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  1. Play
    • Somers Louis Riel

    A co-production with the Canadian Opera Company
    With surtitles in English and French 

    Hero, martyr, or traitor? This fully staged, landmark 1967 opera by Harry Somers tells the complex, riveting story of the polarizing Métis leader, with the incomparable Canadian baritone Russell Braun in the title role.

  2. Play

    Based on the life of Chinese-Canadian neuroscientist and Senator Lillian Eva Quan Dyck, Café Daughter maps the hierarchy of racism in Canada, asking questions that any Canadian of mixed heritage might ask: Who am I? Who are my people? Who can I lean on when times are tough?

  3. Camerata Nova

    Taken

    University of Ottawa: Tabaret Hall

    Winnipeg’s internationally acclaimed Camerata Nova choir continues to evolve in its own imaginative, risk-taking, and quirky way, with early and contemporary Indigenous-infused music remaining its pillars. For Taken, Camerata Nova commissioned three Indigenous artists to create works on the theme of “taken.” 

  4. Featuring a fully integrated professional cast of actors with and without Down syndrome, King Arthur’s Night delightfully redefines what is possible in theatre, in language, and in the stories that define our world.

    • Creation

      Niall McNeil and Marcus Youssef

    • Director

      James Long

    • Music

      Veda Hille

  5. Play

    Twenty-six authors. Twenty-six letters. A reconstruction of language and meaning. 

    At the instigation of Quebec author Olivier Choinière, 26 playwrights, poets, and writers from across the country explore 26 words connected to current events in 2017, words that are overused or losing their meaning.

  6. Play

    Buffy Sainte-Marie

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. Play

    In this unique production of Salt-Water Moon from Why Not Theatre and Factory Theatre, director and 2016 Siminovitch Prize nominee Ravi Jain re-imagines a treasured Canadian classic about love, loss, and reconciliation through a truly universal lens. 

    • Written by

      David French

    • Directed by

      Ravi Jain

    • Starring

      Bahareh Yaraghi, Danny Ghantous, Ania Soul

  9. 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, members of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, 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

  10. Play

    Cuisine & Confessions

    The 7 Fingers

    NAC 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.

  11. Set in 1968, a heady but challenging time of social change for African-Nova Scotian women, when many simply decided not to work “in service” anymore, The West Woods gives a touching and human face to the struggles of the time.

    • Written by

      Tara Reddick

    • Director

      Emmy Alcorn

    • Actors

      Micha CromwellNathan SimmonsMariah IngerAlexandra Laferrière...

  12. 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. 

  13. Queer Songbook Orchestra

    NAC Studio

    The Queer Songbook Orchestra are a 12-piece chamber pop ensemble of queer and allied musicians, dedicated to exploring the LGBTQ back-stories and personal narratives in the last century of popular music. This special concert will be hosted by Olympic gold medallist Mark Tewksbury and theatre actor/writer Stephen Jackman-Torkoff.

  14. 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. 

  15. Robin Poitras

    END OF WINTER

    Arts Court - Theatre

    Robin Poitras’ two-part program of dance works demonstrates why The Globe and Mail has called her “one of Canada’s greatest dancers.” 

    • Choreographer

      Robin Poitras

  16. Play

    Old Stock

    A refugee love story

    NAC 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

  17. Play

    If a Place Could Be Made

    The Daly Family Collective (Diana Daly, Louise Moyes, Anne Troake)

    Arts Court - Theatre

    Following a sold-out, five-show run in St. John’s last year, the Daly Family Collective presents If a Place Could be Made, the touching and funny story of the Daly family of Newfoundland.

    • Created by

      Diana Daly, Louise Moyes, and...

    • Performed by

      Diana Daly and Louise Moyes

    • Director and Co-creator

      Anne Troake

  18. 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.

  19. Play

    Compagnie Marie Chouinard

    Hieronymus Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights

    NAC Theatre

    Since 1978, world-renowned choreographer and performer Marie Chouinard's startling and evocative works have reflected her belief that dance is a sacred art and the human body is the vehicle for that art. Featuring a talented ensemble, Hieronymus Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights delves into the mysterious imagery of Bosch’s most famous and ambitious surviving painting.

  20. Play

    Socalled with very special guest Yves Lambert

    with Le Vent du Nord

    NAC Theatre

    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.

  21. Play

    Bill Coleman & Gordon Monahan

    Dollhouse

    Arts Court - Theatre

    Contemporary dance master Bill Coleman’s Dollhouse depicts a figure whose whole world is literally falling in around him. Inhabiting a small, object-laden room that collapses and breaks at his every touch, he shares the stage with another character – the unique soundscape of avant-garde composer Gordon Monahan, which accompanies the dancer’s descent into chaos.

    • Choreographer

      Bill Coleman

    • Composer

      Gordon Monahan

  22. Play

    Gabriel Dharmoo

    Imaginary Anthropologies

    NAC Back Stage

    Gabriel Dharmoo's musical practice defies pigeon-holing – and sometimes description – encompassing so much more than composition, performance, and vocal improvisation. His Imaginary Anthropologies is unpredictable, challenging, and fun, floating in the fine space between satire and seriousness, between tradition and novelty, between cleverness and folly.

  23. Sounds of Persia:

    Canada’s New Music Masters

    NAC Studio

    Sounds of Persia celebrates this country’s hidden gems – a wealth of talented world musicians who have arrived in Canada over the decades. Often labouring under the radar of mainstream culture, these exceptional Persian artists explore musical boundaries and ultimately prove there are none!

    • santur

      Amir Amiri

    • kamancheh

      Showan Tavakol

    • rabab

      Behnaz Sohrabi

  24. 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

    Spellbinding precision. Unparalleled technique. Beautiful baroque. Don’t miss the third recital in Hewitt’s Bach Odyssey series!

  25. Play

    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

  26. Kiviuq is an eternal wanderer and the legendary hero of Inuit stories from across Canada’s Arctic. Kiviuq Returns is a new creation that brings together music, dancing, brilliant costumes, elder storytelling, and Inuit actors of all ages to recount Kiviuq's heroism, f​rom ancient times through colonization and a future illuminated by story and song.

    • Directors

      Sheena Akoomalik, Martha Burns

    • Choreographer

      Carlos Rivera

    • Writers

      Looe Arreak, Vinnie Karetak, Taqralik...

  27. Anishinabekwe

    With ShoShona Kish, Tanya Tagaq, Amanda Rheaume, and more

    NAC Theatre

    ShoShona Kish, one half of the duo that fronts JUNO Award-winning band Digging Roots, has invited five of Canada’s most accomplished female Indigenous artists for Anishinabekwe, an unforgettable evening of music and musical storytelling.

    • Music Director

      Raven Kanatakta

  28. 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)...

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