(Calgary Alderman Druh Farrell, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, NMC Honurary Patron Anne Murray, Federal Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney, National Music Centre President/CEO Andrew Mosker, and Alberta Minister of Culture Heather Klimchuk – Photo by Leblond Studio Inc.)
Today, NMC broke ground on its new 160,000 square-foot building in downtown Calgary’s East Village. The Centre will be home to the history of music in Canada, including the country’s most impressive collection of musical instruments and sound equipment, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Collection. It will also include performance spaces, recording studios, broadcast facilities, the Rolling Stones’ mobile recording studio, and artist-in-residence programs – as well as Calgary’s famed King Eddy Hotel.
“Today, we are taking an important step in moving Canada’s National Music Centre from vision to reality. I would like to thank our funding partners at all three levels of government who share this vision,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO of the National Music Centre.
(Canadian music icon Annue Murray – Photo by Leblond Studio Inc.
Anne Murray, Canadian icon and NMC Honourary Patron, spoke about her support for the Centre. “Access to music – music history, education and appreciation – has been so important to me throughout my life. I am thrilled to be involved in a project that invites all Canadians to discover and appreciate the history and culture of music in our country.”
“The National Music Centre will share our rich musical heritage and world-class Canadian talent in a state-of-the-art downtown venue,” declared the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament for Calgary Southeast. “Our Government is proud to support this inspiring initiative that will promote Canadian culture, create jobs and drive economic growth in Alberta.”
(Alberta Premier Allison Redford and Alberta Minister of Culture Heather Klimchuk – Photo by Leblond Studio Inc.)
“Music is the celebration of life and one of Alberta’s finest exports,” said Alberta Premier Alison Redford. “The beautiful new National Music Centre will be home to many of Canada’s treasured musical legacies while providing opportunity to foster a new generation of musicians and audiences. The Government of Alberta is proud to support this important cultural project.”
“On behalf of The City of Calgary, I am proud of the investment we’ve made in the expansion and continued development of the National Music Centre,” said Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary. “This will be a unique and important institution for all music-loving Calgarians including artists, students, educators, historians, and their families.”
(Alberta Minister of Culture Heather Klimchuk, National Music Centre President/CEO Andrew Mosker, Federal Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney, NMC Honourary Patron Anne Murray, and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi – Photo by Leblond Studio Inc.)
The campaign goal for the project is $150 million, and the building is scheduled to be complete in 2015. The new building will allow more Canadians than ever to be part of NMC’s vision to amplify the love, sharing and understanding of music in Canada.
The sod turning celebration continues tonight with a public concert at the Golden Age Club in Calgary’s East Village, with live music by local artists including the Bobby Kork Orchestra, the High Kicks, Matt Masters and The Gentlemen of the Rodeo, and the King Eddy Blues All-stars.