Year in Review: Looking at NMC’s 2014 highlights

December 30, 2014


As the year comes to an end, it’s a great time to reflect on the previous year.

It has been an incredible year for NMC and we’re closer than ever to building a home for music in Canada and opening our doors in the spring of 2016.


Below are a few highlights from 2014:

NMC acquires TONTO, one of the world’s largest synths.

Architect Magazine recognizes NMC’s building design with a Progressive Architecture (P/A) Award.

In March, Col. Chris Hadfield treated us to a song on Anne Murray’s old guitar.


A Virtual Tour video of the future NMC goes live and gives viewers a taste of the new building.

A Tribe Called Red visits NMC in June and a dance party ensues.


The Polaris Prize unveils its long list at NMC’s offices in a nationally broadcast event.


A year after the flood we were still recovering, but are proud to celebrate how far we’ve come during the Calgary Stampede Parade.


Arcade Fire visits NMC’s gallery and collection in August.

September marks our first fundraising gala – NMC Out Loud, which raises over $200,000.


NMC hits the road, covering the JUNOs, Canadian Country Music Awards, Aboriginal Music Week, Polaris Music Prize, BreakOut West and more!

Wet Secrets_840px We unveil a new website, with a new look and more content than ever.

Click here to see it!

More incredible design details emerge about recording spaces at the future NMC.

Trident A-Range We introduced Calgary to Patrick Marold, the artist behind our public art.

Sloan stops in to check out our gear.

Restoration of the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio begins.


Jann Arden dons a construction helmet to take a tour of our site in December.

NMC raises the final beam at the construction site.


December 28: After a final public tour, NMC closes its gallery to prepare for the big move.


NMC has raised $116 million towards our capital campaign goal.

Woohoo! You can donate to help us reach our goal of $168 million here.


The next year will see a lot more milestones as we unveil a restored King Eddy, install over 200,000 terra cotta tiles to the new building’s exterior and beginning weaving together the story of music in Canada through more exhibitions, programming and education.

NMC has a lot of momentum as we enter 2015 and race towards doors opening in 2016, but we couldn’t do it without your support.


–Mary Kapusta

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About the Author

Mary Kapusta

Displaced Torontonian Mary Kapusta has called Calgary home for the last five years. She counts music, books and doughnuts as her interests.

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