National Music Centre to celebrate Canada Day 2020 virtually on July 1

June 30, 2020

Paul Brandt performing on the roof of the King Eddy. Photo credit: Corkscrew Media.

The National Music Centre (NMC) will be taking its epic annual bash online for Canada’s 153rd birthday and Studio Bell’s 4th anniversary. Celebrate Canada’s rich musical history, cultural diversity, and Indigenous heritage with virtual activities and performances on July 1.

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of “O Canada” as our national anthem, Evan the Educator will look at what makes a singable song for NMC Learning at Home, which you can view on NMC’s Facebook page at 10:00 am MT on July 1.

NMC is also partnering with the City of Calgary to host a Virtual Canada Day concert, featuring Canadian country star Paul Brandt, neo-soul singer Lynn Olagundoye, Alberta roots singer-songwriter T. Buckley, indie-rocker Chad VanGaalen, and Métis/Cree blues-rock artist Bebe Buckskin. It will air on the City of Calgary’s Facebook and YouTube pages starting at 5:00 pm MT. Additionally, Calgary was selected to be included in a one-hour national show, Canada Day Across the Country, at 11:00 am MT on CBC and Canadian Heritage’s social media platforms. Calgary’s five-minute segment will feature Brandt performing on the King Eddy rooftop.

“The National Music Centre has continued to find new ways to connect with our community online throughout this pandemic,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO of NMC. “While this year’s celebrations will look a lot different, we’re thrilled to amplify the love, sharing, and understanding of music through this virtual presentation—and we’re looking forward to welcoming our community back to Studio Bell later this summer.”

For more Canadian music content, music fans are encouraged to explore the new online Speak Up! exhibition, which highlights Indigenous artists making social and political impacts in Canada. The exhibit is free online at and features Igloolik psych-rockers Northern Haze; the father of Inuktitut music, country-folk artist Charlie Panigoniak; and singer-songwriter Kinnie Starr, known for her blend of conscious hip hop and groove-driven pop, along with 10 other Indigenous trailblazers.

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