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

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, secure technology will offer more than one million visitors each year a connected experience as they enter the NAC, and the investment from Rogers supports the NAC’s priority to become one of the most digitally connected arts centres in North America.

“This gift from Rogers will change everyone’s experience when they visit our beautiful, revitalized building on Canada Day,” said Peter Herrndorf, the President and CEO of the National Arts Centre. “Having a state-of-the-art connected arts centre will not only give our patrons the experience they expect, we’re going to best-in-class virtually overnight.”

The NAC was originally a centennial project that opened in 1969, and is being renewed to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017. The architectural rejuvenation and digital upgrade of the NAC includes more than 60,000 square feet of new public and performance space, with improved digital connectivity, accessibility, and some of the most beautiful views of the capital.

“Millions of Canadians enjoy cultural experiences at the National Arts Centre, and with robust Wi-Fi infrastructure now in place, they can enhance that experience while at the NAC and also capture, store and share those moments with others much more easily,” said Nyla Ahmad, Senior Vice President, Rogers Enterprise Business Unit. "The NAC is also an iconic monument in our nation’s capital, and our team is proud to support this year's Gala and fundraising efforts to enable a state-of-the-art future for the NAC and its patrons for years to come.”

Rogers will also become Presenting Partner of the National Arts Centre Gala for 2017, an annual event that has raised more than $12 million over the past 20 years in support of performing arts initiatives across Canada. This year’s Gala featuring k.d. lang will take place on September 16, 2017.

“We’re pleased that Rogers is now the presenting sponsor of the NAC Gala,” said Jayne Watson the CEO of the NAC Foundation. “It’s an exciting time in our history, and the Gala is our principal fundraiser to bring the arts to young people across the country, we’re thrilled that Rogers will now be our partner.”

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The National Arts Centre collaborates with artists and arts organizations across Canada to help create a national stage for the performing arts, and acts as a catalyst for performance, creation and learning across the country. A home for Canada’s most creative artists, the NAC strives to be artistically adventurous in each of its programming streams – the NAC Orchestra, English Theatre, French Theatre and Dance, as well as the Scene festivals and NAC Presents, which showcase established and emerging Canadian artists. The organization is at the forefront of youth and educational activities, offering artist training, programs for children and youth, and resources for teachers in communities across Canada. The NAC is also a pioneer in new media, using technology to teach students and young artists around the globe, by creating top-rated podcasts, and providing a wide range of NAC Orchestra concerts on demand. The NAC is the only bilingual, multidisciplinary performing arts centre in Canada, and one of the largest in the world.



Rosemary Thompson,
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
National Arts Centre
613 947-7000 x260