While covering the Junos this weekend I got a chance to tour Studio Bell, the new home of the National Music Centre. The NMC will be a hub for music in Canada, combining state-of-the-art recording equipment and exhibitions showcasing Canadian musical history.

NMC Exterior
Studio Bell, Home of Calgary’s new National Music Centre
NMC interior 1
The NMC’s architecture was inspired by music cases and western landscapes (e.g. glaciers, foothills, and mountains).
NMC Interior 2
The building consists of 220,000 terracotta tiles made in Germany and glazed in Holland; the tiles are a custom colour designed to change with the sun.
NMC Performance Space
Performance space. I imagine the acoustics will be fantastic.
NMC Interior 3
The NMC aims to be a home for not “music in Canada, not [just] Canadian music.” Thus, the exhibits will stress Canadian artists as well as Canadian connections to the international music scene (e.g. John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Montreal). The exhibits have no curator – instead, content was designed by music journalists across Canada.. 
NMC staircase
The NMC cost $191 million dollars to build.

NMC Interior 4

The NMC houses the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. This is the first physical home any of these institutions have had - and now they are displayed together, all in one room.
The NMC houses the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. This is the first physical home any of these institutions have had – and now they are displayed together, all in one room.
Canadian Music Hall of Fame 2
Canadian Music Hall of Fame
Right now, this room is dedicated to this year's Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Burton Cummings. The exhibit will change annually. Fun Fact: Burton Cummings removed his "American Woman" guitar from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and loaned it to the NMC.
Right now, this room is dedicated to this year’s Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Burton Cummings. The exhibit will change annually.
Songwriters Hall of Fame
Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, including inductees Randy Bachman and Joni Mitchell
The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame
The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame
Soundscapes 1
Soundstage – This room will feature a multimedia exhibit highlighting Canada’s musical diversity
Soundscapes 2
Soundstage
Soundscapes 3
Soundstage
Acoustic
Future home of the NMC acoustic soundstage
Trident Studio
Future home of Trident Studio
Trident Studio 2
Future home of Trident Studio

 

 

 

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