Serena Ryder to headline annual NMC Out Loud Gala — Tickets now on sale!

June 10, 2015

SerenaRyderphoto1-840pxSerena Ryder. Photo provided. 

The National Music Centre (NMC) has announced that multiple JUNO Award-winner Serena Ryder will headline their annual fundraising gala on September 26, 2015. Tickets are now on sale at

The “Stompa” hit-maker will help rock out NMC’s second annual fundraising gala at the newly renovated Simmons Building (618 Confluence Way SE) in Calgary’s East Village, the same neighbourhood NMC is moving to permanently when their new home Studio Bell opens next spring.

“I am honoured to play a part in building a home for music in Canada,” said Serena Ryder. “The National Music Centre is a project that I fully support and I can’t wait to rock out with you, Calgary!”

NMC will invite 750 guests to bring out their inner rock star and enjoy food stations from charbar, the new restaurant from Charcut chefs John Jackson and Connie DeSousa, Phil & Sebastian, and Sidewalk Citizen. They can also explore pieces of NMC’s collections, bid on the silent or live auctions, and enjoy various musical acts throughout the evening. The evening builds to a large mainstage tent for a special concert from powerhouse Canadian singer-songwriter Serena Ryder.

“We set the bar pretty high for our debut gala in 2014, but we know that we will top ourselves this year and raise more critical funds for the National Music Centre,” said Joanna Barstad, Out Loud Gala committee member. “We are all so excited to have Serena perform and bring the party to the East Village.”

Tickets for the event are $250 (plus service fees), and the event is expected to once again sell out in advance.

All funds raised will go towards NMC programming and the construction of the new NMC building, recently named Studio Bell, which is currently under construction and slated to open in spring 2016. Last year’s Out Loud gala raised over $200,000.

Visit for more information on the event and to purchase tickets. Stay tuned for more Out Loud event updates and special announcements in the coming months.

About the Author

Julijana Capone

Originally from Winnipeg, Julijana is NMC’s senior publicist and the managing editor of Amplify. In addition to her role at NMC, she is the founder of Light of Day Publicity, a company she formed to promote the work of emerging Canadian artists.

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