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Choose from a wide variety of concerts featuring well-known Canadian superstars such as Patrick Watson and Natalie MacMaster and mix it up with shows by some of Canada's most talented emerging artists. What will you add to your NAC Presents playlist?
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Equipped with a formidable voice and preternatural poise, Timmins' Céleste Lévis is quickly becoming one of the country's most respected singer-songwriters. Captivating audiences with her powerful ballads and emotive stage presence, the gifted Franco-Ontarian has already racked up a string of awards, not to mention 5 nominations at last year's Trille D'or Gala.
If raw denim had a sound, it’d be a Christina Martin chorus. In the grand tradition of highway Canadiana, Martin’s songwriting is honest-to-goodness jukebox rock for the craft beer generation. The winner of multiple East Coast Music Awards, Christina Martin cut her teeth in Austin Texas, and returns with her most personal and ambitious record to date “Impossible To Hold”.
Since 1978, Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison have been pre-eminent in all aspects of family entertainment across North America as members of the trio “Sharon, Lois & Bram”. Together, the threesome produced over twenty recordings, beginning with their iconic One Elephant, Deux Elephants.
The project of Toronto's Tamara Lindeman, The Weather Station is modernist art-folk at its finest. Simultaneously robust and refined, Lindeman's voice ushers out precisely detailed prose-poem narratives over exquisitely economic arrangements. Self-titled, her fourth album is a work of profound urgency, artistic generosity, and joy.
“Timeless... Measured, perceptive storytelling. A singer with an unmistakable & communicative voice, able to convey hope & hurt with equal clarity.”– Pitchfork
A wandering soul cast in twilight, Cindy Doire straddles the edge of light and dark, English and French, traveling to wherever her music leads her. Her darkly sensual brand of art-pop has lead her across Canada, the United States, UK, Europe, Mexico and beyond. Her 2007 debut album “La Vie en Bleu” was immediately successful, earning her Best New Artist at the 2009 Trille Or Awards. She has since worked with producer Colin Cripps (Kathleen Edwards, Crash Vegas), and shared the stage with artists such as Lee Harvey Osmond, Coeur de Pirate, Adam Cohen, and many more. Her third fully francophone album “Panorama” was released in the fall of 2017, and produced Mark Howard (Tom Waits, Neil Young, Lucinda Williams)
You may have spotted Brooklyn-born, Swiss-raised and Canadian-based Shakura S’Aida performing at Festivals in Dubai, Australia, Rwanda or Russia, on the Legendary Blues Cruise, in her 4 woman tribute to Nina Simone, The Nina Project or acting on screen in the newly released Afro-Caribbean film Brown Girl Begins, as well as tv shows like Titans, Lost Girl, Schitt’s Creek and Flashpoint. From the very beginning until now, this versatile vocalist and consummate entertainer has blown audiences away with her scorching vocal style, uncanny ability to deliver powerful original songs and to get deep into the guts of the most venerable standard.
Halifax-based singer-songwriter Gabrielle Papillon is one of Canada's best kept secrets. Though rooted in folk strumming and gentle vocal phrasings, her sixth album, Keep the Fire, sees Papillon embracing her pop leanings. Songs pulse with strings, synths, and evocative percussion resulting in an exceptionally well-crafted album of emotional storytelling.
Conjuring the golden era of Motown and Stax, The Commotions are Ottawa’s premier soul-pop collective. Powerhouse vocalists Rebecca Noelle and Jeff Rogers, lead a stellar 11-piece band delivering incendiary modern soul that winks at Bruno Mars, swings with Marvin Gaye, and hollers with the Supremes. Their latest album “Volume II” is out now, and is a showcase of one of the country’s most entertaining independent bands.
Two of English Canada’s most enduring songwriters take the stage for a monumental double bill!
Three-time Juno Award winning song Tom Wilson teams up with the NAC Orchestra for a multi-disciplinary literary and musical performance. In conjunction with his new memoir, Beautiful Scars, Tom uses words and music to tell the story of his search for identity, and of a family history of carefully guarded secrets and profound acts of forgiveness.
