April 19, 2016
It has only been a few weeks since the Juno Awards in Calgary and already we are hearing what a great success it was at the National Music Centre (NMC) during the first weekend of April. Even though the site was still an active construction site, the building looked spectacular and our client expressed that for those 1200+ individuals who came from across Canada and North America, they were thoroughly impressed by what they saw and experienced in the building that weekend.
As the local architect for the new NMC in Calgary’s East Village, and in partnership with Allied Works, the intent was for the NMC to be a catalyst for discovery, innovation and renewal through music. Once construction is complete this summer, this new 160,000 sq ft facility will be home to a comprehensive collection of musical instruments and sound equipment, recording studios, a bar/restaurant, a radio station, classrooms, retail and numerous spaces for live musical performances, exhibit space for artifacts from both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Collection.
What was special about this early glimpse of the NMC during the Junos was that it coincided with the first time in the Juno Awards’ 45 year history that inductees to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame were actually able to stand together because the NMC provided a physical home for the new Hall of Fame, which never existed previously, until now. The NMC has become a part Canadian music history as a place that not only celebrates stories about the past but makes new stores for the future.
We are so proud of the entire design team’s contributions and efforts in meeting this deadline in order to showcase this new building in time for the Juno Awards. That weekend is already being heralded as one of the top 3 Juno Weekends ever, maybe even the best, in the event’s 45 year history. We have high hopes for the official opening in the summer so stay tuned!