I have been to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on two occasions, once for the extraordinary performance of the Phantom of the Opera and in May 2011 for a Rachmaninov´s Rhapsody orchestra.
Both were first class performances and I highly recommend going to to see a play or listen to a concert while staying in the beautiful city of Ottawa.
The National Arts Centre's building is for my taste very bland on the outside, seeing that Ottawa has got so many beautiful buildings, but on the inside it is very lovely.
North America's most diversified complex, the National Arts Centre (NAC) is located in the heart of downtown Ottawa at 53 Elgin Street (main entrance faces the Rideau Canal at the junction of Elgin and Queen Streets). It hosts hundreds of Canadian and international musical, theatrical, dance and variety performances each year and offers public parking and fine dining year-round.
North America's most diversified complex, the National Arts Centre (NAC) is located in the heart of downtown Ottawa. It hosts hundreds of Canadian and international musical, theatrical, dance and variety performances each year and offers public parking and fine dining year-round.
I was lucky enough to attend one of their fabulous summer concerts- a night at the orchestra! It was an excellent show and the NAC is a beautiful facility as well.
One piece of advice, when they describe summer performances as "casual", its a relative term, so remember to dress your best!
THE place to come in Ottawa for cultural performances. Music, dance, theatre in both languages, you name it. And even the 'culturally challenged' among us (ie professional wrestling fans and the like) can enjoy "The Nutcracker" at Christmas. ;-) Most importantly, I have personally graced the stage with my presence (for about 30 seconds during graduation last summer).
Tickets here aren't the cheapest but student tickets are available for half-price (must be purchased in person @ the box office with valid student card).
The National Arts Center hosts some wonderful artists, some Canadian, many International. I heard Alfred Brendel and Ivan Moravec on my last visit.