Tegan and Sara to visit Studio Bell for ATB Storytellers event on October 6

September 26, 2016

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Tegan and Sara will appear at Studio Bell for an intimate conversation with Jann Arden, followed by a brief performance.

UPDATE: Tickets for the Tegan and Sara live event are now SOLD OUT.

Join the National Music Centre (NMC) for the latest live installment of the ATB Storytellers Series on Thursday, October 6, featuring an interview with Calgary-born synth-pop act Tegan and Sara.

Acclaimed Calgary-based singer-songwriter Jann Arden, also last year’s ATB Storytellers Series guest, will host and interview Tegan and Sara. Beginning at 7:30 pm inside Studio Bell’s performance hall, the event will commemorate the opening of the ATB Storytellers Exhibition and feature a brief performance by Tegan and Sara. Tickets for the live event are free and will become available tomorrow, September 27 at 11:00 am MST at studiobell.ca/whats-on

“We are proud of our Alberta roots and look forward to visiting Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, for the first time,” said Tegan and Sara.

The ATB Storytellers Exhibition, sponsored by ATB Financial, is a new temporary exhibition that showcases Alberta’s rich music story. It is free and accessible to the public, and will run in Studio Bell’s Drop-in Zone from October 6, 2016 until January 8, 2017.

The exhibit will feature a collection of artifacts and recorded oral histories with iconic Albertans, including Jann Arden, noted journalist Holger Petersen, jazz pianist Tommy Banks, Royalty Records Founder R. Harlan Smith, blues artist Amos Garrett, and France Levasseur-Ouimet, Franco-Albertan historian and professor emeritus, among others.

Centering on four themes—Music Through the Times, Music in Alberta’s Communities, Cultural Influences on Music, and Prairie Scramble—the exhibition will also feature digital stories made in collaboration with several elementary schools, highlighting the next generation of Albertans.

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Dominion Chautauquas, or road shows, were a big part of local musical culture in Alberta in the early 1900s. These stories will be shared as part of the exhibition. 

“In a lot of ways the history of music in Alberta is the history of Alberta, with its diverse voices and huge impact on our day-to-day lives,” said Dave Mowat, President and CEO, ATB Financial. “We’re thrilled that the ATB Storytellers Exhibition at Studio Bell will retell some of the made-in-Alberta stories that many may have never heard.”

“Alberta’s music story is one that we are eager to share,” said Adam Fox, Director of Programs, NMC. “We hope this annual event and exhibition gives Albertans a sense of pride and inspires new stories.”

The ATB Storytellers Exhibition will be the first of three annual exhibits planned as part of the program and initiative to document Alberta’s music history.

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