Studio Bell After Hours—The perfect place to party

April 20, 2017

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Museum exhibitions merging with nightlife? It’s an unlikely combo that brought Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, to life during their inaugural After Hours event on March 24. With the backdrop of Studio Bell’s stunning, multi-hued architecture, and live electronic acts performing in crazily lit spaces, the beautiful building by day turned into a party destination by night.

With the lights dimmed, the building was transformed. The EV Lounge on the East Village Skybridge, full of well-dressed attendees sipping drinks and schmoozing, morphed from a chill zone into a full-on dance party under pink and blue lights as the night progressed.

While many attendees had obviously come to pre-game and party, the event was also a chance for people to engage with exhibitions to the fullest without having the kids around. Visitors scanned and interacted with temporary and permanent exhibitions, along with one-off activities, like tarot card readings and rock star caricature drawings. Amidst the electro-party atmosphere, there was also an opportunity to mingle, while taking in some food and drinks in the exhibition spaces—a rare exception to the standard museum rules.

With, 1,300 people partaking in five floors of fun, and connecting through music and interactive exhibitions, it was a sold-out debut that made quite the first impression. With the series now officially launched, my only question is: When’s the next one?

Tickets for the next installment of Studio Bell After Hours on Friday, April 21 are available here.

Plus, check out the photo gallery below from the March 24 event. 

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

  • Studio Bell After Hours March 2017

    Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

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Miriam Johnston

Miriam Johnston is a practicum student for the National Music Centre as well as a piano teacher.


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