April 8, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Le Grand bal de Noël

virtual concert presented in association with Jeunesses Musicales Canada
Le Grand bal de Noël © Antoine Saito
Le Grand bal de Noël © Antoine Saito
Le Grand bal de Noël © Antoine Saito
Kindergarten–Grade 3 Music Children Holidays

Travelling from a distant frozen bank, three musician penguins are waddling along towards the North Pole for the holiday festivities. 

In order to join the party, they will need to compose an original Christmas song – and they only have a few more minutes to do it. Will they find inspiration? Will they be ready in time for this unforgettable evening? Goofy characters, traditional songs, dancing with Santa… holiday magic abounds in this interactive concert, where children sing with the artists and participate in creating their very own original song. Join in on the festivities!

  • Concert length (prerecorded video): 43 minutes
  • Available in: French only
  • Recommended for: ages 4-8 (Kindergarten to grade 3)
  • This concert can be accompanied (at extra cost) with live interaction (mediation) facilitated by a teaching artist

Marc Fortin, trombone | Pierre Blais, banjo | Jean Sabourin, sousaphone

CREDITS - Original version
TEXT: Marc Fortin
STAGE DIRECTION: Judith Pelletier

CREDITS - Screen adaptation

Virtual Musical Adventures: concerts and workshops for students and teachers

In collaboration with Jeunesses Musicales Canada, the NAC Orchestra presents a series of fun and engaging music-making activities and pedagogical resources geared towards students aged 4-12, all offered in a virtual format.

Educators can purchase a user license that enables digital access to a pre-recorded concert for up to 30 days, or for a series of pre-recorded workshops for up to 50 days, and the license is valid for an entire school (not just one classroom)!

Concerts can be presented following the associated virtual workshop series, or can be presented independently.

In order to offer a more in-depth experience, workshops and/or concerts can be accompanied (at extra cost) with live interaction (mediation) facilitated by a teaching artist.

Associated virtual workshop series: Your Wintertime Song

Pricing packages

Concert & Workshop Pricing TOTAL
1 virtual workshop bought individually $250 + HST
1 virtual concert bought individually $500 + HST
1 virtual concert and its corresponding virtual workshop bought together $650 + HST
All 5 concerts and all 5 virtual workshops $2,500 + HST
3 virtual concerts and 3 virtual workshops $1,500 + HST
Digital mediation bought à la carte (minimum of 2 hours of mediation) $100/hr + HST

Price for one digital license per institution without maximum audience capacity. A single license is valid for an entire school (not just one classroom).
A license enables a digital access of 30 days for a concert and 50 days for a workshop series.

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Bring the performing arts into children’s lives

Your donations help the National Arts Centre reach more students, educators and communities across Canada. The National Youth and Education Trust is the NAC’s primary source of funding for initiatives that nurture and develop the creativity of children and youth, and support the educators and artists who challenge and encourage them.

The NAC Foundation would like to acknowledge the generous support from the Leacross Foundation, Friends of the NAC Orchestra, A Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Excellence in the Performing Arts, Grant and Alice Burton, and the donors and sponsors of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre.