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October 25, 2021

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Calgary takes centre stage

Studio Bell: part museum, education centre, concert venue

The new Studio Bell, which houses the National Music Centre (NMC), opened this summer in Calgary’s East Village. Part museum, part education centre, part concert venue, the multi-purpose facility consists of nine interlocking towers and cost $191 million to build. The Studio Bell portion features a 300-seat performance hall as well as broadcast facilities; the NMC features acoustic and electronic soundlabs, artifact conservation and restoration workshops, recording spaces (including the Rolling Stones Mobile Recording Studio) and, on the fifth floor, three Canadian music halls of fame. The Icons and Idols exhibit is also on the NMC’s top floor and includes Stompin’ Tom Connors’ wooden stompin’ boards, Corey Hart’s sunglasses-at-night Ray Bans and Alanis Morisette’s harmonica. A lot of the exhibits are interactive: you can try out a guitar or drum kit or go into a studio and get a guitar-playing tutorial from a musician. Adults $18; students $14; kids three to 12 $11.

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