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The performing arts are nothing without an audience: the magic when we all come together to experience live music, theatre, or dance can’t be compared.

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A booming weekend in July!

The city’s most vibrant festival returns to Ottawa this summer, ready to rock every corner of the great NAC. Sounds everywhere you go, fantasy in your ears, like a colourful musical current that runs from your head to your toes.

  • Summer programming

    All Together Now

    Gather round our stages and spaces for a truly spectacular collection of performances during our first-ever summer programming series. There are more than 200 shows, plenty are free, with something happening every day of the week. So come laugh, cry, sing, move, groove and be — at the NAC.

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    NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition

    Congratulations to bassoonist Bobby Thompson, grand prize winner of the 2022 competition. We can’t wait to see what you do next!

  • Free

    Autorickshaw: Music of India, Made in Canada

    Celebrate Asian Heritage Month with Toronto-based trio Autorickshaw! This series includes a concert video, a downloadable teacher resource guide, a workshop for teachers, and a Q&A event for students.

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Music is a universal language that gives voice to humanity past and present and through which we celebrate diversity, inclusivity, excellence and collaboration. Explore the orchestra