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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Renée-Paule Gauthier

Ottawa, ON
Christina Riley

Stay up-to-date on the National Music Centre with this interactive archive calendar. Select any date and time to see what happened on the construction site that day. Choose your favourite image and share via email, Facebook and Twitter. Watch a time-lapse movie to see all the project progress to date. Images are updated every 15 minutes to provide a fresh look at the construction site.

Enjoy this view looking northeast across Calgary's East Village as it continues to expand and grow.

Thanks to TELUS for technical support and to Enmax for camera location. 
  • Five floors of exhibitions explore the rich stories of music in Canada

  • Diverse, creative and engaging education programs for all ages

  • Unique and unparalleled collection of musical instruments and sound equipment, available to artists for the creation of new works

  • Live performances by national and international artists, bringing the Canadian music experience to life

  • 160,000 square feet in total

  • Over 2,000 artifacts in the collection
Founded in Portland, Oregon in 1994, Allied Works Architecture is a leader in the design of cultural institutions in North America. Brad Cloepfil and his team are bringing a flavor of innovative architecture to Calgary that hasn’t been seen before – creating a building that is a destination in and of itself.

For over 20 years, Haley Sharpe Design has continued to create award-winning interpretive, interactive exhibits in North America. Haley Sharpe brings a level of experience, expertise, creativity and innovation to the National Music Centre project that will ensure an experience that inspires.

Since 1969 CANA has completed more than $2 billion of construction management projects building strong relationships with design partners and subtrades.. Led by John Simpson, CANA is a member of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.

The New NMC Building Leadership Team
NMC has assembled a team of internal experts at the staff and board level that are guiding NMC through the multitude of details that go with building an exceptional project.

Andrew Mosker, President and CEO
Joe Geurts, Project Manager
Charlie Fischer, NMC Board Member, Chair, Building Committee

Meet the rest of the NMC Team!


  • Exploring instruments and objects that will tell the stories of music in Canada in dynamic and engaging ways
  • Celebrating the musical cultures of Atlantic Canada, Québec, Ontario, the West and the North
  • Recognizing Canadian icons – both people and objects


  • Understanding the evolution of music technology over time
  • Dynamic programming for people of all ages
  • Programs delivered by video and live streaming to connect people across the country

Artistic Incubation

  • Nurture creativity and foster technical innovation through our unique collection of instruments
  • Artist-in-Residence studios will allow musicians time to experiment and create
  • Flexible recording options to suit a variety of purposes


  • 300-seat adaptable performance space
  • Live music at the King Eddy seven-days-a-week
  • Opportunities for pop-up performances throughout the building