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Tanika Charles. Photo: Ryan Paterson.

NAC Presents reveals 55+ concerts for the 2018–19 season

By Greggory Clark on May 16, 2018



Big names like Gordon Lightfoot, Chilly Gonzales, Safia Nolin, and A Tribe Called Red are followed by no end of prominent and emerging talent.

This lineup is incredibly diverse, offering so much Canadian music to discover. You’ll see electronic dance artists, Indigenous country music, local hip hip, art pop, folk music and more in the NAC Presents 2018–19 season.

It’s also one of the most balanced lineups to date—and perhaps city-wide—in terms of gender representation. Beyond household names such as jazz icon Holly Cole and two-time JUNO Award winner Jill Barber, more than half of these acts are fronted by women.

“We’re drawing the curtain as wide as we can.”

“Truly, our work is to present the breadth of Canada’s musical heritage, diversity, and future,” says Heather Gibson, Executive Producer. “We’re drawing the curtain as wide as we can.”

A collaboration over a year in the making, singer-songwriter Patrick Watson will perform with the National Arts Centre Orchestra at Southam Hall on January 19, 2019. He’s done this before with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the result of which is an incredible concert which is free to stream on YouTube.

Electronic pop band STARS will have their turn with the NAC Orchestra on December 15, 2018. Both of the STARS and Patrick Watson concerts are a part of SESSIONS, a new NAC Presents series pairing Canadian songwriters with the NACO.

Fridays at the Fourth is back for its second year. The weekly concert series puts local and emerging artists in the revitalized Fourth Stage venue. On Fridays, the room opens early so people can drop in for a drink after work, or come early for the 8:30pm show.

“Hopefully we’ve priced this series at a level that people are able to come out and discover new music,” Gibson told Apt613 when the 2017 lineup was revealed, introducing Fridays at the Fourth. In 2018, ticket prices remain $10 for students and $15 for general admission.

Toronto R&B sensation Tanika Charles, Franco-Ontarian rising star Céléste Levis, and Montreal’s “sanza soul” queen Laetitia Zonzambé are all booked on Fridays.

The Ottawa music scene is represented by a vibrant set of our region’s foremost emerging artists. Catch the next Kalle Mattson album release, an extravagant and theatrical set by The PepTides, psych-rock wünderband Boyhood, hip hop hero Cody Coyote, or the funk-fueled, soulful Slack Bridges featuring vocalist Rita Carter.

More highlights from the lineup:

  • The Weather Station – Sept. 28
  • Shakura S’Aida – Sept. 29
  • The Commotions – Oct. 4
  • John Aaron Cockburn – Oct. 5
  • Jean-Michel Blais – Oct. 11
  • Erin Costelo – Oct. 20
  • Bahamas – Nov. 9
  • Philippe Brach – Nov. 9
  • The Once – Nov. 23
  • Moonfruits – Dec. 14

For the full season visit Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, May 16 at 10am and are available online and at the NAC Box Office.