Sound Seekers

SOUND SEEKERS: NAC Presents lineup includes concert featuring Basia Bulat + Daniel Lanois + NAC Orchestra

By FATEEMA SAYANI

Basia Bulat
Basia Bulat

The NAC will announce 30 new concerts today, adding to the lineup of 26 previously announced NAC Presents shows. They’re billing it as The Ultimate Canadian Musical Journey.

We here at Ottawa Mag have been fans of the all-Canadian music series — now in its fourth season and programmed by Simone Deneau and Xavier Forget — for some time.

The third season featured hometown hero Kalle Mattson and Can-rock icons Martha Wainwright and Rufus Wainwright, among others. We also saw Royal Wood head to the NAC to play a set with plenty of lighting cues and dramatics, befitting the venue. He even arranged wine pairings for that gig, as he’s also a sommelier.

Expect more pairings this season, including a sweet gig with Daniel Lanois, Basia Bulat, and the NAC Orchestra. Bulat will perform Lanois’ material and a few of her own songs accompanied by NACO’s arrangements. That show takes place April 30, 2015. It may seem far away yet, but best not to delay. (Sarah McLachlan’s November 14 show is long sold out.)

We’re also excited about the double bill with Stars and Hey Rosetta! (Feb. 7) and the return of Arianne Moffatt (April 16) and Whitehorse (May 14), who played NAC Presents in years past. Many artists come back to play the series in following seasons, and often in a larger-capacity venue, starting with the Fourth Stage and moving up to the larger studio and theatre stages.

NAC Orchestra. Photo by Dwayne Brown.
NAC Orchestra. Photo by Dwayne Brown.

“NAC Presents is a vehicle for artists to be featured on a national stage,” producer Deneau says. “Investing in an artist with great potential, then inviting them back to perform on bigger stages, for even larger audiences, speaks directly to our commitment to championing their work and supporting their creative growth.”

Here, the 2014-2015 NAC Presents lineup. Tweet us with your best bets and favourite picks! @OttawaMag

Southam Hall
Sarah McLachlan, November 14
Gordon Lightfoot, November 22
Stars, Hey Rosetta!, February 7
Daniel Lanois, Basia Bulat, NACO, April 30

Theatre
Timber Timbre, September 18
Dan Mangan, Blacksmith, Hayden, February 27
Jill Barber, March 7
Buck 65, November 22
Ariane Moffatt, April 16
Steven Page, April 17
Whitehorse, May 14

Studio
Owen Pallett, September 27
Alex Nevsky, October 3
Danie Lavoie, December 5
Alejandra Ribera, December 6
The Good Lovlies, December 16-17
David Myles, December 18-19
Lynn Miles, December 20
Justin Rutledge, January 23
Mara Tremblay, March 19
Mo Kenney, March 20
Shane Koyczan, April 18

Fourth Stage
Klo Pelgag, October 18
Thus Owls, October 18
Marianne Trudel, October 25
Petr Cancura & Down Home, October 30
Doug Paisley, November 1
David Marin, November 6
Tanya Tagaq, November 7
Les Chercheus d’Or, November 8
Lynne Hanson, November 14
Catherine Durand, November 22
Salome Leclerc, November 27
Jenn Grant, November 28-29
Skydiggers’ Christmas, December 12-13
Notes on Montreal with Mike Rud and Sienna Dahlen, January 22
Philippe B, January 30
Pierre Kwenders, February 12
MASTIK, February 13
Sarah McDougall, February 14
Karim Diouf, February 25
Bry Webb, February 28
Willos (Genevieve Toupin), March 21
Emie R. Roussell Trio, April 10
Valery Gore, April 11
Catherine Leduc, April 18
John Geggie & Guests, April 25
Boogat, May 22
Andy Shauf, May 29
Laura Crema, May 30