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CELEBRATE CANADA DAY AT THE NAC! THE LIVING ROOM OF THE CITY IS OPEN WITH FREE EVENTS FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM

June 20, 2018

News Release

CELEBRATE CANADA DAY AT THE NAC!
THE LIVING ROOM OF THE CITY IS OPEN WITH FREE EVENTS FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM

The NAC opens its doors rain or shine, to celebrate the country’s birthday

June 20, 2018 – OTTAWA (Canada) – The National Arts Centre is the place to be on Canada Day, offering a full slate of free family-friendly performances and activities on Sunday, July 1. Canada Day at the NAC features an impressive host of artists and activities.

As the Living Room of the City, July 1 at the National Arts Centre will be a wonderful and inviting opportunity to explore a number of events and performances in the NAC’s public spaces, including:

  • The Kid’s Corner full of creative arts and crafts activities for children in Peter A. Herrndorf Place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
     
  • Morning and afternoon performances from members of the NAC’s Orchestra, including Rachel Mercer on cello, the Capital Brass Trio and Silflay String Quartet, which will take place around the Glass Thorsteinson Staircase.
     
  • Dance and music performances on the Canal Lobby Stage featuring Sharing Dance, the Academy Choir, Miguel De Armas Quartet and a performance from Kina Nimiwag Dancers.
     
  • Amazing DJs and dancing in the Rossy Pavilion all afternoon with Ottawa’s Capital Sessions House Dance Practice. Rise Ashen and Bgirl Tangent will lead short house dance workshops on the hour while Montreal DJs Akpossoul and Don Barbarino take you on a journey through the finest Afro House music! This kicks off a series of Capital Sessions dance events this summer at the NAC!
     
  • The NAC Canada Day BBQ starting 11 a.m. on Freiman Lane, for visitors to purchase burgers, salmon and sausages.

The NAC’s Canada Day tradition attracts thousands of visitors each year and provides families visiting the activities on Parliament Hill an oasis of fun.

For more information, please visit https://nac-cna.ca/en/canadaday.

Share your day on social media at the NAC with the hashtag: #NACCanadaDay

Canada Day Schedule

    10:00-16:00                Kid’s Corner                                                           Peter A. Herrndorf Place
                                            Craft activities for the children

 

    10:00-10:05                Welcome Ceremony                                            Glass Thorsteinson Staircase
                                            Annie Smith St-Georges, Algonquin Elder

    10:05-10:45                Performance: Rachel Mercer                               Glass Thorsteinson Staircase
                                            Solo cello – Bach Suites

    11:00-11:45                Performance: Silflay String Quartet                    Glass Thorsteinson Staircase
                                            Leah Roseman (violin), Mark Friedman (violin),
                                            Sonya Probst (viola), Thaddeus Morden (cello)

    11:00-16:45                Canada Day BBQ*                                                           Freiman Lane
                                            Canadian classics such as burgers, sausages and salmon

    11:30-12:30                Performance: Sharing Dance                                     Canal Foyer Stage

    12:00-16:00                Dance Workshop: Capital Sessions                               Rossy Pavilion
                                            DJ and dancing all afternoon with Rise Ashen,
Bgirl Tangent and DJs Akpossoul and Don Barbarino
                                           20-minute workshops at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, & 3 pm                    

    12:00-12:45                Performance: Rachel Mercer                               Glass Thorsteinson Staircase

    13:00-13:45                Performance: Silflay String Quartet                    Glass Thorsteinson Staircase

    13:00-14:00                Performance: The Academy Choir                              Canal Foyer Stage

    14:00-14:45                Performance: Capital Brass Trio                         Glass Thorsteinson Staircase
                                            Nigel Bell (horn), Peter Crouch (trumpet),
Donald Renshaw (trombone)

    15:00-15:45                Performance: Capital Brass Trio                         Glass Thorsteinson Staircase

    15:00-16:00                Performance: Miguel De Armas Quartet                     Canal Foyer Stage

    16:30-17:30               Performance: Kina Nimiwag Dancers                       Canal Foyer Stage
                                           featuring Eagle River Drum group and Rise Ashen


* Please note food and beverages are not free.

Due to the upgrades being made in our performance halls this summer, there will be no programming in Southam Hall, the Babs Asper Theatre and the Azrieli Studio. Our free programming on July 1 will take place in our public spaces from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m

Please note that parking at and around the NAC is very limited on this day, with many street closures throughout the downtown core and we encourage you to take public transit. The NAC wishes to remind patrons if they wish to park at the NAC, please do not leave any valuables in the automobile.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Sean Fitzpatrick
Communications Officer, NAC English Theatre
613 947-7000 x389
sean.fitzpatrick@nac-cna.ca

 

Eleri Evans
Senior Marketing and Communications Officer, NAC Dance
613 947-7000 x379
eleri.evans@nac-cna.ca

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