NMC gets Fame-ous!

The National Music Centre is walking Canada’s Walk of Fame this year as the beneficiary of its gala charity ball. That’s good news for East Village and every music lover in the country.

The Walk of Fame celebrates Canadians who’ve excelled in nearly every domain – music, sport, film, television, the literary, visual and performing arts, as well as science and innovation. Every year, the organization – and its monied corporate sponsors – hosts a charity ball to honour the year’s Walk of Fame inductees. (For 2011, that includes Ryan Reynolds, Dr. Roberta Bondar, Burton Cummings, Daniel Nestor, Sandra Oh, Russell Peters and Mordecai Richler.)

For 2011, the recipient of the ball’s proceeds is EV’s very own National Music Centre. That means that the NMC, a “worthy organization” according to Peter Soumalias, president and founding director of the Walk of Fame, will receive “a significant contribution” from presenting sponsor RBC and other corporate and individual donors. "We strongly believe in the Centre's mission to connect Canadians to each other and to our heritage through music,” Soumalias says.

That contribution will join the already significant $75 million from local, provincial and federal agencies in ensuring the advancement of the National Music Centre, destined to be an East Village icon, must-see museum and music collection and rocking 7-day-a-week entertainment venue.

Andrew Mosker, president and CEO of NMC, will be attending the Walk of Fame Inductee Ball in Toronto October 1. "We are extremely grateful to be recognized in such a prestigious way," he says. "From our national anthem to traditional Aboriginal songs, music is the stuff that unites Canadians from all different backgrounds and helps define who we are as a nation."

Projected to open its doors in 2014, the 135,000-sq.-ft. NMC recently revealed its extraordinary design by Allied Works Architecture to North America-wide raves. The plans showed a new kind of cultural institution and hub, with state-of-the-art interactive exhibits, artist-in-residence and emerging artist programs, live music venues, two vintage recording studios – including the Rolling Stones Mobile Recording Studio – and more. NMC wants to be the go-to resource for music-lovers from coast-to-coast – onsite in Calgary, virtually and through travelling programs and exhibitions.

Check out the National Music Centre at www.nmc.ca.