Recently undergoing a facelift, Canada’s National Music Centre has transformed the east end of downtown Calgary and the city’s music identity, moving to a new 160,000 square foot facility. The National Music Centre is set to open in late spring of 2016.
“Calgary is an evolving city with a very, very rich cultural scene, you just have to look for it,” says NMC president and CEO Andrew Mosker on why they chose to open the centre in downtown Calgary.
Visitors from around the world will be able to explore five floors of exhibition spaces that contain twenty two galleries showcasing an extensive collection of artifacts and instruments. The nonprofit wants to make visiting a museum as exciting as attending a music festival.
The new music centre will boast a variety of different theatres and stages that seek to celebrate all genres of music. On the fifth and top floor, the National Music Centre will celebrate and recognize Canadian musicians that have left their mark on the country.
The growing National Music Centre Collection tells the stories of music in Canada. The collection at the museum is a ‘living collection,’ meaning that the artists are able to use the historic recording equipment and pieces from the collection for the creation of new pieces of work. This is unique to the National Music Centre. In fact, there is no other place in the world that allows artists to access and use these rare instruments.
The collection at the National Music Centre has over 2,000 rare instruments and artifacts. Until now, there is no other place in Canada that tells the stories of these music icons. You can expect to see and learn more about icons such as Glenn Gould, Joni Mitchell, Bobby Curtola, The Guess Who, RitaMac Neiland Buffy Sainte-Marie.
NMC’s mission is to spark creativity and learning for families. In the near future, NMC will be offering programs for families, including early childhood music experiences and inter-generational opportunities for the whole family.
Additionally, NMC will be offering in-school programs to bring incredible musician educators, instruments, and learning experiences to classrooms. The best part about this program is that the museum comes to your classroom. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about filling buses or finding parent volunteers, the program comes to life right in your classroom. The National Music Centre will also be offering an after school program to promote healthy activities focused on school engagement, emotional well-being, and social competence. Each Thursday, NMC will be offering a free after school Guitar Club program to teens. Teens age 12-19 can come jam from 3-6pm at the NMC. The Guitar Club welcomes everyone, too! From beginners to advance, the Guitar Club doesn’t require any experience.
To learn more about the National Music Centre coming to downtown Calgary, we encourage you to visit their website to learn more.Posted: Saturday, April 23rd, 4:52pm 4 years ago
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