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SOUND SEEKERS: Highlights and exclusives from the NAC Presents lineup — plus best bets for the week

NAC Presents producer Simone Deneau tells Sound Seeker’s Fateema Sayani what she has on tap for the new season. Photo by Dwayne Brown

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On Tuesday, the National Arts Centre will announce the full lineup for the NAC Presents series, which runs from October 5 until May 2014.

It’s the third season of the all-Canadian music series, which has a contemporary bent and is growing in popularity. The 2012-2013 season featured some 30 shows — a number of them sell-outs — by Emm Gryner, Royal Wood, Whitehorse, and Elizabeth Shepherd. The 2013-2014 season features more than 50 shows, including performances by Martha Wainwright (October 17), Rufus Wainwright (November 2), Ian Tyson and Corb Lund (November 30), and a number of others who are listed on the the NAC’s sneak peek site.

Sound Seekers asked NAC Presents producer Simone Deneau for some exclusive highlights for the next season. On Tuesday, she’ll announce the following shows as part of the series.

Cuff the Duke
Cuff the Duke, which melds indy, country, and experimental music, is on Deneau’s must-see list.

Phil Nimmons and David Braid
Nimmons, the jazz clarinettist who turned 90 this summer, teams up with 30-something jazz pianist Braid to play music inspired by oceanic images of a photographer friend. The show takes place in November at the Fourth Stage.

Oliver Jones
The pianist will return to the NAC to play the studio with his trio on April 24, 2014.

The 24th Street Wailers
The Toronto four-piece is shaking up the Blues world. The band received a nomination for Artist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards in 2011, one year after releasing its debut album. The band is fronted by singing drummer Lindsay Beaver. See them at the NAC in January 2014.

Cuff the Duke
The band that melds indie, country, and experimental music will start writing its next studio album after their current tour concludes. The band released two albums and two cover EPS in the last two years and will be in Aylmer in November as part of their fall tour. They’re back in the area for the NAC Presents show in early 2014.

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