Giving Back to Health Care Heroes

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Feist performing at the NAC on October 16 for health-care workers. © Photo: Landon Entwistle

“This year has been so stressful but to know that our community is thinking of us and took the time to prepare this generous gift, was worth so much. I laughed and cried at the event.” —Shelley, an HR Coordinator at The Ottawa Hospital 

Thanks to generous donor support, over 100 local health-care heroes attended Canadian singer/songwriter Feist’s show MULTITUDES at the NAC for free on October 16. Created with the support of the NAC’s National Creation Fund in response to the pandemic, MULTITUDES signaled a safe return to the stage. 

Feist enchanted the audience who sat in a circle surrounding the star on the unique stage.  Gillian Potter, a psychologist shared “This was the first live music I had seen in nearly two years, and it just happens that Feist is one of my favorite artists.  It brought tears.” The evening was made even more emotional by the set design, particularly when, at the end of the performance the curtains raised to reveal a giant mirror ball casting light on an empty theatre waiting to be filled. 

Amy, an Emergency Department Clerk reflected, “When I saw the email that I was a recipient of this generous donation I was overjoyed. I asked a friend I haven’t seen in over two years to accompany me. This opportunity has reminded me how important it is to take time for yourself. We had an incredible time, the evening was phenomenal and exactly what I needed as we re-enter society.” 

All of us at the National Arts Centre Foundation would like to once again thank health-care workers across the country for your dedication and strength during this challenging time. And thanks to you, our loyal supporters, for helping us create opportunities to celebrate and uplift our front-line community members through the power of the live performance. 

MULTITUDES was produced by TO Live and Kampnagel International Summer Festival, in association with the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund. Commissioning partners:  To Live, Kampnagel International Summer Festival, Festipielhaus St Pölten.

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