Concerts at the NAC are always special. Add to the fact that Hip lead singer Gord Downie is appearing, and spines start tingling.
The National Arts Centre recently named Heather Gibson Executive Director of NAC Presents, a highly successful Canadian music series going into its sixth season.
After a swinging first year, Petr Cancura’s Crossroads series returns to the NAC in the new season with a fresh slate of songwriters lined up for a journey into jazz. The three shows recently announced feature Kathleen Edwards, Lynne Hanson and Justin Rutledge, all fine storytellers with a rootsy bent. A fourth Ottawa singer-songwriter will […]
There are some things that simply cannot be explained, like why Montreal’s art-rock outfit The Dears remain a best-kept secret. They have the songs you want to hold close, the history and they put on an intense live show. Thanks to NAC Presents though, we have the chance to get in on the secret when […]
This year’s season of NAC Presents features a series curated by an NAC favourite. Royal Wood’s 5potlights will feature five artists deserving of the spotlight which was shone on him. ‘My intention with the NAC Present’s Royal Wood spotlight was to highlight a cross section of today’s talent in Canada that would benefit from the […]
The NAC Presents concert series is hosting its 5th anniversary party this Saturday, January 9 in the NAC foyer. Live music at the party will feature U.S. Girls, Mehdi Cayenne and The Lionyls, and will be headlined by hometown “powwow-step” superstars A Tribe Called Red. Apt613 spoke with Ian “DJ NDN” Campeau this week to […]
What do you when you’ve played in a band so intense it played itself into a hiatus and even your solo records have grown more and more raucous on you? If you’re Steven Lambke of Constantines and Baby Eagle fame you do a 180 and a write a record cloaked in the intimacy and hushed […]
Last Thursday Old Man Luedecke came to town to play the first show in the NAC Presents Canadian music series. The folksy, banjo-picking songwriter brought a sold out crowd to the fourth stage for a night of honest-to-goodness roots music. A people’s poet in the line of Woody Guthrie, Luedecke is a seeker who’s refined […]
NAC Presents is back with another exciting season of Canadian music and to mark its 5th anniversary it’s an especially rich and diverse lineup with nearly 50 shows all taking place between October and May. In five years NAC Presents has grown up quickly from about 20 concerts all staged at the Fourth stage in […]
Not only a bastion of high culture, the National Arts Centre prides itself on exposing Ottawa to the work of up-and-coming musicians of all genres. The NAC does this through its Scene festivals, which feature the music of a given province or region of Canada, and through its NAC Presents series, now entering its fourth […]
In advance of her making the trip to the capital for a few shows at the National Arts Centre, we gave Jenn Grant a call to chat about her connection to our city and her new record The Beautiful Wild. She’s released a beautiful new album. It’s interesting and diverse in lots of fun ways […]