Rufus Wainwright, Amanda Rheaume among 30 acts added to NAC Presents lineup

Rufus Wainwright will be at the NAC next May.

Rufus Wainwright headlines a contingent of 30 artists such as Bobby Bazini, Raffi, Steven Page, Leela Gilday and Lennie Gallant, from across a range of genres, as the ambitious NAC Presents concert series fleshes out the rest of its massive 2018-19 season.

NAC presents will stage about 100 concerts this season. Shows that were already on the schedule include artists such as Bahamas, Holly Cole, Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida and a Christmas show featuring Nathalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy. All of this comes with previously announced shows featuring Gordon Lightfoot and Jill Barber.

There is a series inside this series that features four concerts with singer songwriters and the NAC Orchestra. The first of these NAC X Sessions featured a double bill with Ottawa’s Lynn Miles and Lee Harvey Osmond’s Tom Wilson. Next up is a show with the band Stars, followed by the iconoclastic Patrick Watson and Johnny Reid for Christmas.

Wainwright, the grammy-winning singer, songwriter and composer of operas, will commemorate his debut album which introduced him as a talent of note some 20 years ago.

The concert on May 23, 2019 will feature songs from Rufus Wainwright released in 1998 and Poses from 2001.

Last year CHOIR! CHOIR! CHOIR!, the internet sensation that is taking over the music world, played to a sold-out crowd in Sutham Hall. They will be back again pay tribute to Canadian content. 

Amanda Rheaume. Photo: Jen Squires.

NAC Presents always doffs the cap to local performers and this round of concerts is no different.

Amos the Transparent will mark 10 years, the indie-folk Outside I’m a Giant finds a spot on the calendar and the award-winning  Amanda Rheaume is back with her brand of folk rock.  

Last season NAC Presents launched a series called Fridays at the Fourth. Added to this year’s lineup are Toronto’s rising star Megan Bonnell and international collective Nomad’Stones, to name just a few. 

Other concerts of note: Halifax Nova Scotia indie-rockers Hillsburn, Port Cities and country star Doc Walker along with Québecois trad folkies Vent du Nord



Here is the full list of new concerts. For tickets and information:

Bobby Bazini
Antoine Corriveau
Outside I’m a Giant
Doc Walker
Port Cities
Amanda Rheaume
Choir! Choir! Choir!
Florian Hoefner (trio)
Joseph Edgar
We Love Belafonte
Ryan Cook
Noah Derksen
Alexandra Stréliski
Dave Gunning
Gentiane MG Trio
Vent Du Nord
Megan Bonnell
Doug Paisley
Amos the Transparent
The Ennis Sisters
Ben Caplan
Ellen Doty
Lennie Gallant
Don Brownrigg & Kim Harris
Steven Page
Pierre Guitard
Leela Gilday
Rufus Wainwright

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Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.