Arts & Entertainment
National Arts Centre
Canada is our stage. Le Canada en scène.
Phone613-947-7000 | 866-850-ARTS
Websitehttp://nac-cna.ca/ National Arts Centre1 Elgin Street,Downtown Rideau,Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5W1 Get Directions
Ottawa residents are no doubt very familiar with the striking renovations the National Arts Centre has undergone but visitors could be excused for not knowing and even residents may not yet have ventured inside, since its completion in early 2018.
We met up recently with Heather Gibson, Executive Producer, NAC Presents & Variety Programming, and Jennifer Covert, Marketing Officer, NAC Presents, pictured here left to right. They gave us a quick tour, including several public spaces where you’ll find free activities ranging from the calm Movement in Mediation to the more rambunctious Toddler Tuesdays.
Fridays at the Fourth, presented by the NAC and yours truly Downtown Rideau, is a weekly series of concerts by emerging Canadian musicians in all genres from folk to hip hop to country and everything in between. Heather travels the country (often!) to uncover great up-and-comers and brings them to you for the low ticket price of $15, set in the relaxed intimate setting of the Fourth Stage.
Heather started producing and promoting events and concerts on contract while at university in Halifax through some of the organizations she was involved with. That led her to eventually starting her own business in 2000 specializing in corporate events which further led to owning music venues and managing artists. Not quite where she wanted to be she founded In the Dead of Winter Music Festival and then headed Halifax Jazz festival, the city’s largest music festival. Very few opportunities, if any, would have had her bid Nova Scotia farewell, but this one with the National Arts Centre was simply too good to pass up and so in 2016 she made the move to Ottawa.
Ideal clientele? Musically open-minded, wants to discover something new and is interested in many different kinds of music.
If that sounds like you or someone you aspire to be, then head to the NAC soon and discover the wealth of talent and great activities presented.
nac-cna.ca | Canada is our stage.
The National Arts Centre (NAC) raised its curtains for the first time in 1969. Created by the Parliament of Canada as a Centennial project during the 1960s, the NAC has become Canada’s foremost showcase for the performing arts.
Today, the NAC works with countless artists, both emerging and established, from across Canada and around the world, and collaborates with scores of other arts organizations across the country.
The NAC is strongly committed to being a leader and innovator in each of the performing arts fields in which it works – classical music, English theatre, French theatre, dance, variety, and community programming. It is at the forefront of youth and educational activities, supporting programmes for young and emerging artists and programmes for young audiences, and producing resources and study materials for teachers.
The NAC is the only multidisciplinary, bilingual performing arts centre in North America, and one of the largest in the world.