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Welcome to our 2015 -2016 season! This season, we'll bring you voices from the past and voices from the present. We'll also bring you amazing stories from the earth, across the sea, through the air, and out of the fire! Our seven shows, listed below, all feature carefully curated stories and dynamic, professional storytellers with something to say. Be part of the magic, join us!

When: All shows start at 7:30 pm. There is a capacity of 180, but get there early if you want a table near the front. The 4th Stage has a fully-licensed bar, cash only.

Where: The NAC's 4th Stage, at 53 Elgin Street in Ottawa. The venue is fully accessible.

Parking: Parking available on the street, at the NAC parking lot, or at the City of Ottawa's parking lot (only $2 to park there after 6 pm!).

Cost: Tickets are $22 for adults & $18 for seniors and students. Seniors and students prices are only in effect for purchases that you make in person at the NAC Box Office, 53 Elgin Street. OST is also offering a four show ticket pack for $65. Click here to purchase tickets online through Ticketmaster. Please note that senior and student discounted tickets and the four show ticket pack are only available at the NAC Box Office. Going to the box office will also save you from having to pay Ticketmasters' fees.


Thursday, May 19, 2016: Turn Your Radio On, Gospel music in story & song

Dipping into the emotional and cultural stream of the Gospel tradition, Marva K. Blackmore tells the stories behind the music that inspired the Christian faithful during the golden age of radio. With baritone Brian Lecky and musician David R. Miller, Marva brings these tales to life through compelling stories, music and song. It’s “No Secret”, these stories will have you “Crying in the Chapel” and calling down that “Amazing Grace”! NAC's 4th Stage, 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa, 7:30 pm. Click here to purchase tickets online through Ticketmaster.

Thursday, June 16, 2016:  The Final Hour & Firewomen

How do you journey to the end of life with someone you love? Poignant and moving, Leigh-Anne Kehler’s story of her father’s precious time in palliative care will stir the heart. The Final Hour will be presented with Leigh-Anne’s Firewomen, an eclectic mix of folktales from around the world celebrating the strength of women throughout the ages. Part comedy, part drama, we promise you’ll find this evening of terrific tales wholly inspirational. NAC's 4th Stage, 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa, 7:30 pm. Click here to purchase tickets online through Ticketmaster.


December 17, 2015: A Winter Tale, The Journey of the Blind Harper

Blinded by smallpox at the age of eighteen, Turlough O’Carolan, 1670-1738, lived his life on the road as an itinerant musician in 18th Century Ireland. A lad reported to be of scant musical talent, O’Carolan rose to fame as one of the most popular composers of his generation. Tellers Kim Kilpatrick and Emily Pearlman with harpist Lucile Brais Hildesheim unravel the mystery behind this miraculous musical tale – just in time for Christmas. 

January 21, 2016:  The Wizard & The Dragon

Legendary King Arthur and his mentor the wizard Merlin still cast an enduring spell. Drawing on the original texts of Geoffrey of Monmouth, 1100 to 1155, and Lord Tennyson, The Idylls of the King, Nicole Lavigne and Marie Bilodeau, accompanied by the eclectic musical talents of Jason Sonier, journey into this tale of darkness versus light to explore the role of prophecy and fate in the lives of these two fascinating mythic figures. Let the enchantment begin! 

Thursday, February 11, 2016: Living Titanic

Rosalee Peppard’s is a Canadian Women's Musical Oral Historian whose musical memoir is the story of the elegant Hilda Mary Slayter, a dreaming bride-to-be whose life is abruptly altered when she feels the terrifying ‘bump’ of the great ocean liner Titanic colliding with fate in the North Atlantic. Moments later, Slayter is adrift amid icebergs facing the greatest test of character, the fear of death. An unforgettable tale of survival from the diaries of a famous Haligonian who escaped one of history’s most famous marine disasters. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016: Voice of the Seanchai with Mike Burns

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a true bearer of the “old Lore”, as storyteller Mike Burns returns to the 4th Stage with his distinctive and haunting style of tales from the Gaeltacht, the Irish-speaking areas of Ireland. Part storytelling, part incantation, an evening listening to Mike’s stories is an experience to be celebrated and treasured. 

I have been telling stories for nigh on fifty years, and I have the feeling I may yet come to be good at it. A friend once said my storytelling threw him back to the Paleolithic cave paintings of France. Lord knows how old that is. May my stories live twice as long into the future. I have always especially loved shape shifting and transformational stories. They speak to me of how magical and mutable this world is, full of strange possibilities. I got a lazy start, not having to leave the fireplace in my father’s house to hear stories and ‘seanchas”.

Thursday, April 21, 2016: How to Make Love in a Canoe, 2

The quintessential experience of camping in Canada’s great outdoors becomes a metaphor for relationships between couples, and within a family spanning generations. Teller Jeff Wright offers a selection of all new tales tracking the ups, and upsets, of love in the great outdoors. Paddles at the ready - prepare to be entertained! NAC's 4th Stage, 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa, 7:30 pm.