The Feeling of Free

Family programming Music Theatre Workshops Summer events

Some of our best shows aren’t on the stage this summer. They are in and around the NAC, floating down the Rideau Canal or happening in our public spaces. Whatever you choose to do, it will be fun for everyone. Plus, everything is free!

Upcoming events

  1. Free In-person
     © Miguel De Armas

    Join us for Music on the Canal every Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon for a delightful soundtrack for your walk, run, bike, or rollerblade along the scenic Rideau Canal. 

  2. Free In-person
     © The Lionyls

    Join us for Music on the Canal every Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon for a delightful soundtrack for your walk, run, bike, or rollerblade along the scenic Rideau Canal. 

  3. Free In-person
     © John Kofi Dapaah, Valérie Despax et Cendrine Despax

    Bring your lunch and prepare to be transported to a world of elegance and sublime beauty. This free noon hour concert of classical and chamber music in our Atrium will illuminate your day! This concert will be performed by: John Kofi Dapaah,…

  4. Free In-person Video
    Les six membres du groupe musical Beauxmont, souriants parmi des poules, devant une grange.  © Debout gauche à droite : Jonathan Mpunge, Patrick Dugas, Justin Doucet, Chris Cormier, Felix Belliveau et Jesse Mea.

    This six-member band coming from all corners of Acadia carries a rich heritage of musical traditions rooted in their longstanding generations. Blending modern and traditional instruments, they skillfully captivate their audience with this famous…

  5. Free In-person Video
    Les six membres du groupe musical Beauxmont, souriants parmi des poules, devant une grange.  © Debout gauche à droite : Jonathan Mpunge, Patrick Dugas, Justin Doucet, Chris Cormier, Felix Belliveau et Jesse Mea.

    This six-member band coming from all corners of Acadia carries a rich heritage of musical traditions rooted in their longstanding generations. Blending modern and traditional instruments, they skillfully captivate their audience with this famous…

  6. New Free In-person
     © SoulRhythms

    Let your soul shine as we travel throughout Africa & The Caribbean on an exciting journey through movement & dance. From traditional to modern Afro-Caribbean folklore-based movement, the Cultural Arts Studio will lead you through an…

  7. Free In-person
     © The Lionyls

    Join us for Music on the Canal every Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon for a delightful soundtrack for your walk, run, bike, or rollerblade along the scenic Rideau Canal. 

  8. Free In-person
     © Miguel De Armas

    Join us for Music on the Canal every Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon for a delightful soundtrack for your walk, run, bike, or rollerblade along the scenic Rideau Canal. 

  9. New Free In-person
    Luana est assise sur un fauteuil blanc aux détails dorés et lit un livre d'histoires. Elle porte un costume de théâtre et elle semble surprise par ce qu'elle lit. © Luana

    Happening Weekly! Join us on Mondays for story time with Luana. Delight in tales that will sweep you away on journeys through magical worlds where you will meet enchanting characters. All accompanied by crafts and…

  10. Free In-person
     © The Moss Trio: Paul Casey, Karen Kang et Erica Miller.

    Bring your lunch and join The Moss Trio for a free noon hour concert in the Atrium! The Moss Trio was formed by Erica Miller, Paul Casey, and Karen Kang in 2022. They met performing at the National Arts Centre after years of study and performing in…

  11. Free In-person Video
    L'artiste Quique Escamilla se produit sur scène avec sa guitare, portant un sombrero.  © Quique Escamilla

    JUNO Award-winning Quique Escamilla is a Mayan-Zapotec singer-songwriter from Chiapas, Mexico—based in Toronto—who blends Pan-American rhythms such as huapango, cumbia, rock and reggae with stories that elevate Indigenous Peoples'…

  12. Free In-person Video
    Le musicien est assis de manière décontractée dans un bar, portant un chapeau, une chemise bleue et un petit foulard rouge autour du cou. © Quique Escamilla

