October 2020 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Hockey Sweater author at Roch Carrier Elementary School

On her way down the school hallway, Grade 4 student Sarah called out to M. Carrier, “I saw you Saturday on the stage!” © photo: Andrea Hossack
Mr. Carrier at Roch Carrier Elementary School © photo: Andrea Hossack
Marten and Jackson, who were so proud of their sweaters. They are in Ms. Colleen Scott’s Grade 1 class. © photo: Andrea Hossack
In a student art class, 11 year-old Todd, a budding author himself, spoke with M. Carrier about the stories he writes about sports. “Well, if you write about sports you can write about anything and everything,” said Carrier © photo: Andrea Hossack

The elegant and always-inspiring Roch Carrier met students at the school named for him in Kanata, Ontario.

Monsieur Carrier, the celebrated poet and writer who also served as director of the Canada Council for the Arts and National Librarian of Canada, is in Ottawa narrating sold-out performances of his story, The Hockey Sweater, in a live musical performance with The NAC Orchestra. He was joined onstage by his co-host Ken Dryden, NHL legend, author, education advocate and former Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister.

At Roch Carrier Elementary School, students met with Mr. Carrier in the library, and he read to them. They eagerly asked questions such as, “Did you really hate the Toronto Maple Leafs?”  They have been reading and discussing “The Hockey Sweater” and were proud to show him their painted interpretations of his story.