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MFM's Ultimate Guide to Live Music in Northern Ontario!

Published on Dec 22, 2016

There are so many opportunities to catch quality LIVE music in Northern Ontario this holiday season. We've got you covered with MFM's Ultimate Guide to Live Music in Northern Ontario Over the Holidays!


Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations Joins Focus On Creators Coalition

Published on Dec 6, 2016

The Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA) has formally joined the Focus On Creators coalition to support Canadian musicians, authors, songwriters, poets, music producers, visual artists and other members of the creative industries in urging the Canadian Government to put creators at the centre of our cultural policy surrounding Canadian content in the digital realm. 

Focus On Creators is a call to action by Canadian creators. Canadians are consuming more digital content than ever before, and creators have led the shift – they have digitized their work, mastered the Internet, and become their own social media directors. Yet the laws and regulations that allow creators to exploit their works to make a living are now out of date. Without urgent attention from government, thousands of Canadian creators will not be able to tell their uniquely Canadian stories.

The work of Canadian creators is increasingly used to monetize technology without adequately remunerating its creators. Income and profit from digital use of our work flow away from the creative class to a concentrated technology industry. Allowing this trend to continue will result in dramatically fewer Canadians being able to afford to “tell Canadian stories,” much less earn a reasonable living from doing so. 

The Focus On Creators campaign has prepared a joint letter to Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly. Canadian creators are encouraged to add their names to the letter on the initiative’s website,, to help send this important message to policymakers in Ottawa. 



Northern Ontario Acts to Catch at Up Here Festival!

Published on Aug 9, 2016

Up Here Urban Art & Music Festival in Sudbury is fast approaching! We know you want to catch all of the performances, particularily those with distinct Northern Ontario sounds who call the North home!

Well here is a full listing of the Northern Ontario bands and performers...


Rehearsal Space in Sudbury For Rent

Published on Aug 4, 2016

Are you or your band looking for a rehearsal or jam space to perfect your tunes in the Sudbury area?

Currently available near Sudbury's downtown is a small rehearsal space for rent for $155 per month.

The space can be used during the week anytime after 5pm and anytime on weekends.

If interested, please call 705-586-5753 or email to score this spot for September 1st.


Studio Bell hosts ceremonial first sound event on June 29 in advance of opening to the public on Canada Day

Published on Jun 30, 2016

Performances and ceremonial launch mark first of several opening celebrations

(Calgary, AB — June 29, 2016) Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (NMC), is ready to welcome the world as the country’s first national cultural institution dedicated to celebrating music in Canada. Studio Bell, designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture, is a new state-of-the-art institution in the heart of Calgary's East Village. Encompassing 160,000-square-feet of new construction, the building’s design was inspired by the landscape of Western Canada and the design of instruments themselves, and includes 22,000-square-feet of exhibition space, a 300-seat performance hall, as well as recording and broadcast facilities.

“The opening of Studio Bell is a momentous occasion for Canada and for Alberta, and it will be marked by a series of opening celebrations this year. It is important for us to open our doors to the public now to learn from our new space and begin to live our vision. I look forward to welcoming the world to Calgary to experience the wealth of Canada’s music story and the incredible future potential it holds.”
– Andrew Mosker, NMC’s President and CEO, National Music Centre

In advance of Studio Bell’s public opening on Canada Day, a special ceremonial event occurred on June 29, which included a blessing led by Casey Eagle Speaker, and the first official sound in the building was provided by Eya Hey Nakoda, a world class championship drum group that is predominantly Nakoda from the Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley First Nations.

To share in the celebration were special guests Her Honour, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Lois Mitchell; the Honourable Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism for Alberta; Mayor Naheed Nenshi; Loring Phinney, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Bell; Michael Brown, President CMLC, Host; Andrew Mosker, President and CEO, NMC; and Brad Cloepfil, Founding Principal, Allied Works Architecture. The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, also sent regards via video message.

“From its new state-of-the-art home inside Studio Bell, the National Music Centre will strengthen the creative economy, and foster the ecology of talent and ideas,” declared Minister Sohi. “Our Government is excited to see NMC nurture and inspire the next generation of musicians and increase the global competitiveness of Canadian music.”

