Canadian artists, home for the holidays

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Alice Through the Looking-Glass
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David Myles
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Matt Dusk

Canada’s National Arts Centre is home to our country’s greatest artists. But at this time of year, the NAC is “home for the holidays” to them too.

Featuring English Theatre’s resident Ensemble of actors from across Canada, Alice Through The Looking Glass in association with the Stratford Festival is directed by Jillian Keiley, Artistic Director of English Theatre, and a proud Newfoundlander. The text is by James Reaney, one of Canada’s most poetic playwrights whose Donnelly trilogy about a Canadian family in Southwestern Ontario was hugely influential in Canadian theatre.

Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra will this season showcase dozens of Canadian artists on our national stage. All the soloists in Handel’s masterpiece oratorio Messiah are Canadian, including Maghan McPhee (soprano) who is originally from Timmins, Anita Krause (mezzo-soprano) and  Adam Fisher (tenor) of Vancouver, and Steven Hegedus (bass) of Toronto.


The NAC showcases Canadian icons and the icons of tomorrow from across Canada. On December 19, 34-year-old Toronto crooner Matt Dusk sings Christmas with the NAC Orchestra. A former boy chorister, Dusk studied under Montreal jazz piano legend Oscar Peterson at York University.

NAC Presents also delights in presenting artists on different NAC stages as their careers blossom – something Halifax singer-songwriter David Myles, who will perform songs from his new album called It’s Christmas on December 18-19, appreciates. “The NAC is always one of my favourite places to play,” he said. “It has totally helped me develop an audience in Ottawa. I'm really grateful.”

With the support of presenting sponsor Sun Life Financial and community partners, the National Arts Centre’s Share the Spirit program brings the magic of live performance for free to deserving children and families in the Ottawa area during the holiday season and throughout the year.

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