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22 Apr, 2015

Ottawa giveaway from the NAC!

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews

This ticket giveaway is from Fishbowl patron, the National Arts Centre (NAC). We are big fans of the NAC, and like to visit whenever we can. I’m thrilled that we have such a fantastic venue here in Ottawa. Over the years they’ve helped us introduce our kids to a rich variety of performing arts. Arts and culture is the essence of our national fabric – it weaves us together! And it’s important to expose our kids to something outside of main stream screens – to broaden horizons, to inspire young minds – and the NAC gives us the means to do it.

This ticket giveaway is for a family-friendly matinée performance that sounds inspiring and illuminating in equal measure. Let me ask you, have you ever seen a gospel choir perform in person? Well, here’s your chance! This performance is part of the NAC Ontario Scene festival.

Under the direction of founder and Artistic Director D. BRAINERD BLYDEN-TAYLOR, the NATHANIEL DETT CHORALE has been bringing Afrocentric choral music to the world for 15 years, mining the rich musical heritage derived from the African diaspora. As a response to being enslaved during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, men and women of African heritage created spirituals, songs of sorrow, love, faith, and hope. Many of these songs were encoded with covert messages as a way to sing freedom into existence. Freedom Has A Voice conveys the power, universality, and enduring resonance of the spiritual – the music not heard with the ears – to demonstrate why these songs still live. Named to honour the legacy of African-Canadian composer R. NATHANIEL DETT, this innovative and world-renowned choir brings to Ontario Scene a powerful performance that will move your heart.

Doesn’t that sound incredible? Thanks to my friends at the NAC I have four tickets to the Nathaniel Dett Chorale to give away to one lucky family.

Interested? Please read the following:

  • This giveaway is for four tickets to the May 2, 2015 performance of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale. It takes place at 3 p.m. at Southminster United Church. (Check out the NAC website for extra details.) Please make sure you are able to go before you enter!
  • In order for your entry to qualify, please leave a comment and tell me if you’ve ever taken your kids to the NAC. That’s it!
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • If you can’t post your comment for whatever reason you can email it to me for posting at andrea at quietfish dot com. Please note, I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.
  • I will draw one winner using Random.org at noon EST on April 29, 2015.

In other news, NAC fans new and old won’t want to miss A Paintbrush for Piccolo! These family shows are a fun way to introduce children to the orchestra and inspire a lifelong love of music. And don’t forget to check out the Tunetown activities before the show!

17 Responses to "Ottawa giveaway from the NAC!"

1 | Mel

April 23rd, 2015 at 8:22 am


No! I’ve never been either but would love to go. Thanks for the giveaway :)

2 | Cath in Ottawa

April 23rd, 2015 at 9:00 am


We love the NAC – my daughter and I have been to the Nutcracker there and we have seen several great family shows there.

3 | Sasha

April 23rd, 2015 at 10:07 am


Love the NAC! This is our third year of KinderConcerts, looking forward to “graduating” to Family Adventures next year!

4 | Edith

April 23rd, 2015 at 10:36 am


The NAC is a National Treasure. My kids have seen so many things, from their preschool years – kinderconcerts, plays and dance.

How blessed we are that so much of the collective creative genius of Canada and the world comes to our doorstep…By the way, those kids of mine are not so little anymore, one is at Uni, and the other can legally drive…and so time passes.

5 | Chris (@DadGoesRound)

April 23rd, 2015 at 12:29 pm


We took our daughters to the NAC to a kids musical a couple of years ago and they go each year with their school. We love the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and would love to take our kids to one of their performances.

6 | Tiana

April 23rd, 2015 at 12:57 pm


I haven’t yet taken my kids to the NAC but I would really love to!

7 | Shawn

April 23rd, 2015 at 1:05 pm


I go to the NAC pretty often, but I have never brought the kids. #shameonme

8 | Carolyn

April 23rd, 2015 at 1:12 pm


We love the NAC! Grandparents have thankfully paid for kinderconcerts and the Family Adventures series once and I try to get our kids there once a year to see something they’d like if it’s affordable.

9 | KL

April 23rd, 2015 at 2:51 pm


I always have wanted to take them to the NAC but haven’t yet. :(

10 | Marc Savoie

April 23rd, 2015 at 2:58 pm


I have been to see a couple of stand-up comedians at the NAC, but have never taken my children (or well, my nieces and nephews) with me! This sounds like a great opportunity to do so!

11 | Natalie

April 23rd, 2015 at 3:50 pm


Hi Andrea, I would love to win these! And yes, I’ve taken the kids to the NAC – since they were little. The orchestra, the Nutcracker and the Magic Flute (if I remember correctly). This concert would be perfect for us!

12 | Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo

April 23rd, 2015 at 4:21 pm


I have taken my kids to the NAC for Culture Day 2014 and they loved it. We have never been to a show but it’s on our bucket list. Our whole family loves the arts. Thank you so much for the chance.

Besos, Sarah
Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

13 | Molly van der schee

April 25th, 2015 at 3:32 pm


We would absolutely love the chance to go! What a great opportunity for us all to try something new!

14 | lynn clayton

April 25th, 2015 at 4:49 pm


ive never taken my son to the nac so this would be a nice first for us

15 | CB

April 27th, 2015 at 7:03 am


I’ve taken my eldest to the kinderconcerts – so much fun! My youngest has yet to go to the NAC though.

16 | Marielle

April 29th, 2015 at 11:22 am


Nope, we’ve never taken the kids to the NAC (aside from Canada Day)

17 | andrea tomkins

April 29th, 2015 at 2:25 pm


We have a winnerrrrr! It’s commenter #6, Tiana! Congratulations Tiana! Check your email.

Thanks for your entries everyone. I hope to see you at the NAC soon (kids and all)!

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