The National Music Centre gives Canada
a place that amplifies the love, the
sharing and the understanding of music.


The National Music Centre gives Canada a place that amplifies the love, the sharing and the understanding of music.

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ARP 2500 Synthesizer

National Music Collection
Don Kennedy

The roots of NMC and its collection can be traced to the installation of a pipe organ (known as the Carthy Organ) in Calgary’s Jack Singer Concert Hall in 1987. It subsequently inspired the creation of a new organization known as the Chinook Keyboard Centre, which began developing a collection of keyboard instruments in mid-1996.

Chinook Keyboard Centre was soon renamed Cantos Music Museum and expanded the scope of its collection beyond keyboard instruments to include electronic instruments and sound equipment. In 2003, the two organizations joined forces to become the Cantos Music Foundation, and expanded its presentation of music programs using the collection and gallery spaces. In February 2012, Cantos became the National Music Centre.

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The Flaming Lips with Buchla
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