    JUNO Award-winning Quique Escamilla is a Mayan-Zapotec singer-songwriter from Chiapas, Mexico—based in Toronto—who blends Pan-American rhythms such as huapango, cumbia, rock and reggae with stories that elevate Indigenous Peoples'…

  13. New Free In-person
     © SoulRhythms

    Let your soul shine as we travel throughout Africa & The Caribbean on an exciting journey through movement & dance. From traditional to modern Afro-Caribbean folklore-based movement, the Cultural Arts Studio will lead you through an…

  14. Free In-person
    Le corniste Lawrence Vine joue de son instrument au coucher du soleil sur un bateau sur le canal Rideau.  © Le corniste Lawrence Vine de l'OCNA

    Join us for Music on the Canal every Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon for a delightful soundtrack for your walk, run, bike, or rollerblade along the scenic Rideau Canal. 

  15. Free In-person
    Le corniste Lawrence Vine joue de son instrument au coucher du soleil sur un bateau sur le canal Rideau.  © Le corniste Lawrence Vine de l'OCNA

    Let us provide the soundtrack as you walk, run, bike or rollerblade along the canal. Every Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon, members of the NAC Orchestra or a popular band will play aboard our showboat as it cruises the Rideau.  …

  16. New Free In-person
    Luana est assise sur un fauteuil blanc aux détails dorés et lit un livre d'histoires. Elle porte un costume de théâtre et elle semble surprise par ce qu'elle lit. © Luana

    Happening Weekly! Join us on Mondays for story time with Luana. Delight in tales that will sweep you away on journeys through magical worlds where you will meet enchanting characters. All accompanied by crafts and…

  17. Free In-person
     © The Oxbow Trio

    Bring your lunch and enjoy a blissful musical interlude with The Oxbow Trio! As a geographical formation, an oxbow wetland is both familiar and unexpected, adding richness and diversity to an ever-changing landscape. Be inspired by this free…

  18. Free In-person Video
    Membres de Okavango African Orchestra. © Okavango African Orchestra

    Explore the rich fusion of African traditions, languages, and instruments with Okavango African Orchestra, a Juno award-winning ensemble rooted in Toronto and Montreal, crafting a distinctive and captivating musical language. 

  19. Free In-person Video
    Membres de Okavango African Orchestra se produisant sur scène avec leurs instruments.  © Okavango African Orchestra

    Explore the rich fusion of African traditions, languages, and instruments with Okavango African Orchestra, a JUNO award-winning ensemble rooted in Toronto and Montreal, crafting a distinctive and captivating musical language. 

  20. New Free In-person
     © SoulRhythms

    Let your soul shine as we travel throughout Africa & The Caribbean on an exciting journey through movement & dance. From traditional to modern Afro-Caribbean folklore-based movement, the Cultural Arts Studio will lead you through an…

  21. Free In-person

    Are you ready to dive into the captivating world of physical expression? This is your chance to learn from the best in the field and unlock your creative potential. Sherry Lee Hunter, the founder, performer, and director of the award-winning touring…

  22. Free In-person Video
     © LeFLOFRANCO

    Ottawa artist of the #RapFrancoCan scene, LeFLOFRANCO offers a sound filled with high vibrations accompanied by lyrics full of emotion. Seeking to push the hip-hop scene to new heights, he describes his style as “multicolored urban…

  23. New Free In-person
     © Capital Sessions

    This season, Capital Sessions and the NAC are bringing you a series of FREE house dance workshops! Learn basic house-dance steps from some SERIOUS DANCERS, soundtracked by DOPE DJS. If you are a seasoned dancer, bring your moves and come sesh with…

  24. New Free In-person
    Luana est assise sur un fauteuil blanc aux détails dorés et lit un livre d'histoires. Elle porte un costume de théâtre et elle semble surprise par ce qu'elle lit. © Luana

    Happening Weekly! Join us on Mondays for story time with Luana. Delight in tales that will sweep you away on journeys through magical worlds where you will meet enchanting characters. All accompanied by crafts and…

