Reggae Roots

NACO Pops Series

Reggae Roots
Family programming Music Classical music Pops Vocal Singer/Songwriter Roots music
  • In-person event

  • Ages 12-17

  • Approx. 1 hour
Performance options Start time Language Availability
Thursday, February 23, 2023 11:00 am bilingual Seats available

Learn about the people, sounds, and stories of Reggae

Experience the evolution of Jamaica’s most famous export in Reggae Roots, and discover the people, sounds, and stories of the musical movement that grew to influence music around the globe.

Hailed as reggae-roots royalty, Jamaica-born, Halifax-based vocalist Jah’Mila finds her groove with conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in a program that reflects on the social, cultural, and spiritual importance of the magical musical genre that has shaped Jamaica and touched the world.

Presented in association with the NAC Orchestra's POPS series.





In advance of attending the Reggae Roots student matinee concert, be sure to access the free six-part video on-demand learning series that includes free study guides and a classroom teaching aid!

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Let your students experience one of the most outstanding ensembles of its kind in the world!

The NAC Orchestra boasts many of the finest musicians in the country who enthusiastically share the common goal of bringing music to young people. Perfectly suited to both the novice student and musical apprentice, this weekday matinee is bound to delight students and teachers alike!


  • conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser
  • Singer-songwriter  Jah’Mila
  • Host Keithy Antoine
  • Featuring NAC Orchestra
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    Vocals   Kristine Kovacevic
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    Drums  Tedmund ‘Teddy’ Skiffington
  • Bass Phil Williams
  • Keys Andru Branch
  • Backup Vocals, EWI, Saxophone, Percussion Sean Weber
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    Guitar Pascal Richard

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Learning and engagement at Canada’s National Arts Centre is made possible through the support of many generous individuals and organizations from across the country. Arts Alive is generously supported by the Azrieli Foundation, the Government of Nunavut, Canadian North, Calm Air, The River Philip Foundation, The Turnbull Family Community Building Foundation, and The Thomas Sill Foundation. Thank you also to Grant and Alice Burton, Canada Life, A Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Friends of the NAC Orchestra, Donors to the NAC Foundation's Future Fund, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Artistic Excellence, and the donors and sponsors of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre.