News Releases

  1. National Arts Centre mourns the loss of Gordon Lightfoot

    May 2, 2023

    OTTAWA – The National Arts Centre joins Canadians and music lovers around the globe in mourning the loss of Gordon Lightfoot. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Gordon Lightfoot, Canada's most legendary singer-songwriter,” said NAC President and CEO Christopher Deacon. “His music reflected the mood and spirit of a generation, and became the soundtrack of our... Read more

  2. The National Arts Centre Orchestra collaborates with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity to present Mozart's epic Don Giovanni

    April 25, 2023

    After a pause of more than four years, opera returns to the National Arts Centre on Thursday, June 15, and Saturday, June 17. April 25, 2023 – OTTAWA – In collaboration with the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the National Arts Centre (NAC) is proud to present the music of Mozart’s epic opera, Don Giovanni. Overflowing with comedy, tragedy, drama, and the supernatural, Don... Read more

  3. More than $21,000 awarded to young musicians at the 2023 NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition

    April 24, 2023

    Seventeen-year-old Franco-Ontarian violinist Justin Saulnier wins the Grand Prize April 24, 2023 – OTTAWA – On Sunday, April 23, a talented group of music students aged 16 to 26, with ties to the National Capital Region, competed for a chance to win prizes worth more than $21,000 in the 40th annual National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competition. This year’s... Read more

  4. Cheryl Foggo’s Pioneer Love Story Heaven Closes out NAC English Theatre’s 2022-2023 Season

    April 21, 2023

    Cheryl Foggo’s Pioneer Love Story Heaven Closes out NAC English Theatre’s 2022-2023 Season   Revival of Citadel Theatre production marks the latest Black Theatre Workshop’s Co-Curation work with the NAC April 20, 2023 – OTTAWA (Canada) – As Black pioneers fled the southern United States, Canadian settlements weren't just the last stop; they were considered... Read more

  5. ROME: A Capital Epic

    April 19, 2023

    The Shakespeare/Dalpé/Haentjens triumvirate returns to the NAC April 19, 2023 – OTTAWA (Canada) – In 2015, French Theatre audiences experienced the impressive Richard III by Shakespeare/Dalpé/Haentjens. With ROME, a production of unparalleled scope will rock the capital on May 5 and 6. For seven and a half hours, 29 artists... Read more


    April 12, 2023

    From the streets of Buenos Aires to the stage of Southam Hall: Social Tango Project lands at the NAC with its outstanding dancers, musicians and singers.   OTTAWA, Canada, April 12, 2023 – A warm Argentine breeze will blow through the NAC on April 22, when the Southam Hall stage welcomes Social Tango Project. Based in Buenos Aires, this unique interactive dance experience features a... Read more

  7. Les mots secrets: A great celebration of poetry!

    April 11, 2023

    Written by Louise Dupré and directed by Ottawa artist André Perrier, presented at the NAC on April 22 and 23 April 11, 2023 – OTTAWA (Canada) – Words have a history while also being ageless. In this playful and athletic show, they are bouncing balls, modeling clay, super glue to stay together... She and He were inseparable. But one truly rotten day, He had to leave... Read more


    March 30, 2023

    A three-part performance art series by Indigenous women exploring artistic expression through contemporary Indigenous dance and storytelling March 30, 2023 – OTTAWA (Canada) – Alongside NAC Indigenous Theatre, NAC Dance is delighted to present Matriarchs Uprising, an annual performance art series that weaves stories of transformation through Indigenous women's artistry, creating... Read more

  9. Choreographer Rhodnie Désir presents BOW’T TRAIL Rétrospek for two nights only at the NAC

    March 9, 2023

    The Prix de la Danse-winning piece (Grand Prix and Envol prizes, 2020) continues its international tour of the Americas and Europe. March 9, 2023 – OTTAWA (Canada) – Witness a conversation between the present and the past delivered through choreographer Rhodnie Désir. Her BOW’T TRAIL Rétrospek, the... Read more

  10. Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Classic Fall On Your Knees Arrives at the NAC with a Momentous Two-Part Production

    March 2, 2023

    Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Classic Fall On Your Knees Arrives at the NAC with a Momentous Two-Part Production   Hit Stage Adaptation Lands in Ottawa as Third Stop in Four City Tour  Ottawa – March 6, 2023 – “Fall On Your Knees… will bring you to your feet.” - J. Kelly Nestruck, Globe and Mail Following successful runs in Toronto and Halifax, NAC... Read more