The New North Collective (NNC) is an ensemble of Northern Canadian performing artists from Yukon and Northwest Territories combining spoken word and jazz, with traditional storytelling and indie-pop sensibilities. “Outside” is a multimedia performance that explores the idea of north, from the land to its people, its traditions and struggles to dispel regional stereotypes of rural and remote communities.
Ottawa native John Aaron Cockburn leads a revolving door musical collective sometimes referred to as Little Suns. He is nephew and collaborator to famed Canadian folk music icon Bruce Cockburn. His work is a process of constant evolution and exploration, intertwining the challenges of human existence with creative self-expression and interpersonal dynamics. John Aaron’s evocative lyricism as well as his rhythmic and melodic inventiveness is complemented wholly by a wide variety of collaborators whose origins span the entire world. Listeners should expect to experience a range and depth of emotions and sentiments, to be simultaneously uplifted and reminded of the work that’s left to be done.
Waking up to a summer rain storm, or the Sunday noises of a quiet house: minimalist piano has a way of conjuring that sense of calm, and evoking memories you’d long forgotten. Montreal’s Jean-Michel Blais’ (Arts & Crafts) enchanting instrumental compositions pair the melodic pop sensibilities of Amélie-era Yann Tiersen with the breathtaking technical skill of classical minimalists like Philip Glass and Erik Satie.
Languid, expansive and uncompromising : Martin Léon is one of French Canada's most evocative singer-songwriters. Written throughout an inspiring trip through Asia, his latest album « Les Atomes « combines rich instrumentation, anecdotes, humour and poetry to create a wholly cinematic musical experience.
One of the Central African Republic’s greatest exports, Laetitia Zonzambé has called Montreal home for over a decade now. She effortlessly weaves together the rhythms and textures of traditional Central African popular music with contemporary soul and Caribbean influences. Currently in support of her latest album “Sanza Soul”, Zonzambé’s live shows are legendary!
Imagine the quiet intimacy of a Paris apartment in the city’s romantic Montmatre neighbourhood, home of “Amélie”, winding streets, and the majestic Sacré-Coeur basilica.Two-time JUNO nominee Matt Barber returns to the NAC with “Phase of the Moon”, his gorgeous and introspective new album conceived on a winter sojourn to the City of Light.
Earnest, endearing, and embodying the resilience of the human spirit, Newfoundland’s Fortunate Ones are quickly becoming one of Canada’s favourite East Coast exports. JUNO-nominated duo Catherine Allan and Andrew James O’Brien return to the NAC with “Hold Fast”, a collection of songs showcasing their effortless harmonies and anthemic melodies.
Halifax’s queen of salt water soul returns! Armed with her husky baritone and endless poise, ECMA winner Erin Costelo channels the grand tradition of southern US vocal jazz and R&B, embodying the spirit of legends like Nina Simone and Donny Hathaway. Her latest album “Down Below, The Status Quo” was recorded with east coast stalwart Joel Plaskett, and has received glowing praise nationally.
Russell Ontario’s Tara Shannon makes downhome country music that perfectly embodies the hard-working humility, sincerity and warmth of the Ottawa Valley. Bless with a bold and pure voice, Tara Shannon’s anthemic balladry would be the perfect soundtrack to a cold drink in a dusty bar on a hot summer’s day in the Valley.
Darkly poetic, Fransaskois hip hop artist Shawn Jobin combines literate social narratives over obsidian rhythms. The Trille D’or award winner has performed at countless festivals in Canada and worldwide, and has amassed a fervent fan base with his electrifying and hypnotic live performances!
The Peptides are larger than life! Hailing from the national capital, the nine-member band is infamous for extravagant performances fusing funk and disco, all centered around rich vocal harmonies, theatrical choreography and bold visuals. We’re thrilled to welcome one of Ottawa’s most beloved bands to the National Arts Centre!
Few English Canadian singer-songwriters embody the word “anthemic” like multiple JUNO winners Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida (also of Our Lady Peace). Combining the couple’s penchant for incendiary balladry, MOON VS SUN is a collaborative project that brings together themes both light and dark, heavy and buoyant with the couple's unmistakable flare for performance!
