A recap of #myStudioBell

August 11, 2017

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It’s Jamila here, NMC’s communications intern.

In June 2017, I launched #myStudioBell, a social media campaign to showcase all the ways I enjoy Studio Bell as my own. Just to put it out there: I have little to nil knowledge on how to play an instrument. (If the delightful recorder counts, then I can play a whopping one instrument.) So, when I was asked to demonstrate how to use NMC’s musical interactives, you could only imagine what happened—a lot of laughter to mask the sheer panic. While I didn’t let my lack of musical savviness deter me from discovering Studio Bell, I will say that I knew this project was going to be the perfect marriage of serious dorkiness and immense inspiration.

Despite my struggle in my making music, I managed to play the Theremin—which, by the way, is the hardest collection item to play here—I jammed out on a DIY acoustic drum kit in NMC’s Soundbox and I rocked out in a conga line with an African drum alongside the rest of NMC’s marketing department.

Did that sound professional or like I knew what I was doing? No, but it didn’t need to. At Studio Bell, everyone is encouraged to make music, tinker and explore sound regardless of their innate abilities. I immersed myself in all sorts of musical experiments within the building’s gorgeous walls. I put my heart into every interactive I tried out and I did, indeed, rock Studio Bell—that is something everyone should experience!

I asked NMC’s supporters on social media to share their unique experiences with me and to show me how they make Studio Bell theirs. Looking at everyone’s posts using the hashtag #myStudioBell, and engaging with people on social media, quickly became my favourite thing to do in the morning. Everyone had a different adventure to share, and everyone showed us how they rock out differently than others; that in itself makes this building so special because it fosters self-expression and creativity.

From Canada Day at Studio Bell to the Bell Live Series at the King Eddy and everything in between and beyond, NMC’s visitors shared photos and videos of being the ultimate rock stars on our instrument interactives, posing with great Canadian musicians in NMC’s Trailblazers stage and appreciating the building’s beautiful architecture.

I saw remarkable photos and videos over the past two months. Here are just a few of them shared by our visitors:

  • Discovering #myStudioBell

    Exploring five floors of exhibitions at Studio Bell.

  • Discovering #myStudioBell

    Discovering #myStudioBell

  • Discovering #myStudioBell

    Discovering #myStudioBell

  • Discovering #myStudioBell

    Discovering #myStudioBell

  • Discovering #myStudioBell

    Discovering #myStudioBell

Thank you to everyone who shared their photos and videos and for coming along this journey with me! It was an absolute joy to take you through Studio Bell from the eyes of an inquisitive, music-loving student. Continue to share your experiences with Team NMC—rocking out and making your own sound at Studio Bell.

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About the Author

Jamila Kanji

Coffee connoisseur and art enthusiast, Jamila finds bliss in anything that sparks her creativity and curiosity. She is a public relations student at Mount Royal University and just completed an internship at the National Music Centre, where she launched #myStudioBell.


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