News Release

Peter Feldman receives the NAC Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring

January 21, 2013

Ottawa (Canada) The National Arts Centre (NAC) is pleased to announce that Peter Feldman has been awarded the 2013 National Arts Centre Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring in the Performing Arts. 

Mr. Feldman is being recognized for his passion and commitment to arts touring and presenting in Canada.  The award will be presented at a special dinner during the Canadian Arts Presenting Association’s (CAPACOA) 25th annual conference on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the InterContinental Toronto Centre.

“If it’s possible to feel proud and humble simultaneously, that’s how I’m feeling right now,” said Mr. Feldman upon hearing of the award. “I was involved in arts administration as a venue manager and presenter prior to my tenure at CAPACOA, and to be honored for a body of work is an incredible sensation. We don’t think about things like legacy when we’re doing the work, but we turn around after a number of years, and there’s our record—we find that people think we’ve managed to make a difference in our chosen field. The award was created to honour those in the touring and presenting sector because there wasn’t a way to recognize achievement the way the Governor General’s Awards salute those in the performing arts. So this is as close as it gets; I’m sure it’s the highest professional accolade I’ll ever receive. The fact that it comes from the National Arts Centre and my CAPACOA peers makes it something I’ll never, ever forget.”

Peter Feldman was the founding Executive Director of CAPACOA, and served in that capacity for 22 years. Under his leadership, CAPACOA grew to become Canada’s largest service association devoted to the touring component of the performing arts industry. Mr. Feldman fostered and developed a pan-Canadian network for presenters, presenting networks, artist managers/agents and performing arts administrators, and played a key role in the creation of programs such as the Canada Arts Presentation Fund and the establishment of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival.  He has also served on the International Advisory Committee for the Esther Honens Piano Competition and was an original director of the Cultural Human Resources Council, as well as serving as President of the Cultural Trade Advisory Board.  Mr. Feldman is currently the General Manager of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.

Established in 1992, the National Arts Centre Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring honours exceptional achievement in fostering the touring of live performing arts in Canada.  The recipient is chosen from nominations solicited from within the industry and is selected by a committee composed of presenters, artists, administrators, the National Arts Centre and CAPACOA.  The recipient may be an individual, performing company, corporation or other organization. For more information about CAPACOA, please visit

The Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring consists of $2,500 and a specially designed porcelain sculpture by Paula Murray, one of Canada’s finest ceramic artists.    

Previous recipients include Ballet Jörgen Canada (2011), La danse sur les routes du Québec (2010), Uriel Luft (2009), the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (2008), Judy Harquail (2007), Ottie Lockey (2006), Colin McIntyre (2005), CBC Radio/la radio de Radio-Canada (2004), Debut Atlantic (2003), Richard Stoker (2002), Nicholas Goldschmidt (2001), Bruce Owen (2000), the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (1999), David Haber (1998), Dr. Elmer Iseler (1997), Jean-Paul Gagnon (1996), Hugh Davidson (1995), Mark Porteous (1994), George Zukerman (1993), and CAPACOA (1992).

CAPACOA is a federally incorporated, non-profit pan-Canadian organization serving the performing arts touring and presenting field. The National Arts Centre is Canada’s pre-eminent showcase for the performing arts and the catalyst for the performing arts nationally. The National Arts Centre is home to the internationally acclaimed National Arts Centre Orchestra, and is a leader in the presentation of: classical music, dance, English and French theatre, variety and community programming.

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For more information, please contact:

Melanie Bureau
Operations Manager


Carl Martin
National Arts Centre
(613)947-7000, ext. 560