Literate, incisive, and unpretentious: Safia Nolin is perhaps one of Canada’s most idiosyncratic singer-songwriters. Within the spectrum of Quebec’s music industry star system, Nolin defies the norm, offering a purity and humility rarely seen on, or off stage. Winning the 2017 ADISQ award for best female singer-songwriter of the year, Safia Nolin continues a furtive rise, offering modernist folk that’s as straight-forward, as it is poignant.
Since her 1990 debut, Girl Talk, Holly Cole has remained one of Canada’s most beloved jazz vocalists of the modern era. Often favouring minimal arrangements, her playful and elastic vocal style have endeared her to audiences worldwide. Supporting her latest album “Holly”, NAC Presents is beyond honoured to welcome a true national gem to Canada’s stage.
When Caylie Runciman started calling herself Boyhood, it was a nod to childhood nostalgia. Seven years later, the alias – and the beguiling bedroom anthems – are one and the same. Tough-kid guitar grit and deadpan verses give way to whimsical synthlines and delicate harmonies. But like an off-kilter merry-go-round, or a candy shop in a seedy part of town, there’s a shady layer to Runciman’s perfect pop. Her black magic is raw – equal parts ecstasy and heartbreak. And in among the bright colours, there’s the joy and the pain in knowing what it means to grow up.
Anchored by literate narratives and sprawling melodies, pianist Jeffrey Straker has carved out a unique place for himself among Canada’s singer-songwriters. The son of a Saskatchewan auctioneer, Straker’s theatrical delivery is simultaneous flamboyant and genuine, recalling early Honkey Chateau-era Elton John, with the earthy goodness of Jackson Browne. A staple of CBC Radio, Jeffrey Straker’s latest album “Dirt Road Confessional” embodies the heart of the travelling musician, juxtaposed against the human desire for stability and lasting love.
Stemming from the Lomax Project, Jayme Stone’s Folklife treats old field recordings not as time capsules, but as heirloom seeds passed down from a bygone generation. Planting these sturdy seeds in modern soil, this versatile gathering of musicians has cultivated vibrant Sea Island spirituals, Creole calypsos, and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes for contemporary listeners. Their concerts and educational programs are moving, inventive, and participatory experiences that prove folk songs are indeed perennials for the people.
Exquisite joy, and the spaces in between: the music of Bahamas embodies the the myriad reflections of a life lived without restraint. Over four albums and a hot little decade, singer-songwriter-guitarist Alfie Jurvanen has established himself as one of Canada’s most poignant storytellers, a loyal disciple of R&B, a modernist troubadour, and not to mention superlative axe-man. His 2018 album “Earthtones” has been a critical and commercial bonfire.
Citing influences as broad as Harmonium, Frank Zappa, Mr. Bungle, and Radiohead, Philipe Brach’s expansive folk-rock is firmly planted in 70’s psych. When he amps it up, irreverent narratives collide with woozy guitar solos, and vertiginous jam outs. At his most delicate, atmospheric string arrangements accompany literate song-poems not unlike British folk hero Nick Drake, or psychedelic-pop maverick Scott Walker. We are thrilled to present this rising star of Quebec’s art-folk underground!
Hailing from the north shore of the St. Laurence, Matiu stands on the far side of all things processed and artificial, where serenity meets grit. Embodying a unique dichotomy, Matiu explores everyday themes through multiple lenses, from the city to the reservation. From the community of Mani-Utenam, he looks outward, channeling his people’s history and future. With his sandpaper vocals his explores both sides of every coin, fully accepting life’s unpredictability, regardless of the odds.
Although rooted in the cadences and trajectories of the singer-songwriter, Kalle Mattson has evolved into a veritable pop wunderkind, wielding pristine synths, as masterfully as he does acoustic shimmer. On the strength of 2014’s critically-acclaimed album “Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold”, Kalle Mattson has quietly positioned himself as once of Canada’s most distinctive voices in pop. His breathy tenor flirts with falsetto, carrying emotive narratives with grandeur and vulnerability. His highly-anticipated new album due out in 2018.
