National Arts Centre mourns the loss of Gordon Lightfoot

OTTAWA – The National Arts Centre joins Canadians and music lovers around the globe in mourning the loss of Gordon Lightfoot.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Gordon Lightfoot, Canada's most legendary singer-songwriter,” said NAC President and CEO Christopher Deacon. “His music reflected the mood and spirit of a generation, and became the soundtrack of our country. We send our condolences to his family, his friends, and his many, many fans.”

A Companion of the Order of Canada, Gordon Lightfoot performed at the National Arts Centre many times since its opening in 1969. His last show in Southam Hall, in front of a crowd of long-time fans, was in November 2018.

The NAC will fly its flag at half-mast in honour of Gordon Lightfoot.

About the NAC

The National Arts Centre (NAC) 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, 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 Anishinabeg Nation.


For more information, please contact:

Carl Martin
Senior Advisor, Strategic Initiatives
National Arts Centre
(613) 291-8880

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