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I'm Dillon, the Editor In Chief for The Sputnik. I am in my fourth year of journalism. I love all things sports and music, and have a passion for writing about both. I am from Edmonton, but somehow (and maybe unfortunately) I hate the Oilers and love the Leafs.
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Welcome back! Or welcome, if this is your first year. September at Laurier Brantford is always exciting, bursting with possibilities. Many new experiences, relationships (and assignments) await. But it doesn’t take long until the school work mounts up and you get bogged down. Luckily, The Sputnik is watching out for Laurier Brantford students, and is keeping you up-to-date on concerts happening in and around Brantford to give you just enough of a break to refresh and hit the books hard.

George Canyon – September 11, 2014. 8:00 pm. Sanderson Centre for Performing Arts. $45.00

This Canadian country legend hits campus streets at the nearby Sanderson Centre for Performing Arts for a night of great country music. With him is special guest Jordan McIntosh. Sure to remind students of their childhood, this concert will give you that feeling of being at home without having to leave.

Brantford International Jazz Festival/ Frank Sinatra Jr.– September12, 13, 14. Harmony Square/ Sanderson Centre for Performing Arts. $55.00+

The fifth annual Brantford International Jazz Festival promises to be the best one yet. This year they are expanding to a three day schedule, and trust me it is a weekend you will not want to miss. It grows in size every year, and is a great way to feel part of the community. You might not know any of the acts, but don’t let that keep you away. Take the short walk from your house or dorm down to Harmony Square for a beautiful outdoor music break. The festival is free, although this year, a special headlining act is scheduled. Frank Sinatra Jr. will be hitting the Sanderson Centre for Performing Arts on Saturday, September 13. This is a great way to feel nostalgic, to take someone on an awkward first date, or to simply just enjoy good, classic music.

Brantford Comedy Festival Featuring Jeremy Hotz – September 18-20. The Station/Best Western/ Sanderson Centre for Performing Arts. Free – $55.00

Also in its fifth edition, the Brantford Comedy Festival is an exciting, growing weekend of comedy, both professionally and locally, right in downtown Brantford! Things get started off with a local comedy show Thursday night at The Station, the coffeehouse by the Train Station. Doors open at 8 p.m., the show starts at 9 p.m., and it is free. Friday night at the Best Western is the finals of the Rising Stars Challenge. Eight comics compete, and the winner gets to open for the finale Saturday night. Tickets are $15.00 and the show starts at 8. The festival wraps up with The Gala Night, featuring Canadian comedian Jeremy Hotz. Often seen on Just For Laughs, Hotz is a huge talent and this will be a night you don’t want to miss. The show is at the Sanderson Centre for Performing Arts, and tickets start at $55.00.

KOI Music Festival – September 19-21. Downtown Kitchener. Free – $45

Ok, we know this is not in Brantford, but the line-up is simply too good to ignore. Bands include Danko Jones, Mad Caddies, Every Time I Die, Protest The Hero and USS! In total, over 90 bands will be performing, and the short trip to Kitchener is definitely worth it. Friday night is free, and Saturday passes are $45, while Sunday is just $32. This is a cheap, affordable festival that you don’t want to miss!