National Music Centre

Digging into the future

Digging into the future

The corner of 4th Street and 9th Avenue SE was chock full of dignitaries, guitar shovels and one very famous Canadian musical icon when the National Music Centre broke ground for a new East Village home on February 22.

Against a backdrop of the famed King Eddy hotel – which will be a cornerstone of the new centre – Anne Murray, musical icon and NMC Honourary Patron, beamed widely as she and officials from all levels of government tossed some ceremonial dirt. The Canadian snowbird sure knows how to wield a shovel.

Break, Then Shake

Break, Then Shake

Mark your calendar for February 22 at 6:30 pm. for the NMC’s Groundbreaker Shaker. You don't want to miss this one! 

Next Friday evening, February 22, the Golden Age Club in East Village (610 8th Ave SE) is the place to be. That’s where our friends from the National Music Centre will celebrate the much-anticipated groundbreaking of their new East Village home.

A media-only event will take place in the morning to mark the beginning of construction on the NMC, a 160,000 sq. ft. space that’s destined to be an architectural landmark, a key EV gathering place, and one of the country’s most innovative musical institutions. Best of all, the NMC will encompass the legendary King Eddy hotel, where the world’s most gifted bluesmen found warmth from the cold and an appreciative Calgary audience

Idea Space

Idea Space

What will the new National Music Centre really be like? At a recent wine and cheese reception, we heard a few hints.

William Haley and Jan Faulker are part of Haley Sharpe Design, a London, England and Toronto-based team of people who make museums, science centres and other attractions unforgettable. Turns out that the new National Music Centre is just their cup of tea. Or, since everyone was wineing and cheesing, its Haley Sharpe’s glass of red.

More musical festival and moveable feast than museum, the building's interiors aim for a visitor experience that is interactive, individual, informal, innovative and inspiring.
 

Stomp & Strum at NMC

Stomp & Strum at NMC

Nothing could dampen spirits at the National Music Centre’s post-Stampede parade fundraiser outside the former customs house – not even a torrential downpour.

Music lovers and civic cheerleaders alike dropped by Stomp & Strum to support NMC, celebrate Stampede, and sample Village Brewery suds and a buffet piled high with pulled pork bunwiches and baked beans. Mayor Nenshi, who knows a good party when he sees one, arrived fresh off his horse from the Stampede parade and showed off his finest white hat style.

From their stage in the loading dock, Barney Bentall and the Grand Caribou Opry kept toes tapping and buckeroos barn-dancing with a high-spirited western review. Glamour gauchos in sparkles and fringe hobnobbed with buttoned-down urban cowboys. 

Artist at the Rodeo

Artist at the Rodeo

Laurie Anderson was artist-in-residence at the High Performance Rodeo. 
And she took us - and the National Music Centre's instrument collection - on a wild ride.

When Laurie Anderson signed on for a chock-a-block stint as High Performance Rodeo's 2012 artist-in-residence, one of her most anticipated stops was an interactive tour of Cantos/NMC's world-renowned musical artifacts. Anderson, an innovative multi-media musical pioneer, unleashed her boundless imagination upon the unique instruments in the collection, providing the handful of lucky participants with a sonic treat. “Laurie Anderson is a wonderful story teller and it was a thrill to see her weave her unique perspective, experiences and stories through our collection,” says Candace Elder, programs officer at Cantos/National Music Centre.  

All We Want for Christmas

All We Want for Christmas

The King Eddy makes a heckuva gift this holiday season – just look at the jaunty red bow wrapped around it!

Friends and fans of the former King Edward Hotel – and the proposed National Music Centre that will soon embrace it – showed up November 8th to kick off the All I Want for Christmas is a New King Eddy fundraising campaign.

With the sidewalk in front of the King Eddy spilling over with Cantos elves, hot chocolate-sipping, cookie-nibbling well wishers, and the Cantos House Band, Andrew Mosker, CEO of Cantos/National Music Centre, told us he hoped we’d all find a new King Eddy in our stockings – or at least a royal blue Long Live the King T-shirt. So much better than tube socks or lip gloss.

‘Tis the Night!

‘Tis the Night!

Time at The CORE is money well spent, and never more than on November 30, when our very own National Music Centre benefits from your shopping.

Nobody needs an excuse to shop at The CORE, with Holt Renfrew et. al., but now they’ve made it irresistible. On November 30, The CORE is putting on “the biggest private, after-hours shopping benefit that Calgary has ever seen,” and besides the exclusive one-night offerings, free parking, “divine culinary sampling,” music by Chantal Kreviazuk and an appearance by gossipiste Lainey Lui, proceeds from the event benefit the National Music Centre Project and the United Way BeCause initiative.

NMC gets Fame-ous!

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.)

National Music Centre Unveiled, Acclaimed

National Music Centre Unveiled, Acclaimed

Final plans have been unveiled for The National Music Centre (NMC), an East Village landmark to be built around the fabled King Edward Hotel.

The building’s 135,000 square feet of space will both liberate and contain music – and reinvent the notion of a cultural institution. It’ll be a combination entertainment venue, performance hall, recording studio, radio station, musical classroom, and home to The Canadian Music Hall of Fame. “It’s a building type that doesn’t exist yet,” says NMC architect Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture of Portland.

Sneak Peek the NMC

Sneak Peek the NMC

Be among the first to see the National Music Centre Design.

East Village will have some of Calgary’s most entertaining landmarks, and foremost among them is The National Music Centre, to be built around the King Eddy Hotel. On June 22 at The Uptown Theatre, you can take a look at advanced drawings for the NMC for yourself, walk through the design with the architect and quiz him on the spectacular plan. The fun starts at 7 p.m.

East Village welcomes Canadian Music Hall of Fame

East Village welcomes Canadian Music Hall of Fame

The National Music Centre and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced that discussions are underway bring the Canadian Music Hall of Fame to the National Music Centre in East Village.

"Since its inception in 1978, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame has honoured individuals and groups who have made an outstanding contribution toward the greater international recognition of Canadian artists and music," said CARAS President & CEO Melanie Berry. "Now, together with the National Music Centre, we will work towards creating bricks-and-mortar locations to gather and exhibit important memorabilia that tell the stories of inductees and our collective musical heritage. It's very exciting."

NMC: Soon, the Shovels!

NMC: Soon, the Shovels!

The National Music Centre came one step closer to a groundbreaking as development permit applications were submitted to City Hall for review by the City’s Land Use and Development Department.

The National Music Centre is a 110,000 sq. ft. facility to be built on and around the King Edward Hotel, a vital repository of musical memory in East Village. The NMC will “give Canada a place that amplifies the love, the sharing and the understanding of music through collections, programs, performance and collaboration,” according to President and CEO Andrew Mosker.