Despite cancellations of in-person events, the National Arts Centre continues to engage its audience through livestreams and stories online.


Along with Facebook Canada, the NAC has launched #CanadaPerforms. As published on their website, “#CanadaPerforms is a $700,000 short-term relief fund that pays professional Canadian artists and professionally published authors for their online performances.”

Livestreams can be viewed on Facebook and can be found through the NAC website, Notably, these performances allow audience members to comment and react in real time and to connect with other audience members as well as the artist! Livestreams are also recorded and can be watched after the performance has ended.

Recently, Margaret Atwood and the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson appeared on #CanadaPerforms to “engage in a literary conversation.”

The recorded video begins with some technical glitches, relatable for many of those who are currently connecting from home.

To start, the two discuss Souvankham Thammavongsa’s recently released book, “How to Pronounce Knife”, followed by Pasha Malla’s upcoming novel, “Kill the Mall”, and, “The Certainties”, another upcoming release from Aislinn Hunter. Atwood and Clarkson continue to discuss their thoughts on current books. Topics that arise include having younger friends as you age, spirituality and grief.

In this time of physical and social distancing, commenters describe this seemingly intimate conversation as, “A breath of fresh air during difficult times”, “the best conversation I’ve heard in recent memory” and, “Informative and wonderfully social.”

NACO Lunch Breaks

The NACO Lunch Break Series features musicians from the National Arts Centre Orchestra in short (3-13 minute) videos on Youtube. This series, in which musicians film short performances from their homes, is also part of #CanadaPerforms. Audience members get to hear wonderfully played music, learn about the musicians and get a closer look at the instruments.

The NACO Lunch Breaks videos can be found here: NACO Lunch Breaks

All past performances can be found here:

Find a full calendar of NAC events here:

Finally, visit the NAC Facebook Page, home to CanadaPerforms content: