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Canadian Bands You Should Know: The Strumbellas

Canadian Bands You Should Know: The Strumbellas

Jul 22, 2014

Being both tortured and elated are dichotomies that roots act The Strumbellas straddle well. Amid the bursts of violins and banjos, stomps and claps, and jubilant multi-part harmonies, there’s a dark, recurrent theme of death tucked away.

Music News Monday: Chilly Gonzales pairs with Boys Noize, Sloan issues double album.

Jul 21, 2014

In the Spotlight: ‘Some Other Guys’ a new documentary about The Big Three

Jul 21, 2014

Canadian Bands You Should Know: The Brothers Dubé have an inspiring story to tell

Jul 17, 2014


From What's on

The Ninth Annual Folk Boot Camp at NMC
22 Jul

The Ninth Annual Folk Boot Camp at NMC

9:00am - $150 per workshop

Folk Boot Camp offers a unique chance to learn from the Festival’s favourite guitar heroes and songsmiths. Glean new songs, arrangements, vocal techniques and instrumental skills three hours daily for three consecutive days among the National Music Centre’s collection of rare and curious keyboards and instruments.

22 Jul

The Ninth Annual Folk Boot Camp at NMC

9:00am - $150 per workshop
23 Jul

FREE! Music in the Plaza

6:00pm - FREE
25 Jul

Singer/pianist Annika Odegard - live at NMC!

7:30pm - $15 per person (price includes a copy of Annika's new EP)
27 Jul

Public Tours of the NMC Collection

1:30pm - $10 Adults / $8 Students & Seniors


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Creative Spaces & Venue Rentals

Creative Spaces & Venue Rentals

The Creative Spaces program has acquired the reputation amongst music, arts, and industry organizations as the place to hold successful and intimate events

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The National Music Centre will not only be unique in Canada in terms of collections and programming, but will also provide Calgary – and Canada – with another architectural landmark. Designed to be an iconic piece of architecture, the National Music Centre will draw not only music lovers but also design buffs from around the world.

The King Eddy

With a history of bringing people together under the banner of music, this former "home of the blues" was a natural choice for the site of NMC.

The Process

An international call, 66 respondents, 5 finalists and a showdown at the Grand Theatre made for an exciting architectural competition for NMC.

The Team

With Allied Works Architects at the design table, CANA constructing, Haley Sharpe designing exhibits and great internal project staff, the NMC team is building the future.