Ottawa’s National Arts Centre is launching exciting new programming for the summer


All together Now‘ the NAC’s new summer series features more than 200 shows in free and accessibly priced programs

OTTAWA, May 2, 2022 – There is so much going on at the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa this summer. From June to August 2022, the NAC welcomes locals and visitors alike to enjoy music, dance, theatre, children’s camps and more happening in its halls, and outdoors at the rooftop wooden terrace and along the Rideau canal. All together Now is the NAC’s first ever summer series and features more than 200 shows in free and accessibly priced programs.

Whether you are strolling downtown on a summer night or looking for a family-friendly event, there will be something for everyone, every day of the week thanks to our friends at the NAC.

“This summer, spend some quality time outdoors or inside our halls with great music, dance, and theatre – it’s the perfect summer for it,” said Heather Gibson, Executive Producer of NAC Popular Music and Variety. “After a long winter and many months of limited social gatherings, it’s time to be all together now.”


Stage Series

Take a seat in Southam Hall and sing along to beloved Broadway blockbusters, or settle into the Babs Asper Theatre, the Azrieli Studio, or the Fourth Stage to connect with Canadian, Indigenous, Nordic and international artists including Tomson Highway: KISAAGEETIN* *(I love you/Je t’aime), Ballets Jazz Montréal, Judy Collins, and so much more.

Feeling of Free  

From June 30 to July 30, every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 4:30 p.m., The Lionyls, Andy Rubal + Miguel de Armas, and members of the NAC Orchestra, will play separate shows aboard a boat as it cruises down the Rideau canal. Check our website for the schedule.

11 am pop ups will be happening on the wooden terrace (weather permitting) or inside the NAC. Get moving with Powwow Workouts, and GYROKINESIS® for all abilities.

Take your lunch to the Atrium at noon and enjoy live musical performances!

Wooden Terrace

The public can access the NAC’s wooden terrace and its iconic view from Elgin Street or the Mackenzie King Bridge. Every Tuesday and Wednesday night, audiences can catch a variety of live music at 7 pm including Djely Tapa, OKAN, Moneka Arabic Jazz, Aysanabee and more! These performances are also free.

$8 Theatrical Plays

Almost every week this summer, catch an $8 play at the Fourth Stage. Each play runs for a week.

One last thing! Toronto-based artist Heather Nicol, whose practice includes immersive sound installation and sculpture, will also be featured in the halls of the NAC. Her site-specific interventions have been presented nationally and internationally. Her works explore the architectural, sonic, historic, and operational conditions of the locations where they are presented. Nicol’s sound and kinetic exhibit will be available to view all summer.


The NAC’s eclectic 2022 summer programming will go a long way in supporting the recovery of the National Capital Region’s cultural and tourism sector recovery after a difficult period caused by the pandemic.

“For more than a year the NAC has worked with its partners at Ottawa Tourism, the City of Ottawa and other federal cultural institutions to identify and promote safe and memorable cultural experiences for local audiences and visitors,” said Christopher Deacon, NAC President and CEO. “The NAC’s summer programming will offer outstanding live entertainment to lift spirits and touch hearts and minds.”

‘’As a member of the Board of Trustees of the NAC, I’m thrilled with the diverse and accessible programming announced for summer 2022 as part of the Year of Cultural Tourism in Ottawa,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “Thanks to the important collaboration taking place between the City and our cultural and tourism partners, I believe our festivals and cultural institutions will help us attract tens of thousands of visitors to the nation’s capital to relaunch our tourism industry in a meaningful way.’’

NAC Tickets and Information

Tickets are on sale now. Find the full lineup and ticket info here.

NAC thanks its generous partners
Programming at the National Arts Centre is made possible through the support of many generous individuals and organizations from across the country. The NAC Foundation would like to thank Mohammad and Najla Al Zaibak (Bay Tree Foundation), The Azrieli Foundation, BMO Financial Group, Bonnie & John Buhler, Adrian Burns, LL.D. & Gregory Kane, Q.C., Canadian North, The Crabtree Foundation, Mohammed A. Faris, Margaret Fountain, C.M., DFA (h) & David Fountain, C.M., Elinor Gill Ratcliffe, C.M., O.N.L., LLD (hc), Reesa Greenberg, Susan Glass, C.M. & Arni Thorsteinson, O.M., Donald K. Johnson O.C. & Anna McCowan Johnson, The Jennings Family, Dr. Dianne Kipnes, C.M. & Mr. Irving Kipnes, C.M., The Leacross Foundation, Mark Motors Group, The Honourable Margaret McCain, C.C., O.N.B., Meta, Michael F.B. Nesbitt, The Janice & Earle O’Born Fund for Artistic Excellence, RBC Foundation, Rogers Communications, Dasha Shenkman, OBE, Hon RCM, The Slaight Family Foundation, TD Bank Group, R.N.C. Tennant, The Vered Family, VIA Rail, and The Hilary and Galen Weston Foundation.  Thank you also to our many other supporters across the country.

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