In celebration of Studio Bell opening in East Village on July 1, we’re resurrecting stories of one of Calgary’s most iconic heritage buildings - plus giving away VIP passes to the Bell Live Series at the King Eddy.

Follow and Play Along

Beginning June 22 through the opening of Studio Bell on July 1, our EV social media channels will be filled with snippets about the King Eddy Hotel, its storied past, and telling the tale of how it spearheaded the vision of Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre. For history buffs and curious newcomers alike, we invite you to follow along!

While watching the Eddy timeline on EV social media, keep an eye out for social media challenges that allow you to participate in welcoming Studio Bell to the neighbourhood. They are meant to be both thought-provoking and interactive. But best of all, taking part might just win you one of 10 VIP Packages to The Bell Live Series at the King Eddy – the hottest pop-up Stampede party in town. Don’t forget to use #RememberTheEddy to make sure your entry is received. We’ll be watching you on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check back here often in case you missed the latest challenge. 

  • CHALLENGE # 1 - June 23
    The King Edward Hotel is one of the oldest heritage buildings in the city. What is your favourite heritage building in Calgary, and why? Share your answers with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #RememberTheEddy.

  • CHALLENGE # 2 - June 25
    Studio Bell features East Village's newest public art installation; artist Patrick Marold's solar-drone sound sculpture, located in the +65 skybridge. Share a photo on social media of your favourite piece of East Village public art and tell us what you love about it. Don't forget to tag #RememberTheEddy in your photo.

  • CHALLENGE # 3 - June 27
    There's a tiny King Eddy that lives in East Village. Track down this mini Eddy and post a photo on social media of the entire 'hood looking like a superMODEL. Tell us what building you found it in, and use the hashtag #RememberTheEddy.

  • CHALLENGE # 4 - June 29
    Studio Bell is the first cultural institution to open its doors in East Village, but culture has been celebrated through EV events and programs since 2007, when CMLC began revitalizing the area.  Tell us about the best event or program you've attended in East Village, and what made it special. Tag #RememberTheEddy for a chance to win.

  • CHALLENGE # 5 - July 1
    This year, the city of Calgary is celebrating local music with the #YearofMusic, Music Mile, and of course, the opening of Studio Bell. What is your favourite music venue in Calgary? Share a picture of it and tell us why you like it. Don't forget to tag #RememberTheEddy.


Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre - Moments Away from the Awe

East Village, get ready to rock! Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (NMC), is opening its rather impressive doors. And what better way to welcome the first national cultural institution dedicated to celebrating music than on Canada Day. 

Bell Canada – Studio Bell’s premier founding partner – is offering free public admission on July 1 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Special Canada Day programming will also be on tap - expect a few surprises! The opening marks the first of several celebrations that NMC has planned over the coming months.

Bell Live Series at the King Eddy - Don't Miss Out!

The King Eddy is back exclusively for Stampede 2016! The Bell Live Series at the King Eddy is bringing you 10 days of foot-stompin’ tunes. From July 8 to 17, the King Eddy will be transformed into a pop-up country bar with real-deal western music: classic country, rockabilly, bluegrass, western-swing, and Americana.

The Bell Live Series at the King Eddy will run daily from July 8-17, 11:00 am to 2:00 am. Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase online.

The Bell Live Series at the King Eddy headliners:

July 8-9              Petunia and the Vipers
July 10               Steve Pineo / Tom Phillips and the Men of Constant Sorrow
July 11               Carolyn Mark
July 12               Dick Damron
July 13               Western Swing Project
July 14               Ramblin’ Ambassadors
July 15               Leeroy Stagger
July 16               Tim Hus
July 17               Jake Mathew

Each East Village contest package includes 4 VIP passes (no line, no cover, preferred seating, food and drink tickets) to one pre-selected date July 8-17. Winners will be contacted July 4th with more information and instructions on how to claim their prize.