  25. Free In-person
     © Collected Strands

    Bring your lunch and join Collected Strands for a free noon hour concert in the Atrium!  Collected Strands is an improvising chamber music ensemble composed of four fantastic musicians expressing sounds ranging from contemporary modal grooves…

  26. Free In-person
     © Turkwaz

    Turkwaz is a unique combination of four musician/singers, immersed in diverse traditions from mysterious Sufi devotional love songs, to rousing Thracian dance music. Each performer brings a special flavour to the group. Maryem Hassan Tollar draws on…

  27. Free In-person
     © Turkwaz

    Turkwaz is a unique combination of four musician/singers, immersed in diverse traditions from mysterious Sufi devotional love songs, to rousing Thracian dance music. Each performer brings a special flavour to the group. Maryem Hassan Tollar draws on…

  28. New Free In-person
     © SoulRhythms

    Let your soul shine as we travel throughout Africa & The Caribbean on an exciting journey through movement & dance. From traditional to modern Afro-Caribbean folklore-based movement, the Cultural Arts Studio will lead you through an…

  29. Free In-person
     © Miguel De Armas

    Live from the Canal Showboat is renowned Cuban pianist Miguel de Armas whose rich and sophisticated musical heritage, gleaned over many years of study, performance, and creation has brought him international acclaim. He is joined by five local…

  30. New Free In-person
    Luana est assise sur un fauteuil blanc aux détails dorés et lit un livre d'histoires. Elle porte un costume de théâtre et elle semble surprise par ce qu'elle lit. © Luana

    Happening Weekly! Join us on Mondays for story time with Luana. Delight in tales that will sweep you away on journeys through magical worlds where you will meet enchanting characters. All accompanied by crafts and…

  31. Free In-person

    Experience classical and chamber music in a family-friendly environment with Chamberfest’s Bring the Kids! series. Featuring some of Chamberfest’s top musicians, Bring the Kids! concerts are tailor-made for short attention spans, little…

  32. Free In-person

    Chamberfest’s City Series Chamberfest’s City Series brings chamber music out to our community all year long! City Series programming is in partnership with local community organizations and featuring local and regional artists, all with…

  33. Free In-person
    Trois jolies femmes qui te regarde. © Les Fireflies

    Les Fireflies are comprised of three exceptionally talented, award-winning fiddlers, multi-instrumentalists and singer-songwriters. Samantha Robichaud, Louise Vautour and Christine Melanson have performed all over the world in their solo careers, and…

  34. Free In-person
    Trois jolies femmes qui te regarde.  © Les Fireflies

    Les Fireflies are comprised of three exceptionally talented, award-winning fiddlers, multi-instrumentalists and singer-songwriters. Samantha Robichaud, Louise Vautour and Christine Melanson have performed all over the world in their solo careers, and…

  35. New Free In-person
     © SoulRhythms

    Let your soul shine as we travel throughout Africa & The Caribbean on an exciting journey through movement & dance. From traditional to modern Afro-Caribbean folklore-based movement, the Cultural Arts Studio will lead you through an…

  36. Free In-person
     © Curtis Perry

    Experience classical and chamber music in a family-friendly environment with Chamberfest’s Bring the Kids! series. Featuring some of Chamberfest’s top musicians, Bring the Kids! concerts are tailor-made for short attention spans, little…

  37. New Free In-person
     © Toddler Tuesdays

    Arts & crafts, singing, dancing, stories, and more! Toddler Tuesdays are the perfect morning activity for caregivers and children, ages 18 months to 4 years! Join instructor Jesse Kahat in Peter Herrndorf Place for learning, exploration,…

  38. Free In-person
     © Nicole Presentey et John Kofi Dapaah au Ottawa Chamberfest.

    Join us in the NAC’s Atrium, for a mixed program about Love, Loss, and Exile, including a piece by the same name, with poetry by Afghani women composed by composer Juhi Bansal.  We don’t often think of poetry as rebellion, but…

