Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (NMC) opened its doors to the public on Canada Day!
Susan Van Wielingen joined the NMC’s board of directors in the spring of last year and has been instrumental through her own work and through Viewpoint in helping the centre become the groundbreaking institution it is today.
The Viewpoint team was fortunate enough to get a sneak peek tour of the facilities and exhibitions this past Monday and it definitely did not disappoint! After 3 years of construction and many more of planning, the stunning architecture, thoughtful layout and engineering behind the buildings acoustics, as well as the careful attention to detail, all showcase the passion found in everyone working on the project.
The building, which is found in Calgary’s East Village, was designed by Brad Cloepfil, an architect from Portland Oregon. It is filled with interactive displays, historical exhibitions, performance and recording spaces, and collections of memorabilia that include over 2,000 items such as garments, instruments and equipment – including the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio and the TONTO synthesizer.
The facility is also bringing back the historic King Edward – or to those in the know, King Eddy – Hotel to continue its legacy as a live music venue just in time for Stampede.
We can’t wait for the NMC to be fully operational, and are so excited to be a part of the undoubtedly positive impact that the centre will have on not just the East Village and downtown communities, but on Calgarian and even Canadian musical identity and heritage.