Canada's National Music Centre in Calgary, Alberta, has partnered with the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame to include their honorees permanently within Studio Bell, a $168 million (US $128.6M), 160,000 square-foot building that began construction in early 2013. The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame collection are already onboard.
The current National Music Centre was named in 2012. It was previously known as Cantos Music Foundation, a 2003 partnership between TriumphEnt and Cantos Music Museum. The new NMC will open next summer.
"NMC is building a physical home for the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, inductees of these halls will be permanently featured in NMC exhibitions," director of programs Adam Fox told Billboard. "There will be a dedicated gallery devoted to telling the stories of Canada's music halls of fame, the awards and the artists, songwriters, singers and celebrated industry figures."
The Hall of Famers will be displayed on level five of Studio Bell, a floor entirely dedicated to Canadian music creators and artists that have had national and international impact, such as Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Gordon Lightfoot.
"Visitors to NMC will learn more about these figures via digital interactive content and encounter instruments, outfits and memorabilia associated with some of these artists," said Fox. "We are still confirming the format and details of this expression, but we're excited by what we're planning to share with our visitors beginning next summer. We will be celebrating all inductees of these halls. As for other industry awards, there are no current plans as of yet."
Studio Bell, designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture, will include a 300-seat performance space and multiple reception areas, broadcast facilities, distance learning education center and classrooms, a cafe and retail space.
In addition to the three halls of fame collections, it will have acoustic and electronic sound labs, artifact conservation and restoration workshops, artist in residence program for Canadian and international artists and technicians, the incorporation of the King Eddy Hotel as a live music venue and three recording studio spaces, including the Rolling Stones mobile recording studio.
According to its mandate: The National Music Centre (NMC) is a national catalyst for discovery, innovation and renewal through music. In its new home at Studio Bell in Calgary's East Village, NMC will preserve and celebrate Canada's music story and inspire a new generation of music lovers through programming that includes on-site and outreach education programs, performances, artist incubation and exhibitions.