  39. Free In-person
     © Moneka Arabic Jazz Group

    Moneka Arabic Jazz is a project reflecting the life and artistic journey of its founder, Ahmed, from Baghdad to Toronto. It showcases melodies from his homeland, Iraq, interwoven with the African groove and rhythms inherited from the Moneka…

  40. Free In-person
     © Moneka Arabic Jazz Group

    Moneka Arabic Jazz is a project reflecting the life and artistic journey of its founder, Ahmed, from Baghdad to Toronto. It showcases melodies from his homeland, Iraq, interwoven with the African groove and rhythms inherited from the Moneka…

  41. New Free In-person
     © SoulRhythms

    Let your soul shine as we travel throughout Africa & The Caribbean on an exciting journey through movement & dance. From traditional to modern Afro-Caribbean folklore-based movement, the Cultural Arts Studio will lead you through an…

  42. Free In-person Video
     © Chancz Perry

    Unleash your creativity and embark on an exhilarating journey of movement and improvisation with our engaging workshop. Join renowned theatre artist Chancz Perry as he equips participants of all levels with the tools to explore the world of theatre…

  43. New Free In-person
     © Toddler Tuesdays

    Arts & crafts, singing, dancing, stories, and more! Toddler Tuesdays are the perfect morning activity for caregivers and children, ages 18 months to 4 years! Join instructor Jesse Kahat in Peter Herrndorf Place for learning, exploration,…

  44. Free
     © Diyet & The Love Soldiers

    Diyet & The Love Soldiers is alternative country, folk, roots and traditional with catchy melodies and stories deeply rooted in Diyet’s Indigenous world view and northern life. Diyet sings in both English and Southern Tutchone (her…

  45. Free In-person
     © Diyet & The Love Soldiers

    Diyet & The Love Soldiers is alternative country, folk, roots and traditional with catchy melodies and stories deeply rooted in Diyet’s Indigenous world view and northern life. Diyet sings in both English and Southern Tutchone (her…

  46. New Free In-person
     © SoulRhythms

    Let your soul shine as we travel throughout Africa & The Caribbean on an exciting journey through movement & dance. From traditional to modern Afro-Caribbean folklore-based movement, the Cultural Arts Studio will lead you through an…

  47. New Free In-person
     © Toddler Tuesdays

    Arts & crafts, singing, dancing, stories, and more! Toddler Tuesdays are the perfect morning activity for caregivers and children, ages 18 months to 4 years! Join instructor Jesse Kahat in Peter Herrndorf Place for learning, exploration,…

  48. Free In-person
    2 hommes et 3 femmes se tiennent dans une pièce sombre au sol en bois. © Aviva Chernick and the Serena Quintet

    Singer and bandleader Aviva Chernick reimagines traditional Judeo-Spanish folk music with intimacy and emotional range. Aviva and her band bring this musical legacy into the present. Aviva’s soaring vocals in Ladino, as well as Hebrew, Yiddish…

  49. Free In-person
    2 hommes et 3 femmes assis sur deux bancs de parc vous regardent droit dans les yeux. © Aviva Chernick et et le Quatuor Serena

    Singer and bandleader Aviva Chernick reimagines traditional Judeo-Spanish folk music with intimacy and emotional range. Aviva and her band bring this musical legacy into the present. Aviva’s soaring vocals in Ladino, as well as Hebrew, Yiddish…

  50. New Free In-person
     © SoulRhythms

    Let your soul shine as we travel throughout Africa & The Caribbean on an exciting journey through movement & dance. From traditional to modern Afro-Caribbean folklore-based movement, the Cultural Arts Studio will lead you through an…

  51. New Free In-person
     © Toddler Tuesdays

    Arts & crafts, singing, dancing, stories, and more! Toddler Tuesdays are the perfect morning activity for caregivers and children, ages 18 months to 4 years! Join instructor Jesse Kahat in Peter Herrndorf Place for learning, exploration,…

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