Originally making his mark in the Susie Arioli Band, Jordan Officer has left an indelible mark in Canadian jazz and blues guitar landscape. An alchemist of vintage styles, Officer radiates passion for rock n’ roll’s great legacy, while putting his own coins in the jukebox. Jazz, blues and classic 50’s rock n’ roll all find a home in the hands of this modern master !
He was also ADISQ’s 2010 Felix-award winner for Album of the Year.
A disciple of classic hip-hop and R&B, pianist/songwriter Elizabeth Shepherd represents the new face of modern jazz. The four-time JUNO nominee’s soulful compositions are as cerebral as they are sensual. Shepherd collaborated with legend Herbie Hancock for acclaimed album “The Signal”, she has been the only jazz vocalist long-listed for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize.
Cody Coyote is quickly becoming one of Ottawa’s most recognizable and inspiring hip hop artists. Of Ojibwe/Irish descent, his fiery performances fuse profound lyricism with inspiring narratives drawn from his observations on modern life, while paying homage to his Matachewan First Nation ancestry. Coyote’s most recent album “Mamawi” (“All Together” in Anishinaabemowin) explores ideas of positive change through togetherness, love and unity.
True power inspires awe, and Irish Mythen packs a lot of it – lyrical, musical, and personal – into a relatively small frame.
Mythen is a globetrotting troubadour – an Irish-born, contemporary Canadian folk artist who’s been amassing accolades and achievements across several continents over the years. Her presence and charisma simply command attention, and regardless of where she takes the stage, she delivers a sonic and emotional experience that transcends language and location; that reaches the very core of what connects us. It’s an experience that, in recent years, has earned her spots performing alongside Rod Stewart, Gordon Lightfoot, and Lucinda Williams and billings on major festival stages the world over.
Let’s not mince words here: Gordon Lightfoot is a national treasure. Outside of Canada, he’s a certifiable legend; but these are just words.
With a voice as big and brazen as the maverick career he carved out for himself, Lightfoot laid the foundation for english Canada’s contemporary songwriters, like Bahamas, Feist, and countless others. Currently marking five decades on the road, Gordon Lightfoot was a defining figure in the international folk-rock movement that dominated popular music from the mid-60’s to mid-70’s.
Equal parts majestic and understated, Peter Henry Phillips’ writes some of Canada’s most exquisite and ornate chamber-folk. Singer-songwriter Pierre-Philippe Côté (aka Peter Henry Phillips or Pilou) has worked as a director and composer and holds a B.Music in double bass from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. He has played alongside countless respected artists including Ariane Moffatt, Jorane, Elisapie, Lewis Furey, Tomas Jensen and Navet Confit as a multi-instrumentalist.
High in demand as a session musician and arranger, Pilou finally takes the spotlight with his
highly-anticipated album "The Origin", his first as Peter Henry Phillips.
Emerging from Ottawa’s underground club scene in 2008, A Tribe Called Red has transformed the contemporary electronic music landscape. ATCR combine dubstep, modern hip-hop, and eclectic vocal sampling all integrated with traditional pow wow drums and Indigenous song. The JUNO-award winners have collaborated with Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def), Saul Willaims, Lido Pimienta and many more, as well as having performed at seminal festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo, AfroPunk and countless more.
Already familiar through several notable projects, François Jalbert (of Joel Miller, John Jacob Magistery) and Jérôme Beaulieu (Bellflower) present a dazzling repertoire of acoustic swing from Romanian-infused traditional folk to artful bluegrass. Their debut collaborative album “This Is A Real Place” was released in the fall of 2017 to critical acclaim. Dynamic and expertly played, Jalbert and Beaulieu present truly breathtaking, modern acoustic jazz.
Over the course of the last decade, The Once have writ and knit themselves into Newfoundland’s storied history of exceptional songwriting. Geraldine Hollett’s pristine and effortless vocals lilt, harmonious balanced by her bandmates Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale. The result is a rare chemistry that sets them apart from the swatch of minimalist folk ensembles. Touring on their latest album “Time Enough”, NAC Presents is thrilled to present the return these award-winning troubadours.
