The National Arts Centre showcases professional Canadian and international performances and is the home of the world renowned National Arts Centre Orchestra. Excellent seating and acoustics allow appreciation of fine musical, dance and theatrical performances. The center also has a fine restaurant where you can have a meal before or after performances. The atmosphere is upscale and people generally dress accordingly.
This non-professional community theater has been producing plays since 1913; they are known for their high quality performances generated by a dedicated group of volunteers. Ottawa Little Theatre runs eight productions from September through May, and one popular musical production in the summer season. Tickets are reasonable and the atmosphere is relaxed yet highly professional for a community theater. Recent seasons have included everything from Noel Coward's Waiting in the Wings to John Bishop's The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.
Nestled at the heart of the city, SAW Galerie is a must-visit for all art enthusiasts in town. This art gallery is known for showcasing the artworks of the local artists. Every art piece at this venue talks about the social and political situation of Canada, giving it a one-of-its-kind identity. There are also interactive multimedia exhibits unlike other art galleries. Besides, this venue has also been a host to several music performances regularly.
Mayfair Theatre has entertained Ottawa audiences with alternative and mainstream films since long. The high ceilings, chandeliers and decorative balconies take you back in time, but digital sound and a big screen meet modern standards. The seats are a little uncomfortable and parking is challenging, but the theater is magnificent and most evenings it shows double features. Certainly, an economical and pleasant way to spend an evening at the movies.
Comprising four art spaces namely Gloucester Pottery School, Ottawa School of Art Orleans Campus Gallery, Promenade Arteast and the Trinity Art Gallery, Shenkman Arts Centre offers spacious exhibition spaces in Orleans, where numerous exhibitions take place throughout the year. Apart from the temporary exhibitions, this center also features two permanent art installations called Resonance by Maskull Lasserre and Stand by Adrian Gollner. If you are an art lover, this is an ideal place to meet artists and art collectors.
The Bronson Centre is a charitable organization which has provided invaluable services to the community since 1996. Besides being a noted organization, the Center also has spaces for rent that accommodate cultural and artistic events and activities. The Bronson Center event space consists of The Bronson Centre Theatre, Mac Hall, Meeting Rooms and Office Spaces. This venue is known for hosting a wide range of music concerts and is well-equipped with lighting and acoustic technology for the same.
National Arts Centre - Fourth Stage is an intimate venue situated inside the popular performing arts venue, National Arts Centre. The excellent lighting, sound and seating facility makes this venue ideal for hosting concerts and cabarets. The intimate nature of this venue makes sure that even the people sitting in the last row won't be too far from the stage. Apart from concerts and cabarets, National Arts Centre- Fourth Stage plays host to many social and cultural events on a regular basis.
The National Arts Centre includes four venues made available for rental and include the Southam Hall, Babs Asper Theatre, The Azrieli Studio and the Fourth Stage. The 897-seat Babs Asper Theater is the perfect stage for drama, comedy or any genre of choice. The expansive stage combined with state of the art sound systems make it perfect for all theatrical events. The theater is home to the national English and French Theatre companies and is reserved for the best of productions. Apart from stage performances, the theater can also be used for corporate events such as seminars and meetings.
Consisting of four levels that look out over the Rideau Canal, the Shaw Centre is one of the city's premier event destinations. The business and entertainment venue boasts state of the art facilities, brilliant space management, and a variety of accolades. The ballroom on the fourth level is often used for weddings and music events. The venue is famous for its environmentally-friendly design, and the new facility was constructed entirely out of regionally-sourced materials.
An institution of immense importance in the lives of artists and art lovers in Ottawa, the history of the Arts Court Theatre goes back to 1870. The building houses the SAW Gallery, Finestone Collection of Canadian Art and more than 25 other art organizations. Several spaces within the building are also available for meetings and rehearsals.