News Releases

  1. NAC Flags Fly at Half-mast in Honour of Renowned Conductor and Composer Bramwell Tovey

    July 13, 2022

    It was with great sadness the National Arts Centre (NAC) learned of the death of Bramwell Tovey, a towering figure in Canada’s classical music world and an influential arts leader worldwide. Maestro Tovey was a conductor and prolific composer with a body of work spanning more than 40 years.  The charismatic Tovey was known for his easy connections with audiences and musicians alike. He... Read more

  2. THE NAC ORCHESTRA PRESENTS SPHERE: LISTENING TO THE EARTH, COMING THIS FALL

    July 12, 2022

    July 12, 2022 – OTTAWA – From September 22-25, the NAC Orchestra presents SPHERE: Listening to the Earth. Co-curated by NACO Music Director Alexander Shelley and Canadian-Icelandic interdisciplinary artist Dr. Angela Rawlings, this festival focuses on a positive way forward on an ever-changing planet.    In SPHERE’s concerts, NACO will bring Earth and the climate... Read more

  3. THE NAC WILL KICK OFF SUMMER WITH A BIG BANG: A CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL TO DELIGHT YOUNG AND OLD

    May 24, 2022

    News Release Summer edition to be presented over the Canada Day long weekend Ottawa, May 24, 2022 – On July 2 and 3, the sound of children’s laughter will echo through the National Arts Centre (NAC) during the BIG BANG Festival, an all-music event dedicated to youth. Forced to go digital last February, the popular sound adventure is back for 2022 (take 2) in a live... Read more

  4. THE STAGE IS SET FOR THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE’S 2022-2023 SEASON

    May 17, 2022

    News Release THE STAGE IS SET FOR THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE’S 2022-2023 SEASON    Experience the excitement as music, dance and theatre fill all four stages MAY 17, 2022 – OTTAWA, CANADA – As audiences return to the National Arts Centre’s performance halls, and with the ever-growing buzz around live performances, the NAC’s programming departments are... Read more

  5. NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE ORCHESTRA 2022-2023 SEASON PRESENTS MORE THAN 100 CONCERTS

    May 17, 2022

    The NAC Orchestra (NACO) and Music Director Alexander Shelley welcome you back to Southam Hall for our 2022-2023 season   Ottawa, May 17, 2022 – Experience the transformative energy of orchestral music, with over 100 concerts to choose from across the season, with programs that celebrate, empower, and inspire. “The history of music is full of collaborations between artists who... Read more

  6. A DIFFERENT FORMAT FOR THE BIG BANG FESTIVAL

    February 19, 2022

    Ottawa, January 19, 2022 – In light of the current health situation, the BIG BANG festival will be going digital with part of its scheduled programming on February 19 and 20. It is with regret that the National Arts Centre team has made the decision not to hold in-person performances for this annual family sound adventure. The entire team is currently working to reschedule the... Read more

  7. News Release: The National Arts Centre Offers more Music, Dance and Theatre to Live Audiences in 2022

    February 1, 2022

    THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE OFFERS MORE MUSIC, DANCE AND THEATRE TO LIVE AUDIENCES IN 2022 The NAC continues to safely reawaken its halls and welcome back audiences amid evolving pandemic restrictions   February 1, 2022 – OTTAWA, CANADA – As ongoing restrictions in Ontario are updated to allow more in-person activities, the National Arts Centre (NAC) is preparing to... Read more

  8. A FOURTH BIG BANG FESTIVAL, IN SOUND AND IN PERSON, FOR THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE

    December 8, 2021

    Ottawa, December 8, 2021 — Beat the drums and sound the trumpets: the BIG BANG is returning to the NAC, live and in colour! After an all-digital 2021 edition, the vibrant festival of sonic adventures for the whole family promises once again to fill every nook and cranny of the NAC with sound. “What a joy it is to welcome children and their families back to the... Read more

  9. THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE ANNOUNCES WINTER PROGRAMMING FOR THE 2021-2022 SEASON

    October 26, 2021

    THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE ANNOUNCES WINTER PROGRAMMING FOR THE 2021-2022 SEASON Tickets for shows running from December through winter go on sale October 28    OCTOBER 26, 2021 – OTTAWA, CANADA – After successfully re-opening for in-person performances over the fall, the National Arts Centre announced today that more dynamic and diverse programming, including... Read more

  10. THE NAC ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES ITS 2021-2022 SEASON PROGRAMMING FROM SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER 2021

    August 20, 2021

    Featuring beloved classics and collaborations with diverse artists from singer-songwriter Shawnee Kish to composer Vivian Fung  The National Arts Centre Orchestra is ready to welcome live audiences back in the hall after an unprecedented year filled with obstacles, bringing a whole new perspective to live performances. The NAC Orchestra is coming alive in a new light, taking... Read more