In a few short years, Polaris Prize-nominated Tanika Charles has transformed from a promising emerging artist to a commanding performer, and staple of the Canadian soul scene. Charles delivers heart-pounding, modern soul that steers clear of retro clichés. With a million dollar smile and irrefutable charm, the Edmonton-raised singer tackles her autobiographical subjects with aplomb and vulnerability: if Tanika’s singing it, she’s lived it.
An exceptional stage presence, guitarist/singer-songwriter Cécile Doo-Kingué blends blues, afro-roots and soul to create a unique sound. Powerful and raw with an exceptional stage presence, she is a force of nature whose lyrics and sound make for an enthralling and intimate experience.
Embodying the best of vintage soul, 60’s R&B, and fusion jazz-funk, Ottawa’s Slack Bridges are quickly becoming one of city’s most beloved party bands. Their fervent live performances feel like a summertime block party, joyful and unpretentious. Their first full-length "Joy of Joys" was released in late 2017.
Tenacious, and achingly pure, singer-songwriter Rita Carter is a powerhouse of acoustic soul. A beloved fixture in her hometown of Ottawa, she balances her music career leading workshops, and organizing community events. At the heart of Carter’s music lies an inextinguishable belief in compassion, and a tireless quest for peace.
Approaching 20 years as a band, and with a storied catalogue including their seminal 2007 album “Set Yourself On Fire”, Montreal’s STARS have made a career telling the tales we keep in the darkest, and most hopeful parts of our souls. NAC Presents is honoured to welcome this legendary art-pop collective live in Southam Hall with the NAC Orchestra!
This holiday season join Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the award-winning fiddle virtuosos, in an intimate and unique Christmas concert series you will never forget. With the duo accompanied by an incredible array of talented session musicians – and their entire family – A Celtic Family Christmas will guide you into the wonderful world of a true Cape Breton Christmas celebration. “This tour is going to have an energy that goes beyond the duration of the show,” says Natalie MacMaster. “I want it to stay with our fans throughout the holidays, and beyond.”
From Romanian-jazz to flamenco and beyond, the award winning Sultans of String are Canada’s mutable masters of global string music. They return to the NAC to expand traditional notions of holiday music with their new, genre-hopping disc, “Christmas Caravan”. On it, they combine Quebecois fiddle tunes with a traditional Turkish string ensemble, re-imagine classic pop songs by the Andrews Sisters, go on a Himalayan sleigh ride, and much more. This is Christmas as you’ve never heard it, honouring countless global perspectives, and performed by some of the world’s most renowned players.
The inexplicable magic, joy, and romance of Roma-swing jazz! Join Trio BBQ for a revelatory holiday show like no other. Vocalist Katerine Desrochers, percussionist Véronique Boucher, and the VoxA4 quartet add that swing to Christmas classics, and whisk you off to another time in faraway lands for a night of musical revelry!
NAC Presents is thrilled to welcome one of Canada’s brightest stars for two spectacular nights in Southam Hall, joined by the NAC Orchestra!
Johnny Reid has built up a ravenous audience worldwide with his irrefutable charm, smoky tenor, and formidable on-stage presence. Over an illustrious career spanning more than a decade, the JUNO Award winning singer-songwriter has amassed an extensive catalogue of hit songs, album sales totalling over 1.5 million units in Canada, countless awards and multiple sold out national arena tours.
Since their debut in 2008, RANT MAGGIE RANT has consistently won over audiences at festivals, folk clubs, town halls, churches, concert halls and symphonic stages. The original goal was to take traditional Celtic music as the foundation, then liberally and unapologetically colour outside the prescribed lines. In a nut-shell, have fun!
Born in a tent and raised in a cabin on the shores of a glacial lake in the Kluane region of Canada’s Yukon, country-roots artist Diyet is a seamless amalgam of cultures. Via folk music and Aboriginal forms, she channels her various linages (Southern Tutchone, Japanese, Tlingit and Scottish) into stories and melodies deeply rooted in her Indigenous world view, and northern reality. The owner of a formidable voice, she performs as a trio with husband/guitarist/collaborator, Robert van Lieshout, and multi- instrumentalist, Bob Hamilton. Diyet’s music is an adventurous show and tell, effortlessly balancing modernity and tradition.