August 19, 2021 – OTTAWA (Canada) – We are excited to welcome audiences and artists alike to all four NAC stages and fill them with live music! It’s been too long! 

We’re bringing major international super stars to Southam Hall stage for blockbuster performances with artists like Feist’s intimate and innovative “Multitudes”; a commentary on the pandemic, and new music from Chilly Gonzales, Bahamas and Charlotte Cardin. Returning Canadian highlights include Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Digging Roots, Bruce Cockburn, the bombastic singalong of Choir! Choir! Choir!, and songwriting favourites Donovan Woods, Connie Kaldor & Garnet Rogers, William Prince, and Royal Wood. 

Our exciting Sessions series which pairs pop musicians with the NAC Orchestra returns with the spectacular Grammy-winning jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding, and a holiday performance by pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen.  

The holidays are always a special time at the NAC and this year we’re looking forward to performances by Molly Johnson, Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy Christmas, Matt Anderson, the Skydiggers and Jill Barber.

The beautiful acoustics in the Azrieli Studio will complement performances by BEYRIES, Louis-Jean Cormier, Les Hay Babies, Diane Tell, and Laila Biali. Also, we are excited to welcome for the first time the highly acclaimed clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh and his spectacular Kinan Azmeh City Band in the Babs Asper Theatre.

You can look forward to the Fridays at the Fourth series where you can discover emerging Canadian talent like Marie-Clo, Mclean, Leith Ross and Orchidae to name a few. The Fourth Stage will also welcome rising stars like Hannah Georgas, Steph Richards, and the Doxas Brothers.  Slaight Music Spotlight also returns with Benjamin Deschamps, AHI and more!


“After the most challenging time for artists, musicians, crew, and the countless team members who support live concerts and tours I am thrilled to present a program of musicians and artists, in concert, on some of the most beautiful stages in the country here at the National Arts Centre. We can't wait to welcome the artists and the audience into the NAC this fall.” – Heather Gibson, Executive Producer, Popular Music & Variety



And this is just the beginning! We will have many more concerts announced throughout the coming months. We are adding more shows so stay tuned to our channels for constant updates. Tickets are on sale now. Find the full lineup and ticket info here.




NAC Popular Music & Variety and The National Arts Centre Foundation would like to thank Fridays at the Fourth Presenting Sponsor BMO Financial Group, and The Slaight Family Foundation for their support of emerging artists. Thank you also to #CanadaPerforms Founding Partner Facebook, Official Car Partner Mark Motors Group, Official Hotel Partner ARC The.Hotel, and Official Rail Partner VIA Rail. The Arts, Medicine and #Life speaker series is made possible thanks to the support of Scotiabank, MD Financial Management and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).




Marie-Clo & Roja Valentine   September 10, 2021

Leith Ross            September 17, 2021

Mikhail Laxton   September 24, 2021

Mclean    October 1, 2021

Feist "Multitudes"   October 12-17, 2021

Orchidae    October 15, 2021

Steph Richards & Supersense    October 16, 2021

Laila Biali             October 30, 2021

Daymé Arocena   November 4, 2021

Benjamin Deschamps    November 6, 2021

Diane Tell            November 17, 2021

Connie Kaldor & Garnet Rogers   November 19, 2021

Les Hay Babies   November 23, 2021

Hannah Georgas    November 25, 2021

Martha Wainwright       November 27, 2021

Skydiggers with Jill Barber presented  w/ Festival of Small Halls   Dec 3 and 4, 2021

Bahamas      December 7, 2021

Molly Johnson  December 18, 2021

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy Christmas   December 19, 2021

Matt Andersen & Friends presented w/ Festival of Small Halls    December 18, 2021

Carly Rae Jepsen with NACO      Dec 22 and 23

Akeem Oh   January 14, 2022

Chilly Gonzales   January 29, 2022

Royal Wood       February 4, 2022

Charlotte Cardin    February 8 and March 11, 2022

AHI     February 17, 2022

Louis-Jean Cormier         February 22, 2022

Beyries    February 24, 2022

Blackie & the Rodeo Kings with Digging Roots    March 5, 2022

Choir! Choir! Choir!        March 12, 2022

Kinan Azmeh City Band   March 15, 2022

Ariane Moffatt March 17, 2022

Whitehorse    March 19, 2021

William Prince March 30, 2022

Ron Sexsmith    April 1, 2022

Bruce Cockburn    April 23, 2022

Joel Plaskett      May 14, 2022

Donovan Woods - Solo acoustic- May 17,

Donovan Woods & the Opposition - May 18

Esperanza Spalding with NACO June 28, 2022




The National Arts Centre raised its curtains for the first time in 1969. A bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for Canada’s most creative artists, the NAC strives to be artistically adventurous in each of its programming streams — the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre and NAC Presents. The Centre’s national role is reflected in its motto: “Canada is our Stage.” The NAC collaborates with artists and arts organizations across the country, acts as a catalyst for performance; invests in ambitious new works by artists and arts organizations nation-wide; and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada. Situated on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe nation, the NAC is accessible and welcoming to all, and offers a variety of free programming and events.


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