his concerts lasted a full day! Just long enough to play every single in his impressive repertoire of glam rock and pop. Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., canadiantirecentre.com
Cadence Weapon Sept. 29
Consistently, with every album, Cadence Weapon is long- or short-listed for Canada’s top award of musical merit, the Polaris Prize. His most recent, self-titled fourth LP is a love letter to his roots, his work, and his affection of electronic, funk, and hip hop music. The 27 Club, 27 York St.
NAC Gala with Diana Ross Oct. 3
Prepare for a supreme evening at the National Arts Centre, hosted by the one and only Queen of Motown, Diana Ross. Her masterful stage presence and breathtaking voice will enchant the evening, with nothing but the hits. National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St., nac-cna.ca
Rae Spoon Oct. 5
Entertainer and storyteller Rae Spoon is celebrating 20 years as a recorded musician. Their ninth album, bodiesofwater, continues the tradition of Spoon’s much-loved indie folkrock that’s inflected with electronica, and confronts weighty subjects including gender, climate change, and grief. The 27 Club, 27 York St.
Steve Martin & Martin Short Oct. 20
An Evening You Will Forget For the Rest of Your Life sums up the kind of faux insincerity, dry wit, and dad humour that Steve Martin and Martin Short bring to the stage on this multi-talented tour. Backed by
the Steep Canyon Rangers, with whom Martin recorded his latest bluegrass album “The LongAwaited Album”, and pianist Jeff Babko, this vaudevillian comedy duo put together an evening that is sure to be unforgettable. TD Place, 1015 Bank St., tdplace.ca
Chilly Gonzales Oct. 22
This Canadian expat is as spirited a rap MC as he is a dexterous pianist who’s known for his playful, masterful compositions. Chilly Gonzales has scored films, toured the world with electrifying acts, and contributed with the likes of Feist, Daft Punk, and Drake. National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St., nac-cna.ca
Steve Martin & Martin Short