News Releases

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. The National Arts Centre's Ideas of North Festival: October 3 to 14

    September 26, 2017

    The National Arts Centre celebrates the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation and Finland’s centennial year by presenting the Ideas of North Festival from October 3 to 14. Audiences are invited to see and hear the North through a five-part program featuring seven concerts and a series of free events – including noon-hour concerts and pre-concerts chats on music and Nordic... Read more

  4. NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE SHARING THE BEST OF THE PERFORMING ARTS WITH CANADIANS IN 2017 Celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday with Cross-country Orchestra and Theatre Tours, a Major Canada Scene Festival in the Nation’s Capital, and More!

    November 23, 2016

    OTTAWA (Canada) – At the National Arts Centre (NAC), Canada is our stage. That will be truer than ever in 2017 as the NAC celebrates our country’s 150th birthday by presenting a number of ambitious projects to mark Canada’s milestone year. The NAC’s plans include orchestra and theatre tours, a massive arts festival, and a Canada Day weekend extravaganza featuring the 25th... Read more

  5. NAC Presents Welcomes Gord Downie's Live Show Secret Path on October 18, in Conjunction with the Release of the Forthcoming Album, Graphic Novel and Film

    September 20, 2016

    GORD DOWNIE – SECRET PATH Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at 8PM, Doors 6PM Southam Hall – National Arts Centre | Ottawa Tickets $50 (a limited number of Gold Circle tickets are available for $1,000) On sale Friday, September 23 at 10AM For tickets call 1 888 991-2787, online at Or visit the National Arts Centre Satellite Box Office (54 Elgin St.) In conjunction with the... Read more

  6. The National Arts Centre hopes to minimize transportation and parking challenges for NAC patrons on Ottawa Race Weekend May 28-29

    May 24, 2016

    The National Arts Centre hopes to minimize transportation and parking challenges for NAC patrons on Ottawa Race Weekend May 28-29 March 24, 2016 – OTTAWA (Canada) – The National Arts Centre wishes to advise all patrons that they may face challenges getting to, and parking nearby, the NAC during Ottawa Race Weekend, May 28--29. Tens of thousands of people will converge on the downtown... Read more


    March 10, 2016

    OTTAWA, Canada, March 10, 2016 – Canadian blues-rocker Colin James returns to the NAC’s Southam Hall on Saturday, April 2 to perform songs from his latest studio album, Hearts on Fire. The NAC Presents series, in partnership with BMO Financial Group, is delighted to welcome Colin back to the national stage after a hiatus of over four years. He will be joined by a... Read more

  8. NAC PRESENTS PRODUCER SIMONE DENEAU TO STEP DOWN AFTER A 38 YEAR CAREER AT THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE Founding Producer of NAC Presents made an indelible mark in promoting and presenting Canadian singer-songwriters

    February 29, 2016

    February 29, 2016 – OTTAWA (Canada) –Simone Deneau, the founding Producer of the all-Canadian singer-songwriter series NAC Presents will retire later this year after a remarkable 38 year career promoting and presenting Canadian performing artists. Ms. Deneau first joined the NAC in 1978 as an usher. She later filled the position of Assistant Director of Patron Services. Ms. Deneau... Read more

  9. NAC Presents The Once with Special Guest Sarah Mac Dougall - March 13 NAC Theatre

    February 26, 2015

    NAC Presents The Once with special guest Sarah MacDougall March 13, NAC Theatre February 26, 2015 – OTTAWA (Canada) – “Just as the sea refuses no river, The Once turns back no listeners. These three Newfoundlanders gracefully and evocatively offer gem-like maritime music – foot-stomping shanties, heart-rendering ballads, salt-aired interpretations (of Tom Waits and Leonard... Read more


    January 26, 2015

    January 26, 2015 – OTTAWA (Canada) – Just because the winter winds are pushing at the door is no reason to stay in – especially when the NAC Winter Sale is back! The sale that keeps everyone warm and entertained at the same time is back to brighten the winter days with sizzling deals on 17 performances at the National Arts Centre! From January 26 – February 15, patrons can... Read more