Country Music Hall of Fame moves to Calgary

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Studio Bell has now become the place to honor Canadian musicians of all stripes with the addition of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

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The hall will move to the National Music Center at Studio Bell. There he joined the Collection of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Pantheon of Canadian Authors and Composers and the Pantheon of ADISQ in Quebec.

“We continue to be so proud of our genre’s history in Canada,” said Amy Jeninga, President of the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA). “Alberta has been an incredible partner for the CCMA, hosting the CCMA Awards 15 times since 1977, and we couldn’t imagine a better home for our growing collection than the National Music Center. We look forward to being able to visit soon. ”

Comprised of over 1,270 artefacts, including instruments and memorabilia (textiles, awards, photographs) and representing over 150 different artists, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame celebrates two inductees each year: a performing artist and a industry builder. The inductees are selected by Canadian industry peers and celebrated at Country Music Week each fall.

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The National Music Center was already the official home of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame collection, as it acquired a large amount of country music memorabilia in 2009 from the estate of Gary Buck, founder of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. .

“There is no better home for the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame than Calgary, a city… with a tremendous history, heritage and appreciation for country music, and strong ties to the music industry. country, ”said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO of NMC. “NMC is proud to have been the custodian of the collection for over a decade, and we are delighted to have been commissioned to take care of it on a permanent basis as an official house. Through exhibitions, collections and on-site programs, we look forward to celebrating the legacy of Canada’s national icons for many years to come.

The country music collection includes items from Anne Murray (custom guitar), Ian Tyson (cowboy boots, saddles, and rope), and Terri Clark (vintage guitar), among others. Each year there are exhibits of instruments and artifacts from inductees to this year’s Hall of Fame.

To see who’s in the room and recent inductees, visit ccma.org.

Legendary singer-songwriter Ian Tyson, right, was honored with a 2019 Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame plaque at Studio Bell. With him is award-winning country singer / songwriter Corb Lund, originally from Taber. Sylvia Tyson was also honored that day with her own plaque. Photo by Bill Brooks /Bill brooks
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