National Music Centre Welcomes First Visitors and Performances
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre in Canada, welcomes its first public visitors today, with free admission, as part of a series of opening celebrations that will culminate in the building’s architectural and programmatic completion this fall.
Performances by Canadian musicians Jim Cuddy, Alan Doyle, and indigenous drum troupe Eya-Hey Nakoda kicked off the preview festivities for media and supporters earlier this week.
The first cultural institution of its kind in North America, the 160,000 s.f. Studio Bell provides dynamic spaces for performances, recording, broadcast, exhibition and interactive education programs. Spanning two blocks and linked by a fifth-floor skybridge, the building will be integrated with a restored historic King Edward Hotel, the legendary jazz club, and will serve as a gateway to Calgary’s East Village neighborhood.
“We invented an institution,” said Brad Cloepfil of his work with National Music Centre Director Andrew Mosker in an interview with the Globe and Mail. “From an architecture and programming point of view, there’s nothing like it in Canada; there’s actually nothing like it in North America.”
Learn more about the National Music Centre and Allied Works’ design for Studio Bell.