Exhibitions

What if a visit to the museum was as exciting as going to a music festival? That sense of excitement, discovering new artists, hearing new sounds and celebrating with friends – this is the approach NMC is taking to developing our exhibitions.

Curiosity will drive visitors to explore the sounds, light and interactive activities pouring out of the 22 individual exhibition stages, encouraging them to engage in an ever-evolving discussion around music in Canada.

Click here to view NMC’s collection items currently on exhibit  

Current Temporary Exhibitions

Paul Brandt Legacy Collection: YYC to BNA

Over the course of his over 20-year career, Calgary-born country singer-songwriter Paul Brandt has won multiple JUNO and Canadian Country Music Association Awards and written chart-topping singles, such as the wedding classic “I Do,” “My Heart Has a History,” and others. He has released 11 studio albums that have produced gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications, garnering him the honour of the most played Canadian country artist in the history of country radio. The Paul Brandt Legacy Collection: YYC to BNA was led by students in MRU’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program, and is the first of two exhibitions introducing The Paul Brandt Legacy Collection. Brandt loaned the archive of his career as part of his tenure as Storyteller in Residence at MRU between 2016-2018. The exhibition at Studio Bell in partnership with MRU features a curated selection from over 1,600 objects, including letters, awards, gold records, and more. Runs until December 31, 2018.

BNL Exhibition

Barenaked Ladies

As one of Canada’s most unique and acclaimed international music exports of the past 30 years, Barenaked Ladies (BNL) carved out a legacy with their irreverent sense of humour and blend of pop, folk, alt-rock, and even rap. Milestones: Barenaked Ladies, captures BNL’s career trajectory—from their first concert as teenagers at Toronto City Hall, to making history as the best-selling independent artists in Canadian history, and finally to their international breakthrough in the U.S. Runs until February 2019.

Showcase 2017 Inductees

Showcase 2017 Inductees

Showcase: 2017 Inductees honours the two 2017 Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees—Paul Brandt and Harvey Gold—and four 2017 Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees—Bruce Cockburn, Beau Dommage, Stéphane Venne and Neil Young. The exhibition displays personal items and instruments from this year’s members, including one of Young’s practice guitars—a vintage 1970s Epiphone acoustic. Other treasures include Cockburn’s song books of lyrics, along with his 6-string Manzer acoustic guitar. Runs until the fall of 2018.

ATB Storytellers Festival Alberta

ATB Storytellers Festival Alberta

Festival Alberta adds a new take on Alberta’s festival story, sharing behind-the-scene conversations with musicians, organizers, audiences and the volunteer crews who keep everything running at events throughout the province. FREE and accessible to the public, the exhibition will run in Studio Bell’s Drop-in Zone from October 19, 2017 until August 2018. To learn more about ATB Storytellers, click here. Runs until late August 2018.

Level One

Canada Music Square/
Drop-in Zone/RSM

Welcome to the National Music Centre—a year ‘round music festival. Make yourself at home, plan your visit, take in a live show, make music with friends, or sign up for an NMC program or tour.

Level Two

Music Mosaic

We are what we create. Canada’s identity is reflected in our music. Since the earliest of times, many people and cultures have contributed to the vibrant and creative music scene in Canada today.

This level holds two main stages and two side stages, plus a 300-seat theatre.

Level Three

Power of Music

It stimulates your brain, moves your body, and nourishes your soul. It can make you cry in your popcorn or yodel at the top of your lungs. Music is powerful stuff.

This level holds three main stages and two side stages.

Level Four

Making Music

Whether you’re an amateur or a professional, we can all make music.

This level holds four main stages plus two side stages.

Level Five

Celebrating Music

On this floor we celebrate recognized Canadian musicians who have left their mark on this country and beyond. And if there’s a special musician that you’d like to bring into the fold, we’ve got room for that, too!

This level holds three main stages and two side stages, plus another space for special/temporary exhibitions. To learn more about the Halls of Fame, click here.

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