“This international facility is a gift to our country—and the world—that is proudly rooted in Alberta,” said Minister Miranda. “We see the potential for this project to support our economy through job creation and economic diversification. NMC will create more national and international opportunities for Alberta artists and the professionals that work with them.”
“The opening of Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, is the culmination of a lot of hard work and dreams of so many in our community and beyond,” said Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary. “It’s my hope that this special place will truly become the centre of music in Canada.”

Canadian music icons Jim Cuddy and Alan Doyle were also present to tour the facility and bring music into the building with special performances.

“Congratulations to the National Music Centre on opening their long-awaited home at Studio Bell. Canadians have contributed so much to music, and it is a legacy that deserves to be celebrated on an international level," said Jim Cuddy.

“So glad to be here representing Newfoundland and see firsthand how the National Music Centre is honouring the icons and pioneers of Canadian music. It’s a real treat,” said Alan Doyle.

The June 29 media event and Studio Bell’s Canada Day opening mark the first of several celebrations that NMC has planned over the months. Full programmatic and architectural completion is set for October 2016. The project cost is $191 million, and NMC has already raised over $130 million through its capital campaign.

Construction of Studio Bell began in early 2013. The project cost is $191 million, and NMC has already raised over $130 million through its capital campaign.

Canada Day at Studio Bell
To celebrate our country’s birthday and the story of music in Canada, Studio Bell’s Premier Founding Partner, Bell Canada, is presenting free public admission on July 1, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Studio Bell will also be hosting special Canada Day programming to mark the opening with live entertainment throughout the building.

The Bell Live Series at the King Eddy
Following a complete heritage restoration that included the reassembly of the exterior façade, the King Eddy will open its doors to celebrate Stampede Week from July 8-17, 11:00 am to 2:00 am, with daily food service and live music each night. A $20.00 cover will be in place after 6:00 pm till close. For full live music lineup and to purchase tickets, please visit

Admission to Studio Bell
Regular admission to Studio Bell will be $18 for adults, $14 for students/seniors, $11 for children (3-12 years of age), and free for children under 3 years of age. Advance ticket sales are now available. Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre | 850 4 Street SE Calgary, AB T2G 1R1 @nmc_canada #StudioBell

Media Contacts:
Mary Kapusta, Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications, National Music Centre
T 403.543.5122 | C 403.815.6350 | @nmc_canada
Julijana Capone | National Music Centre
T 403.543.5123 | C 403.710-4758 | @nmc_canada

To thank our supporters and give music fans more opportunities to visit us in our opening month, Studio Bell will be open seven days a week for the month of July only. Studio Bell will then move to regular yearround hours from Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For full details on hours of operation, holiday closures, and to purchase advance tickets, please visit

Memberships are on sale now at NMC Memberships provide year-round access to Studio Bell and help to support our operations. Memberships purchased before July 1 will have a special “front-of-the-line” discount, and cost $49 ($58 after July 1) for adults, $38 ($45 after July 1) for students/seniors, and $94 ($110 after July 1) for families of four.

To play your part in NMC’s capital campaign and support music in Canada, please visit Studio Bell is located at 850 4 Street SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 1R1. The NMC offices have moved to our new location as well at 300-851 4 Street SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 1P2.

About Studio Bell
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, is a new state-of-the art facility designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture. An international hub for music and technology, Studio Bell is the first national cultural institution of its kind dedicated to celebrating music in Canada in all of its forms. More than a museum, Studio Bell rises in nine interlocking towers, clad in glazed terra cotta in the heart of Calgary’s East Village. The 160,000 square-foot building includes five floors of exhibition space, a 2000+ piece collection of artifacts, instruments and music technology, and other features including recording facilities, workshops, classrooms, an event space, and a 300-seat performance hall. For more information, please visit

About the National Music Centre
The National Music Centre (NMC) is a national catalyst for discovery, innovation and renewal through music. NMC will preserve and celebrate Canada’s music story and inspire a new generation of music lovers through programming that includes on-site and outreach education programs, performances, artist incubation, and exhibitions. For more information, please visit


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