Heather Gibson and staff behind NAC Presents recognized for outstanding team work

OTTAWA (Canada) --The team behind the National Arts Centre (NAC)’s Presents concert series, was recognized for their outstanding team work, winning the Best Teamwork in a Soft Seat Theatre / Performing Arts Centre award at the 2019 Live Music Industry Awards ceremony, on Friday 10 May.

Created by Canadian Music Week (CMW) in partnership with the International Festival Network (IFN) and Canadian Live Music Association, and the trade association for the live music sector, the Live Music Industry Awards are a highlight of the Canadian Music Week (CMW)’s Live Music Summit.

NAC Presents is led by Executive Producer, Heather Gibson, who along with her dedicated staff, have worked diligently to attract new and younger audiences to the NAC, showcasing the rich diversity of the Canadian musical landscape.

Now in its ninth year, NAC Presents has expanded its reach and offerings, with more than 41,000 tickets sold during the 2017-18 season. For the 2019-20 season, the series will present up to 80 concerts celebrating the best and most exciting Canadian singer-songwriters.

“Our team works hard to attract and welcome Canada’s most exciting new and established artists to the national stage,” says Gibson. “It’s a nod from the industry that they’re recognizing the place NAC Presents has in the contemporary popular music scene in Canada. For the past 50 years, the NAC has been a beacon of traditional art (theatre, dance and orchestra). Now, in the short time we’ve been around, the work we’ve done to support contemporary live music at the NAC and in Ottawa, is truly moving in the right direction,” says Gibson.

Every year, the Live Music Industry Awards are held to celebrate the best in the business with award presentations and live musical performances.

NAC Presents thanks title partner BMO Financial Group for their long-standing leadership support of this series. NAC Presents is grateful to the The Slaight Family Foundation for their support of emerging artists, the Downtown Rideau BIA for its support of Fridays at the Fourth, as well as Official Hotel Partner The Metcalfe, and Official Car of NAC Presents, Mark Motors of Ottawa – Audi.


The announcement comes during Canadian Music Week (May 6- 12), which is now celebrating its 37th year, CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. The Canadian Music Week festival spans 7 nights of performances, hundreds of bands at more than 30 live music venues in downtown Toronto. All convention functions take place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street W. Toronto.


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. Founded on June 2, 1969, the National Arts Centre is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019 with an array of special programming and activities throughout the year.  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, Dance and NAC Presents. NAC Indigenous Theatre will begin its first season of programming in the fall of 2019. The NAC’s National Creation Fund invests up to $3 million of privately raised funds every year in 15 to 20 ambitious new works by Canadian artists and arts organizations. The NAC building has recently undergone two extensive renewal projects, generously funded by the Government of Canada, that have re-oriented the NAC to the city; allowed the NAC to become more welcoming and accessible; and returned its performance halls and production facilities to contemporary standards. The NAC 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, showcasing the performing arts across the country through the Kipnes Lantern, the largest transparent LED installation in North America; using technology to teach students and young artists around the globe; 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.



Carl Martin  
Senior Advisor, Communications

National Arts Centre  
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Andrea Ruttan

Communications Strategist
National Arts Centre  

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