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The Sheepdogs, Black Umfolosi, Ariane Moffat, Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: A Celtic Family Christmas with the NAC Orchestra, Tanika Charles and more!

May 17, 2022 – OTTAWA (Canada) The 2022-23 Popular Music & Variety season is back with a full lineup and the halls at full capacity! We’re kicking off the season celebrating the life and work of Buffy Sainte-Marie with a concert featuring performances by her and those she has inspired.

Throughout the year you’ll see Canadian all-stars including pianist-composer Jean-Michel Blais, alt-rockers The Sheepdogs, pop chanteuse Ariane Moffat, Basia Bulat and an incredible triple bill with The Once, The Fortunate Ones and Old Man Luedecke!

Internationally acclaimed artists Black Umfolosi from Zimbabwe will perform for the first time at the NAC. Clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh City Band, and Ukrainian folk quartet DakhaBrakha will also make their NAC debut.

Holiday favourites are back with Kellylee Evans’ Winter Song, and Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: A Celtic Family Christmas with the NAC Orchestra. Plus, a new holiday show with Lennie Gallant: The Innkeeper’s Christmas!

And, of course, all our popular series return with emerging artists, health and wellness talks, and your favourite musicians: Slaight Music Spotlight, Arts Medicine #Life, Sessions with the NAC Orchestra, and Fridays at the Fourth

The Fourth Stage has not only become one of the hottest listening rooms in town, it also houses our popular Fridays at the Fourth series that has become a go to for discovering upcoming emerging artists including Zoon, Janette King, Simon Daniel and PIQSIQ to name a few.

“The return to our stages with a full season of programming is the light at the end of a dark tunnel for everyone at the NAC and our amazing and resilient Canadian artists. The pandemic truly inspired a time to reflect and renew our support and commitment to artists both on and off the stage, in the producer’s studios, with mentorship opportunities, and through collaborations and partnerships. The 2022-2023 season brings me hope knowing that the value of the arts is clear. We can’t wait to welcome you back.” 
Heather Gibson, Executive Producer for Popular Music & Variety

Here is our current lineup for the 2022-2023 season. Please check back here for shows added throughout the year!


Popular Music & Variety 2022-2023 Season

Matt Dusk Sings Sinatra
September 15, 2022

Ramon Chicharron
September 16, 2022

Starwalker: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Buffy Sainte-Marie
September 16, 2022

James Keelaghan
September 22, 2022

September 23, 2022

Doxas Brothers 
September 29, 2022

Lou-Adriane Cassidy 
October 1, 2022

Gentiane MG Trio
October 6, 2022

Janette King 
October 14, 2022

Tanika Charles
October 14, 2022

Florian Hoefner Trio
October 15, 2022

Jean-Michel Blais
October 20, 2022

October 21, 2022

Basia Bulat
October 21, 2022

Simon Daniel
October 27, 2022

Kinan Azmeh City Band
October 27, 2022

Royal Wood 
October 28, 2022

Ariane Moffatt 
October 29, 2022

The Fortunate Ones, The Once and Old Man Luedecke 
November 2, 2022

Tigran Hamasyan 
November 18, 2022

November 25, 2022

Lennie Gallant: The Innkeeper's Christmas
December 3, 2022

Black Umfolosi 
December 4, 2022

Connie Kaldor’s Christmas Party
December 7, 2022

Blackie & the Rodeo Kings
December 11, 2022

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: A Celtic Family Christmas with the NAC Orchestra
December 21 & 22, 2022

Kellylee Evans’ Winter Song
December 22, 2022

The Sheepdogs
January 28, 2023

March 4, 2023

NAC Popular Music & Variety and The National Arts Centre Foundation would like to thank The Slaight Family Foundation for their support of emerging artists. Thank you also to performance sponsor BMO Financial, #CanadaPerforms Founding Partner Facebook, Official Car Partner Mark Motors Group, Official Hotel Partner ARC The Hotel, and Official Rail Partner VIA Rail. The Arts, Medicine and #Life speaker series is made possible thanks to the support of Scotiabank, MD Financial Management, and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).

The National Arts Centre is Canada’s bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for the performing arts. The NAC presents, creates, produces, and co-produces performing arts programming in various streams — the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre in collaboration with Black Theatre Workshop, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre, and Popular Music and Variety — and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada. The NAC is located in the National Capital Region on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe.  

Nadia Kharyati
Communications Strategist
Popular Music & Variety

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