Your faithful social scribe was unsure as to which would be more exciting-meeting Canadian music icons or seeing the new National Music Centre (NMC)/Studio Bell for the first time. With all due respect to the likes of Burton Cummings, Buffy Sainte Marie and Tom Cochrane, as thrilling as it was to meet you and have the honour of snapping your picture with the likes of Marc Bombenon, the Centre stole my heart.
The $191 million facility-set to open to the public in July, is ah-maaazing! The structure itself is truly a work of art, but when you add in the fact it is the new home to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and that the 160,000 sq. ft. facility also features live music venues and bars, formal performance spaces, artists in residence, a radio station, one of North America’s most eclectic musical instrument collections, musical lessons and scholarship, one knows the Centre is destined to be the most recognized-and admired-facility in our fair city.
On Apr. 1, NMC hosted two private JUNO events at Studio Bell, including the Chairman’s Reception presented by Live Nation Canada and the JUNO Welcome Reception presented by The East Village. That Canadian music legend and seven-time JUNO award-winner Burton Cummings was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame this night by adding his name plaque to a wall inside Studio Bell was the icing on the cake.
Industry heavyweights, politicians and avid NMC supporters in attendance at the receptions included: CARAS president and CEO Allan Reid; JUNO chairman Mark Cohon; NMC president and CEO Andrew Mosker and his wife Ingrid Mosker; invaluable NMC supporters Ron Mannix and Diane Deacon; National Arts Centre chair Adrian Burns and NMC director Greg Kane; U of C president Elizabeth Cannon with colleague, vice-president, development, Nuvyn Peters; Mayor Naheed Nenshi; Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and her husband Lou Arab; Alberta Minister of Finance Joe Ceci and his wife Christine; Paquin Entertainment president and CEO Gilles Paquin; NMC board chair Rob Braide; UTA’s Jack Ross; NMC board vice-chair Cam Crawford; Canadian Music Centre Prairie Regional director John Reid; legendary broadcaster and writer Larry LeBlanc; Randy Lennox, president, entertainment production and broadcasting, Bell Media; Holt Renfrew’s Deb Kerr and Tracy Logan; Alberta Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda and chief of staff Lisa Blanchette; Saifer Media’s Lorne Saifer; ATB Corporate Financial Services vice-president and head of sales’ Tim Gillespie; Whitehall chef/owner Neil McCue; At Large Communications’ Jason Krell; Hotel Arts’ Mark Wilson and his wife Kerry Wilson; legendary music producer Bob Ezrin; NMC’s Charlie Fischer and his wife Joanne Cuthbertson; The Tenors’ Clifton Murray; JUNO nominee and Order of Canada recipient Jens Lindemann and his wife Jennifer Snow; avid NMC supporters Marc and Desiree Bombenon with colleagues Bryce Reid and Zahira Bharmal; television personality Ben Mulroney; and my terrific handler this night, NMC’s Mary Kapusta.
Article by Bill Brookes for the Calgary Herald