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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

Chilly Gon­za­les

Frank Turner

Steve Martin & Martin Short

Ca­dence Weapon

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