8 Performances to Enchant your Holidays!
Hard to believe the holiday season has arrived! What better way to get into the holiday spirit then to immerse yourself in Ottawa’s vast array of family-friendly events this December at the National Arts Centre, Centrepointe Theatre and Shenkman Arts Centre.
There are three ways to see The Nutcracker in Ottawa this season.
The National Arts Centre presents the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s classic interpretation of the Tchaikovsky favourite December 4-8. This is the perfect holiday treat for the whole family! Nutcracker is young Clara’s Christmas fantasy, featuring Filbert the Bear, dancing mice, a Sugar Plum Fairy and a magically growing Christmas tree. With timeless choreography, gorgeous scenic design, and dazzling costumes, Nutcracker is a spun sugar holiday confection – a musical feast for all ages.
Meanwhile, at the Centrepointe Theatre (December 14-15) and Shenkman Arts Centre (December 16-18), Ballet Jörgen will showcase their rendition of The Nutcracker with a Canadian twist. Come experience the joy of dance and the national treasures of Northern Ontario as 20th century landscape settings from the Group of Seven come alive with snowflakes, beavers, dragonflies, squirrels and other creatures in this uniquely Canadian holiday tradition.
Barenaked Ladies: Hits and Holiday Songs
What better way to get into the holiday spirit then with the the Barenaked Ladies? Join them and the NAC Orchestra December 12 -14 for a fun-filled night of seasonal favourites and special arrangements of their chart-topping hits, like “Pinch Me,” “Big Bang Theory,” "If I Had $1,000,000". BNL’s exciting blend of talent, high-energy melodic pop, and lively connection with the audience will rock your holidays!
The Sound of Music
From December 3 to 28, the National Arts Centre is alive with The Sound of Music! With a nod to the golden age of musical theatre, this special live production is brimming with some of the most memorable and well-loved songs of all time including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi” and “So Long, Farewell.” An absolute classic that is perfect for all ages, The Sound of Music is sure to be one of your favourite things this holiday season.
The Tenors Christmas Show
The Tenors’ music is an exciting blend of classical and contemporary pop that is thrilling audiences of all ages around the world. On December 23 at the National Arts Centre, come witness the powerful voices of these four gifted young men with their diverse vocal styles, undeniable charm and international solo success.
A Leahy Family Christmas
Leahy is a musical powerhouse of eight Canadian brothers and sisters who have been playing together their entire lives. Influenced by roots, pop, country and traditional Canadian music, their definitive sound brought audiences to their feet in 175 stadiums around the world when they toured with country superstar Shania Twain. Known for their exceptional musicianship, electrifying step dancing, and passion to perform, their name has become synonymous with all that is real, extraordinary, and unforgettable! Don’t miss their awe-inspiring performance at the Centrepointe Theatre on December 12.
Handel’s Messiah — composed in an astonishing three weeks—is a must see-and-hear this holiday season on December 17-18 at the National Arts Centre! Its dazzling solos and some of the most glorious choral writing of all time have given Messiah nearly ritual status and made it the undisputed favourite of the holidays throughout the world.
Stuart McLean: The Vinyl Cafe Christmas Tour
Stuart McLean is known as “Canada’s favourite storyteller.” His hit radio show The Vinyl Cafe is heard by 1.5 million people each week. The show is broadcast on CBC Radio in Canada, on close to 100 public radio stations in the USA and on around the world on Sirius Satellite Radio 169 and via podcast.
In addition to the popular Dave & Morley stories, the show also features live and recorded music by both up-and-coming and established Canadian musicians. This year’s Christmas Concert on December 21 and 22 at the National Arts Centre will feature the Juno Award winning trio The Good Lovelies.
Johnny Reid: A Christmas Gift For You
On December 9 at the National Arts Centre, come experience the signature voice of Johnny Reid, a three-time JUNO Award winner and acclaimed multi-platinum singer/songwriter. A Christmas Gift To You is a 12-song collection of traditional and time-honoured songs that embrace the spirit of the season. The joy and warmth that is Christmas can be heard in every note, interpreted beautifully by Reid’s signature voice.