September 28, 2017
Join the National Music Centre (NMC) for the latest live installment of the ATB Storytellers Series on Friday, October 20, featuring an interview with multi-platinum Canadian recording artist Raghav.
The pop singer-songwriter will be interviewed by legendary Toronto rapper Kardinal Offishall, a long-time friend and collaborator of his.
Beginning at 7:30 pm inside Studio Bell’s performance hall, the event will commemorate the opening of the ATB Storytellers Exhibition. Tickets for the live event are $20 and go on sale at 9:00 am MST on September 28 here. Limited advance ticket sales for NMC Members to receive a 50% discount off admission went on sale on September 27. To become a member and receive pre-sale offers, head here.
“I’m excited to sit down with my friend Kardinal Offishall and share some of the stories and learnings from over a decade of creating and performing music around the world,” said Raghav. “I’m also delighted to still call Calgary home, and thrilled to have a facility like Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, in our own backyard.”
The live event will kick-off the ATB Storytellers Exhibition, sponsored by ATB Financial. This year’s exhibition, titled Festival Alberta, will add a new take on Alberta’s festival story, sharing behind-the-scene conversations with musicians, organizers, audiences and the volunteer crews who keep everything running at events throughout the province.
The exhibition will include a wide array of posters, festival memorabilia and photos, along with video interviews and concert footage from some of the province’s most long-standing and influential festivals, including the Calgary Folk Music Festival, Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Sled Island, Big Valley Jamboree, Jazz at the Lake Festival, and many others. Visitors will also be given an opportunity to share their own favourite festival moments.
“Think of all the stories that unfold when you get a big group of people together at a music festival,” said Dave Mowat, President and CEO, ATB Financial. “How many people were inspired, or met their future partner, or shared a laugh with a stranger, or finally got to see their favourite musician perform? In celebrating Alberta’s music festivals, I think ATB Storytellers will bring back a lot of memories.”
“Music festivals are a celebration of local and international talent, enterprise and community spirit,” said Adam Fox, Director of Programs, NMC. “Whether you enjoy campfire jams, artist workshops or massive summer indie fests, the festival experience has helped to define Alberta’s diverse music scene, and we’re thrilled to shine a spotlight on this especially fun part of our musical history.”
Festival Alberta is the second of three annual temporary exhibits planned as part of the ATB Storyteller program and initiative to document Alberta’s music history. The exhibit is FREE and accessible to the public Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and will run in Studio Bell’s Drop-in Zone from October 20, 2017 until late August 2018.
Once called “Canada’s best kept secrets in the arts” by the Globe and Mail and “The Biggest Canadian Star You’ve Probably Never Heard Of” by the Huffington Post, Raghav Mathur is a global pop sensation. His debut 2004 album, Storyteller, sold 1.3 million copies worldwide. The album had four singles reach the Top 10 in the U.K. national charts and remains the 6th best-selling international album of all time in India. With three studio albums under his belt, he’s collaborated with some of the most prominent names in pop music, including Labrinth, Oscar/Grammy winner A.R. Rahman, multi-Grammy winning producers Sly & Robbie, Nelly, Redman, Kardinal Offishall and Afrojack. His mix of pop, R&B, hip hop and Bollywood sounds has garnered him international awards and recognition, including at the prestigious MOBO Awards in the U.K., and a JUNO Award nod in 2011. Domestically, his single, “Fire,” spent 44 consecutive weeks on the national Canadian Top 20. Raghav is noted for his global touring shows, which he’s headlined, selling out stadium gigs from Canada to Kenya, the U.S. to India and the U.A.E. to Pakistan. Raghav has a new single, entitled “Cigarettes,” due for release on October 6, and his fourth studio album is scheduled for release in mid-November. For more information, please visit raghav.com.
About ATB Storytellers
In 2015, the National Music Centre (NMC) launched a multi-year initiative, sponsored by ATB Financial, designed to collect and connect the stories of Alberta’s music history. ATB Storytellers is a multifaceted project that includes a digital storytelling education program, an oral history recording initiative, live events with music icons, and an annual installation within NMC’s special exhibitions. For more information, please visit nmc.ca/atbstorytellers.