The National Arts Centre (NAC) is announcing an unprecedented collaboration with partner organizations across Canada – including Confederation Centre of the Arts – in support of the Canadian music scene. The ambitious initiative called NAC Presents Across Canada will help support nearly 40 concerts in 10 cities across Canada in 2017-2018 to help build the careers of emerging Canadian musicians.
As part of this program, Confederation Centre will present celebrated Canadian pop icons, the Barenaked Ladies, on Monday October 16. This show has been selling very strongly all spring, yet some tickets still remain. Visit the Confederation Centre box office online at confederationcentre.com, in person at 130 Queen Street, Charlottetown, or toll free at 1 800 565 0278.
The creative force behind this project is Heather Gibson, the new Executive Producer of NAC Presents, who joined the NAC six months ago after a successful career in the music industry. Immediately upon her arrival in Ottawa, Gibson saw the opportunity to build a network of live music organizations to support the career development of emerging Canadian musicians. She began travelling the country in her new role, and within a few months had made partnerships in St. John’s, Charlottetown, Halifax, Montréal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Vancouver and Whitehorse.
“NAC Presents is a fantastic all-Canadian music series that was founded six years ago here at the National Arts Centre. It brings some of Canada’s best emerging musicians and songwriters to the NAC stages in Ottawa,” said Gibson. “NAC Presents Across Canada will start to build a network of music organizations and community promoters that work together to promote talent, help artists develop audiences across Canada, and create touring opportunities and will build national networks for both the artists and the organizations involved,” said Gibson.
NAC Presents Across Canada concerts will showcase a wide variety of Canadian emerging musicians in all genres. The series is programmed collaboratively between Heather Gibson and the artistic leadership in each partner organization. The programming will focus on emerging Canadian talent.
The National Arts Centre is Canada’s home for the performing arts, and NAC Presents across Canada will allow the institution to deepen its engagement with the contemporary music scene in every region. NAC Presents Across Canada will also help support the development of emerging artists, and in turn, will support the development of audiences in Canada for emerging music, which strengthens the artistic life of our nation.
NAC Presents Across Canada will mirror the NAC Presents series of all-Canadian music at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa where throughout the year more than 90 concerts by emerging and established Canadian artists are presented on all four of the NAC’s performance stages.
NAC PRESENTS ACROSS CANADA PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS:
1) Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Confirmed programming with NAC Presents Across Canada includes: Barenaked Ladies, October 16
2) Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon.
3) Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia.
4) Calgary Folk Music Festival, Calgary, Alberta.
5) Regina Folk Festival, Regina, Saskatchewan.
6) Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
7) Lula Lounge/Lula Music and Arts Centre, Toronto, Ontario.
8) Phi Centre, Montréal, Québec.
9) Halifax Pop Explosion, Halifax, Nova Scotia
10) Arts and Culture Centres of Newfoundland and Labrador.