The National Arts Centre took part in Doors Open, and it was a special occasion this year. June 2nd marked the fiftieth anniversary of the grand opening of the place. Founded as part of the run up to the centennial year of 1967, the NAC sprang up out of the fact that the city didn't have a performance space at the time. The Pearson government and the founding forces behind the centre, especially Hamilton Southam, brought about this building as a major performance venue. The NAC operates music and theatre programs throughout the year in both official languages, as well as an Indigenous program, and hosts concerts with regularity. For the 150th anniversary of the country, an addition of glass was erected around much of the structure, offsetting the period architecture in a nice way. In this shot, which finds the Chateau Laurier in the background and tulips in the foreground, the glass tower is lit up with the colours that make it quite a sight to see at night.
A statue of the great Canadian jazz pianist and composer Oscar Peterson was dedicated here in 2010 by Queen Elizabeth. It's my favourite sculpture in the city, and the work of Canadian sculptor Ruth Abernethy.
Inside, many performances were taking place all day, with a special evening concert planned. This jazz band was playing in part of the addition, with that staircase in the background offering plenty of seating room. During my visit the NAC was quite busy.
I leave off for today with this shot of another spot, almost ready for a different performance, which I'll be showing after Canada Day. This is the Canal Lobby Stage; like the atrium areas, it is often used for informal performances in addition to the four interior performance halls.