Arts & Culture

Studio Bell: Home of the National Music Centre

Studio Bell links Calgary’s musical past with its entertainment future, amplifying the love, sharing and understanding of music as it goes. 

Explore five floors of exhibitions that tell the story of music in Canada, celebrate music icons at the Canadian Halls of Fame, rock out at interactive instrument installations and sing along in vocal booths! Calgarians will also find performance spaces, artists in residence, CKUA radio station and one of North America’s most eclectic musical instrument collections.

Designed by Allied Works Architects of Portland, Oregon, Studio Bell is imagined as a living instrument, a destination and a new kind of cultural institution. The 160,000 square foot, $168 million project opened on Canada Day 2016 around the historic King Edward Hotel – Calgary's legendary home of the blues. The stunning, shimmering building straddles 4th Avenue SE via the East Village Skybridge - an overhead passageway that leads to another vast building.

Studio Bell opened to the public on July 1, 2016 - Canada Day. Relive the exciting opening day celebrations in the video above.

For over 100 years, the King Edward Hotel - located on the corner of 4 Street and 9 Avenue SE - has been a cornerstone of Calgary's culture and community with musical legends gracing its tiny stage. Listen to stories from Calgary's 'Home of the Blues' in the video above!

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THE HISTORIC KING EDWARD HOTEL IS ONE OF A NUMBER OF HERITAGE BUILDINGS IN EAST VILLAGE
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National Music Centre

The 2016 JUNO Awards were hosted in Calgary where Burton Cummings made history after he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in Studio Bell, the hall's first ever physical location.

Interview with Brad Cloepfil, Architect of the new NMC

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