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Carly Rae Jepsen performs with the NAC Orchestra on Dec. 22.

18 holiday concerts in Ottawa

By Apartment613 on November 24, 2021

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See the holiday concerts Apt613 contributors look forward to most in Ottawa-Gatineau!

Find more listings for art, music, theatre, film, dance and festivals in the Apt613 facebook calendar.

EDITORS’ PICKS

  • HOROJO Trio, Dec. 4
  • Holiday Cirque, Dec. 10-11
  • Handel’s Messiah, Dec. 15-16
  • The Good Lovelies, Dec. 17
  • Kellylee Evans, Dec. 18
  • Céleste Lévis, Dec. 18
  • Matt Andersen, Dec. 18
  • Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy, Dec. 19
  • Sultans of String, Dec. 20
  • Carly Rae Jepsen, Dec. 22

Classic pop and rock covers: Legendary Toronto cover band Dwayne Gretzky is putting on a holiday special. We’ll update to share the setlist if we can find one!

🗓️ December 2
📍 Bronson Centre Music Theatre
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Blues at The Rainbow: The award-winning Ottawa-made HOROJO Trio is playing The Rainbow in early December. Yes, The Rainbow! The famous blues bar has reopened thanks to the generosity of a group of local fundraisers.

🗓️ December 4
📍 The Rainbow
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Holiday Cirque: LA-based Troupe Vertigo perform acrobatics and circus feats set to holiday music by the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

🗓️ December 10 and 11 at 8pm
📍 Southam Hall (National Arts Centre)
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Celtic Music for Christmastime: North American Irish Fiddle Champion Kyle Burghout joins forces with flute/whistle player Justin Thériault and Celtic harpist Susan Toman to perform a collection of traditional and contemporary Celtic music.

🗓️ December 11 at 8:30pm
📍 Fourth Stage (National Arts Centre)
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An East Coast Christmas: The Barra MacNeils’ traditional family favourites gleaned from Christmas ceilidhs, midnight masses and then some.

🗓️ December 14 at 7:30pm
📍 Babs Asper Theatre (National Arts Centre)
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Jazz Nite: The weekly Jazz Nite at Queen St. Fare gets the holiday treatment by saxophonist Pete Woods.

🗓️ December 15 at 7pm
📍 Queen St. Fare
🎟️ Free Admission


Handel’s Messiah: La Chapelle de Québec singers and the National Arts Centre Orchestra perform the choral classic by Georg Frideric Handel, conducted by famous Québec conductor Bernard Labadie.

🗓️ December 15 and 16 at 7:30pm
📍 Southam Hall (National Arts Centre)
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The Good Lovelies’ Christmas Concert: Would it be Christmas without The Good Lovelies’ annual holiday tour? For a band that got together for a “one-off gig” in 2006, they’ve been going strong ever since! This is a show we look forward to every year.

🗓️ December 17 at 7:30pm
📍 Babs Asper Theatre (National Arts Centre)
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The Tenors Santa’s Wish Tour: Juno Award-winning and multi-platinum selling vocal group The Tenors are return to Ottawa with special guest Tyler Shaw.

🗓️ December 17 at 8pm
📍 Southam Hall (National Arts Centre)
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Vocal jazz: Montréal jazz singer Mikhaëlle Salazar promises to sing in holiday music in at least four languages!

🗓️ December 17 at 8:30pm
📍 Fourth Stage (National Arts Centre)
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Jazzin’ the Holidays: Gigspace’s annual holiday fundraising concert is featuring a quartet let by Martine Courage on piano and vocals. Tickets to see the show in-person have SOLD OUT, however a livestream option is available!

🗓️ December 18 at 7:30pm
📍 Gigspace
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Kellylee Evans’ Winter Song: One of Ottawa’s finest voices, the Juno Award-winner Kellylee Evans, is performing a mix of holiday classics and her originals at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

🗓️ December 18 at 8pm
📍 Shenkman Arts Centre
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Blues Christmas: East coast blues legend Matt Andersen is playing Southam Hall with special guests Fortunate Ones and Reeny Smith.

🗓️ December 18 at 8pm
📍 Southam Hall (National Arts Centre)
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Vocal jazz: Celebrated Canadian jazz singer Molly Johnson is touring her latest record, It’s a Snow Globe World.

🗓️ December 18 at 7:30pm
📍 Babs Asper Theatre (National Arts Centre)
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Indie franco pop: Ottawa-based singer-songwriter Céleste Lévis had just released an *original* Christmas album before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. After the long wait, she finally gets the chance to perform and maybe tour that outstanding record.

🗓️ December 18 at 8:30pm
📍 Fourth Stage (National Arts Centre)
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Celtic folk: Canadian fiddle masters Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy are playing both a matinee and evening show at Southam Hall.

🗓️ December 18 at 3pm and 8pm
📍 Southam Hall (National Arts Centre)
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Sultans of String Christmas Caravan: 3x Juno Award nominees Sultans of String perform originals, world-music inspired classics, and seasonal favourites with a full lineup of special guests Rebecca Campbell, Donné Roberts, Kristine St. Pierre, Kellylee Evans and Lynne Hanson.

🗓️ December 20 at 7pm (Doors at 6pm)
📍 Algonquin Commons Theatre
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Carly Rae Jepsen w/ the NAC Orchestra: Celebrate the holidays with Carly Rae Jepsen and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. It’s the last show in our calendar, right before Christmas! While a set list has yet to be posted, and Carly Rae is holding her cards close, we’re told that the show will include a lot of CRJ’s hits with a handful of holiday songs for good measure.

🗓️ December 22 at 8pm
📍 Southam Hall (National Arts Centre)
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