Mayor Peter Kelly called Halifax Regional Municipality “Atlantic Canada’s concert capital” yesterday, potentially refuelling a friendly rivalry between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Halifax is hosting some huge acts this summer, including the two Halifax Rock concerts featuring Paul McCartney and KISS. But that’s not all.

There’s also the Virgin Festival featuring The Tragically Hip and The Offspring July 4 and the Canadian Forces Halifax Rock Fest Aug. 2, which includes Chickenfoot and Our Lady Peace. The Multicultural Festival’s Supershow is at Dartmouth’s Alderney Landing on June 26, with Paula Cole headlining.


In total, the mayor said, there will be 22 special events across HRM this summer.

But Moncton offers up some stiff competition, with Bon Jovi hitting Magnetic Hill June 27 and AC/DC playing at the same venue Aug. 6.

Promoter Harold MacKay said he’s not overly worried about facing off against Moncton for music fans and money.

“We think the entertainment value for your dollar is pretty incredible,” he said. “Hopefully people can find the resources to attend the (shows) that they want to see.”

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