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

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, Peter Katz, Safia Nolin, Andy Shauf, Mo Kenney, Philippe B, Alejandra Ribera. Artists who will appear in 2017-18 season under the banner of Slaight Music Saturdays include Her Harbour, Erin Costelo, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, Pierre Kwenders and Maude Audet & Catherine Leduc.

“Our family has a long history of supporting young artists in music and the arts that goes back to my father’s early years in broadcasting in the 1960s through to today with Slaight Music,” says Gary Slaight, President and CEO of The Family Foundation. “NAC Presents perfectly fulfills our commitment to the next generation by giving these artists the opportunity to showcase their talents in perhaps the most prestigious performance centre in Canada.” 

“The National Arts Centre is extremely grateful to the Slaight Family Foundation for its ongoing support of Canadian artists,” said Jayne Watson, CEO of the NAC Foundation. “Their outstanding commitment will help the NAC continue to showcase the most exciting Canadian artists of tomorrow, today.”


NAC Presents in partnership with BMO Financial Group, was created in 2011 as a showcase for Canada’s established artists and those poised at the forefront of the next generation. Led by Executive Producer Heather Gibson, NAC Presents has grown from 33 artists in its first season to more than 85 in 2017-18. A bulk of these concerts will be taking place in the revitalized Fourth Stage which is scheduled to reopen on October 6. The new 162 seat venue will adopt a lounge style, and will be the first location in Ottawa to have all-gendered washrooms in a public setting.

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Carl Martin
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