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

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 has raised over $13 million over the past 21 years to support the NYET.

The NAC Orchestra and Alexander Shelley kicked off the concert with a dazzling performance of Mozart’s Overture to Le nozze di Figaro followed by a powerful performance by Kalolin Johnson singing We Shall Remain (It Wasn’t Taken Away) inspired by her Mi’kmaw heritage. k.d. lang and her band then took to the Southam Hall stage for a moving performance celebrating the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking album Ingénue.

This glamorous fundraising event benefits the National Youth and Education Trust by providing much needed resources for the National Arts Centre’s youth and education programming all across the country. The Trust also supports masterclasses, online activities and youth programming for dance and theatre and donates tickets to children who might otherwise be unable to afford to attend performances at the NAC.

Proceeds from the Gala help the NAC to provide a wide range of artistic and educational programming that nurtures and develops the creativity of young people in the National Capital Region and all across the country.


The NAC Gala is made possible by the tireless dedication of its organizing committee, led by Honorary Chair Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and Chair Gary Zed. We wish to thank Presenting Sponsor Rogers, as well as Honorary Patrons Bonnie and John Buhler, for their generous support, and other supporters such as Emond Harnden, Mizrahi Development, The Asper Foundation, Arel Capital, Mark Motors Audi, The Ottawa Citizen and LeDroit. Their investment through the Trust, as well as individual and corporate donors from all across the country, help the NAC nurture and develop the creativity of young people in all regions across Canada and support the educators and artists who challenge and encourage them.



Carl Martin
(613) 947-7000, ext. 560