News Releases

  1. Truth in Our Time: Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra and Alexander Shelley present the world premiere recording of Philip Glass's Symphony No. 13

    February 9, 2024

    Truth in Our Time complements American minimalist’s new symphony with compelling programming including Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9, Korngold’s Violin Concerto, featuring James Ehnes, and potent contemporary works by Nicole Lizée and Yao   "The concert was as much a capsule presentation of the orchestra as an institution as well as a performing ensemble.... Read more

  2. The National Arts Centre returns to the Salon du livre de l'Outaouais

    February 7, 2024

    Many exciting activities are on the docket for 2024   February 7, 2024 – OTTAWA (Canada) – The NAC is pleased to be partnering with the Salon du livre de l’Outaouais for the first time since 2020, when the pandemic forced the collaboration to be put on hold. There’s a full schedule of events planned for this important cultural landmark, which will be taking... Read more

  3. Call for Applications: National Arts Centre Orchestra Announces New Resident Conductor Program

    February 1, 2024

    Canadian, early-career professional conductors are invited to apply by March 7  February 1, 2024 – OTTAWA (Canada) – The National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) is expanding its suite of professional development programs with the announcement of a new Resident Conductor Program.  The new two-year position, commencing at the start of NACO’s 2024-25 season, provides... Read more


    January 16, 2024

    January 16, 2024 – OTTAWA – On February 17 and 18, the National Arts Centre will be bursting at the seams with children’s joyful energy during the BIG BANG Festival. Two days of colourful festivities and musical adventures for kids and their families, perfectly timed for Family Day weekend during Winterlude.  From interactive sound installations to the return of the... Read more

  5. Sarah Conn Appointed Artistic Producer of the NAC’s National Creation Fund

    January 11, 2024

    The National Arts Centre today announced that Sarah Conn has been appointed Artistic Producer of the NAC’s National Creation Fund, effective immediately.  One of the NAC’s major national initiatives, the National Creation Fund invests up to 2 million dollars a year in the development of compelling new creations in the performing arts.  Fuelled by donors, the Fund has... Read more

  6. Frances Končan's Women of the Fur Trade Flips the Script of Conventional Tales

    January 9, 2024

    Lively Historical Satire Launches at the NAC in a Sold-Out Co-Production with the Great Canadian Theatre Company and Native Earth Performing Arts JANUARY 9, 2024 – OTTAWA (Canada) – Francis Končan’s Women of the Fur Trade is a comedic and playful look at Canadian history, re-examining the narratives of Treaty 1 territory, the fur trade era, and the building of a new nation... Read more

  7. The layers and colours of an important Canadian painter's life

    December 14, 2023

    NAC French Theatre ends 2023 in style with Le projet Riopelle   Decembre 14, 2023 – OTTAWA (Canada) – Hailed by critics in Montreal and Quebec City, Le projet Riopelle, a biography in living canvases by Robert Lepage / Ex Machina, hits the stage tonight in Ottawa for four performances. Sold-out for months in advance, the show is part of a series of activities... Read more

  8. Quand tu me regardes: A theatrical dance with endless play possibilities

    December 11, 2023

    NAC French Theatre’s Enfance/jeunesse series continues with a mobile ball that will remind the whole family of the beauty of being oneself   December 11, 2023 – OTTAWA (Canada) – What’s better, amid the frenzy of December, than taking some time off to dream together? Quand tu me regardes [When you look at me] unleashes vibrating bodies and... Read more


    December 5, 2023

    December 5, 2023 – OTTAWA – Beat the drums and sound the trumpets: the BIG BANG Festival is set to return Family Day weekend in 2024!   The NAC will be booming with performances and activities perfect for kids aged 5-12 and their families on February 17 and 18, for this two-day festival of sonic adventures.   Every square inch of the NAC will be transformed into a... Read more

  10. The NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition opens for applications

    November 30, 2023

    Close to $25,000 to be awarded to talented young musicians from across Canada   November 30, 2023 – OTTAWA (Canada) – The National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) continues to nurture young musical talent in Canada’s National Capital Region with its 2024 NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition, which opens to applications on Friday, December 1st, 2023.   ... Read more

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