NACC Celebrates Canada 150
Contact: Dana Bowen
Jan 19, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From the pounding of the drums in the Orchestral Powwow to the twang of Jimmy Rankin’s guitar, the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre is celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary by drawing together artists from across the country.
“This Canada`s 150th Anniversary Series enables us to have a place for reflection, a place we can return to, a place where we can foster a conversation between patrons and artists,” said Marie Coderre, executive and artistic director.
We have chosen five key words to describe what we think makes Canada the country it is today along with a group of renowned Canadian artists to represent each one.
Place - The heart and soul of Canada lies within our indigenous land and cultures; NACC is celebrating that by welcoming cellist Cris Derksen and the Orchestral Powwow and the Kaha:wi Dance Theatre production NeoIndigenA. “We are proud to present a show both socially and artistically compelling and that is thanks to these two powerful Indigenous acts,” said Coderre. Feb 11 | 7: 30 pm
Family - Family plays a strong role in Canadian cultural, which is why we are bringing East Coast legend Jimmy Rankin, whose successful career sprung from the internationally-acclaimed band his family had started. March 4 | 7:30 pm
World - Canada takes great pride in its multiculturalism and ability to welcome people from all over the world onto our soil – including Paris-born and Toronto-raised musician Jesse Cook. Cook incorporates elements of flamenco, rumba, jazz and many other forms of world music into his work. March 25 | 7:30 pm
History - Canada’s LGBTQ community is a strong and integral part of our country’s identity, but that has not been without its trials and tribulations. We welcome Alison Wearing to share her experiences of growing up with a gay father in the 1980s, through her play Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter. May 13 | 7: 30 pm
Emerging Artists - Our country is full of world-class musicians and it’s important to celebrate both the well-known and the up-and-coming. Hugo Laporte is a baritone singer and recent winner of the 2014 OSM Manulife Competition. He was also nominated as CBC’s 30 hot Canadian Classical musicians under 30 in 2015. May 23 | 7:30 pm