News Releases

  1. On its 50th Anniversary Thousands of Canadians made the NAC their stage

    June 3, 2019

    On Sunday, June 2, 2019 the National Arts Centre celebrated its 50th Anniversary by welcoming thousands of Canadians to its free 50th Anniversary open house. This momentous occasion provided a rare look at the magic of the backstage, lively workshops in theatre and dance, free performances by Canadian artists, and family activities throughout the NAC’s public spaces. This unique event was in... Read more

  2. National Arts Centre Extends Alexander Shelley's Contract to 2023

    September 6, 2018

    The National Arts Centre (NAC) announced today that Alexander Shelley, Music Director of the NAC Orchestra, has agreed to extend his contract for four years, from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2023. Since Mr. Shelley joined the NAC as Music Director in 2015, the Orchestra has strengthened its national role and focus on Canadian creation and artists, in addition to receiving... Read more

  3. Highlights of an Extraordinary and Historic Year at Canada's National Arts Centre

    December 27, 2017

    In the midst of Canada’s 150th year, the National Arts Centre had one of the most successful years in its 48-year history. Here are some of the highlights of 2017: 1) The appointment of Kevin Loring as the NAC’s first-ever Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre Kevin Loring is a Nlaka’pamux from the Lytton First Nation in B.C., a Governor General’s Award-winning... Read more

  4. NAC Launches 2017-18 Share the Spirit Program for Deserving Children and Families

    November 30, 2017

    The National Arts Centre (NAC), with the help of Presenting Sponsor Sun Life Financial and generous partners and donors, is bringing the magic of live performing arts this holiday season and throughout the year to hundreds of deserving children and their families in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. This is the ninth year for Share the Spirit, an initiative aimed at families who, for economic or health... Read more

  5. Slaight Family Foundation Donates Another $500,000 to put Emerging Artists on NAC Stages

    October 3, 2017

    The National Arts Centre (NAC) is delighted to announce a $500,000 gift from the Slaight Family Foundation to support the up-and-coming Canadian artists who appear on its stages as part of NAC Presents, the Centre’s all-Canadian contemporary music series. Emerging artists who have been featured in the NAC Presents over the past five seasons include Lisa Leblanc, The Once, Lindi Ortega,... Read more

  6. NAC Gala Featuring k.d. lang Raises $747,000 for Arts Educations Programs Across Canada

    September 16, 2017

    Tonight’s 2017 National Arts Centre Gala presented by Rogers and featuring five Grammy- and Juno-Award winning singer/songwriter k.d. lang and the NAC Orchestra, under the leadership of its Music Director Alexander Shelley, has raised $747,000 (net) for the National Youth and Education Trust (NYET) in support of the NAC’s arts and education programs across Canada. The annual NAC Gala... Read more

  7. Transformational gift of $5 million and new named spaces at the NAC

    June 5, 2017

    The National Arts Centre (NAC) today announced a transformational gift of $5 million from Dr. Dianne Kipnes and Mr. Irving Kipnes of Edmonton. The Kipnes’ generosity in supporting the NAC and the performing arts in Canada will be recognized by naming the NAC’s new signature architectural feature, the “Kipnes Lantern”, located over the Centre’s Elgin Street entrance.... Read more

  8. The National Arts Centre and Rogers Make the NAC a Leading Arts Centre in Digital Connectivity

    May 3, 2017

    As Canadians get set to celebrate the 150th anniversary of our country, The National Arts Centre (NAC) today announced Rogers as the presenting sponsor of the NAC Gala and the official Wi-Fi provider to the “new” centre. For the next three years, Rogers will provide next-generation, reliable and complementary Wi-Fi for all public spaces in the “new” NAC. This high-speed,... Read more

  9. NAC Announces 2 Gifts Totalling $3.5 million from John and Jennifer Ruddy, and the Late Jenepher Hooper

    April 25, 2017

    The National Arts Centre Foundation today announced two gifts totalling $3.5 million in support of creation and education from donors with a deep relationship with the National Arts Centre: John and Jennifer Ruddy, and the late Jenepher Hooper. JOHN AND JENNIFER RUDDY GIFT The first gift is from John and Jennifer Ruddy of Ottawa who have made a $1 million pledge to the National Arts... Read more

  10. The Azrieli Foundation Donates $2 Million to the NAC Foundation's Creation Campaign

    February 17, 2017

    The National Arts Centre Foundation is thrilled to announce a $2 million gift from The Azrieli Foundation to support its Creation Campaign. Launched in September 2016, funds raised from the Creation Campaign will support the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund which will invest in the development of new work by artists and arts organizations across the country. Dr. Sharon... Read more