Street closures around NAC during the Ottawa International Jazz Festival

Must Scene

Canada Scene signature events

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Matt Barnes

3 events starting at $75

These are Canada Scene’s not-to-be-missed shows – signature events that feature Canadian icons and up-and-coming artists you need to know about!

  1. Play

    Buffy Sainte-Marie

    with very special guests Randy Bachman & DJ Shub

    NAC Southam Hall

    In one of Canada Scene’s signature events, this musical icon and inspiration to a generation of artists and activists is joined on stage by musical friends to share and celebrate our Canadian – and very human – stories.

  2. Soirée acadienne

    hosted by Édith Butler

    La Nouvelle Scène, Studio A

    Canada Scene welcomes some of Acadia’s best and best-loved artists for Soirée Acadienne, a night of rousing music and storytelling that celebrates the contemporary revival of Acadian culture. Hosted by Édith Butler the grand dame of Acadian music – herself an extraordinary show-woman – Soirée Acadienne will have you moving from the very first notes.

  3. Beethoven Symphony No. 9

    NAC Southam Hall

    This performance shines a light on the youth of Atlantic Canada in a joint performance with Newfoundland’s extraordinary Shallaway Youth Choir, New Brunswick-born soprano Measha Brueggergosman, and the NAC Orchestra. In Part 1 of the evening’s performance, Shallaway will be joined by a group of Ottawa choristers under the direction of renowned choir director Laurence Ewashko

    • Conductor

      Alexander Shelley

    • Soprano soloist

      Measha Brueggergosman

    • Choir director

      Laurence Ewashko

  4. Play

    Cuisine & Confessions

    The 7 Fingers

    Babs Asper Theatre

    Montreal circus troupe Les 7 Doigts de la main (The 7 Fingers) returns to the NAC for Canada Scene! Cleverly bringing audiences (of all ages) into its recipes, Cuisine & Confessions blends cooking with energetic and poignant storytelling – all wrapped in a circus at a human scale, with love and humour never far away.

  5. Natalie MacMaster

    A Canadian Fiddle Celebration

    NAC Southam Hall

    One of Cape Breton’s best-loved Celtic fiddlers returns to the National Arts Centre and Canada Scene for an epic evening of music celebrating Canada’s diverse fiddle traditions. 

  6. Play

    Oscar, With Love

    Celebrating Canada's Jazz Legend

    NAC Southam Hall

    An intimate evening of music and memories, featuring seven renowned pianists playing Oscar’s personal Bösendorfer Imperial piano. Canadians Robi Botos, Oliver Jones, and Jon Kimura Parker appear with Bill Charlap, Gerald Clayton, Benny Green, and Justin Kauflin to perform selections by and for Oscar. 

  7. Play

    He’s Canada’s answer to Elton John: a piano-playing singer-songwriter with a Baroque-pop style that draws equal inspiration from classical opera and Broadway show tunes. The bohemian son of folk singer Kate McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright gained international fame with his Grammy-nominated tribute to Judy Garland, performed in glittering ruby slippers at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Toronto’s Luminato Festival. Let down your hair for an evening of vamp and camp as this born showman regales the audience with a set-list of his best and most provocative music.

    • conductor

      Jayce Ogren

  8. Play

    Old Stock

    A refugee love story

    Azrieli Studio

    Ben Caplan plays a vodka-swilling omniscient narrator/MC in this examination of the refugee experience viewed through the historical lens of Jewish refugees a hundred years ago. Created with Ottawa’s own luminary playwright Hannah Moscovitch, Old Stock is based on her great-great-grandparents’ true experiences. 

    • Created by

      Hannah Moscovitch, Ben Caplan, and...

    • Starring

      Ben Caplan

    • Directed by

      Christian Barry

  9. Play

    Ariane Moffatt with the NAC Orchestra

    with Marie-Pierre Arthur and Alexandre Désilets

    NAC Southam Hall

    Ariane Moffatt goes symphonic for a night! Leaving aside her piano and synthesizers, she joins forces with the National Arts Centre Orchestra to deliver a new interpretation of her musical universe. She immerses herself wholeheartedly in this symphonic adventure, transforming her electropop pieces into dazzling orchestral gems finely crafted by arranger and conductor Simon Leclerc.

  10. Play

    Swing the night away with the one-and-only Quebec trad music veteran Yves Lambert – and his most improbable counterpart, Socalled, the creator of klezmer hip-hop.

  11. Angela Hewitt’s Bach Odyssey

    Recital III

    NAC Southam Hall

    • J.S. Bach Partita No. 1 in B-flat major
    • J.S. Bach Partita No. 2 in C minor
    • J.S. Bach Sonata in D minor
    • J.S. Bach Partita No. 4 in D major

    Bach’s suites of fashionable dances caused a sensation in the palaces of Baroque Europe. Three centuries later, his Partitas sparkle with virtuosity and charm at the hands of Ottawa’s own Angela Hewitt, known worldwide as the outstanding Bach pianist of her generation. Don’t miss the third recital in Hewitt’s Bach Odyssey series!

  12. Play Sold Out

    Traditionally set deep in the northern forest, Theatre in the Bush is an annual Whitehorse summer sell-out that takes the ritual and mad magic of a bush party and distils it into an interactive theatre event. It’s a celebration, a meeting place, and a taste of Yukon theatre, music, and food all rolled into one.

    • Miche Genest

    • Geneviève Doyon

    • Jocylyn McDowell

  13. Play

    Hailing from all corners of the globe – from Peru to Burkina Faso to Cuba to Ukraine – and now living in the Greater Toronto Area, the orchestra’s 12 musicians play instruments as diverse as they are, from the tar of Iran to the bouzouki of Greece to the hulusi of China. Over the course of several months, the ensemble have shared each other’s cultures and music traditions as they rehearse, compose, and give workshops and community concerts.

    • tar

      Padideh Ahrarnejad (Iran)

    • woodwinds and ethnic Ukrainian flutes

      Sasha Boychouk (Ukraine)

    • violin, viola, jaw harp, spoons, and vocals

      Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuk (Canada – Métis)...

Get the Best Seats at the Best Price.

613-947-7000 x620 • 1-866-850-2787 x620   •   Box Office hours & location