Pre-register for Studio Bell’s Canada Day 2016 opening

June 15, 2016

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Visit Studio Bell for a fun multigenerational family experience. Credit Brandon Wallis.

UPDATE: Our “First 500” tickets are now SOLD OUT. But, remember, we have FREE programming all day on Canada Day. 

As Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (NMC), prepares to open its doors to the public on July 1, 2016, visitors are welcome to pre-register for admission to our Canada Day opening. The first 500 visitors that register online for this event will have guaranteed early entry for Studio Bell’s opening day program and receive a gift upon arrival. Online registration is now open at 

Canada Day at Studio Bell
To celebrate our country’s birthday and the story of music in Canada, Studio Bell’s Premier Founding Partner, Bell Canada, is presenting free public admission on July 1, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Studio Bell will also be hosting special Canada Day programming to mark the opening with live entertainment throughout the building.

What else is there to discover at Studio Bell?

  • 160,000 square-feet of awe-inspiring architecture inspired by resonant instrument vessels and the Western Canadian landscape.
  • Five floors of exhibitions that tell the story of music in Canada, and interactive displays where visitors can mix a track, play a guitar, or sing along to their favourite Canadian tracks.
  • A collection of musical instruments and artifacts that span over 450 years of innovation and technology—from a 16th century Virginal harpsichord to TONTO, one the largest analog synthesizers in the world.
  • An immersive audiovisual experience that weaves iconic Canadian songs with regional landmarks.
  • Three Canadian music halls of fame with artifacts and textiles, including a Nudie suit worn by country legend Hank Snow and the wedding dress that k.d. lang wore to accept her 1985 JUNO Award for Most Promising Female Artist.

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Play, discover, and rock out with Studio Bell’s various interactives. Credit Leblond Studio Inc.

Construction of Studio Bell began in early 2013, and will open to the public on Canada Day, marking the first of several celebrations that NMC has planned over the months. Full programmatic and architectural completion is set for October 2016. The project cost is $191 million, and NMC has already raised over $130 million through its capital campaign.

Regular admission to Studio Bell will be $18 for adults, $14 for students/seniors, $11 for children (3-12 years of age), and free for children under 3 years of age. Advance ticket sales will begin on June 15.

To thank our supporters and give music fans more opportunities to visit us in our opening month, Studio Bell will be open seven days a week for the month of July only. Studio Bell will then move to regular year-round hours from Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For full details on hours of operation, holiday closures, and to purchase advance tickets on, or after, June 15, please go here.

Membership are on sale now here. NMC Memberships provide year-round access to Studio Bell and help to support our operations. Memberships purchased until June 30 will have a special “front-of-the-line” discount, and cost $49 ($58 after July 1) for adults, $38 ($45 after July 1) for students/seniors, and $94 ($110 after July 1) for families of four.

To play your part in NMC’s capital campaign and support music in Canada, please go here.

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