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Carly Rae Jepsen performs with the NAC Orchestra on Dec. 22 and 23.

18 holiday concerts in Ottawa

By Apartment613 on November 24, 2021

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. 22-23

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. Two nights, right before Christmas!

🗓️ December 22 and 23 at 8pm
📍 Southam Hall (National Arts Centre)
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