In the Collection: Canada’s country music treasures from the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame

Jul 10, 2014

Since 2009 the National Music Centre (NMC) has been the home for the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame collection. The collection of more than 1300 objects was founded in 1989 by Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, producer and record-label owner Gary Buck. Items in the collection such as Terri Clark’s first guitar, Hank Snow’s sparkly stage suits, and Ian Tyson’s saddle, help NMC tell the rich and colourful tale of country music in Canada.

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) recognizes NMC as the official home for artifacts from artists, broadcasters and industry builders who are inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

Thanks to a long list of dedicated individuals and organizations, such as CCMA and the Canadian Country Music Heritage Society, who help develop and recognize the Canadian music industry, NMC is supported and able to give Canada a new home for music opening in 2016.

Check out some of the photos of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame collection below:


Brian Sklar’s violin and case. Credit: Don Kennedy.


Brian Sklar’s violin case. Credit: Don Kennedy.


Buffy Sainte-Marie’s dress and shoes. Credit: Don Kennedy.


Buffy Sainte-Marie’s shoes. Credit: Don Kennedy.


Dougie Trineer’s Gretsch White Falcon. Credit: Don Kennedy.


Dougie Trineer’s Gretsch White Falcon detail. Credit: Don Kennedy.


Hank Snow’s Harvey Krantz Suit. Credit: Don Kennedy.


Hank Snow’s Nudies Rodeo Tailors suit 3/4 view. Credit: Don Kennedy.


Hank Snow’s Nudies Rodeo Tailors suit back. Credit: Don Kennedy.


Ian Tyson’s hat, boots, and rope. Credit: Don Kennedy.

Lucille Starr’s, Nudies Rodeo Tailors dress. Credit: Don Kennedy.

Michelle Wright’s, Manuel outfit. Credit: Don Kennedy.


Michelle Wright’s Manuel outfit detail. Credit: Don Kennedy.


Sylvia Tyson’s autoharp. Credit: Don Kennedy.


Terri Clark’s first guitar. Credit: Don Kennedy.


Terri Clark’s first guitar detail. Credit: Don Kennedy.

Visit the NMC collection on Sundays at 1:30 pm.
 
–Jesse Moffatt, Manager, Collections and Artifact Care

About the Author

Brandon Wallis

Brandon is the Director of Marketing, Communications and Visitor Experience and for the National Music Centre and Editor-in-Chief of Amplify.

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